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Muse S – Starter Guide

January 7, 2020

Hello and welcome to the Muse community! 

 

Here’s some important information on how to get the most out of your new Muse S. This guide will provide instructions on how to get the best fit with your Muse S Device, helpful tips on each of the different meditation experiences including the all-new Go-to-Sleep Journey section, and how to interpret your post-session results.

The Muse S Experience 

How are Go-to-Sleep Journeys different/similar to everything else you can do with Muse? 

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Unlike the Muse 2 which was designed for upright, seated meditation, Muse S is designed to be worn day and night – even to bed. When you purchase a Muse S, you also unlock the entirely new Go-to-Sleep section in the Muse app.

 

Our Go-to-Sleep section is a collection of unique sound experiences that combine guidance and biofeedback to help you fall asleep with ease and develop a healthy go-to-sleep routine. In this section, you’ll find our custom Go-to-Sleep Journeys as well as individual Soundscapes, and Guided meditations.

Go-to-Sleep Journeys are different than traditional Muse experiences, in that they allow the listener to fall slowly into a more relaxed state by focusing on the voice guidance as an anchor and not trying to control the biofeedback soundscape with concentrated focus and effort. Mind, Body, Heart, and Breath biofeedback meditations on the other hand are more active types of meditaiton training where you are actively using biofeedback to strengthen your focus and attention. 

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Our Go-To-Sleep collection was created specifically for rest and recovery, where you do not need the same amount of mental effort, and the goal is deep relaxation leading to sleep.

Why can’t I see the Go-to-Sleep section? 

With the purchase of a Muse S, you gain access to the brand new “dark-mode” section of the app. When a Muse S is connected to the Muse app via Bluetooth, the Go-to-Sleep section of the app will automatically unlock, giving you access to all of the Go-to-Sleep Journeys, Soundscapes, and Guidances. 

Fitting the Muse S

It is important that your Muse S is fitted properly to ensure the sensors have strong signal quality. Attach your pod to your band, power your pod on and pair your device to the Muse App. 

  1. Ensure the Muse logo is right side up before you fit your Muse.
  2. Fasten the clasp at the back of your neck and then slide the band up to your forehead. Ensure the pod sits at the centre of your forehead, pod facing forward
  3. Be careful not to stretch the band near the sensors as this can damage the sensors.
  4. Run your finger over the top of the pod to feel for the power button. If you feel the subtle raise of the power button, you will know your headband is right-side up.

 

ADDITIONAL TIPS:

  • It is important that both ear sensors make direct contact with the skin behind your ears. Remove any hair behind your ears as you adjust the fit to ensure strong signal quality.
  • Note: If you have long hair, it is recommended that you put your hair up in a ponytail to get a good fit and optimal signal quality. Feel free to let your hair down once you begin your Go-to-Sleep Journey.
  • Since the Muse S is made from flexible fabric, the headband will naturally form to your head’s shape. This means you do not need to tighten the band so that it feels snug. Instead, the band should gently hug your head, a fit that will allow you to get comfortable and drift off to sleep. Make the band shorter or longer until it feels comfortableYou may need to adjust your Muse a few times to get it right. 
  • Pause after making any adjustments, and give the signal time to settle. 

Creating a Go-to-Bed Routine with Muse S

How to prepare for a restful sleep.

What is a Go-to-Bed Routine?

A go-to-bed routine is the series of activities you perform before going to sleep – this includes your sleep environment! Establishing a solid and consistent go-to-bed routine is an important step in improving your sleep health and hygiene.

Here are some of our recommended steps to create a restful environment with your Muse:

  • Pick a consistent time each night to start your Go-to-Sleep routine.
  • Ensure your bedroom is dark and comfortable. 
  • Bring your charged Muse S, mobile device and headphones (optional) to bed.
  • Turn on your mobile phone’s Bluetooth.   
  • Power on the Muse Pod and pair your Muse with your phone. 
  • Fit your Muse S (with power button facing up) and complete the Signal Quality Check sitting upright. 
  • Make sure to make any pre-sleep notes to connect your pre-sleep habits with sleep quality. 
  • Select your Go-to-Sleep Journey, Soundscape or Guidance and lay back and drift off into a restful sleep.
  • Charge your Muse S when you wake up so it’s ready for use at night.

Once you are ready to get into bed find a position that will allow you to relax and shift into deep rest. Next, make sure the champagne-coloured sensors and the band are making consistent contact with your skin. If you feel the band shifts significantly or fully loses contact with your skin, you may have lost the signal. If this happens, you may decide to sit up and adjust the band or stay rested and drift off. 

If you would rather listen to your Go-to-Sleep meditations through headphones and not your phone speaker or portable speaker beside your bed, here are some recommendations of headphones.

Wireless Headphones Recommendations: Muse S FitWe have found the best wireless headphones to be the Apple Airpods. If you are an Android user we recommend the Shure Wireless Sound Isolating Earphones. 

Wired Headphones Recommendations
If you prefer to use wired headphones, we recommend Apple Earpods with the wire attachment.

Since the Muse S is not tracking your sleep cycle, you can take it off right before you fall asleep or wear it throughout the night, whatever is most comfortable for you.

Muse S Signal Check and Troubleshooting: 

What happens if my Muse S loses signal during a Go-to-Sleep Journey? Will I be notified? Will it impact the results/sound? 

You will be notified if you lose signal quality within the first two minutes of a Go-to-Sleep Journey with a gentle audio notification and visual instructions on how to adjust the headband. 

We recognize that you are trying to fall asleep and want to make that a priority. Although gathering data is important, we believe that nothing is as important as a good night’s rest. Any signal quality losses that occur outside the first two minutes of a session will go on without any notification. If you choose to ignore a notification, it will not appear again during that session.

What can’t I turn my phone screen off during a session? Why is it in night mode from 8:00 pm-7:00 am?

Sensor Check

  • The new Go-to-Sleep section was designed to be used in a dark room with minimal light disturbance. This new dark mode section of our app was created to decrease the amount of light in the bedroom during your Go-to-Sleep routine. 

 

  • It is currently not possible to run the Muse app in the background of your phone. As a result, you will not be able to run other apps or put your phone to sleep while running the Muse app. If you fall asleep during a Go-to-Sleep session, your Muse S headband will automatically power off after the session is over, but the Muse app will remain open. 

 

  • We recognize that users would like to put their phones to sleep at night so we have dimmed the entire Muse app from 8:00 pm – 7:00 am for IOS users.

The Go-to-Sleep Experience

What is the difference between a Go-to-Sleep Journey, Soundscape, and Guidance? 

The Go-to-Sleep section contains a collection of unique sound experiences designed to help you develop a healthy Go-to-Sleep routine and fall asleep with ease.

Go-to-Sleep Guidances: 

With Muse S, you gain access to a growing collection of guided meditations specifically designed to help you relax, settle your busy mind and rest better.  

Go-to-Sleep Soundscapes: 

Soundscapes are audio environments made up of individual sounds that reflect different feedback centers including brain activity, heart rate, breath, and movement. 

Sleep Journeys

Go-to-Sleep Journeys:

Go-to-Sleep Journeys will take you on an imaginative experience to settle your busy mind and help you fall fast asleep. They seamlessly blend soothing voice guidance with a responsive biofeedback soundscape for personalized Go-to-Sleep soundtracks. 

How are Go-to-Sleep Journeys different than the other meditation experiences? 

While your listening to your Go-to-Sleep Journey, let the teacher be your guide. Keep your focus on their voice and allow the soundscape to wash over you. All you have to do is lay down and listen. This is a little different than our other Muse Meditation experiences, where the goal is to actively respond to your biofeedback and focus your attention.

During your Go-to-Sleep Journey, you’ll hear shifts in volume and pace within your soundscape that reflect your mental and physical states. Listen to yourself in the sounds, rather than train yourself with them.

Go-to-Sleep Journeys: Adjusting the Volume 

How can I adjust the sound in a Go-to-Sleep Journey? 

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Each Go-to-Sleep Journey is a combination of voice guidance (meditation teacher) and a Soundscape (that adjusts to your biofeedback/physiology in real-time). 

At any point throughout your Go-to-Sleep Journey, you can adjust the sound by moving the toggle to the left or the right along the slider to find the exact ratio of voice to Soundscape that suits you. If you want more voice, slide the toggle to the left. If you want more Soundscape, slide the toggle to the right. 

 Use your device’s volume settings to adjust overall volume levels. 

Post Sleep Notes – Track Your Sleep Quality 

Understand your Sleep Patterns

Muse S

In the Muse S Go-to-Sleep section, we’ve provided you with a Sleep Quality tracker that will help you track your sleep patterns. Upon waking fill in the Sleep Tracker choosing from:

  • Very Tired
  • Tired
  • Neutral 
  • Refreshed
  • Very Refreshed

Your average Sleep Quality will be recorded on the ‘Me’ screen under the Go-to-Sleep tab.

Go-to-Sleep Experience: Journey Tracking: 

To find your Go-to-Sleep post results and tracking, toggle to the ‘Go-to-Sleep’ section under the ‘Me’ tab. 

You’ll find the total streaks at the top of the page and your Go-to-Sleep averages beneath. 

  • Streaks are a combination of your meditation AND Go-to-Sleep sessions.  
  • Your Muse points will increase by one point for every second you listen to a Go-to-Sleep Journey. Your total Muse points are the sum of points earned for both meditation and Go-to-Sleep sessions.
  • The Birds you see on your Results page will be a combination of birds collected throughout both your meditation and Go-to-Sleep sessions.

sleep meditation, sleep help

Your Go-to-Sleep tracking stats help you better understand how your pre-sleep habits affect your sleep patterns. 

There are a few areas to track sleep quality: 

  •  On the ‘Go-to-Sleep’ Me screen you’ll find a recap of your Go-to-Sleep tracking including: 
      • Average Time Went to Bed: This stat provides you with an average time that you go to bed to help track your routine.
      • Average Wakeup Mood: This provides an average quality based on self-recorded answers upon waking from sleep.

Post Sleep Results

What do my Go-to-Sleep results mean?

After a Go-to-Sleep session, Muse will show you how your brain, heart, and body did from moment to moment through simple, easy to understand graphs and charts. These graphs will help you visualize your personal data and see progress through deeper insights.

 The main post-sleep result page will provide a summary of mind, heart and body results: 

  • Percentage of minutes your mind was calm throughout your Go-to-Sleep Journey 
  • Percentage of minutes your body was still throughout your Go-to-Sleep Journey
  •  Your average heart rate 

Click on each of these to see your full reports for each. 

Your Go-to-Sleep Mind Results  

Whether you are doing a Muse Meditation or a Go-to-Sleep Journey,  Muse measures your brain’s electrical activity. At the end of each session, you will see a graph that will help you reflect on your performance.

This graph divides your session into three categories: Calm, Neutral and Active. It also shows you the amount of time you spent in each state. You will want to understand each of these states within the context of being wakeful or restful.

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  • Active: This is time spent with a wandering mind and fluctuating attention. Your mind may be in the active zone during both wakeful and restful states, meaning your results may look similar when your mind is busy or when you’re drifting off to sleep.  It’s natural for your mind to wander as you enter sleep. It’s important to know that being active is not a negative sign.
  • Neutral: Both in wakeful and restful states, your neutral time is the time between your calm and active moments. 
  • Calm:  In a wakeful state, your time in calm represents deep focus. You may experience moments of calm during a Go-to-Sleep Journey, depending on the practice and instructions. When you are falling asleep, you will likely notice a change in your brainwave pattern. Birds correspond to more than three seconds spent in a calm state. 

Heart Rate Results

At the end of every Go-to-Sleep session, you are presented with a graph that visually reflects your heart rate throughout your session including your average bpm. 

Within this same graph, you will also see your historical average (the grey area within the graph) measured across all sessions. The red line that flows alongside this average shows where your current session sits in relation to your previous session(s). If your red line drops below your range, you have reached a new low heart rate. If your line rises above your range, you have reached a new high heart rate. Your lowest and highest heart rates are indicated by a green dot and red dot, respectively.

Graph Lines: After completing your second session you will see the following:

  • Historical Max/Min: The dashed grey lines represent the highest and lowest heart rate you have reached during any Heart meditation. In order to accommodate errors, you need to reach this heart rate for a considerable amount of time.
  • Historical Average: The grey area is a measurement of your usual heart rate range during a Muse Heart meditation. 

Body Results

Your body movements are measured throughout the duration of your Go-to-Sleep session. Your stillness percentage is a direct reflection of the time you spent being still in relation to the entire length of your session. If you have a stillness score of 45 percent it means you were moving for 55 percent of the time.  

Your graph includes two different areas: active (light orange) and still (dark orange). Any portion of the line within the active zone means you were likely in search of a comfortable position. Areas, where the line is in the still zone, means you were in a relaxed position for an extended amount of time. 

  • The Meditate icon will take you to all of the Meditation experiences including Mind, Heart, Body, Breath, Timed Meditation and Guided Meditations. 
  • Specific to Muse S headbands, under the Go-to-sleep section (moon icon) you’ll find all Go-to-sleep journeys and sleep soundscapes.  When a Muse S is connected to the Muse App via Bluetooth, the Go-to-Sleep section of the app will automatically unlock. 
  • The ‘Me’ section contains all of your Meditation history and tools to track your progress. 
  • You’ll find Settings by navigating to the ‘Me’ Section. In the top right-hand corner, you will find all your account details, privacy settings, volume settings, and notification settings.

 

How to Find Experiences 

navigate Muse app

Tap the Meditate Symbol on the bottom navigation to access all Muse Meditation experiences. Tap on the lotus icon to access all muse meditation experiences. Once in the Meditate section, you can either swipe or tap on the icons to explore the Muse experiences seen below:

Mindmind meditation

Heartheart meditation

Bodybody meditation icon

Breath

Timer

Guided

 

Guided Meditations

Within the Guided Mediation section you’ll find over 300+ Guided Meditations from our roster of renowned meditation instructors

Our courses and collections offer a series of meditations with specific themes, such as Happiness, Mindful Work or Changing Habits. If you’re new to Muse, try the ‘Starter Series’ to help build your meditation practice.

guided meditation muse app page

Personalize Your Sessions

Before starting a meditation, you’ll be able to personalize your meditation session. 

For the Mind, Heart, Body and Breath meditations you’ll be able to: 

  • Change the length of the meditation session
  • Choose from different exercises 

For the Mind and Timer Mode, you’ll be able to select different soundscapes.

1. Adjusting the length of your session: 

When you tap ‘Length’ you’ll be able to choose from 1 minute up to 3 hours of meditation time.

muse app guide

 

 2. Choosing a Soundscape
(For Mind and Timer Mode Sessions)

To choose a soundscape for your Mind and Timer Mode Sessions, tap on “soundscape” from the chosen experience screen.
Available soundscapes:

  • MindRainforest, Beach, Desert, City Park and Ambient Music. 
  • HeartHealing Drums
  • BodyWind Chimes 
  • BreathAmbient 4/6 Long Exhale

soundscape app navigation

 

3. Choosing a Meditation experience 

To choose an exercise, tap on “exercise” from the chosen meditation experience screen. There you’ll find more exercises for each meditation experience type.

change excersise

 

4. Adjusting the Volume Settings 

Muse uses a variety of different audio queues. From background sounds and birds to biofeedback sounds and alerts, the Muse App lets you adjust the volume levels of specific sounds you’ll hear during a Mind, Heart, Body or Breath meditation.

Find Session Volume Settings under the Settings Tab in the bottom navigation to customize your meditation sound settings. 

volume navigation

Everyone is different so experiment with each volume control to build a personalized experience that’s right for you. 

5. Your “Me” Dashboard

The ‘Me’ Screen allows you to track progress and see your all-time stats. 

This graph provides a quick view by day of how many meditation sessions you’ve completed and how many minutes you’ve spent in an ideal meditation state.

session report in Muse app

In this example, the Body Meditation session was just under 7 minutes and the ‘Relaxed time’ during this session (dark orange) was just under 3 minutes.  You can scroll the graph left to right to see your past sessions. 

1. To find post results for each Meditation type tap on each of the meditation icons at the top of the App. 

2. You can Track your streak (how many days in a row you’ve meditated) and your longest streak to date.

6. Your Meditation History

To see your meditation history, click on “Meditation History” under the meditations graph from the ‘Me’ screen. There you’ll see a list of past meditations by date. 

Click on any individual meditation to receive the same session results presented to you immediately after completing a session.

me section reprots

 

7. Tracking and Monitoring Progress

Within the ‘Me’ Section, below Meditation history, the Muse Meditation app provides you with a consolidated “all-time data” view to monitor and track your overall progress: 

minutes icon

Total Minutes: 

This provides you with an all-time number of minutes you’ve meditated.

diamond muse pointsMuse Points: You earn points for every meditation. The more points you’ve earned, the more time you’ve spent in meditation building moments of calm. 

birds muse app

Birds: You’ll earn birds during a session when you maintain a meditative state. Birds are measured uniquely within each experience:

 

Mind Meditation: You’ll earn birds when you’ve reached a deep, restful focus for longer than 5 seconds. 

Heart Meditation: When your heart rate drops to a new low during a heart meditation, or if you consistently maintain a low heart rate you will hear and earn birds. 

Breath meditation: You’ll earn birds for every 5 seconds you remain in high harmony with the audio guide.  

Body Meditation: When your body stays in the Relaxed for an extended period of time, you will earn birds.

body meditation

You’ll see birds on the post-session graph showing you exactly when you achieved a bird during the meditation. 

It’s important to remember that the excitement of hearing a bird often scare it off, but don’t worry – that’s all part of the process.  Over time, you’ll learn to use the birds as a cue to settle even more deeply into focused attention, without becoming too attached to their presence.

star in muse app

Recoveries:  You’ll earn recovery stars when you have recognized your mind has become distracted and you are able to quickly bring your attention and focus back to your meditation. 

Here’s how you’ll receive recovery stars for each type of meditation. 

  • Heart Meditation: when your heart rate goes from high to low compared to your usual rate you’ll earn a recovery star. 
  • Breath Meditation: when you regain harmony with the audio guide, you’ll earn a recovery star. 
  • Body Meditation: when you recover from an active state to a relaxed state of stillness you’ll receive a recovery star. 
  • Mind Meditation: when your mind returns to focus a calm state and the weather becomes quieter you’ll receive a recovery star. 

Think of Recoveries as a measure of your mindfulness muscle.  They help you track how many times you brought your focus and attention back to the meditation. You can take pride in your recoveries because they mean you are achieving progress by identifying when you need to settle your mind, body, breath, and heart during your meditation practice.

Signal Quality Check

signal check

-> Once you start a Mind, Heart, Body, Breath or Guided session, you will be required to complete a sensor check. 

-> To complete the sensor check, you will need to ensure you have strong signal quality.

->As your Muse is calibrating let your mind flow naturally while Muse listens to your brain signals. Muse uses this information to provide you with post-session reporting.  

This step is designed to prevent you from starting a session which will be unresponsive and inaccurate due to an improper headband fit and weak signal quality. 

Not getting a good signal? Here are some tips for troubleshooting: 

  • Adjust the headband around the ears and middle of the forehead.  After making a fit adjustment, relax for a moment afterward in stillness to give the signal time to settle. 
  • Relax your face, jaw and keep your eyes closed.
  • Wipe your skin with a damp cloth as oils on the skin can block the sensors.
  • Wipe the sensors with a damp cloth or a finger dipped in water. 

Calibration

sensor check

  • The results of a Muse session are dependent on calibration. This stage is important as it provides Muse with a picture of your active brain to compare against during the session.  
  • Your brain changes from moment to moment and the one-minute calibration process is a required step to make sure Muse will provide accurate and responsive feedback.
  • As your Muse is calibrating let your mind flow naturally while Muse listens to your brain signals and calibrates in order to provide you with post-session results.  ”Flow naturally” means let your mind just be. If it’s wandering let it wander, if it’s quiet, let it be quiet.  Don’t force any specific thoughts or mental states.

 

1. Sensor Check: Mind

sensor check

  • In the Muse Mind experience, before each session, Muse checks to see if your headband is turned on and if the sensors are getting a good signal. 
  • The black, green and purple sections of the circle represent the sensors located in the centre of the headband that sits against your forehead. 
  • The orange (left) and pink (right) sections correlate to the rubber sensors that sit behind the ears. 
  • Watch the coloured sensor indicators fill with colour on your screen as Muse confirms that the headband has strong signal quality.  When each section of the circle has filled fully with solid colour, you’ll see a checkmark and hear a low alert letting you know it’s completed. 

In the Muse Mind experience, before each session, Muse checks to see if your headband is turned on and if the sensors are getting a good signal.

 

2. Sensor Check: Breath

breath sensor check

  • When you start a Breath Meditation you will see the sensor check diagram to indicate whether you are receiving a good signal. 
  • Breath Meditations requires both the body and heart sensors in order to provide results. The red section of the circle represents the heart rate (PPG)  sensor located just to the right of centre in the headband, and the orange section represents the body motion sensors (accelerometer and gyroscope) within the device.
    Sit and take a deep breath while your Muse picks up each sensor signal. Once ‘good skin to sensor’ contact has been made, colour will begin to flow. When each section of the circle has filled fully with solid colour, meaning you have good signal quality, you’ll see a checkmark and hear a low alert letting you know it’s completed.

Want to learn more? 

Watch the Breath Sensor Check video to understand the complete sensor check process. 

3. Sensor Check: Heart

heart sensor check

  • When you start a Heart Meditation you will see the Heart Sensor check diagram with the Heart symbol 
  • The Heart meditation teaches you to connect to your heartbeat and improve your interoception skills using your breath. Explore how you can alter your heart rate with deeper, rhythmic breaths. 
  • As the sensor picks up your heart signal the circle will begin to fill in with red until it’s completely full and you hear a low alert letting you know it’s completed. 
  • For the heart experience, the red circle represents the PPG sensor in your Muse device, which monitors your heart rate.
  • When the circle has filled fully with solid colour, meaning you have good signal quality, you’ll see a checkmark and hear a low alert letting you know it’s completed.  

Want to learn more? 

Watch the Heart Sensor Check tutorial to understand the complete sensor check process. 

4. Sensor Check: Guided Meditation with headband

guided sensor check

  • You can listen to our Guided Meditations with or without the Muse headband. But wearing the Muse headband with any Guided Meditation provides in-depth reports to help guide you on your meditation journey. 
  • In the Guided Meditation with a Muse experience, we’ve come up with a way to give you more consistent results across a variety of different meditations. 
  • As the sensor picks up your heart, and mind signals the headband circle and heart symbol will begin to fill in. Once complete you’ll hear an alert and receive a checkmark indicating that you’re ready to begin your meditation. 
  • Guided sessions are different than Mind and other meditation experiences in that, a guided meditation calibrates silently throughout the session to provide you with post-session reports of heart rate, calm and relaxed % plus graphs. 
  • Watch the video Sensor Check Tutorial.

Session Results 

Now let’s dive a little deeper into each type of Mediation report, what you’ll see, and what each means to help you with your meditation practice.   

1. Session Results: Mind

mind results report

In Mind Meditation, you’ll learn to achieve a calm state by relaxing your mind and focusing on your breath. You’ll hear whether feedback that intensifies as your mind wanders and becomes more active. The weather sounds will become softer as you regain your focus and find a calm state.

The Mind Meditation graph divides each session into three regions that correlate to each brain state:

  • Active (Wandering attention): This is when your mind is distracted and your attention was fluctuating. 
  • Neutral (Natural resting state):  Attention isn’t fluctuating, but you also haven’t reached a deep focus yet. 
  • Calm (Deep restful focus on your breath): These are moments when you’ve been fully focused on your breath.

The percentages for calm, neutral and active represent the proportion of time spent in each state during the session. Monitoring fluctuations and trends over time in each state helps you to monitor your progress and look for patterns.  

During Mind Meditation you will hear and earn birds when you’ve reached a deep, restful focus on your breath for longer than 5 seconds.  

When your mind drifts off to an active state and then quickly returns to calm focus, you’ll receive a recovery star.

2. Session Results: Heart

heart meditation results

In the Heart Meditation, you’ll be entered into an immersive soundscape where you’ll hear your heartbeat in the sound of a rhythmic, soothing drum played back in real-time. 

By synchronizing your heartbeat with the soundscape you’ll be able to learn to tune into your internal body cues to improve self-regulation to find calm.  

The heart graph shows your heart rate during the meditation session. After completing your second session you will see the following: 

 

  • Historical Max/Min: This is the highest and lowest heart rate you have reached during any Heart meditation.
  • Historical Average Range: this is a measure of your usual heart rate range during a Muse Heart meditation.

When your Heart rate drops to a new low during a heart meditation, or if you consistently maintain a low heart rate you will hear and earn birds.

During a Heart Meditation when your heart rate goes from high to low compared to your usual rate you’ll earn a recovery star.

3. Session Results: Body

body meditation results

 The Body graph shows two ‘zones’ and a baseline.

  1. Relaxed represents the time you spent in a still and stable seat (below the line) 
  2. Active represents the time when you had notable movement (above the line).  
  3. The baseline (the line shown on the graph) is established during calibration before your session. 

During Body Meditations when your body stays in the Relaxed state for an extended period of time, you will hear birds. If you shift from an active to still state during a Body Meditation you will earn a recovery star.

Your goal is to achieve more minutes in a still state (below the line) vs. active movement during the meditation. The birds and recoveries you received during a body meditation will be shown in the timeline of your session graph so you know when they were earned.

4. Session Results: Breath

breath meditation results

Through Breath Meditations, you’ll learn to pace your breath with guiding ambient music sounds. As you follow the guiding sounds and match the breathing pattern, your body and heartbeat will synchronize, and you’ll be rewarded with harmonized musical tones to affirm your progress and keep you on track.  

The Breath Meditation graph results display three zones and each zone shows your level (high, medium, low) of harmony with the audio guide. By measuring a combination of your heartbeat and body movements, Muse is able to determine your harmony with the audio guide. Zones:

  • High: +90% harmony with guide
  • Medium: +50% in harmony  
  • Low: below 50% in harmony

During Breath Meditations you will hear and earn birds for every 5 seconds you remain in high harmony with the breath guidance. When you regain harmony with the audio guide, you’ll earn a recovery star. 
Both birds and recovery stars help you understand how you responded during your meditation and are shown in the timeline of your session graph so you know when they were earned. r goal is to increase the number of minutes in high harmony during Breath Meditations.

5. Session Results: Guided With Headband

guided meditation

There are over 300+ Guided Meditations to choose from and you can listen to our Guided Meditations with or without your Muse headband. 

Wearing the Muse headband with any Guided Meditation provides in-depth session results to help provide deeper insights on your meditation practice. 

When doing a guided session with a Muse 2, you’ll receive session results showing your Mind, Heart & Body data.

When doing a guided session with an Original Muse, you’ll receive session results showing your Mind data.
If you tap “Take a closer look” you will see expanded full graphs for your session data.

If you would like access to the Guided Meditations you must purchase a monthly or annual subscription. Visit choosemuse.com for more information. 

The Muse headband comes complete with free meditations and unique soundscapes to monitor your mind, heart, body, and breath. You can find exercises within each experience by clicking on ‘exercises’ from the experience screen when you are personalizing your session.

 

 

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