® Baby Steps from the HeartHeartMath Empowering & Sustaining Behavior Changes Deborah Rozman, Ph.D. President & CEO HeartMath Inc.
® Who is HeartMath?HeartMath • Founded in 1991 to study the links between stress, brain and heart function, health and performance. • Developers of leading-edge learning and technology solutions for empowering behavior change. • Achieving sustained reductions in stress and stress- related conditions providing significant ROI in reduced health and other costs.
® Cost of Stress vs Other RisksHeartMath Lack of Exercise 10% Blood pressure 12% Smoking 20% Obesity 21% Blood sugar 35% Stress 46% Depression 70% Percent of Higher Annual Health Costs  *The Relationship Between Modifiable Health Risks and Health Care Expenditures. (Goetzel, Anderson, Whitmer, et.al., JOEM, (40) (10). October 1998; 1-12). Grinnell Regional Medical Center "HeartMath Anchors Employee Wellness Initiative"
®HeartMath The Heart of the Solution The heart is a primary generator of rhythm in the body, influencing brain processes that control the nervous system, cognitive function and emotion. The heart provides an access point from which system-wide dynamics and emotional state can be quickly and profoundly shifted.
®HeartMath Heart Power “Put your heart into it” “Play from your heart” “Go to your heart for the answer” “Listen to your heart” “Follow your heart”
® Heart Rate Variability (HRV)HeartMath 0.859 sec. 0.793 sec. 0.726 sec. 70 BPM 76 BPM 83 BPM6
®HeartMath HRV Pattern Inhibits Brain Function (Incoherence) HRV Pattern Facilitates Brain Function (Coherence)
®HeartMath Coherence Optimal state in which the heart, mind and emotions are operating in-sync and balanced. Coherence is the prime enabler of behavior change, unmanaged stress is the prime disabler.
®HeartMath Quick Coherence® Technique Step 1 Heart Focus • Focus your attention on the area around your heart in the center of your chest.
®HeartMath Step 2 Heart-Focused Breathing™ • Imagine your breath is flowing in and out of your heart area (to calm and reduce the intensity of a stress-producing reaction). • Take casual slow deep breaths: Inhale for about 5 seconds — exhale for about 5 seconds.
®HeartMath Step 3 Heart Feeling • Activate a positive feeling or recall a time when you felt good inside.
®HeartMath Baby Steps from the Heart Phase 1 – Recognize ––emotional awareness of stress response Phase 2 – Do The Shift –– feeling shift from the heart Phase 3 – Acknowledge –– the benefit /appreciate
®HeartMath June 2012 release Purpose: • Enable users to easily and effortlessly identify when out of balance (off course) with HeartMath feedback using camera as a sensor. • Provide anytime, anywhere resources to help user return to balance (get back on course), lower stress and shift to positive feeling states.