The mechanisms of stress are well established. Stress hormones released when we feel under pressure produce physical changes to help us fight or flee.
But when we experience stress too often or for too long, those changes, such as a suppressed immune system, increased heart rate and blood sugar, and poor digestion, can be damaging. What’s more, chronic stress hinders the body’s ability to heal and repair itself.
The Thought Waves Pro techniques are already being used to support peri-operative and in-patient care at some hospitals in the UK and US.
Dr Lawrence sees many more uses for guided meditation. Her app already provides recordings that aid and produce the mind-set required for smoking cessation, pain control and weight control, among other things, and she plans to produce more, including guided meditations to specifically benefit children and pregnant women.
Not all the recordings on the app are free, so the ones people choose to purchase will generate an income and allow for further app development.
There is an emphasis on safety, and app users with epilepsy or a history of severe psychiatric illness are advised to consult their specialist before meditating.