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For many of us, relaxation means zoning out in front of the TV at the end of a stressful day. But this does little to reduce the damaging effects of stress. To effectively combat stress, we need to activate the body’s natural relaxation response. The “Relaxation Response” was discovered and coined by AIS Founding Trustee and Fellow, Dr. Herbert Benson. The relaxation response is a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress (e.g., decreases in heart rate, blood pressure, rate of breathing, and muscle tension).

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astradream realize screen concepts and environments based on the breathing pictures™ of Swiss Artist Stan Adard  and supports these breathing projects in all aspects.

Breathing pictures

Place an image in the entrance area of your company or in a place where there are as many employees as possible. The sheer presence of the image will cause your employees to pause for a moment to see the respiratory movement.

With appropriate instructions your employees understand that it is important to adjust your own breath for a brief moment to the picture. And this makes them aware of their breathing.

Breathing Walls

If you have more space available, or your design concept allows it, a complete wall with a breathing picture is just the right thing. We support you in setting up and realizing the project.

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In 2015, Forbes Magazine reported on stress-health connection studies headlined “Workplace Stress Responsible For Up To $190B In Annual U.S. Healthcare Costs.”
Long and late work hours, high intensity work, the need to manage across borders, unprecedented rates of change caused by technology and organization, and many other forces have a tremendous impact on employees. Thus, companies of any size have recognized that employee health and motivation are important cost factors in running their businesses.
“It’s high time companies start giving back to their employees – and we’re not referring to a plate of cookies or stale croissants every other year.” Abigail Thorpe,, Oct. 2015

Doctors, dentists, and lawyers can easily counter clients’ anxieties by installing breathing pictures in waiting rooms.


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Conscious breathing has a direct impact on emotional control. In Psychology Today (2013/04), Dr. Emma Seppälä notes that breathing is a powerful tool for calming the mind.
“We have an intuitive understanding that the breath can regulate our mind and emotions. Most of us have either told others or been told ourselves to ‘take a deep breath’ when things got challenging. One of the reasons why breathing can change how we feel is that emotions and breathing are closely connected.”
A research study by Pierre Phillipot revealed that different emotional states are characterized by distinct respiration patterns.
However, because breathing happens automatically, many of us don’t give it as much attention as it deserves, nor have we learned to harness its full potential in calming our minds.

A breathing picture acts as a mentor that reminds you to breathe consciously in a calming pattern.

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Stan Adard works with high end 3D modeling and rendering software to create his artwork. Each breathing picture consists of a series of individual frames that are brought together as an animation.
Depending on the artwork, a single breathing picture is based on several hundred to several thousand single frames. The flow is ensured by a specially developed videoloop device.

A breathing picture consists of

  • the artwork (3D construction/animation), limited edition of 3
  • the display (high end display or high end LED wall with carefully mastered luminosity, brightness, contrast and more)
  • the videolooper device (to display the breathing picture endlessly)
  • the artful frame (depending on the display and environment)
  • the light sensor (option)
  • certificate of authenticity (
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  • Breathing pictures are first of all wonderful artworks
  • Conscious breathing is independent of culture, religion, gender and social status
  • Breathing pictures produce a relaxed and inspiring environment
  • Breathing pictures support natural human breath patterns
  • Breathing pictures reduce stress and fear and increase the feeling of wellbeing and the individual performance
  • Breathing pictures and breathing environments are easy to install
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