Stefan Chmelik | Vagus Nerve Toning: The Science + Spirit of Healing From Stress With Sensate

“To go and spend time in nature; amongst plants and trees is one of the most balancing and healing things that you can do. The human vagus nerve is 400-500 million years old whereas our human brain is only about 1 million years old. So, our body and our autonomic nervous system respond to these cues of noise and sound in a profound way.” – Stefan Chmelik 

Wellness + Wisdom Episode 484

Inventor and Co-Founder of Sensate, Stefan Chmelik, shares how their device helps heal anxiety + brings you back to a state of equilibrium, the importance of building antifragility in our modern world and how to do that, why it is so vital to spend time in nature and how Sensate is specifically designed to bring this specific healing power to people who live in large cities.

As a collective, our stress levels are at an all-time high.

What can we do to heal the impact of day-to-day overstimulation?

Find out how Sensate, essentially a healing singing stone, uses infrasonic resonance, vagus nerve stimulation, and soundscapes to bring relief to your nervous system.

To go and spend time in nature; amongst plants + trees is one of the most balancing and healing things that you can do. Our body + autonomic nervous system respond to these cues of noise + sound in a profound way.' - Stefan Chmelik @MySensateClick To Tweet

SENSATE: Your Key to Calm

Stefan Chmelik | Vagus Nerve Toning: The Science + Spirit of Healing From Stress With SensateFor many of us, our body’s built-in stress management system is in overdrive. With a nervous system chronically stuck in fight/flight/freeze mode, your body is not receiving adequate time to rest and recover from everyday stressors.

Sensate uses the natural power of infrasonic resonance to calm your body’s nervous system, providing immediate relief from stress & anxiety while improving sleep.

Infrasonic Wave Technology

Sensate's novel patented technology was designed to send infrasonic waves through the chest, to reach the vagus nerve that sits deep in the core of our nervous system. By speaking to our body's command center, we can control how we respond to all the positive and negative things that we experience each day.

Together with the specially composed hemispheric audio within the app, users report feeling calmer from the very first session.

Stress, meet science

A groundbreaking innovation in wellness technology, Sensate uses the natural power of sonic resonance to calm your body’s nervous system, providing immediate relief and long-term benefits from regular use.

With Sensate you will be able to:

  • Calm your nerves
  • Improve stress resilience
  • Increase Heart Rate Variability (HRV)


Listen To Episode 484 As Stefan Chmelik Uncovers:

[1:30] Sensate: The Healing Singing Stone

[18:30] How to Build Resilience + Anti-Fragility

  • Their focus on integrative medicine at Sensate and how they've embedded that in their mission.
  • Why, as a collective, our stress levels are at an all-time high, and the impact of being overstimulated every day by too much information coming in and the nature of the content.
  • The power of building resiliency and anti-fragility for greater balance.
  • Consequences we are seeing in real-time due to the way that mankind has mistreated Mother Nature.
  • The impact of technology on humans; especially for our youngest generations.
  • Dangers of getting too used to the quick dopamine hits from short pieces of content like on TikTok.
  • What a possible solution to TikTok could look like for humanity by focusing on anti-fragility and resiliency.
  • The absolute truth that money and wealth do not lead to happiness.
  • Why Stefan believes in removing comforts systematically from your life and how to go about doing that.
  • How tools like a cold plunge are great for removing comforts and building up both resiliency and anti-fragility.

[27:30] Biohacking Mother Nature's Healing Powers at Home

[37:00] Conscious Technology Use + Humanity's Next Phase of Life

[45:40] The Research + Development of Sensate

  • How we can build greater stress resilience and measure it through HRV with Sensate.
  • Why Stefan believes that Sensate's primary use is to increase connection.
  • How Sensate was designed to be placed on the upper body and not as a headset to achieve their mission of boosting greater well-being for the user.
  • The research and development in clinics with patients that Sensate went through with their product before presenting it to the public.
  • Their goal to have a measurable HRV impact on the user by the 20-minute mark but it actually was 10 minutes in their research.
  • Why they decided not to have Sensate be a medical device but a direct-to-consumer product in order to be able to help more people as quickly as possible.
  • The fact that subjective wellbeing does exist from user to user, what it is, and why Stefan thinks that's extremely important.
  • How you can do a subjective wellbeing test on yourself each day as an opportunity to tune in with how your body + mind are feeling.
  • Why HRV is more complex than we could ever imagine.

[51:30] Clean Stress vs Dirty Stress

  • Why vagal nerve tone is an extremely beneficial metric to better understand someone's health.
  • Explaining the vagus nerve‘s direct connection and representation of gut-brain axis connection.
  • How improving your vagus nerve's health will positively impact the wellbeing of the rest of the body and brain.
  • Breaking down the difference between clean stress and dirty stress.
  • Why we're feeling extremely unsafe and threatened even though, in reality, we live in an overall very safe world.
  • The day-to-day dirty stress we may feel with emails, text messages, and work deadlines that we cannot avoid.
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  • Exploring the fact that animals in the wild do not get PTSD because they have built-in mechanisms to shake off trauma.
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  • The power of the breath and the fact that it is the first and last physical movement we do in life with infinite breaths in between.
  • What spacial sound is and how they're mixing it in with their product for a 4D sound experience with the physical sensation.
  • How centuries ago churches and organs were designed for spacial sound to create a sense of awe and wonder that you would also experience with Sensate.
  • Stefan's last pieces of advice for living life well including leading a purpose-based life.
  • Why we should aim for contentness, not for happiness.

Power Quotes From The Show

Many people know about resilience but the majority don't know about how to become antifragile. It's not about how much pain you can tolerate. Antifragility is the idea that you get stronger as a result of challenge. - Stefan Chmelik @MySensateClick To Tweet

The Social Media Experiment on our Youngest Generations

“The people who design social media and games, they know what they're doing. This is a huge experiment and we are witnessing the first generation of human beings ever who we are doing this with. We have no idea really what the long-term implications are. This is why I talk about the importance of antifragility. One of the most heartbreaking things that I think is going on in the world is the epidemic of anxiety in younger people. I think it's a very difficult world to grow up in and the pandemic highlighted that even more because meaningful connection has been harder and harder to build with the rise of technology.” – Stefan Chmelik

Benefits of Becoming Antifragile

“Many people know about resilience and its benefits if it's done in a non-macho way, but the majority don't know about how to become antifragile. It's not about survival or how much pain or discomfort you can tolerate. Antifragility, which is a biological mechanism, is the idea that you get stronger as a result of challenge.”  – Stefan Chmelik

Experiencing the Healing Power of Nature at Home

“Most people still live in cities so how do you expose people to the healing benefits of nature? These people who live in apartments might not have a park nearby to go to let alone a countryside to go out into. There's so much research out there now especially from Japan about the benefits of forest bathing or shinrin-yoku; it is literally one of the strongest medicines. To go and spend time in nature; amongst plants and trees is one of the most balancing and healing things that you can do…

…I certainly recommend that people do it every week, even every day if they can. At Sensate, we're helping hold people by the hand and taking them down that path by including nature noises in the tracks; sometimes subliminal and sometimes obvious. The human vagus nerve is 400-500 million years old whereas our human brain is only about 1 million years old. So, our body and our autonomic nervous system respond to these cues of noise and sound in a profound way that we don't even know or can't interpret with our human brain.”  – Stefan Chmelik


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About Stefan Chmelik

Immersed in meditation teaching and natural medicine since birth, Stefan Chmelik started his journey into meditation before the age of 10. One of the most experienced and highly qualified whole-person healthcare practitioners of his generation, and the UK’s leading integrated TCM expert. He has been dedicated professionally to healthcare for the last 30 years and founded the pioneering New Medicine Group team, leading the way in integrated healthcare in the UK.

Stefan’s mission now is to help people find their way towards the fullest possible health and happiness through the use of technology as an aid to profound relaxation.

Stefan's Own Wellness Journey

“My own meditation practice started over 45 years ago, and has included extended Vipassana retreats and several years spent studying under Buddhist Masters, including Ajahn Sumedho, Abbot of Amaravati Buddhist Monastery and Tibetan High Llama’s. I have undertaken the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme (MBSR) training and have completed silent retreats under S.N.Goenka and Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness.”

Stefan is a published and best selling author and has written or contributed to numerous articles and books on health. He is a Masters level researcher, lecturer and mentor.

His time is now dedicated to supporting global impact through improving mental health via BioSelf Technology and the groundbreaking technology he invented, Sensate.


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Josh Trent lives in Austin, Texas with his love Carrie Michelle, son Novah, and a cat named Cleo. He is the Founder of Wellness Force Media, host of the Wellness + Wisdom Podcast and the creator of the BREATHE: Breath & Wellness Program. Josh has spent the past 19+ years as a trainer, researcher, and facilitator discovering the physical and emotional intelligence for humans to thrive in our modern world. The Wellness Force Media Mission is to help humans heal mental, emotional, and physical health through podcasts, programs, and a global community that believes in optimizing our potential to live life well.

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