We advise you to settle down comfortably and find the most convenient time for your sessions. You can carry out your session in the morning or late evening, after putting the children to bed for example, or when you are back home... Each person is unique and get in the best condition to feel at their best.
- Settle down in a calm and quiet place.
To ensure optimum concentration, we recommend that you move to a quiet, single room where you are free from distractions and where you can concentrate fully on your training. Before you start, don't hesitate to take the time, first to get in condition, but also to get concentrated on your breathing and clearing your mind.
- Make yourself comfortable.
To best enjoy your session, sit comfortably.
Lying down should be avoided in order not to interfere with the proper functioning of the electrodes placed at the back of the skull.
When sitting down, keep in mind that it’s important that the body remain as stable and still as possible. Therefore, be careful to settle down in a comfortable position that you can hold for a certain amout of time without having to move around and interrupt your concentration.
Sitting in a chair or armchair is ideal ! Relax your shoulders and arms and loosen your muscles.
- Optimize your brain measurement by following the instructions of the application.
During your session, Melomind™ will measure your level of relaxation using electroencephalography (or EEG) technology.
To ensure that Melomind™ does not have difficulty measuring your brain waves, it is important to follow these two steps:
- The connection of the sensors
- Stay still while preparing for your session : depending on your mental state, the measure of relaxation may vary in intensity. This step of a few seconds ensures that the level of difficulty of the exercise is adapted to your current state.
Try not to think about anything during this period, so that the level of difficulty of the exercise is perfectly adapted to your current mental state.
To optimize its realisation, stay still and eyes closes.
- What techniques should be tested to optimize relaxation during the session?
As a reminder, relaxation depends on each individual. To encourage brain activity to decrease, it is therefore essential to focus on one's personal feelings and to adapt the chosen technique(s) to one's receptivity.
As traditional relaxation techniques are diverse and varied, we have selected for you those which are the most used and known by the general public. It is up to you to try these methods during your Melomind session. You also can search other techniques if you feel they are more suitable for you.
Please note : Whatever technique you choose, keep in mind that you must remain seated with your eyes closed during a Melomind session. The technique chosen must therefore be compatible with these indications.
During your session, concentrate on your breathing, take long, slow, deep and regular abdominal breaths. Take the time to concentrate on your inspirations and then on your expirations while trying to make each phase last as long as possible. This practice will allow you to better oxygenate your body and calm your mind.
Mindfulness meditation is no longer presented to you, it is one of the most popular techniques of the moment. For this practice, start by sitting comfortably and concentrating on your breathing. Unlike the regular breathing exercise, the goal is to accept your flow of thoughts, observe them without judging them and let them go. The idea is to focus your attention on your mind and the present moment in order to let go.
- The body scan
This technique combines progressive muscle relaxation with concentration on breathing. To begin the body scan, choose a quiet place where you can lie down. After a few minutes of deep breathing, focus on one part of your body or one muscle group at a time, be it feet and legs or neck and shoulders. Mentally release any physical tension you feel in that particular area of your body. By doing this exercise you can gradually relax the parts of your body that are under tension and thus improve the state of relaxation.
- Mental imagery
This relaxation technique invites you to create soothing scenes in your mind. They can also be places or experiences that will help you to relax, or remind you of good memories alone or with those around you. Just be sure to choose positive images and don't hesitate to change the image you want to visualise depending on what it triggers in you (restlessness or relaxation). Then, you can use the same images for future sessions with the Melomind or test others as you wish to measure the effectiveness.