Questions and Answers About Somatron
What is a Somatron?
is a device that produces a vibrotactile effect when connected
to a sound source. Vibrotactile here means physical vibrations
felt by your body.
What are the benefits
of a Somatron?
soothing vibrations relax tight muscles and stimulate
the entire back, spine, and legs, which result in relief
of muscle tension and deep relaxation.
Facilitate the "Relaxation Response"
Promote inner peace
Increase the quality of life
soothe restless behavior
Relax muscular hyper-tauticity
Improve range of motion
Offer auditory and physical stimulation
Promote muscle tone
Enhance communication skill
Develop sensory awareness
Enhance music appreciation
Do Somatrons produce any other
Somatron chairs recline to the Trendelenberg or physician
recommended 90/90 position. This is the position
used by NASA astronauts during take off. In this
unique reclined position you reduce pressure on your spine,
relieve muscle tension and increase overall circulation.
Why is a Somatron better than any
other vibrating device?
a MUCH more powerful tool to achieve the MIND/BODY connection
than mechanical vibrations. Mechanical vibrating
devices only work at one speed at a time. Somatrons
vibrate at many speeds simultaneously because their driving
source is music. Each musical note played by each
instrument comprises several speeds of vibrations.
On a Somatron you feel a variety of speeds of vibrations
at the same time. In addition, as these vibrations
move from speaker to speaker, you will experience a rippling
sensation. Waves of vibrations will move throughout
Does the volume have to be loud
to be effective?
The volume on the Somatron does not have to be loud to
be effective. In addition, even though softer music
produces gentler vibrations, it produces similar beneficial
Does it sound loud in the room?
Eleven years of vibrotactile engineering have resulted
in Somatrons producing minimal sound in the room.
Somatron use will not disturb others nearby.
What music should I use?
Therapeutic Music Series is best. However, Somatrons
enhance all music by adding the vibrotactile effect.
For the maximum vibrotactile effect, use music with many
low bass notes. For stress reduction, use calm,
relaxing music. Many cassette tapes and CD's have
been developed specifically for this purpose. Since
music preference is personal and diverse, we recommend
How long should I use the Somatron
|Just as long
as you like! Somatrons are effective for short periods
of 10 to 20 minutes, or for hours of continuous pure pleasure.
How long have Somatrons been around?
Examine our list of clients; it's quite impressive.
You are in good company with a Somatron!
What about warranty?
are warranted for 1 year. Since there are no moving
parts other than the speaker cones, there is very little
that can go wrong. Should problems occur on portable
Somatrons that are convenient to ship, the
Somatron Vibroacoustic Products
will exchange your unit for a new one (this includes the
Music Recliner Cushion). The larger Professional
Recliner is generally serviced at your home or clinic
by a reliable local electronic technician, at no cost
to you. The only moving part on the Professional
Power Recliner is the motor, which is the same as that
used on hospital lift beds. We have not had to repair
or replace a single one of these since the first Somatron
Professional Recliner was sold in 1988.
How do Somatrons vibrate to music?
Somatron Vibroacoustic Products has developed a patented system of "Floating"
resonating chambers, call the "Second Diaphragm System"
that allows the Somatron user to actually feel music vibrations.
What exactly is the Second Diaphragm
Diaphragm System refers to a sound board suspended
by pure rubber above the speaker(s). Its vibrations
are created exclusively from sound pressure produced by
the speakers. This movement is felt by the body
as physical vibrations.
What electronic equipment drives
the Second Diaphragm System ?
vibrotactile technology places high quality stereo speakers
under the body area. These speakers are manufactured
by Somatron specifically for Somatron vibrotactile applications.
The patented "Second Diaphragm" is installed
permanently above these speakers.
How can anyone fit sub woofers
in such a small space?
The tuned air space between the speakers and the patented
"Second Diaphragm" expand the low frequencies
to feel as if they are sub frequencies.
This is similar to the effect "The Boos Corporation"
has developed in their Wave radio system.
Can I "blow" the speakers?
All Somatron speakers are "fuse protected" against
Do I need a special stereo to run
of the new compact "Bookshelf" units in the
$200.00 to $300.00 price range are excellent choices.
Standard home stereo systems will produce wonderful
What is the recommended wattage
for a Somatron?
will work well within a wide range of power outputs of
from 5 to 100 watts. An average quality stereo with
10 to 30 watts of power is all that is necessary. ("Boom
Boxes" do not have sufficient wattage output.)
Is it difficult to hook up to a
One cable with four color-coded wires attach to your stereo.
It is the same process as hooking up a pair of speakers.
The clear instructions that come with your Somatron make
this connection easy.
Can I hook it up to my TV-VCR?
The order of connection is TV/VCR to Stereo to Somatron.
This creates spectacular effects while watching movies,
MTV, etc. It's like having Disneyland in your own
home, office, or clinic. You'll FEEL, as well as
hear, and see the program you are watching.
Somatron Vibroacoustic Products:
Somatron Vibroacoustic Products, founded in 1985 by Byron Eakin, is the leader
in the Vibroacoustic field and the standard for the industry.
As the world's most widely used and recommended
Vibroacoustic equipment, Somatron products are involved
extensively in programs conducted by hospitals, universities
and private and government facilities, including the U.S.
Air Force, the Bethesda Naval Medical Center and the National
Institutes of Health.
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