Developer: Michael Schneider
Price: $4.99 Download on the App Store
If you’re a believer in the power of suggestion or have ever wondered if hypnotherapy might work for you, then you guessed it – there’s an app for that. The newest, Infinite Relaxation, is one in a series of several meditative, self-improvement apps designed to promote relaxation, relieve stress, quit smoking, eat better, and so on. Infinite Relaxation is designed for falling asleep or power napping and features the soothing voice of Andrew Johnson, hypnotherapist and expert on relaxation and stress management.
Infinite Relaxation is structured around a recording coupled with a selection of soothing music. The ability to personalize the app by adjusting various settings is apparently part of what makes it work. Features touted by Infinite Relaxation include the ability to adjust the voice recording and music volume separately, set the length of the recording playback and decide whether it should conclude with “wake” or “sleep.” There is also a selection of four different background music/sound choices.
The final feature of Infinite Relaxation is its ability to generate a different program each time you listen. Personally, I think they all sound the same, with the exception of varying the background music and voice volumes, but perhaps any other variances are subtle. Regardless, there is no doubt that the voice of Andrew Johnson is a soothing one. And if you let it, it can definitely guide you into at least a semi-meditative and relaxed state.
Infinite Relaxation utilizes a form of hypnotherapy where the power of suggestion seeps into the unconscious mind. The recording included in this app is strictly about relaxation – both physical and mental. Frankly, it’s difficult to get past the first few minutes if you’re particularly sleepy, but it’s not unreasonable to assume that the program may help with mild insomnia.
There is definitely a certain psychology involved in the effectiveness of hypnotherapy. An undeniable defiance to the possibility that it can work will most likely result in it having no effect. However, openness to the possibility that the power of suggestion can indeed promote relaxation is likely to allow the body and mind to yield to it. That said, anyone who doesn’t want the voice recording in the program can turn it off and use the music alone.
Infinite Relaxation may come off a bit pricey, which it would be if it were strictly a sound-based sleep aid. As it is, the included voice recording adds some professional-quality value and the result is a potentially therapeutic program. Anyone who has difficulty falling asleep, relaxing and managing stress could potentially benefit from regular use of Infinite Relaxation.