Heart Rate Variability Coherence Training
With increased educational opportunities people are smarter than ever these days. And yet, we are more anxious, stressed, depressed, reactive and over medicated than ever. This is a major warning sign that we are out of balance.
The HeartMath Institute researches heart-brain communication and its relationship to managing stress, increasing coherence, and deepening our connection to self and others.
Over 20 years of research has told us that it is the quality of the emotion that affects how our body responds. With our HeartMath emWave technology we are able to measure this through Heart Rate Variability (HRV). HRV is the normal, naturally occurring variations or changes in the amount of time between heartbeats. It is the beat-to-beat changes in our heart rate. It is often a precursor brainwave biofeedback to allow coherence of the heart and emotions as well as increase oxygenation of the brain. This is different than your overall heart rate – the number of beats that occur in any given minute. Physiological coherence is derived from HRV. Coherence is a measure of the pattern in the heart’s rhythm, which is independent of the amount of HRV, and reflects an orderly and harmonious synchronization among various systems in the body such as the heart, respiratory system and blood-pressure rhythms. The amount of coherence we have in our heart’s rhythms can be measured with HeartMath emWave technology.
The HeartMath Institute System offers both technology and training options to help you harness the power of your heart rhythms to manage your emotions. HRV training affects stress, health, focus, communication, creativity, as well brings a more balanced you into your interactions, which in turn improves your relationships.
The heart is, in fact, a highly complex information-processing center with its own functional brain.
The heart is commonly called the “heart brain” and communicates with and influences the cranial brain via the nervous system, hormonal system, and other pathways. These influences affect brain function and most of the body’s major organs and play an important role in mental and emotional experience and the quality of our lives.
The HeartMath System has been developed and validated through rigorous scientific research. The Institute of HeartMath is a non-profit research organization recognized as a global leader in emotional physiology and stress-management research. Institute scientists also explore the electrophysiology of intuition and how all things are interconnected. Their studies using HeartMath techniques and technology have been published in many peer reviewed journals including:
The American Journal of Cardiology, Harvard Business Review and Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Additional studies are currently taking place in many institutions such as Mayo Clinic, Arizona State University, University of Northampton, Northampton, England and VA Palo Alto Health Care System.