The Mindfield eSense Respiration biofeedback home-use device is a small belt sensor to accurately measure and exercise your breathing with your smartphone or tablet (Android or Apple iOS) and serves to improve your breathing pattern, breathing duration, breathing depth, effectively reduce your stress level with breathing biofeedback training and thus your health.
The eSense Respiration biofeedback home-use device gives the user precise feedback about the current level of stress in a variety of forms, e.g. through measurement curves, video, and audio presentation.
The eSense Respiration biofeedback home-use device measures breathing amplitude and frequency and, optionally with the eSense Pulse sensor, Heart rate variability altogether simultaneously. The eSense app belonging to the eSense is completely free of charge and also allows the export of the collected measurement data as a CSV file or PDF report (e.g. via e-mail, Dropbox, or Google Drive).
To run eSense Respiration, you need an eSense Skin Response! eSense Respiration is an additional product to eSense Skin Response. This offer is for the eSense Respiration only.
There is a bundle with both eSense for a reduced price (see at the bottom of this page).
The Importance of Biofeedback Breathing Training and the role of eSense Respiration biofeedback home-use device
Our state of mind is reflected in our breathing. If we are pleased or tense, we usually breathe quickly, irregularly, and flatly. In everyday life, we rarely think of our breathing and breathe almost exclusively unconsciously. If our unconscious breathing patterns are disturbed by chronic stress, pain, or other psychological or physical stresses, this often leads to discomfort and the maintenance of stress. Positive as well as negative stress is reflected in this way.
If, on the other hand, we are relaxed and calm or sleepy, our breathing is usually slow, even, and deep.
Breathing has a special role in biofeedback, as in contrast to other biofeedback parameters it can be controlled consciously. With breathing biofeedback training, you can train and improve your breathing, achieve deep relaxation states, and significantly increase your general well-being.
Breathing, therefore, plays an important role in almost all relaxation techniques such as autogenic training, yoga, meditation, and progressive muscle relaxation. Direct biofeedback of breathing; i.e., real-time feedback of breathing pattern, depth, and frequency helps our consciousness to achieve new, better-breathing patterns faster and more precisely than without biofeedback. The focus on feedback prevents the otherwise so frequent drift in thoughts and loss of concentration on breathing.
Many meditation techniques involve the observation of breathing, which is very difficult for many beginners. Breathing biofeedback makes this entry much easier.
Breathing biofeedback training is all about observing your breathing through changing bars, curves, music, tones, vibrations, light bulbs, and more. This gives your awareness a new perspective on breathing. Self-awareness is trained and a feedback cycle is created. With targeted exercises in the eSense app, you will learn to breathe more calmly, evenly, and deeply, and you will experience deep relaxation and a new sense of well-being.
Example of eSense Respiration curve for tension or requirements and erratic, irregular, fast, and shallow breathing.
Sample measurement curve eSense Respiration at rest, with deep, slow, and even respiration (RA = Respiration Amplitude)
After a learning phase of some training sessions, respiratory biofeedback leads to a new feeling of switching off and full focus on breathing, more and more without the feedback of biofeedback, as a better self-perception is developed.
With the eSense Respiration biofeedback home-use device, you have a powerful tool to enhance your breathing in a modern way.
How it works
The eSense Respiration biofeedback home-use device measures two main breath indexes: the Respiration Amplitude (RA) and the breathing frequency (breaths per minute).
Respiration is measured according to the principle of strain measurement. With every breath, your chest and abdomen space will rise and fall and the belt you put on over your clothes will stretch slightly. You can put the eSense Respiration biofeedback home-use device’s Stretch Belt either around the chest or around the abdomen.
Abdominal breathing is measured and trained more frequently (see more details about diaphragmatic breathing here). eSense Respiration biofeedback home-use device has a spring that translates the pressure of the belt into readings. The eSense Respiration Sensor is used for transmission to your smartphone and tablet via its microphone input. The eSense app evaluates these signals and displays them in a comprehensive form.
As feedback there are
- a video, which becomes brighter or sharper in the positive case (darker or blurred in the negative case),
- music, which volume changes, tones, which change in the sound,
- a vibration of the smartphone,
- and much more.
Of interest is the function of controlling a smart light bulb (Philips Hue or Magic Blue), whereby breathing is reflected in the change in color and brightness of one or more lamps. You can use your breathing to illuminate an entire room in different ways.
It can optionally be used at the same time as the eSense Pulse to train the coherence between breathing and heart rate variability (HRV).
The eSense app belonging to all eSense is completely free and included in the purchase price. In addition to many functions, the app also allows the collected measurement data to be exported as a CSV file and PDF report (e.g. via e-mail, Dropbox, or Google Drive).
Indication for use
Breathing biofeedback with eSense Respiration biofeedback home-use device can be used quite universally for biofeedback training. In stress medicine and psychophysiology, respiratory biofeedback is used, for example, for depression, heart disease, asthma, anxiety disorders, and insomnia. Breathing biofeedback is also common in coaching and competitive sports. Improving breathing patterns can help relieve tensions, cope with stress and anxiety, and help you react more calmly in everyday life.
eSense Respiration biofeedback home-use device devoted to managing:
- stress and its vegetative symptoms
- attention and concentration problems
- anxiety disorders
- insomnia problems
- asthma and other bronchial tract and lung problem
- heart disease and hypertonia
- train abdominal breathing
- fast shallow breathing
- and many other conditions related to the insufficiency of relaxation skills
You can find posts related to the usage of breathing biofeedback in different health conditions in the chapter “Articles” on our website.
A biofeedback training session consists of four training phases. Plan about 60 to 90 minutes for the first session, during which you can do the training undisturbed and coherently.
A procedure consists of different modules. The procedures can be used, for example, to implement instructions for relaxation, a stress test, defined biofeedback training session, or tasks for research purposes.
The possibilities are manifold. During a procedure, your breathing is naturally recorded. At the end of a procedure, a summary is displayed, showing your readings for each module and the overall view.
The demo procedures included in the app give you a guided overview of the different modules and functions.
As a second option, you can also conduct open training. This is compared to the procedures a bit more complex. A typical open training session consists of 4 training phases.
- Preparation and start
- First Training Phase (observation and experimentation; determination of the actual state)
- Second Training Phase (targeted biofeedback training based on the measured values)
- Third Training Phase (provocation, relaxation, and stress management)
- Fourth Training Phase (transfer, and relaxation without feedback)
A detailed explanation of the procedure you can find in the eSense Respiration Biofeedback Device Manual.
The eSense Respiration with the App offers you
- A pressure sensor to record your breathing (breathing frequency, breathing depth, breathing pattern) (application always in connection with eSense skin response, as a sensor cable)
- A stretch belt that is comfortable to wear, washable, and durable
- Comfortable to wear over clothing
- Unlimited recording duration
- Unlimited number of sessions and users
- Extensive statistics for breath analysis
- Breathing aid for breathing training with freely adjustable intervals, auxiliary tones, and more
- Export of measurement data as a CSV file with compatibility with other software programs for further analysis
- Export curves, diagrams, and statistics as a PDF report
- Set any number of markers during a recording
- Different, prefabricated training procedures are included in the app
- Free training according to your wishes with any biofeedback variant or several at the same time
- Extensive in-app help and manuals
- Regular app updates
- Possible combination with the eSense Pulse for heart rate variability biofeedback with the determination of the coherence between heartbeat and respiration!
Quick Guide to Usage
- When you buy the eSense Respiration you can download our free app from the App Store (Apple®) or Google Play (Android).
(You can also download it in advance, but the app can’t be effectively used without the sensor)
- Put on the chest strap as shown in the manual and adjust it to the correct length. The strap should be tight, but not uncomfortably tight or squeezed.
- Start the app and click “Start”, and the measurements will begin.
- Please carefully read the instructions within the app to get the best out of biofeedback training.
- Have fun with the eSense Respiration!
eSense Mobile App
The eSense comes with the eSense app which you can load for free in the Google Play Store (Android) or in the Apple App Store (iOS). The app contains a variety of functions for effective biofeedback training in a modern design. Essential functions are the display of the measured values app as a bar graph and oscilloscope, and feedback by video, music, tones, vibration, and light via a Bluetooth smart bulb.
Account and Cloud (optional, no obligation)
You can register your own account for the eSense app and book plans. With these, you can mainly use the cloud and its functions and get also access to the eSense web app at https://esense.live.
With the basic plan, you can save your measurements locally and online in the cloud and thus access your measurements from all devices and from anywhere. You also get access to the eSense web app
The Premium Plan includes all functions of the Basis Plan. In addition to your measurements, you can also save your procedures online in the cloud and thus access your procedures from all devices. (Attention: Technical limitations from Apple, unfortunately, do not allow the upload (and thus the synchronization) of audio files. The synchronization of picture and video files is possible, however).
You can also share your measurements with other users. You also have the option to transfer your data to the eSense Web App in real time.
Which iOS Devices are Supported?
- All iOS devices from version 12.5 or higher, which are (in part):
- Apple® iPhone® 5S, iPhone® 6 / 6S, iPhone® SE / SE 2, iPhone® 7/7 +, iPhone® 8/8 +, iPhone® X, iPhone® XR, iPhone® XS, iPhone® 11/11 Pro, iPhone® 12/12 Pro
- Apple® iPad® from the 5th generation (iPad Air) or newer, including all iPad Mini from the 2nd generation
- Apple® iPad® Pro from 1st generation or newer
- Apple® iPod Touch® from 6th generation or newer
Note: Some newer iOS devices without the classic 3.5mm headphone jack and with the newer Lightning / USB-C connector also work perfectly with the eSense. You either need an original Apple USB-C or original Apple Lightning to 3.5 mm connection adapter (not included in the scope of delivery of the eSense). Alternatively. you also can use any other adapter with a DAC chip.
Which Android Devices are supported?
- All Android Smartphones and Tablets from Android 7.0 (Nougat)
Your Android device requires a 3,5mm jack (headphone jack) for external microphones! For Android devices without a headphone jack, you can use an adapter with a DAC chip. We recommend this adapter on Amazon.
- If you plan on purchasing a device for using the eSense app, we suggest a Nokia 2.4, a Nokia G20, a Motorola Moto E7i Power, or a Xiaomi Redmi 9a as an inexpensive entry-level device.
Scope of delivery of the eSense Respiration biofeedback device
- Mindfield® eSense Respiration Sensor including replacement spring
- Expansion strap
- eSense App from Mindfield (Apple App Store or Google Play Store)
- Detailed instructions for effective biofeedback training
If you already have an eSense Skin Response, you can purchase only the eSense Respiration biofeedback device.
The eSense Skin Response is available in a bundle with the eSense Respiration at a reduced price in the eSense Skin Response and Respiration bundle set (€ 229). With this set, you save 49 euros compared to buying both devices separately.
The eSense Skin Response and Respiration bundle biofeedback set consist of 2 eSense sensors: the eSense Respiration and the eSense Skin Response.
The eSense Respiration biofeedback home-use device works only with an eSense Skin Response. Only the eSense Skin Response can be used independently. So you get two biofeedback devices in one set.
Scope of delivery of the eSense Skin Response and Respiration Set
- Mindfield® eSense Respiration Sensor including replacement spring stretch belt
- Mindfield® eSense Skin Response Sensor
- 2 Velcro electrodes
- eSense App by Mindfield (Apple App Store or Google Play)
- detailed instructions for effective biofeedback training