I use HeartMath as an additional biofeedback method to help balance and regulate the nervous system. HeartMath has been shown to have positive benefits for focus, sleep, anxiety, fatigue, depression and much more. HeartMath technology is an innovative approach to improving emotional well-being. Learn to change your heart rhythm pattern to create physiological coherence; a scientifically measurable state characterized by increased order and harmony in our mind, emotions and body.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of HeartMath
Accumulated stress is often the underlying cause of common challenges, such as anxiety, anger, depression, lack of sleep, illness, and more.
HeartMath helps you bring your physical, mental and emotional systems into coherent alignment, and you begin to experience increased access to your heart’s intuitive guidance.
Tuning into your heart’s wisdom creates a profound shift within that helps you approach situations with more emotional balance, compassion, clarity and personal confidence.
How does HeartMath work?
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.
You will learn to change your heart rhythm pattern with breath work and the generation of a heartfelt renewing emotional state to create physiological coherence; a scientifically measurable state characterized by increased order and harmony in our mind, emotions, and body.
What is HRV and Coherence?
The heart at rest was once thought to operate much like a metronome, faithfully beating out a regular, steady rhythm. Scientists and physicians now know, however, that this is far from the case. Rather than being monotonously regular, the rhythm of a healthy heart-even under resting conditions – is actually surprisingly irregular, with the time interval between consecutive heartbeats constantly changing. This naturally occurring beat-to-beat variation in heart rate is called heart rate variability (HRV).
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. A simple analogy helps to illustrate this point: just as the shifting stance of a tennis player about to receive a serve may facilitate swift adaptation, in healthy individuals the heart remains similarly responsive and resilient, primed and ready to react when needed.
Physiologically, the coherence state is marked by the development of a smooth, sine-wave-like pattern in the heart rate variability trace. This characteristic pattern, called heart rhythm coherence, is the primary indicator of the psychophysiological coherence state. Research shows that when we activate this state, our physiological systems function more efficiently, we experience greater emotional stability, and we also have increased mental clarity and improved cognitive function. Simply stated, our body and brain work better, we feel better, and we perform better.
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**COVID-19 update: I use a hospital-grade disinfectant for my biofeedback equipment and am spending extra time sanitizing hard surfaces in between clients. Since sessions tend to run from 60 to 90 minutes, I have things set up so that we can maintain the 6ft social distancing recommended during the length of the session, as well as masks. If you have any signs of illness, please reschedule your appointment. I will also be asking all of my clients to wash their hands before sessions. If you feel any level of discomfort coming in, and would prefer to reschedule, this is a reminder that certain services can be conducted remotely, from the comfort of your home.