RELAX, REBOOT, AND STRENGTHEN YOUR BUSY BRAIN!
We offer a few ways to help your mind work better. We offer
BrainTap, EmWave, and ThoughtTechnology Neuro and biofeedback
Brain Tap is a powerfully effective mind development tool designed
to help you overcome the ill effects of the fight-or-flight
response while achieving physical, mental and emotional
This extensively researched light & sound technology creates a
perfect symmetry of sound frequencies and light synchronization for
the ultimate in binaural brainwave entrainment and relaxation. The
combination helps guide you to a perfect balance of left/right
brain synchronization and relaxed brainwave activity. In other
words, BrainTap produces the relaxation response, giving your body
precisely what it needs to get back in balance and reverse the
effect of stress on the body.
At the same time, the BTT sessions that power your Brain Tap guide
your mind to a state of laser-like focus so you can rid yourself of
negative self-talk and achieve life goals!
5 powerful mind technologies come together to create a blending of
light, sound and spoken word perfectly synchronized to relax,
reboot and strengthen busy brains. Simply close your eyes and
you’ll be gently guided to an OASIS in your mind where anything is
possible and every goal is achievable.
Light pulses train the brain to produce a healthy balance of
brain wave activity, transforming the listener into a mental
powerhouse with the right mindset to accomplish just about any
BEATS AND TONES
Embedded tones emulate relaxed brain waves, guiding the brain to
an extraordinary level of focus and performance that would
otherwise take years of practice to achieve.
Trigger points in the ears, called meridians, are known to
directly balance the body’s organs and systems. These are typically
activated using acupuncture needles, but light frequencies are
known to have the same effect. The BrainTap earphones are uniquely
equipped with 9 LED lights set at the optimum frequency for
prociding a sublime feeling of serenity and balance…all without
10-CYCLE HOLOGRAPHIC MUSIC
The music on the SMT audio-recordings is designed to create a
full 360 degree experience that delights the mind with calming
thoughts and images.
Audio-sessions to help you become the designer of your own life.
With a selection of more than 700 titles — all encoded to work with
the BrainTap headset — you’ll know how to focus on
everything you want out of life so you can have it,
MIT has now proven that unique visual stimulation, like we offer
in our office, may be new treatment for Alzheimer’s
emWave and Inner Balance technologies, and the tools and techniques
of the HeartMath system, are based on over 20 years of scientific
research on the psychophysiology of stress, emotions, and the
interactions between the heart and brain.
The Heart–Brain Connection
Most of us have been taught in school that the heart is constantly
responding to “orders” sent by the brain in the form of neural
signals. However, it is not as commonly known that the heart
actually sends more signals to the brain than the brain sends to
the heart! Moreover, these heart signals have a significant effect
on brain function – influencing emotional processing as well as
higher cognitive faculties such as attention, perception, memory,
and problem-solving. In other words, not only does the heart
respond to the brain, but the brain continuously responds to the
The effect of heart activity on brain function has been researched
extensively over about the past 40 years. Earlier research mainly
examined the effects of heart activity occurring on a very short
time scale – over several consecutive heartbeats at maximum.
Scientists at the Institute of HeartMath have extended this body of
scientific research by looking at how larger-scale patterns of
heart activity affect the brain’s functioning.
HeartMath research has demonstrated that different patterns of
heart activity (which accompany different emotional states) have
distinct effects on cognitive and emotional function. During stress
and negative emotions, when the heart rhythm pattern is erratic and
disordered, the corresponding pattern of neural signals traveling
from the heart to the brain inhibits higher cognitive functions.
This limits our ability to think clearly, remember, learn, reason,
and make effective decisions. (This helps explain why we may often
act impulsively and unwisely when we’re under stress.) The heart’s
input to the brain during stressful or negative emotions also has a
profound effect on the brain’s emotional processes—actually serving
to reinforce the emotional experience of stress.
In contrast, the more ordered and stable pattern of the heart’s
input to the brain during positive emotional states has the
opposite effect – it facilitates cognitive function and reinforces
positive feelings and emotional stability. This means that learning
to generate increased heart rhythm coherence, by sustaining
positive emotions, not only benefits the entire body, but also
profoundly affects how we perceive, think, feel, and perform.
Your Heart’s Changing Rhythm
The heart at rest was once thought to operate much like a
metronome, faithfully beating out a regular, steady rhythm.
Scientists and physicians now know, however, that this is far from
the case. Rather than being monotonously regular, the rhythm of a
healthy heart-even under resting conditions – is actually
surprisingly irregular, with the time interval between consecutive
heartbeats constantly changing. This naturally occurring
beat-to-beat variation in heart rate is called heart rate variability
variability is a measure of the beat-to-beat changes in heart rate.
This diagram shows three heartbeats recorded on an
electrocardiogram (ECG). Note that variation in the time interval
between consecutive heartbeats, giving a different heart rate (in
beats per minute) for each interbeat interval.
The normal variability in heart rate is due to the synergistic
action of the two branches of the autonomic nervous system
(ANS)—the part of the nervous system that regulates most of the
body’s internal functions. The sympathetic nerves act to accelerate
heart rate, while the parasympathetic (vagus) nerves slow it down.
The sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of the ANS are
continually interacting to maintain cardiovascular activity in its
optimal range and to permit appropriate reactions to changing
external and internal conditions. The analysis of HRV therefore
serves as a dynamic window into the function and balance of the
autonomic nervous system.
The moment-to-moment variations in heart rate are generally
overlooked when average heart rate is measured (for example, when
your doctor takes your pulse over a certain period of time and
calculates that your heart is beating at, say, 70 beats per
minute). However, the emWave and Inner Balance technologies allows
you to observe your heart’s changing rhythms in real time. Using
your pulse data, it provides a picture of your HRV—plotting the
natural increases and decreases in your heart rate occurring on a
Why is HRV
Scientists and physicians consider HRV to be an important indicator
of health and fitness. As a marker of physiological resilience and
behavioral flexibility, it reflects our ability to adapt
effectively to stress and environmental demands. A simple analogy
helps to illustrate this point: just as the shifting stance of a
tennis player about to receive a serve may facilitate swift
adaptation, in healthy individuals the heart remains similarly
responsive and resilient, primed and ready to react when
HRV is also a marker of biological aging. Our heart rate
variability is greatest when we are young, and as we age the range
of variation in our resting heart rate becomes smaller. Although
the age-related decline in HRV is a natural process, having
abnormally low HRV for one’s age group is associated with increased
risk of future health problems and premature mortality. Low HRV is
also observed in individuals with a wide range of diseases and
disorders. By reducing stress-induced wear and tear on the nervous
system and facilitating the body’s natural regenerative processes,
regular practice of HeartMath coherence-building techniques can
help restore low HRV to healthy values.
Heart Rhythm Patterns
Many factors affect the activity of the ANS, and therefore
influence HRV. These include our breathing patterns, physical
exercise, and even our thoughts. Research at the Institute of
HeartMath has shown that one of the most powerful factors that
affect our heart’s changing rhythm is our feelings and emotions.
When our varying heart rate is plotted over time, the overall shape
of the waveform produced is called the heart rhythm pattern. When
you use the emWave and Inner Balance technologies, you are seeing
your heart rhythm pattern in real time. HeartMath research has
found that the emotions we experience directly affect our heart
rhythm pattern – and this, in turn, tells us much about how our
body is functioning.
In general, emotional stress – including emotions such as anger,
frustration, and anxiety—gives rise to heart rhythm patterns that
appear irregular and erratic: the HRV waveform looks like a series
of uneven, jagged peaks (an example is shown in the figure below).
Scientists call this an incoherent heart rhythm pattern.
Physiologically, this pattern indicates that the signals produced
by the two branches of the ANS are out of sync with each other.
This can be likened to driving a car with one foot on the gas pedal
(the sympathetic nervous system) and the other on the brake (the
parasympathetic nervous system) at the same time – this creates a
jerky ride, burns more gas, and isn’t great for your car, either!
Likewise, the incoherent patterns of physiological activity
associated with stressful emotions can cause our body to operate
inefficiently, deplete our energy, and produce extra wear and tear
on our whole system. This is especially true if stress and negative
emotions are prolonged or experienced often.
In contrast, positive emotions send a very different signal
throughout our body. When we experience uplifting emotions such as
appreciation, joy, care, and love; our heart rhythm pattern becomes
highly ordered, looking like a smooth, harmonious wave (an example
is shown in the figure below). This is called a coherent heart
rhythm pattern. When we are generating a coherent heart rhythm, the
activity in the two branches of the ANS is synchronized and the
body’s systems operate with increased efficiency and harmony. It’s
no wonder that positive emotions feel so good – they actually help
our body’s systems synchronize and work better.
Heart rhythm patterns
during different emotional states. These graphs show
examples of real-time heart rate variability patterns (heart
rhythms) recorded from individuals experiencing different emotions.
The incoherent heart rhythm pattern shown in the top graph,
characterized by its irregular, jagged waveform, is typical of
stress and negative emotions such as anger, frustration, and
anxiety. The bottom graph shows an example of the coherent heart
rhythm pattern that is typically observed when an individual is
experiencing a sustained positive emotion, such as appreciation,
compassion, or love. The coherent pattern is characterized by its
regular, sine-wave-like waveform. It is interesting to note that
the overall amount of heart rate variability is actually the same
in the two recordings shown above; however, the patterns of the HRV
waveforms are clearly different.
Coherence: A State of
The Institute of HeartMath’s research has shown that generating
sustained positive emotions facilitates a body-wide shift to a
specific, scientifically measurable state. This state is termed
psychophysiological coherence, because it is characterized by
increased order and harmony in both our psychological (mental and
emotional) and physiological (bodily) processes.
Psychophysiological coherence is state of optimal function.
Research shows that when we activate this state, our physiological
systems function more efficiently, we experience greater emotional
stability, and we also have increased mental clarity and improved
cognitive function. Simply stated, our body and brain work better,
we feel better, and we perform better.
Physiologically, the coherence state is marked by the development
of a smooth, sine-wave-like pattern in the heart rate variability
trace. This characteristic pattern, called heart rhythm coherence,
is the primary indicator of the psychophysiological coherence
state, and is what the emWave and Inner Balance technologies
measure and quantify. A number of important physiological changes
occur during coherence. The two branches of the ANS synchronize
with one another, and there is an overall shift in autonomic
balance toward increased parasympathetic activity. There is also
increased physiological entrainment—a number of different bodily
systems synchronize to the rhythm generated by the heart (see
figure below). Finally, there is increased synchronization between
the activity of the heart and brain.
Physiological entrainment during coherence. The top graphs show an
individual’s heart rate variability, blood pressure rhythm (pulse
transit time), and respiration rhythm over a 10-minute period. At
the 300-second mark (center dashed line), the individual used
HeartMath’s Quick Coherence® technique to activate a feeling of
appreciation and shift into the coherence state. At this point, the
rhythms of all three systems came into entrainment: notice that the
rhythmic patterns are harmonious and synchronized with one another
instead of scattered and out-of-sync. The left side of the graphs
shows the spectral analysis of the three physiological rhythms
before the shift to coherence. Notice how each pattern looks quite
different from the others. The graphs on the right show that in the
coherence state the rhythms of all three systems have entrained to
oscillate at the same frequency.
Coherence Is Not
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 HRV) and a shift
in ANS balance towards increased parasympathetic activity.
Coherence is also associated with a relative increase in
parasympathetic activity, thus encompassing a key element of the
relaxation response, but is physiologically distinct from
relaxation in that the system oscillates at its natural resonant
frequency and there is increased harmony and synchronization in
nervous system and heart–brain dynamics. This important difference
between the two states is reflected most clearly in their
respective HRV power spectra (see figure and explanation below).
Furthermore, 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.
Heart rhythm patterns
during relaxation and coherence. The two graphs on the
left show typical heart rate variability (heart rhythm) patterns
during states of relaxation and coherence. To the right are shown
the HRV power spectral density plots of the heart rhythm patterns
at left. Relaxation produces a high-frequency, low-amplitude heart
rhythm, indicating reduced autonomic outflow. Increased power in
the high frequency band of the HRV power spectrum is observed,
reflecting increased parasympathetic activity (the “relaxation
response”). In contrast, the coherence state, activated by
sustained positive emotions, is associated with a highly ordered,
smooth, sine-wave-like heart rhythm pattern.
Unlike relaxation, coherence does not necessarily involve a
reduction in HRV, and may at times even produce an increase in HRV
relative to a baseline state. As can be seen in the corresponding
power spectrum, coherence is marked by an unusually large, narrow
peak in the low frequency band, centered around 0.1 hertz (note the
significant power scale difference between the spectra for
coherence and relaxation). This large, characteristic spectral peak
is indicative of the system-wide resonance and synchronization that
occurs during the coherence state.
Not only are there fundamental physiological differences between
relaxation and coherence, but the psychological characteristics of
these states are also quite different. Relaxation is a low-energy
state in which the individual rests both the body and mind,
typically disengaging from cognitive and emotional processes. In
contrast, coherence generally involves the active engagement of
positive emotions. Psychologically, coherence is experienced as a
calm, balanced, yet energized and responsive state that is
conducive to everyday functioning and interaction, including the
performance of tasks requiring mental acuity, focus,
problem-solving, and decision-making, as well as physical activity
The Role of
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). Breathing rhythmically in this fashion can thus be a
useful intervention to initiate a shift out of stressful emotional
state and into increased coherence. However, this type of
cognitively-directed paced breathing can require considerable
mental effort and is difficult for some people to maintain.
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 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. Positive
emotions appear to excite the system at its natural resonant
frequency and thus enable coherence to emerge and to be maintained
naturally, without conscious mental focus on one’s breathing
This is because input generated by the heart’s rhythmic activity is
actually one of the main factors that affect our breathing rate and
patterns. When the heart’s rhythm shifts into coherence as a result
of a positive emotional shift, our breathing rhythm automatically
synchronizes with the heart, thereby reinforcing and stabilizing
the shift to system-wide coherence.
Additionally, the positive emotional focus of the HeartMath
techniques confers a much wider array of benefits than those
typically achieved through breathing alone. These include deeper
perceptual and emotional changes, increased access to intuition and
creativity, cognitive and performance improvements, and favorable
changes in hormonal balance.
To derive the full benefits of the HeartMath tools, it is therefore
important to learn how to self-activate and eventually sustain a
positive emotion. However, for users who initially have trouble
achieving or maintaining coherence, practicing heart-focused
breathing at a 10-second rhythm, as described above, can be useful
training aid. Once individuals grow accustomed to generating
coherence through rhythmic breathing and become familiar with how
this state feels, they can then begin to practice breathing a
positive feeling or attitude through the heart area in order to
enhance their experience of the HeartMath tools and their benefits.
Eventually, with continuity of practice, most people become able to
shift into coherence by directly activating a positive emotion.
Many of the changes in bodily function that occur during the
coherence state revolve around changes in the heart’s pattern of
activity. While the heart is certainly a remarkable pump,
interestingly, it is only relatively recently in the course of
human history—around the past three centuries or so—that the
heart’s function has been defined (by Western scientific thought)
as only that of pumping blood. Historically, in almost every
culture of the world, the heart was ascribed a far more
multifaceted role in the human system, being regarded as a source
of wisdom, spiritual insight, thought, and emotion. Intriguingly,
scientific research over the past several decades has begun to
provide evidence that many of these long-surviving associations may
well be more than simply metaphorical. These developments have led
science to once again to revise and expand its understanding of the
heart and the role of this amazing organ.
In the new field of neurocardiology, for example, scientists have
discovered that the heart possesses its own intrinsic nervous
system—a network of nerves so functionally sophisticated as to earn
the description of a “heart brain.” Containing over 40,000 neurons,
this “little brain” gives the heart the ability to independently
sense, process information, make decisions, and even to demonstrate
a type of learning and memory. In essence, it appears that the
heart is truly an intelligent system. Research has also revealed
that the heart is a hormonal gland, manufacturing and secreting
numerous hormones and neurotransmitters that profoundly affect
brain and body function. Among the hormones the heart produces is
oxytocin—well known as the “love” or “bonding hormone.” Science has
only begun to understand the effects of the electromagnetic fields
produced by the heart, but there is evidence that the information
contained in the heart’s powerful field may play a vital
synchronizing role in the human body—and that it may affect others
around us as well.
Research has also shown that the heart is a key component of the
emotional system. Scientists now understand that the heart not only
responds to emotion, but that the signals generated by its rhythmic
activity actually play a major part in determining the quality of
our emotional experience from moment to moment. As described next,
these heart signals also profoundly impact perception and cognitive
function by virtue of the heart’s extensive communication network
with the brain. Finally, rigorous electrophysiological studies
conducted at the Institute of HeartMath have even indicated that
the heart appears to play a key role in intuition. Although there
is much yet to be understood, it appears that the age-old
associations of the heart with thought, feeling, and insight may
indeed have a basis in science.
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