your app for pain and anxiety
Flowly is a mobile app for pain and anxiety. Explore interactive experiences that teach you how to regulate your nervous system through relaxation training, keep track of your progress, and share it all with a supportive community. All content can be experienced on your phone, or in a VR headset that comes with a subscription.
Our Story Begins...
Celine Tien Julien Soros Narae Kim
with a storyteller, an engineer, and an artist.
Celine is a storyteller from Yale and DreamWorks, developing traditional and interactive content. But growing up around pancreatic cancer patients, the majority of whom are in incredible pain, Celine felt strongly about developing a tool for people who suffered from pain. There needed to be a platform that addressed physical pain, but also the anxiety, depression and social isolation that accompanies it.
She called upon Julien, an engineer from Yale and Hyperloop One, to build out an effective but accessible biofeedback system.
Celine then convinced Narae, an award-winning visual artist and designer from CalArts, to create breathtaking virtual worlds that users could explore.
Together, the three of them spent hundreds of hours working one-on-one with chronic pain patients, listening to their stories, engineering Flowly to integrate community, therapy, and just plain ol’ fun.
How Does It Work?
Manage Pain and Anxiety through VR and Relaxation Training
Flowly offers Virtual Reality (VR) experiences that engage you in biofeedback for relaxation training. That means, with a VR headset and sensor (we send you with every subscription), you will be able to monitor and adjust how you breathe, how you focus, and learn how to better regulate your own nervous system. All while immersed in beautiful and relaxing VR environments.
Keep Track of your Progress
Flowly will collect and analyze your progress through each session. You can keep track of everything from your pain and anxiety levels, to how your heart rate changes day to day.
Share in the Community
Managing pain and anxiety is often an isolating experience. Flowly wants to create a safe and supportive space where members can share and engage with one another through positive and information-based forums.
Who makes it work?
We work with a world class group of institutions, doctors, and therapists.
Pierre-Etienne Vannier, MSc
Program Development Specialist
Dr. Robert D. Tien
Former Director of Neuroradiology and Neuro-MR at Duke University
Founder of CIRJ
Dr. William Schmidt
Former President of the Eastern Pain Association
Head of NorthStar Consulting, providing advice on clinical studies of novel analgesic drugs
Why Does It Work?
Flowly marries two powerful approaches to pain and anxiety management: biofeedback for relaxation training and Virtual Reality. There are over 1,000+ studies dedicated to biofeedback and Virtual Reality therapies. Flowly itself is partnered with UPMC and USC for upcoming clinical trials with a grant awarded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Safe and Easy to Use
Flowly is completely non-invasive, digital, and fits in your pocket. The external VR headset and sensor are slip-on’s and clip-on’s, and easily removable. Throughout hundreds of user tests, no users have reported negative side effects.
Flowly’s mission is to take typically inaccessible therapies like biofeedback and Virtual Reality, and put it (literally) in the hands of the people who need it most. That means you can use Flowly in bed, at work, even pulled over on the side of the road (yes, some of our users have done that when they had a bad pain flare up!)