What is HeartMath?
“Heartmath is a system of simple and powerful self-regulation techniques which are easy to learn and designed to be used “in the moment”, whatever the situation, meaning that you can bring your best self to your professional, social, and personal lives.”
Techniques can be practiced using Heartmath’s Heart Rate Variability (HRV) coherence biofeedback app and sensor. This gives you real-time insight into your autonomous nervous system. Increasing self-awareness and helping with the development of self-regulation.
Heart Rate Variability
Heart-Rate Variability or HRV is the beat to beat changes in your heart rate, and is due to the synergistic action of the two branches of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) – the part of the nervous system that regulates most of the body’s internal functions. The sympathetic nerves act to accelerate heart rate, while the parasympathetic (vagus) nerves slow it down.
Scientists and physicians consider HRV to be an important indicator of health and fitness. As a marker of physiological resilience and behavioral flexibility, it reflects our ability to adapt effectively to stress and environmental demands.
While HeartMath techniques incorporate an important breathing element, paced breathing is not the primary focus and should therefore not be thought of simply as breathing exercises. The main difference between the HeartMath tools and most commonly practiced breathing techniques is that the HeartMath tools focus on the intentional generation of a heartfelt positive state. The emotional shift is a key element of the techniques’ effectiveness. Positive and pleasant emotions appear to excite the system at its natural resonant frequency and thus enable coherence to emerge and to be maintained naturally, without conscious mental focus on one’s breathing rhythm.