What is biofeedback using the HeartMath technology program?
The HeartMath Interventions program is a biofeedback program that emphasizes the role of the heart and heart rate variability (HRV) as a key component to the emotional system.
Recent biomedical research has clarified that the heart is much more than a simple pump. It is indeed a highly complex, self-organized information-processing center. Research has confirmed that the messages the heart sends to the brain not only affect physiological regulation, but also can profoundly influence perception, emotion, behavior, performance and health.
The HeartMath program combines emotional restructuring with biofeedback and relaxation techniques to assist your body in establishing a healthier response to stress.
People who have utilized these techniques, report results that are sustained over time because the HeartMath program helps create a change in your body's baseline emotional and physiologic response to stress. However you may respond when you are experiencing increased stress-yelling at the kids or your spouse, high blood pressure, anxiety, PTSD, back and neck pain, or headaches-HeartMath can help. Self regulation is an empowering tool for those suffering from the effects of stress.
Mind Body Impact of HeartMath on Health
The HeartMath program shifts from a disease-based model to one that bridges the chasm between mind and body. It is a self-empowering program that offers tools and techniques that blend increased self-awareness with emotional self-regulation skills. By intentionally making internal adjustments with the initial support of HeartMath, individuals can self-regulate their emotional states to inhibit poor behavioral responses, re-establish stability and improve health and relationships.
HeartMath offers techniques to interrupt self-defeating cycles and provides opportunities to develop dynamic new patterns (efficient heart-rhythm patterns using heart rate variability (HRV) training) through positive emotional shifts and by reinforcing them until they become familiar.
Stress Reduction and HeartMath
Stress has become an all too familiar household word. “It's just stress” is a phrase often used to dismiss an emotional outburst, forgetfulness, headache, pain, or illness. From a body-mind perspective, emotions are the main ingredient in the experience of stress; indeed, it is emotions—feelings such as anxiety, irritation, frustration, lack of control, overwhelm, hopelessness—that individuals experience when they describe themselves as “stressed.” HeartMath research indicates that emotions, even more than thoughts, activate and drive the body's physical changes that correlate with the stress response. Thus, the key to optimal health and vitality is directly related to our ability to self-regulate our emotional experience. Simply stated, the emotions we often label as “negative” do, in fact, disrupt optimal physiological and mental functions. Conversely, the emotions we often refer to as “positive” facilitate a wide range of physiological functions, renew our energy, and optimize the body's natural regenerative processes.
How Does HeartMath Work?
The HeartMath program utilizes intentionally generated heart rate rhythmic patterns (heart rate variability or HRV) with positive emotion based coherence building techniques to help create a permanent shift in the physiologic and emotional response to stress. The changes in HRV are monitored and give the user feedback on how their practice is changing their body's response to stress. Stress is ever present. Stress reduction comes with reducing our response to the stress.
What is a Session Like?
After baseline measures are taken, a practice protocol is developed that results in a change in the pattern of signals sent to the brain from the heart, which serves to reinforce the self-generated positive emotional shift that is part of the practice plan. Participants report a sense of empowerment resulting from the ability to self regulate previously unhealthy responses to stress or other life events.
A key area of focus at the HeartMath Research Center is exploring our emotions and how they affect our physiology, with an emphasis on the physiological effects of positive emotions, especially intentionally experienced positive emotions. Studies already have revealed there are pronounced beneficial changes in the patterns of activity in the autonomic nervous, immune and hormonal systems and the brain and heart when we experience emotions such as appreciation, love, care and compassion. There are indications these physiological changes may help explain the connection between positive emotions, improved health and increased longevity. HeartMath Institute researchers have shown that the heart plays an important role in the generation and perception of emotion.
Development and Testing of Positive Emotion-Focused Tools, Techniques, Technology and Programs:
Research into emotional physiology and heart-brain interactions has guided the development of practical, heart-based tools, techniques and technologies that enable people to sustain positive emotions and physiological coherence with greater consistency. They have been tested for effectiveness in laboratory studies as well as intervention studies conducted in educational, organizational and clinical settings.
Who Can Benefit From Using HeartMath?
Acute, Chronic, and Recurrent Pain
Other Chronic Illness
Acute procedural pain
Arthritis, Asthma, Cancer
Chronic Pain and Fatigue
Chronic Pain and Fatigue
Post procedure pain
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Atopic dermatitis, Hypertension,
Stress Related Body Pain
Diabetes Type I & Type II
Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's)
Traumatic brain injury
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Phantom pain & amputation
Learning and Performance Issues:
Research on the Heart
Some intriguing facts that the research done through HeartMath has uncovered:
The heart generates by the far the most powerful and most extensive rhythmic electromagnetic field produced in the body. When electrodes placed on the body are used to measure the ECG, it is the electrical component of the heart that is measured. It has been found that the electrical voltage of the heart is about 60 times greater in amplitude than the electrical activity produced by the brain.
The magnetic component of the heart's field is approximately 5,000 times stronger than the magnetic field produced by the brain.
Research has shown that the human nervous system is tuned to the heart fields of others and is able to detect and decode this energetic information.
Coherent energetic fields are interrelated and act to amplify and mutually reinforce each other.
Research has also shown that when an individual is in a coherent state (HeartMath trains to achieve coherent state), one's sensitivity and awareness of this encoded information is increased.
The heart's neural circuitry enables it to learn, remember and make functional decisions relative to the heart's activity, all independent of the cranial brain.
The heart is itself a hormonal gland that manufactures and secretes numerous hormones and neurotransmitters. The heart releases atrial natriurectic factor (ANF). This hormone exerts its effects widely: on blood vessels, kidneys, adrenal glands and a large number of regulatory regions in the brain.
The heart also secretes oxytocin, commonly referred to as the “love” or “bonding” hormones. Remarkably, concentrations of oxytocin produced in the heart are as high as those found in the brain.
The heart communicates with the brain in four ways: a neurological communication through the nervous system (electrical); a biophysical communication – the pulse (pressure wave); a biochemical communication-the hormones (chemical); a energetic communication –(electromagnetic).
For more information, or questions to see if the HeartMath Program is right for you, please come in for a consultation. I would love to discuss any questions or concerns you may have using the HeartMath HRV program with Hypnotherapy.
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HeartMath personal use products
The HeartMath program is recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on emotional physiology, stress and optimal performance.
HeartMath's award winning Inner Balance and emWave products offer a drug-free solution to stress, anxiety, depression and more.
If you would like information or to purchase your own HeartMath program products, to use at home or in conjunction to your Hypnotherapy/Biofeedback sessions, you may click on any of the photos below, or right click on your mouse and click on 'open link in new tab'
The emWave2 is a portable and convenient way to reduce stress, balance emotions, and increase performance with the use of real-time feedback with lights and audio cues. emWave2 takes a pulse reading from the user’s thumb or earlobe and instantly develops a breathing sequence to follow, based on your heart rhythms and emotions. By tracking your heart rate variability (HRV), it helps you align your breathing and heart rhythms. emWave2’s computer interface adds the functionality to track progress through storing session information and shows a more detailed view of heart rhythms. Users learn how to achieve a high-performance mental and physiological state called “coherence” using HeartMath’s Quick Coherence® technique. Click on the photo or right click on your mouse and click on 'open link in new tab' to learn more.
The Inner Balance™
Sensor for Android and iPhone
It can be easy to feel overwhelmed, anxious and scattered.
The Inner Balance™ sensor for Android and iPhone trains you to shift and replace emotional stress with emotional balance and coherence.
The Inner Balance™ helps you to learn how to:
Replenish your energy
Balance your emotions
Quiet an overactive mind
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