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Heartmath - Heart Rate Variability for Stress

Heartmath is a system where breathing techniques are practiced to develop self-regulation skills and encourage shifts in emotions which create coherence and emotional resilience. Research into the system has demonstrated that different patterns of heart activity which accompany different emotional states have specific effects on emotional and cognitive functions.  It’s used by the US military to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, and its efficacy is supported by numerous studies.

Heartmath LogoIt is a powerful tool to quickly and dramatically transform the impact of stress. The shift in heart rhythm creates a favourable cascade of neural, hormonal and biochemical events which benfit the entire body but are especially potent on emotional processing, attention, perception, memory and problem-solving.

Heartmath can help you to reduce stress and anxiety and the negative physical, emotional and mental impacts on health. Heartmath can be used with children and teenagers suffering from anxiety or stresses at school, couples with problematic relationships, with trauma, with emotional eating issues, addictions, chronic pain, grief and loss, by individuals suffering from chronic stress in the corporate environment and by those suffering from depression.

What Is Heart Rate Variability?

Heart rate variability (HRV) is a measure of your body’s autonomic nervous system. It is the variance in time between consecutive heartbeats in milliseconds.

These periods of time between each successive heartbeat are known as RR intervals. A normal heart does not beat evenly, there s constantly variation, and the greater the variability is between heartbeats, the readier you are to perform at a higher level as it shows that your adaptive response is strong, that you are capable of adapting to changes around you, and that your nervous system is balanced. If your heart rate variability is low, it’s a sign that one branch of your autonomic nervous system (parasympathetic or sympathetic) is dominating and sending stronger signals to your heart than the other, which is good during athletic performance or after a meal, but if it’s low for no reason, it indicates that your body is struggling, stressed, sick, and needs time to recover. HRV is influenced by sleep, stress, cognitive process, exercise, hormone reactions and metabolic processes.

This is why heart rate variability is often measured on devices such as the Apple Watch, the Oura ring, Whoop, or Fitbit. Heart rate variability tends to decrease as we get older, and as such it’s difficult to determine what a good heart rate variability is fo you as an individual and why it’s useful to use a device such as Heartmath to assess and follow your own heart rate variability trends.

What is Heartmath?

Heartmath  is a system where breathing techniques are practiced to develop self-regulation skills and encourage shifts in emotions which create coherence and emotional resilience. Research into the system has demonstrated that different patterns of heart activity which accompany different emotional states have specific effects on emotional and cognitive functions.

Heartmath us used by the US military to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, and its efficacy is supported by numerous studies. Heartmath’s coherence biofeedback technology is a powerful tool to quickly and dramatically transform the impact of stress. The shift in heart rhythm creates a favourable cascade of neural, hormonal and biochemical events which benefit the entire body but are especially potent on emotional processing, attention, perception, memory and problem-solving. Heartmath can help you to reduce stress and anxiety and the negative physical, emotional and mental impacts on health.

Heartmath can be used with children and teenagers suffering from anxiety or stresses at school, couples with problematic relationships, with trauma, with emotional eating issues, addictions, chronic pain, grief and loss, by individuals suffering from chronic stress in the corporate environment and by those suffering from depression.

Carolina is a trained Heartmath practitioner and uses Heartmath in her practice.

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