- Several relaxation programs.
- Sessions lasting from 10 to 30 minutes.
- Deep, natural infrasonic massage.
- Very easy to use.
- App takes up a lot of phone storage space.
- Somewhat pricey.
- Charges via Micro-USB, not USB-C.
Let’s be honest; the last couple of years have been tough for everybody. But if you suffer from stress and anxiety, even a great day can leave you feeling worn out. With anxiety, this can turn into a vicious cycle. You’re anxious, so you can’t sleep – but then you get a bad night’s sleep, which leads to more anxiety. This in turn makes it even harder to sleep, and you can feel perpetually exhausted. The obvious solution is to take some time off and recover, but that’s not always possible. So, you end up caught in the cycle, and only break out on an annual vacation. That’s no way to live.
Thankfully, there are ways to break the cycle. You can go for a massage, or take a spa day. You can work out at the gym and burn off that stress. For many people, therapy and medication are an important part of managing anxiety. No matter how you de-stress, it’s important to have a way to ground yourself, and remain calm. Another such method is infrasonic therapy. Infrasonic therapy uses ultra-low frequency sound waves to stimulate your body’s cells and relieve stress. The ideal result is a deep sense of relaxation across your entire body. It’s a great way to get some sleep, or just to take a break in the midst of a hectic day.
We’re about to review the Sensate 2 Relaxation Device. This is an infrasonic therapy device that you can use at home or on the road. It sits on your chest, and spreads soothing vibes throughout your body. Meanwhile, the smartphone app plays soothing sounds to help you relax or fall asleep. But those are just the basics. To truly understand this relaxation device, we need to take a deeper dive. We’ll talk about the science behind infrasonic therapy and what it does – and doesn’t – do. We’ll talk about the physical design of the device, and all your accessories. Finally, we’ll talk about the app features, and the relaxation programs you can work through. Then, we’ll sum up what we’ve learned, and hand over our verdict. Let’s begin!
Infrasonic Therapy Basics
If you’ve never heard of infrasonic therapy, it might sound too good to be true. So let’s start with the basics. Infrasonic sound is any sound wave that has a frequency too low for human hearing. Broadly speaking, people can’t hear anything lower than 20Hz. So anything below 20Hz is considered infrasonic. Keep in mind that this is not the same as ultrasonic sound. Ultrasonic waves have a frequency too high for human hearing – more than 20,000Hz. Both have their own uses, but they’re as different as birds and fish.
Infrasonic sound waves affect your body on the cellular level. As the sound moves through your tissues, it agitates individual molecules inside your cells. Think of it like a deep tissue massage, but instead of using pressure, you’re massaging individual cells. This is further enhanced by a phenomenon called resonance. Basically, every molecule has a resonant frequency, which will make it vibrate intensely in response. Infrasound will produce the resonant frequency for many types of molecules. This sends a ripple of relaxation across all kinds of tissues. As the ripple passes through, individual cells get squeezed and released. This causes them to release toxins and waste through their cell membranes, improving their health.
The reason sound in particular is such a good way to relax is because sound gets excellent penetration. Because sound is just a series of pressure weaves, it can reach deep into your tissues. In fact, it can penetrate as far as 60mm – 2.36 inches – into your tissue. Think about how much of your body is within 2.36 inches of your skin. That’s how much you can reach with infrasonic therapy.
The implications for relaxation are obvious. You can reach just about every muscle in your body. But you also reach other tissues as well. Infrasonic therapy can reach cartilage, spinal fluid, lymph nodes, and organ tissue. It’s particularly effective for treating joint pain, since it gets through all those tough tissues. It improves circulation, prevents spasms, and generally makes you feel better.
In a lot of ways, infrasonic therapy is a lot like cold laser massage. The difference is that cold laser massage is significantly more targeted. If that’s what you’re looking for, check out the IASO Red Light Therapy Device. It’s great for targeted relief of everyday aches and pains.
Last but not least, remember that we’re talking about infrasound, not ultrasound. Ultrasound is used for imaging purposes. It can also be used to deliver targeted heat to destroy tumors. However, it’s absolutely not safe for do-it-yourself use. People have to go to college and pass a certification to become an ultrasound technician. Infrasound, on the other hand, is perfectly safe. The only “risk” is an excessive and unwarranted sense of calm.
At first glance, the Sensate 2 Relaxation Device doesn’t look like much of anything. If we had to describe the shape, it’s like a lopsided teardrop, which fits easily in your hand. It has a smooth plastic finish which is easy to keep clean. It’s also a surprisingly soft material despite the solid design. This is a good thing, since it works almost as much like a massager as a speaker. It relies on physical contact to transmit the infrasonic waves with maximum effectiveness. So we’re glad that the design takes comfort into account.
Other than that, there’s really not much to the physical design. For one thing, there’s only one physical control: the power button on the front. This button is the same black material as the rest of the device, but it’s easy to find. That’s because it’s surrounded by an LED light ring, which illuminates when the Sensate 2 is active. Even when it’s not active, the ring creates a visible outline, so you can locate the button. There’s also a little metal loop on the top of the device, which is meant to attach to a lanyard. That way, you could wear it around your neck, and let it rest on your chest as it works.
In fact, there’s a lanyard included in the kit for just this purpose. It serves no purpose when you’re lying down. But if you’re seated or reclining, it makes it much easier to use the Sensate 2. In addition to that, the kit also includes a small carrying pouch. This is a soft, plush drawstring pouch that’s just big enough to carry the Sensate 2. It’s not much, bit it’s a convenient extra value. The kit also includes a USB to Micro USB cable for charging the internal battery. All of this is protected by Sensate’s 12-month manufacturer’s warranty.
Of course, infrasound is just one way to relax. To take your relaxation regimen to the next level, why not introduce some essential oils into the mix? If that’s what you want, consider the Asakuki Oil Diffuser. It’s a compact essential oil diffuser that also functions as a relaxing, color-changing LED light.
Controls and Features
So, what makes the Sensate 2 different from any other infrasonic therapy device? The answer is that it woks in tandem with the Sensate smartphone app. When you get the Sensate 2, you’ll also get a download code for the app. The app is what actually controls your therapy session, and it connects to the device via Bluetooth. As it controls the Sensate 2, the app will also play audio via your headphones. The audio and infrasound are synchronized, which further enhances the feeling of relaxation.
To use the Sensate 2, first download and install the companion app. This can take a few minutes, especially on a slow connection. Because there’s so much data required for a therapy session, you have to download everything in advance. That way, you won’t have to worry about streaming your actual routine. When the installation is complete, turn on your phone’s Bluetooth. Push the button on the Sensate, and wait for it to connect. It should do this automatically, but if not, you can pair manually from your phone’s Bluetooth menu. Once you’re paired, you’re ready to enjoy your first therapy session. Lie down or lean back in a recliner with the Sensate 2 unit on your chest. Connect your headphones, and press play in the app when you’re ready.
There are a number of relaxation sessions stored in the app, for a number of individuals and circumstances. They range in length from 10 to 30 minutes, so you can enjoy a short or a long session. Relax for a few minutes during a lunch break, or use a 30-minute session to help yourself get to sleep. Audio content can range from breathing exercises to meditation to nature sounds. Whether you’re looking to meditate, or just enjoy the sound of a babbling brook, you’ll be pleased.
As you might imagine, this is a great way to relax, whether you’re at home or on the road. You can easily use the Sensate 2 on a plane or a train, to ease your nerves and help you sleep. The internal battery is rated to last through five or six 30-minute sessions on a single charge. At that point, it will need to be plugged in for about two hours. You can also plug it into a power bank, and use it while it’s being charged.
If you want to keep the soothing vibe going all night, why not go with an attractive night light? Star projectors turn your room into a beautiful starscape. This is great if you need a little light when you wake up in the middle of the night.
The Sensate 2 Relaxation Device is in a class of its own. There really aren’t many devices like this, so it’s worth considering for that reason alone. It’s also easy to use, with an intuitive app and simple features. If you’re willing to pay good money for a device to help you relax, this is a solid choice.