We are passionate about VR. Because it lets people expand their reality and step into new worlds.
We are passionate about a healthy lifestyle and a healthy mind. Because in the pace of the modern world it is important to find time to set peace of mind and take care of one’s wellbeing.
The moment we realized we can combine those two passions, was the point of the new beginning. Although we do not deny the importance of what we have created so far, we decided to embark upon a new course.
We see our mission in helping people in their pursuit of a happy and healthy life. We believe that only a person who found harmony with themselves and manages to maintain a proper balance between all the aspects of life is a happy person. VR Tigers aim at providing solutions which can help people in their fight with anxiety, phobias, pain and other mental health issues that can steal the joy of life.
Our enthusiasm is built on three stories that led us to where we are now and gave us confidence in what we do.
The story of success
This is the story of the VR Tigers founder, Victor.
– What did your story start with?
– With keen interest. I am a person of great enthusiasm: whatever I do, I direct all the efforts to do it as well as possible. I also typically generate many ideas on what I want to be engaged in and I don’t hesitate to jump into something new. In the end, I got so involved in everything that at some point found myself managing several different projects at the same time, giving everything I could to each of them.
– How did you feel when you reached that point?
– Such a workload couldn’t but affect the quality of my life. Fatigue, absence of ideas and any desire to move forward replaced my usual proactive, energetic, and positive attitude to life. Emotional and professional burnout found their way into my head lead by hours of intensive work. When not even friends, but colleagues and just acquaintances started noticing something was wrong, I understood it was time to do something with it. Now my priority project was to figure out a way to keep up with the pace of life while having an opportunity to maintain my wellbeing. And it should have always been the priority.
– What did you decide to do?
– The solution was to turn to psychotherapy and find techniques that could help to achieve a proper balance between work and personal life. The key issue was to pay attention to my health, especially mental health as I knew that stress and anxiety could turn into something more than burnout. So I focused on how to keep the mind sound to lessen the negative impact of stress factors.
Meditation, relaxation and rewind techniques became the tools that helped me to achieve this goal. They became the remedy that l used to cope with stress and just improve my life quality. A great advantage of meditation and relaxation techniques was their role in gaining balance and peace of mind as well as curing emotional and professional burnout.
– What was your next step after you understood you were back to normal?
– Armed with new knowledge and new experience, I headed for a new start. This time it was a VR/AR software developing company — VR Tigers. With a team of professionals driven by a common mission, VR Tigers managed to complete several successful projects I am proud of, including those related to mental health, where our team could translate own experience into the work.
The story of personal experience
This is the story of one of our developers, Ivan.
– How did you first encounter the mental health topic?
As an open-minded person, I gladly accepted a once appeared suggestion to make a try at learning hypnotherapy and trance techniques. And the first try continued with a years-long process of discovering the way words and images can affect people’s minds.
– Why did you get so interested in psychology?
My interest in psychology paired perfectly with my passion for programming. For me, psychology is very similar to software development, where we support a huge legacy codebase. And the same way as providing a certain input or an algorithm to a program can make a device perform certain calculations or actions, carefully selected words can direct the person’s mind working in a particular way.
– Tell about the pain management project you worked on.
– When VR Tigers faced a challenge of creating a mental health application, I was more than willing to be involved in it. Developing a VR experience to which I could contribute my personal knowledge and understanding of the human mind’s work was the idea that really resonated with what I have previously learned.
The app was meant to help people who suffered from chronic pain. The customer’s idea was to translate traditional methods of distracting and hypnotherapy into a virtually created environment that could enhance the effect. The combination of proven solutions with an innovative approach made it exciting and challengeable at the same time.
– What was your contribution to the project?
– As the customer initially didn’t have a prepared technical solution for many of the details of the experience, I had to think of how to convey the story to the patient the best way. My own experience in both programming and psychotherapy allowed me to come up with solutions, which would not only be technically correct but which could bring extra benefit to the therapeutical effect of the application.
– Can you say your previous experience was on point?
The fact that I have decent experience with the practical application of hypnotherapies, as well as my belief in VR as a perfect medium of those, appeared to be extremely useful for VR Tigers in creating an application that can bring people relief from pain.
The story of relief
This is the story of one of our managers, Mary.
– Why were you interested in pain management?
– When I was in my late teens, I faced a medical condition that caused recurrent pain in my shoulder. While doctors were trying to find the reason, which took several years, I eventually got used to having painkillers with me all the time to sooth pain. They were in every pocket, every purse, and every drawer to make sure I would not be left one-to-one with a burning shoulder.
When doctors finally understood what was wrong with my shoulder, I signed with relief. But surprisingly, I still continued feeling my arm as unhealthy, sore, and in pain. I was explained that the brain got accustomed to the presence of the pain, so it was difficult to make it change and the real pain turned into the phantom one.
– How did you manage pain?
– Over time I had to learn to cope with it avoiding painkillers. I thought that taking pills would mean giving up and accepting the fact the pain was real and accepting the fact I couldn’t control my own mind. It was difficult. I had to persuade myself that the feeling was phantom and I had to repeat these words to myself every time the pain came back. And it came back again and again. Distraction methods also worked but I lived my life and couldn’t turn to them in everyday living and there was never a feeling that this time it was over.
– Tell about your experience with a pain management VR app.
– When VR Tigers started working on a pain relief application, I was initially skeptical about it. It was based on the distraction therapy I knew and I used. What else can it suggest? But when I got a chance to try this experience, I felt the difference. Yes, it was distraction therapy. But it was not only it. This time, instead of persuading myself and try to focus on something else, I was guided through a series of actions and thoughts that did all the work.
– Why do you think it worked for you?
– The way the experience was designed gave me almost momentary relief. And what is most important, it gave me a feeling of control over the pain. I started to understand and to accept more that it was phantom and how I could deal with it. VR became a substitution for a painkiller, which worked every time. After each session, the pain disappeared for longer and longer. Now it comes back roughly every three months compared to once a month before VR. And now, when it comes back, I know how to cope with it.
Why it is important
These three stories ignite our enthusiasm and drive our work forward. They inspire confidence in what we do — creating virtual reality applications that work and help.
We aim at leveraging the usage of immersive technologies and introducing them to the mental health industry. We know that it works — multiple studies and our own experience prove that VR is a valid tool in treating mental health conditions. We also know how it works and how to create an application that delivers maximum efficiency.
Having years of experience in VR software development combined with a true passion that inspires and levels up the work allows VR Tigers to design applications with both the customer and the end-user’s demands in mind.
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