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RE:NEW VR Wellness Portal to Feature Dr. Phil’s Path to Recovery Virtual Reality Experiences

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RE:NEW VR Wellness Portal to Feature
Dr. Phil’s Path to Recovery Virtual Reality Experiences

San Francisco, California - August 21, 2017 - NewPathVR is pleased to announce that they will be working with Dr. Phil to promote Dr. Phil’s Path to Recovery on RE:NEW (RenewVR.com), the Leading Source for VR Wellness Experiences.

Dr. Phil’s Path to Recovery is a virtual reality recovery reinforcement tool available to help the newly sober make the difficult transition from rehab to the real world.

Dr. Phil’s Path to Recovery VR experiences depict various scenarios that are common triggers for individuals reentering the world outside of rehab. Each scenario features a face-to-face experience with Dr. Phil.

This powerful new virtual reality tool for use in the fight against addiction was created with inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities in mind. The RE:NEW wellness portal will help direct people to the various facilities that offer DR. Phil’s virtual reality experiences as part of their treatment program.

"Dr. Phil's Samsung Gear VR experience highlights the types of useful content people will be drawn to VR for at a time when some wonder about the initial viability of the virtual reality market." said Lisa Padilla, NewPathVR's founder and CEO. She continued, "Wellness products will drive adoption because they represent meaningful content people will use on a daily basis to change their lives."

Dr. Phil’s Path to Recovery’s two-step supplemental strategy includes virtual sessions with Dr. Phil, accompanied by workbook exercises designed to be completed and discussed with each facility’s counseling staff.

Designed specifically for those struggling with addiction, it represents the culmination of more than four decades of experience Dr. Phil has working in the mental health profession and addiction recovery. Dr. Phil’s Path to Recovery uses virtual reality to help people confront all of the problems in their life (not limited to addiction), identify the causes, and start working toward permanent solutions. You'll be able to find Dr. Phil's Path to Recovery VR program on RE:NEW starting this week and at participating rehab centers.

About Dr. Phil
The creators of this program, Dr. Phil McGraw, who has more than 45 years of experience working in the mental health profession, and Jay McGraw, understand what it takes for someone to make a drastic change in the direction of their life. Initially launched in early 2017, it has been enthusiastically received by reputable facilities coast to coast.

About NewPathVR
NewPath VR creates research-driven virtual reality experiences for personal development and emotional wellbeing. The company creates experiences using its proprietary Active Psychology™ platform which is based on extensive psychological research with the goal of evoking positive change through transformative technology. We also power the world’s first VR wellness portal — RE:NEW (RenewVR.com).

Contact:
Lisa Padilla, CEO
NewPathVR
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http://newpathvr.com
(415) 637-9456


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Fearless Receives RenewVR’s Editors’ Choice Award

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (PRWEB) AUGUST 09, 2017 — NewPathVR is proud to announce that this month’s RE:NEW Editors’ Choice Award goes to Fearless, a virtual reality product focused on helping people overcome phobias and fears. Fearless was chosen for its leadership role as one of the first commercially available VR products to demonstrate the transformative power of VR for use for psychological wellness.

Many people have successfully overcome phobias using Fearless. The product currently has modules for three phobias: spiders (arachnophobia), cock roaches (katsaridaphobia), and bees (apiphobia). Fearless is based on the proven effectiveness of exposure therapy as the most effective treatment for phobias. Fearless is currently available for Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR.

“Products like Fearless represent the kind of innovation we love to see because the developers are applying the transformative powers of virtual reality with the psychological skills and tools that help people address their personal development,” said Lisa Padilla, the founder and CEO of NewPathVR. “We encourage VR creators to think about the psychological and emotional issues that affect people and learn what would improve their lives from a personal development standpoint. VR has proven abilities to help people improve their psychological and emotional wellbeing, and Fearless is a pioneer in bringing these kinds of benefit to the public.”

“Fear limits our actions and experiences. We evolved fear to protect us from danger, but often our fears are out of whack with our current reality,” said Tim Suzman, Founder of Fearless. “If unwanted fears were eliminated, I think people could lead more fulfilling lives.”

NewPathVR is presently focused on products for the consumer wellness market, particularly for stress and anxiety. The company is working on products that help build skills for mindfulness, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. “We are very excited to get these innovative skills into the hands of people,” said Padilla, “and change lives for the better.” “Stress is a $300 billion cost to the US alone so we think we can make a large economic impact as well.”

Find wellness apps such as Fearless at http://www.RenewVR.com.

About NewPathVR:

NewPathVR is the creator of personal development and emotional intelligence applications in virtual reality. The company uses research-based methods to create wellness applications for VR with the goal of evoking positive change through transformative technology. The company’s VR wellness portal, RenewVR, is the only site dedicated to VR wellness products.

Contact:

Ashild Fossum
Marketing and PR
NewPathVR
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1390 Market Street #2710
San Francisco, CA 94102

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5 Meditation Tips for an Overactive Mind

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Many gurus, spiritual teachers, and psychologists talk about how meditation is easy, relaxing, and soothing. This may be true for some people. However, for those of you, like myself, who have an overactive mind, meditation never really has come easily to me and sometimes it is not exactly relaxing for me either. In fact, about a couple years ago, my mind was so preoccupied with some difficult circumstances I was going through, that I couldn’t even meditate. This surprised me because I had been practicing meditation and breathing exercises for over 10 years. I remember I spoke to a spiritual life coach about my difficulty meditating and she told me that I probably was not able to actually meditate now; and that it likely was difficult for me to meditate because I had an overactive mind.

Meditation was supposed to be something I could use to soothe and quiet my mind. However, it eventually had become a chore for me and even somewhat stressful at times.

I asked my life coach for advice and she gave some specific tips to help me with my meditation practice that actually worked and helped me quiet my mind. I believe these strategies will help anyone who has an overactive mind or has found it difficult to meditate….

1. In order to help quiet my mind, I began to listen to guided relaxation before I began to meditate. I searched for guided relaxation and guided meditation on YouTube and iTunes and found some that I particularly liked. I found Davidji and really liked his guided meditations. I would listen to that and others immediately before my meditation.

2. Another strategy I found helpful to quiet my mind is to start my meditation immediately after I had done yoga. Yoga seems to help me release some tension and makes it easier to focus my mind. So, I would start my meditation immediately after I did some yoga.

Additionally, while I meditated, I tried two different techniques that I previously had not tried that also helped me quiet my mind more.

3. I focused on a candle rather than my breath or a mantra. I don’t know why, maybe because I am more of a visual person, but looking at a candle did seem to give my mind something to concentrate on rather than my breath or a mantra.

4. Sometimes, I also would close my eyes but focus on placing my awareness or looking at my third eye or the space where my third eye is. Again, this gave me something to visually focus on, which seemed to help my overactive mind quiet down a bit.

5. I also changed my attitude about meditation. Some of the spiritual gurus talk about how meditation should result in enlightenment, quieting your mind, or finding the “gap” between your thoughts. I have been meditating now for over 10 years and I have never been able to fully quiet my mind for a long period of time or get into the “gap” between my thoughts; let alone enlightenment. What I have found, though, is the conscious act of coming back to place my attention on my third eye or a candle while my mind starts to drift during meditation does provide me with some moments of peace and solitude.

I believe the conscious act of coming back to what you are focusing your attention on while meditating when you become distracted is as equally important as the moments of quiet you experience. I also believe this has helped me become more disciplined with my thinking and behavior throughout the day, which tends to help me generate more peace, purpose, and gratitude as I go about my daily tasks and responsibilities. This is something that I am truly grateful for and one of the reasons why I continue to make meditation a daily practice in my life.

Peace,
Matthew Welsh
Founder of Spiritual Media Blog

Spiritualmediablog.com

Physical Health Benefits of Meditation

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There are many physical health benefits to be gained from meditation, proven by research. Here are some great reasons to start, or restart your meditation practice.

Meditation reduces risk of heart diseases and stroke than any other illness. More people die of heart diseases in the world than any other illness. In a study published in late 2012, a group of over 200 high-risk individuals was asked to either take a health education class promoting better diet and exercise or take a class on Transcendental Meditation. During the next 5 years researchers accompanying the participants found that those who took the meditation class had a 48% reduction in their overall risk of heart attack, stroke and death. They noted that meditation “significantly reduced risk for mortality, myocardial infarction, and stroke in coronary heart disease patients. These changes were associated with lower blood pressure and psychosocial stress factors.” There are also other researchers pointing out similar conclusions, about related health conditions.

Meditation affects genes that control stress and immunity. A study from Harvard Medical School demonstrates that, after a practicing yoga and meditation, the individuals had improved mitochondrial energy production, consumption, and resiliency. This improvement develops a higher immunity in the system and resilience to stress.

Meditation reduces blood pressure clinical research has demonstrated that the practice of Zen Meditation (also known as “Zazen”) reduces stress and high blood pressure. Another experiment, this time with a technique called “relaxation response”, yielded similar results, with 2/3 of high blood pressure patients showing significant drops in blood pressure after 3 months of meditation, and, consequently, less need for medication. This is because relaxation results in the formation of nitric oxide, which opens up your blood vessels.

Mindfulness training decreases inflammatory disorders. A study conducted in France and Spain at the UW-Madison Waisman Centre indicates that the practice of mindfulness meditation produces a range of genetic and molecular effects on the participants. More specifically, it was noted reduced levels of pro-inflammatory genes, which in turn correlated with faster physical recovery from a stressful situation.

Mindfulness practice helps prevent asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. In research conducted by neuroscientists of the University of WisconsinMadison (), two groups of people were exposed to different methods of stress control. One of them received mindfulness training, while the other received nutritional education, exercise and music therapy. The study concluded that mindfulness techniques were more effective in relieving inflammatory symptoms than other activities that promote well-being.

Meditation and meditative prayer help treat premenstrual syndrome and menopausal symptoms; This is the conclusion of over 20 randomised control studies taken from PubMed, PsycInfo, and the Cochrane Databases, involving the techniques of Meditation, Meditative Prayer, Yoga, Relaxation Response.

Mindfulness meditation reduces risk of Alzheimer and premature death. Results from recent research, published online in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity, states that just 30 minutes of meditation a day not only reduces the sense of loneliness, but also reduces the risk of heart disease, depression, Alzheimer’s and premature death.

Mindfulness training is helpful for patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia. In a study published in PubMed, 11 participants that suffered from fibromyalgia underwent an 8-week mindfulness training. As a result, the researchers found significant improvement in the overall health status of the participants and in symptoms of stiffness, anxiety, and depression. Significant improvements were also seen in the reported number of days “felt good” and number of days “missed work” because of fibromyalgia.

Meditation helps manage the heart rate and respiratory rate. In a study published by the Korean Association of Genuine Traditional Medicine, practitioners of “Integrated Amrita Meditation Technique” showed a significant decrease in heart rate and respiratory rate for up to 8 months after the training period.

Mindfulness meditation may even help treat HIV. Quoting from a study from UCLA: Lymphocytes, or simply CD4 T cells, are the “brains” of the immune system, coordinating its activity when the body comes under attack. They are also the cells that are attacked by HIV, the devastating virus that causes AIDS and has infected roughly 40 million people worldwide. The virus slowly eats away at CD4 T cells, weakening the immune system. But the immune systems of HIV/AIDS patients face another enemy as well – stress, which can accelerate CD4 T cell declines. Now, researchers at UCLA report that the practice of mindfulness meditation stopped the decline of CD4 T cells in HIV-positive patients suffering from stress, slowing the progression of the disease.(…) Creswell and his colleagues ran an eight-week mindfulness-based stress-reduction (MBSR) meditation program and compared it to a one-day MBSR control seminar, using a stressed and ethnically diverse sample of 48 HIV-positive adults in Los Angeles. Participants in the eight-week group showed no loss of CD4 T cells, indicating that mindfulness meditation training can buffer declines. In contrast, the control group showed significant declines in CD4 T cells from pre-study to post-study. Such declines are a characteristic hallmark of HIV progression.

Since you're going to be so much healthier, there's more reason to hang around longer and meditation may also make you live longer. Telomeres are an essential part of human cells that affect how our cells age. Though the research is not conclusive yet, there is data suggesting that “that some forms of meditation may have salutary effects on telomere length by reducing cognitive stress and stress arousal and increasing positive states of mind and hormonal factors that may promote telomere maintenance.”

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