The HeartMath EmWave Stress Relief System is a form of Biofeedback which focuses on heart wave variability and coherence. The goal of HeartMath Biofeedback is to teach you how to bring your brain, mind, body and emotions into balanced alignment. This balanced state is called coherence.
Our hearts are highly sensitive to the effects of stress and we can see this in measures of heart rhythms. When you are calm and relaxed your heart rhythm resembles a rolling wave or a sine wave. Under stress, it becomes more erratic, matching what you are experiencing.
The core of the HeartMath approach is Heart Rate Variability (HRV) – the beat-to-beat variations in the time between heartbeats. It was previously believed heart-rate variability slowed with the natural effects of aging. HeartMath discovered a concentrated focus on heart function, The Quick Coherence Technique, a mindfulness-based focus combining heart-centered focus, heart-centered breathing and heart-centered breathing, can positively influence well-being and foster resilience. A soothing feedback chime tone is released by the HeartMath unit to encourage practice of the Quick Coherence Technique.
Numerous studies support coherence training with the use of intentional focus on positive emotions combined with HRV coherence feedback supports significant improvements in well-being indicators in a variety of populations.
The HeartMath system can be learned and practiced on a computer, iPad or with the EmWave handheld unit. It is a portable skill to support resilience building. Among the many benefits of coherence are increased emotional self-control, increased resilience to the effects of stress, calmer and clearer thinking and overall relaxation.