“Our research and that of others indicate that the heart is far more than a simple pump. The heart is, in fact, a highly complex, self-organized information processing center with its own functional “brain” that communicates with and influences the cranial brain via the nervous system, hormonal system and other pathways. These influences profoundly affect brain function and most of the body’s major organs, and ultimately determine the quality of life.” Cited from the Heart Math Insititute.
Biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn how to change physiological activity for the purposes of improving health and performance. Precise instruments measure physiological activity such as brainwaves, heart function, breathing, muscle activity, and skin temperature. These instruments rapidly and accurately “feed back” information to the user. The presentation of this information — often in conjunction with changes in thinking, emotions, and behaviour — supports desired physiological changes. Over time, these changes can endure without continued use of an instrument.
Heart rate variability (HRV) is a measure of the naturally occurring beat-to-beat changes in heart rate/heart rhythms. It serves as a critical method for gauging human health and resiliency.
Numerous studies show HRV as a key indicator of physiological resiliency and behavioral flexibility, and can reflect an ability to adapt effectively to stress and environmental demands.
Heart rate variability analyses can be used to improve a broad range of issues including:
- Weight management
- Anger management
- Stress management
- Athletic performance
- Trauma and PTSD
- Concentration and decision making
What to expect
Clients will be able to see how their thoughts and emotions affect the heart, hormonal system and nervous system. A heartrate monitor is attached to the ear which will feed the computer information about how your heart is beating. The computer will graph your HRV and feed that information immediately back to you. When stressed, the heart rhythm has an irregular, jagged, incoherent pattern. When you shift to a more positive emotional state, the heart rhythm pattern changes to a smoother, wave-like, coherent pattern. By seeing the visual changes on the screen and associating it with a more peaceful, calm internal state, you will learn to manage stress and maintain a state of physiological coherence and balance. Over time, these changes can endure without continued use of an instrument.
Heart math can be used to achieve a general reduction in stress and improved sense of calm or it can be tailored to address specific emotional drains.
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