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HeartMath® session

Evidenced-based techniques for Anxiety, Stress, Depression, and more

  • 50 minutes
  • 200 US dollars
  • Pacific Palisades|Calabasas

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. Coherence Is Not Relaxation An important point is that the state of coherence is both psychologically and physiologically distinct from the state achieved through most techniques for relaxation. At the physiological level, relaxation is characterized by an overall reduction in autonomic outflow (resulting in lower Heart Rate Variability) and a shift in ANS balance towards increased parasympathetic activity. Unlike relaxation, the coherence state does not necessarily involve a lowering of heart rate, or a change in the amount of HRV, but rather is primarily marked by a change in the heart rhythm pattern. The Role of Breathing Another important distinction involves understanding the role of breathing in the generation of coherence and its relationship to the techniques of the HeartMath® System. Because breathing patterns modulate the heart’s rhythm, it is possible to generate a coherent heart rhythm simply by breathing slowly and regularly at a 10-second rhythm (5 seconds on the in-breath and 5 seconds on the out-breath). While HeartMath® techniques incorporate a breathing element, paced breathing is not their primary focus and they should therefore not be thought of simply as breathing exercises. The main difference between the HeartMath® tools and the most commonly practiced breathing techniques is the HeartMath® tools’ focus on the intentional generation of a heartfelt positive emotional state. This emotional shift is a key element of the techniques’ effectiveness.

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