We use interventions and tools from the HeartMath Institute. These tools and interventions were developed from 28 years of research and case study results achieved from monitoring and evaluating the physiology of both negative and positive emotions, and the physiology of learning, resilience and performance.
In a typical HeartMath biofeedback session, a sensor is placed on your ear or finger and through your pulse data is collected. This data is used to calculate heart rate variability (HRV) and statistical parameters associated with HRV.
HRV occurs because of the different but synergistic functioning of the two primary branches of your autonomic nervous system. One branch increase heart rate (during your in breath) while the other branch decreases it (on your out breath or exhale). You can imagine that if you are not balanced in these two systems then your HRV data will suggest there is little capacity for your system to adapt and to efficiently respond to everyday demands.
Your heart rhythm or HRV is also influenced by emotions. Negative emotions like anger, anxiety, and frustration produce heart rhythms that are irregular and suggest physiological systems that are out of sync with each other or incoherent.
In contrast, positive emotions and feelings like joy, hope, curiosity, astonishment, and loving kindness produce a harmonious heart rhythm and this pattern brings your physiology into coherence.
It is the combination of breath work with a sustained positive feeling in the heart that produces the greatest benefit to a person.
In a session we will collect base line data, review it, and begin the process of using HeartMath based interventions to expand your physiology capability to maintain coherence for longer and longer periods of time and to learn skills to shift from an incoherent state like stress into a more confident coherent state where you can readily access your heart wisdom and intelligence.
When we look at your data we can also gain insight into how to support you in increasing your felt sense of what your body is experiencing and which of the three state of the autonomic nervous system you might be spending a majority of your time in.