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How does Heartmath help reduce stress?

The Heartmath emWave® PC technology is an innovative, non-invasive, biofeedback approach to stress relief based on learning to change the heart rhythm pattern and create physiological coherence in the body. With Heartmath one can see how thoughts and emotions affect the heart and nervous system. When stressed, our heart rhythm has an irregular, jagged, incoherent pattern.

Stress - Heart Rhythms Graph

 When there is a shift to a more positive emotional state the heart rhythm pattern changes to a smoother, wave-like coherent pattern.

Coherence - Heart Rhythms

By seeing the visual changes on the screen and associating it with a more peaceful, calm internal state, one can learn how to manage stress and maintain a state of physiological coherence and balance. With practice one can learn how to shift into coherence at will, even in difficult situations. Your clinician will also train you to use the EmWave Personal Stress Reliever - a handheld device that provides similar feedback for monitoring your stress level outside of the therapist office.

Who can be helped with Heartmath?

Adults and children with ADD/ADHD, anxiety disorders (phobias, test anxiety,OCD, hypertension) sleep disorders or headaches secondary to anxiety are good candidates for Heartmath training.

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