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Good, Good, Good – Good Vibrations

How science, technology, and good vibes can strengthen our body's reaction to stress and improve our quality of life.

I was 14 days into testing my Apollo Neuro when I embarked on 13 days of adventure in Spain. Fun? Absolutely! But travel can be one of the most stressful activities on our body. And Nashville to Charlotte to Madrid and back — with layovers, an 8-hour time change, tours of 7 cities, a reluctant international traveler (my husband), my in-laws, and our two college-aged kids — was going to put this device to the test. 

How (and why) the Apollo journey started

When I first heard of the Apollo Neuro, I was intrigued. A wearable that doesn’t provide me with tracking information, but instead uses vibrations to actively rebalance my nervous system? Sign me up. I wanted to see what this device could do — as I’m a 52-year-old woman with all the awesome menopause symptoms. 

I have trouble sleeping which affects my short-term memory and energy levels, the brain fog makes it harder to focus, and those hormonal changes really challenge my ability to deal with stress and anxiety. To top all that off, I need to increase the amount of weight training and really focus on my body’s recovery time. 

I’ve spent the last year making incremental lifestyle changes to combat these issues: guided meditation with the Headspace app, a nighttime routine, breathing exercises, and bi-weekly weight training. I’ve seen slow and steady progress in each area, but wondered if the Apollo could help even more.

What I did not know at the time was that breathwork and guided meditations also impact your vibrational energy. And, some weight-training experts are talking about the use of whole body vibrations to enhance the benefits of each workout. The Apollo Neuro team was absolutely on to something when they launched in 2020.

My early thoughts and findings

The first time I put on the device I thought, “Now this is interesting” and wondered, “What exactly is happening here?” What I was feeling were actually low-frequency sound waves sending vibrations to soothe my touch receptors. Pretty cool — but I wanted to better understand how and why this could improve my sleep, my ability to focus, increase energy levels, and reduce anxiety. 

No real surprise that a root of these issues is chronic stress — it’s our nervous system instinctively putting us in that “fight or flight” mode. The Apollo Neuro vibrations are designed to help calm the nervous system. Think about how touch can soothe a baby, how music can change your mood, or the ways sonic noise (white, brown, pink, or green) is used to help us sleep. I love that Apollo calls these vibrations “vibes” in their app. 

My early favorites were: Unwind, Calm, and Fall Asleep. (In that order.)

With the Unwind Vibe I get so relaxed that I find myself dozing off during family movie time, which has not happened to me in years. I use this vibe for an hour before I go to bed. 

The Calm Vibe works well during daily stressful events like: riding in the car with my 17-year-old driving. It also works really well during extended travel (more on that coming).

The Fall Asleep vibe seemed to have the least impact on me, until I lowered the intensity of the vibration. You definitely need to play around with the levels to find the best personal fit. Less can be more. 

The questions I had after 2 weeks: 

  • Was my body actually craving these vibes? I was instinctively looking for the Apollo when feeling stressed, or when I knew an event was going to be stressful.
  • Was my body vibrating more after use? Was there an actual residual effect?
The Apollo Recover Vibe in use on a trolley tour of Familia Torres Winery outside of Barcelona after a rather winding bus ride.

The travel test

I just returned from that 13-day tour of Spain. We spent 19 hours in the air, 11 hours in airports, and 12 hours traveling between cities via bus (an amazingly comfortable one!). While visiting 7 cities (Madrid, Toledo, Alicante, Altea, Valencia, Pensacola, and Barcelona), I logged 200,390 steps and absolutely had a new adventure each day. 

My favorite Apollo vibes for travel were: Recover, Social, and (again) Calm.

I used the Recover Vibe after each walking tour as the steps and elevation were intense, occasionally pushing my heart rate into Zone 5. (Which was fine as most of the walking was centered in Zones 2 and 3) 

The Social Vibe might not be needed for those of you who have long-lasting social batteries, but I relied on the vibe when headed to group dinners at the end of a long, beautiful day of exploring. I loved our tour partners, but tend to personally struggle keeping my social battery charged! 

Ahhh, the Calm Vibe. This was key during the challenging parts of travel when: the roads driven were very narrow and steep, there was a tad bit too much “family togetherness,” and while waiting in long customs lines in the airport. 

The Apollo Calm Vibe in use (and styled) on the hour-and-a-half bus ride from Valencia to Pensacola.

The questions I had after 4 weeks of use:

  • Were the results in my head? 
  • Was this a case of a placebo effect? 

My N of 1 answers

Without formal participation in one of the many Apollo scientific studies (those past and those in process), my results fall into the N of 1 category. But my findings are aligned with those from their academic research and study data: an increased quality of sleep, a reduction of stress, and quicker recovery from workouts. 

The Apollo vibes work in concert with my body to rebalance my nervous system. With consistent use, it is retraining my nervous system to better adapt to life’s stressors and the effects of my menopause-related hormonal changes. This is good news as I am quickly approaching a new stressful change in life: empty nesting.

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The ideas expressed here are solely the opinions of the author and are not researched or verified by AGEIST LLC, or anyone associated with AGEIST LLC. This material should not be construed as medical advice or recommendation, it is for informational use only. We encourage all readers to discuss with your qualified practitioners the relevance of the application of any of these ideas to your life. The recommendations contained herein are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. You should always consult your physician or other qualified health provider before starting any new treatment or stopping any treatment that has been prescribed for you by your physician or other qualified health provider. Please call your doctor or 911 immediately if you think you may have a medical or psychiatric emergency.

Ashley Feltner
Ashley is a writer, an artist, and an ideator who has placed storytelling into her process for bringing sales and marketing ideas to life for over 20 years. Her background includes recruiting, training, content development, and ERG leadership within highly matrixed organizations that provide her a unique perspective and an ability to authentically connect with individuals from all walks of life. With the desire to place a little humanity into the digital experience, Ashley believes that words do matter, a little empathy goes a long way, and having a purpose in life is imperative. She and her husband Gabe live in Nashville, TN with two very active teenage daughters and two very lazy field spaniels.

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