The science behind Envol

 

Envol is a holistic healing tool to help users improve their health and feel better. 

When the right conditions are combined day after day, our body can recharge, heal and thrive. These conditions, that we call 'nourishments', are the following basic needs:

Natural light (sunlight)

Healthy food

Contact with the Earth / nature (park, sea, beach, forest, etc.)

Gratitude / Love (for others, for yourself, for life)

• The balance between physical activity and rest (mental rest & sleep)

The positive effect of the above needs / activities on human health has been medically proven in many studies (which we have collected and mentioned on this page below).

All these conditions together and a special algorithm create Envol’s ''Recharge score'', which is an indicator of users’ efforts in improving their health and well-being.

In July 2021, the Envol team conducted a study on 220 participants to assess Envol's effects on health, energy and well-being.

During this 4 week study, users reported that they:

  • improved their health
  • had more energy
  • improved their mood
  • experienced less symptoms
  • improved their productivity

(see whole study down this page).

To help users improve their recharge score and access a state of restorative healing, Envol users can also use the Toolbox in the app with guided meditations, positive affirmations, empowering music, 3D sound journeys and a breathing module.

 

Medical papers and literature

Sunlight

 

Healthy food

 

Nature / contact with nature

 

Gratitude

 

Mental rest

 

Movement / physical activity

 

Sleep

 

Combination of health resources

Lifestyle

Food/Physical activity/healthy lifestyle

Physical activity, Outdoors and mental health

Physical activity & Sleep

Physical activity, sleep & rest balance

 

 

Medical research conducted by Envol

(extract from the full research paper, which will be published here soon)

 

From our anecdotal experiences, we knew that the Envol concept can transform healing journeys. To take our understanding of its potential to the next level, we needed to scientifically test these ideas. So, we sought out to conduct a global study to gather perspectives from individuals from diverse backgrounds, yet all with one thing in common: the desire to take control of their health and improve their wellbeing.

Our final study included results from over 200 participants, from all corners of the world such as The United States, Canada, France, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. 

All respondents were above 18 years old and agreed to participate on a voluntary basis. Every respondent also kindly gave permission for us to use their anonymized, collectively pooled data to learn more about how they benefit from Envol.

We made observations using the SF-36 Health Survey. The SF-36 is a 36-item questionnaire that assesses health and wellbeing across several dimensions. It is one of the top scales used in medical research to evaluate quality of life, and has been used in similar studies in the past to test the effectiveness of health programs, including health mobile apps.

In order to directly compare the start and end scores on the eight variables of interest (1. Physical functioning, 2. Role functioning/physical, 3. Role functioning/emotional, 4. Energy/fatigue, 5. Emotional well-being, 6. Social functioning, 7. Pain, 8. General health perceptions), a series of paired-sample t-tests was computed by an experienced researcher. 

Results showed that all the differences in the different dimensions were statistically significant. Specifically, in the case of each of the eight health concepts, the higher scores were obtained in the end phase, compared to the start phase. These higher scores reflect the efficacy of Envol in increasing health quality of life across multiple dimensions.

 

Comparison of the eight health concepts between start and end phase 

Health concept

Mstart

SDstart

Mend

SDend

t

df

p

Physical functioning

70.28

27.29

74.40

26.02

-4.172

217

.000

Role functioning/physical

29.70

38.00

46.67

40.84

-6.580

217

.000

Role functioning/emotional

33.95

39.37

55.56

42.65

-6.680

215

.000

Energy/fatigue

30.86

19.77

44.61

23.44

-10.440

215

.000

Emotional well-being

51.46

19.35

63.85

18.50

-10.208

215

.000

Social functioning

44.33

26.35

58.62

28.84

-9.142

215

.000

Pain

51.79

25.58

65.39

25.81

-9.009

215

.000

General health

42.85

20.29

52.31

21.23

-10.624

213

.000

 

We then narrowed the analysis to look at symptom severity among participants who only used Envol and no other health applications during the past few weeks. In addition to examining the differences concerning the health concepts, we examined the differences in symptom severity between the start and the end phase. Specifically, respondents were asked to rate the symptom severity at the moment of completing the survey, on average in the past few weeks prior to completing the survey, and at their worst in the past few weeks.

Results showed that the symptom severity was reduced in the end phase, compared to the start phase, regardless of the measure of symptom severity that was observed (right now, on average, or at worst). These reduced scores reflect the efficacy of Envol in helping individuals manage and reduce symptoms related to chronic pain and chronic illness.

 

Comparison of the symptom severity between the start and the end phase 

Symptom severity

Mstart

SDstart

Mend

SDend

t

df

p

right now

6.50

2.11

5.50

2.26

4.498

105

.000

on average

6.70

1.78

5.96

2.10

4.219

105

.000

at worst

8.45

1.93

7.72

2.01

3.477

105

.001

Some additional results from the study were:

  • 92% improvement in overall mood across users
  • 86% improvement in managing anxious symptoms across users
  • 82% improvement in managing depressive symptoms across users
  • 92% improvement in energy levels across users
  • 71% improvement in productivity levels across users

The above results are just a sample of the full analyses from the study, which will be published next month in an in-depth White Paper.

We thank all our amazing participants for engaging us in this research, and we are thrilled to see the efficacy of Envol demonstrated scientifically.