The ScienceThe HeartMath Institute Research Center
For more than 25 years, the HeartMath Institute Research Center has explored the physiological mechanisms by which the heart and the brain communicate and how the activity of the heart influences our perceptions, emotions, intuition and health.
Their research led them to note the consistent behavior of the heart in relation to our feeling states. They observed that the heart acted as though it had a mind of its own and could significantly influence the way we perceive and respond in our daily interactions.
Effects of Stress On The Body
In essence, it appeared that the heart could affect our awareness, perceptions and intelligence. Numerous studies have since shown that heart coherence is an optimal physiological state associated with increased cognitive function, self-regulatory capacity, emotional stability and resilience.
The research indicates the heart is far more than a simple pump. The heart is, in fact, a highly complex information center with its own functional brain, commonly called the heart brain, that communicates with and influences the cranial brain via the nervous system, hormonal system and other pathways. These influences affect brain function and most of the body’s major organs and play an important role in mental and emotional experience and the quality of our lives.
Understanding the mechanics of stress gives you the advantage of being more aware of and sensitive to your own level of stress and knowing when and how to take proactive steps. This increased awareness also helps you to better care for your family, friends, and collegues.
- Primary Care Doctor Visits Related to stress 80%
- 3% of Patients receive stress management help 3%
- 42% of Americans report lying awake at night due to stress 42%
Frequently Asked Questions
The heart sends a lot of information to the brain through the autonomic nervous system. Incoherent heart rhythms inhibit brain function, impairing performance and amplifying energy drains.
HeartMath has developed self-regulation techniques that enable you to shift into a coherent and composed state anytime, anywhere. This heart rhythm pattern is termed Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and is a very important measure of our overall health and resilience.
With time a person can learn to put themselves in a coherent state and become more aware of when they are in an incoherent state. A biofeedback component helps aid in learning to regulate your HRV.
If you would like further information on HeartMath’s research please visit www.heartmath.org
HeartMath is a registered trademark of the Institute of HeartMath
Who uses coherence training?
Coherence training is used by athletes, the military, law enforcement as well as hospitals and health professionals, schools, universities and businesses. HeartMath Research has been published in over 280 peer review journals.
How will learning to regulate the physiology of my body through my emotions help me?
- Increase situational awareness in relationships, meetings and projects
- Enhance ability to focus, process information and solve problems
- Heighten creativity and innovation
- Increase ability to handle challenging clients and situations
- Increase access to intuition for fast, effective decision-making on complex issues
- Increase regenerative sleep
- Increase vitality and resilience
- Reduce stress, worry and fatigue