HeartMath Institute Science Scientific Foundation of the HeartMath System HeartMath learning programs and the emWave® and Inner Balance™ selfregulation technology are based on over 30 years of scientific research on the psychophysiology of stress, resilience, and the interactions between the heart and brain.
Two Way Communication:
Most of us have been taught in school that the heart is constantly responding to "orders" sent by the brain in the form of neural signals. However, it is not as commonly known that the heart actually sends more signals to the brain than the brain sends to the heart! Moreover, these heart signals have a significant effect on brain function—influencing emotional processing as well as higher cognitive faculties such as attention, perception, memory, and problem-solving. In other words, not only does the heart respond to the brain, but the brain continuously responds to the heart.
HeartMath research has demonstrated that different patterns of heart activity (which accompany different emotional states) have distinct effects on cognitive and emotional function. During stress and negative emotions, when the heart rhythm pattern is erratic and disordered, the corresponding pattern of neural signals traveling from the heart to the brain inhibits higher cognitive functions. This limits our ability to think clearly, remember, learn, reason, and make effective decisions. (This helps explain why we may often act impulsively and unwisely when under stress.) The heart’s input to the brain during stressful or negative emotions also has a profound effect on the brain’s emotional processes—actually serving to reinforce the emotional experience of stress.
In contrast, the more ordered and stable pattern of the heart’s input to the brain during positive emotional states has the opposite effect—it facilitates cognitive function and reinforces positive feelings and emotional stability. This means that learning to generate increased heart rhythm coherence, by sustaining positive emotions, not only benefits the entire body, but also profoundly affects how we perceive, think, feel, and perform.
To learn more about how HeartMath works go to: https://youtu.be/1rstfC0X2ac
Two Self-Regulation Technology Options
The emWave2 and the Inner Balance Sensor are advanced heart rate monitors, able to measure subtle changes in your heart rhythms. This type of measurement is known as heart rate variability analysis or HRV. The analysis of HRV is a noninvasive measurement reflecting heart-brain interaction and autonomic nervous system dynamics, which are notably sensitive to changes in your emotional state.
The emWave2 combines the portability of the handheld emWave, which provides input via lights and sound, with a rich graphical interface which displays on your computer. Use it on the go, or at home or work — just plug into your computer to download and review previous sessions, run a new session with the real-time heart rhythm display, or play one of the interactive coherence-building games.
Bluetooth Inner Balance Sensor and Free App
Once you have downloaded the Inner Balance App, just connect the Sensor to your ear and you are ready to begin see your real-time heart rhythm display, learn to increase your heart rhythm coherence, track and compare your progress or listen to guided meditations for additional learning and support
General Class Information:
- The MBSR Intake Form needs to be completed prior to your 1st session. Download the form here, complete it and send it back to the office. We recommend sending it back to us using any of our HIPPA compliant methods that include: uploading to the Patient Portal, the Spruce Health app, or faxing it to 610-320-2025. Please note: Our email may be used but it is NOT a HIPPA compliant and may put your private information at risk.
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