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Introducing Serenity: the relaxation app

by Florence Arnold
January 30, 20124 comments

Serenity app icon

Stress in small doses is a good thing. Given an achievable goal and controlled timeframe, stress keeps you out of the doldrums. If your boss gives you a challenging project within your resources and abilities, your day flies by. Stress mobilizes you appropriately if you are an antelope running from a lion, or if you are held at gunpoint.

Problems arise when the chase never stops, when your boss gives you tasks you do not have the resources to solve, or when you are stuck in traffic for hours and don’t know if it will end.


Technology is not usually seen as an optimal tool for handling stress. I was doubtful when I began producing Serenity. After fifteen years as a massage therapist, I was sure that technology could do nothing more than create more problems than it solved. But I decided to set doubt aside and suspend preconceived notions.

My first intention for Serenity was to give people a tool to help them pause. I’ve seen way too many folks tie their bodymind into knots — literally — for lack of pausing. I also wanted to help people who could use pleasant distraction from chronic pain, or who wanted to complement stress-reliving things they were doing already (like yoga and meditation).

From the reviews in the app store so far, it looks like the intention came through.

Overall, the reviews are amazing and, although Serenity lacks the mega-hit factor of certain other taptaptap apps, the people using Serenity are passionate about it.

On the website, I alluded to using Serenity to take a “sound bath”. If you just purchased Serenity and are wondering what to do with it, this is a good place to start:


Sound Bath Recipe


  • Serenity
  • headphone set or airplay-enabled device
  • You

Mix these ingredients in a quiet room. Minimize distractions by closing the door, making sure kids and pets are occupied, the lights are dimmed, ringers and TV off. Make sure that you won’t be too distracted by hunger or thirst. Lay comfortably on the floor or on a couch near the speakers, or put on headphones.

Put a blanket over yourself if you are cold. In a few minutes, your heart rate will start to slow to match, which may cause your body temperature to drop as you relax.

Select a screen that strikes your fancy and set the timer to 15-20 minutes. As the music plays, let the sound wash over you. Focus on your breathing, letting it become deep, slow and regular. Set aside any “to-do’s” that come to mind. Just take note of them and let them go. You can watch the movie play for a while and then close your eyes.

When you are done with your sound bath, get up slowly, stretching a little and transition back to life gently.

Call it the softer, sweeter side of tap tap tap. Call it techno-medicine. I hope you enjoy.



The Team

Many talented individuals helped Serenity through its sometimes messy birth process:

Corwin Derkatch – Lead Programmer
Wolfgang Bartelme – Graphic Designer
Florence Arnold – Producer
Josh Mobley – Sound Designer
Art Gillespie – Binaural Beat Generator Programmer
Karl Baron – Web Programmer
John Casasanta – Executive Producer

For all the details on Serenity, please visit

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  1. Dane
    11:39am, January 31, 2012

    Yes, we all need a little peace in the craze of the day. App looks great well done!

  2. Marcel
    3:17am, February 9, 2012

    I like the app but does the app works with an ipad1 and the digital av cable on my HD Tv?

  3. Greg
    12:05pm, February 12, 2012

    Serenity is nice and has some polish you don’t see in most other similar apps. However, I do wish there were a way to get less compressed versions of the visuals. Many of the ones in the app (the jellyfish one and the beach scene come to mind the most) have visually distracting compression artifacts, even on an iPhone, that I find to be a mental obstacle I must get over to clear my mind. Perhaps if the app came with the animations it does now, and also included an option for downloading higher-quality versions for those interested, we could find ourselves in an ideal situation.

  4. Brandon
    1:14pm, March 8, 2012

    Nice app, makes me think about switching out my Android phone for an iPhone.

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