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Heart Math Coaching and Heart Rate Variability

How it Started

Elevate your game whether it is a competitive sport or a personal challenge. By controlling your physiological response to stress and anxiety you can learn how to quickly reach and sustain the zone of high performance. Through this program you will gain an understanding of the relationship between emotions, stress and performance.

This focused and practical program combines personalized coaching and a detailed practice plan to meet your performance objectives.

What you will learn:

  • The relationship between emotions, stress, and performance.
  • How to disengage from the negative impact stress has on your play and how to use foundational HeartMath tools to transform stress.
  • Techniques to restore nervous system health, increase energy levels and improve your overall sense of well being.
  • How to access a winning attitude on demand.
  • How to improve mental clarity, make better decisions under fire and improve communication both on and off the field.
  • Along with the HeartMath techniques, you’ll also learn how to use HeartMath’s innovative emWave® technology to access the high performance Zone anytime, anyplace.

The Science of HeartMath

The Benefits:

1. More resilience and vitality

2. Overall sense of well-being

3. Mental clarity and focus

4. Improved relationships

5. Increased composure in challenging situations

6. More effective communications

7. Better cooperation among co-workers and team members

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Heart Rate Variability (HRV)

Learning about heart Rate Variability helps with many situations. One of the top culprits is stress. HRV measures the affects of stress both mentally and physiology.

(HRV) physiological phenomenon of variation in the time interval between heartbeats. It is measured by the variation in the beat-to-beat interval.  Heart rate variability (HRV) is a relatively new method for assessing the effects of stress on your body.  It is measured as the time gap between your heart beats that varies as you breathe in and out.  Research evidence increasingly links high HRV to good health and a high level of fitness, whilst decreased HRV is linked to stress, fatigue and even burnout.

The device measures your HRV, as well as your resting heart rate, every morning during a one minute test.  After you have built up a baseline over a few days, the  device software algorithms compare your daily readings with baseline to determine if any significant changes have taken place. 

An optimal level of HRV within an organism reflects healthy function and an inherent self-regulatory capacity, adaptability, and resilience. While too much instability, such as arrhythmias or nervous system chaos, is detrimental to efficient physiological functioning and energy utilization, too little variation indicates age-related system depletion, chronic stress, pathology or inadequate functioning in various levels of self-regulatory control systems.

The importance of HRV as an index of the functional status of physiological control systems was noted as far back as 1965, when it was found that fetal distress was preceded by reductions in HRV before any changes occurred in heart rate. In the 1970s, reduced HRV was shown to predict autonomic neuropathy in diabetic patients before the onset of symptoms. Reduced HRV also was found to be a higher risk factor of death post-myocardial infarction than other known risk factors.

It has been shown that HRV declines with age and that age-adjusted values should be used in the context of risk prediction. Age-adjusted HRV that is low has been confirmed as a strong, independent predictor of future health problems in both healthy people and in patients with known coronary artery disease and correlates with all-cause mortality.

Based on indirect evidence, reduced HRV may correlate with disease and mortality because it reflects reduced regulatory capacity and ability to adapt/ respond to physiological challenges such as exercise. For example, in the Chicago Health, Aging and Social Relations Study, separate metrics for the assessment of autonomic balance and overall cardiac autonomic regulation were developed and tested in a sample of 229 participants.

In this study, overall regulatory capacity was a significant predictor of overall health status, but autonomic balance was not. In addition, cardiac regulatory capacity was negatively associated with the prior incidence of myocardial infarctions. The authors suggest that cardiac regulatory capacity reflects a physiological state that is more relevant to health than the independent sympathetic or parasympathetic controls, or the autonomic balance between these controls as indexed by different measures of HRV.

Heart rate variability also indicates psychological resiliency and behavioral flexibility, reflecting an individual’s capacity to self-regulate and effectively adapt to changing social or environmental demands.  A growing number of studies have specifically linked vaguel mediated HRV to self-regulatory capacity, emotional regulation, social interactions, one’s sense of coherence and the personality character traits of self-direct coping styles.

Setting the Stage

Brain fitness is a hot topic these days and for good reason.

There is a strong desire to do whatever is possible to maintain and improve our mental faculties. Cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s and other mental health disorders (anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc.) are a growing concern and their costs to society will increase as the population ages. There are an increasing number of children being diagnosed with cognitive learning disabilities (especially ADHD and the autism spectrum), along with tremendous pressure on children pre-school through college to perform well on tests.

There is also a concern among people of all ages about memory lapses. Even people in their 20s are reporting unusual memory lapses and dif culty focusing, while more adults in their 30s and 40s are being diagnosed with ADD/ADHD (attention de cit disorder or attention de cit hyperactivity disorder) as information overload, time pressures, too much multi-tasking and stress about the future take a toll on mental health. How often do we hear or say at the end of a stressful workday, “My brain is fried!”

In our high speed, rapidly changing society, brain tness is becoming as important as physical and emotional tness. In fact, they are all connected. Physical exercise, healthy diet, stress management, emotional and social well-being, and cognitive engagement provide the foundation for optimizing brain health and functions.

A foundational building block that most brain tness programs rarely address is how our heart rhythms and emotions affect our cognitive functions—and how we can improve our minds, not only by playing puzzles and games, learning a new language or musical instrument, or going back to school, but by learning heart-based emotional self-regulation skills. This is what the HeartMath Brain Fitness Program provides.

Our ability to focus, concentrate and remember has a lot to do with how much emotional stress we are experiencing. Emotional stress has a major impact on our immediate and long term cognitive functions, and underlies many of the mental health problems in society today. Cognitive decline, anxiety and depression are exacerbated by the stresses and strains of modern life. It’s well established by researchers that ongoing stress and worry about the future are major contributors to the decline of cognitive functions.

Neuroplasticity
Most studies show that cognitive decline starts when we are in our mid-20s. Motor skills and reaction times, an important measure of the speed of our nervous system’s ability to process information, slow with age.

But each of us has the ability to improve our mental functions, remain alert and develop our brain power all the way into our 80s and 90s. An exciting new discovery in the 90s was that the brain has the capacity to regenerate and grow new brain cells throughout life—a process called “neurogenesis”.

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