The Science Behind the emWave® and Inner Balance™ Technologies

The 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 heart.

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Breath work and meditative practice using the 2breathe

Once upon a time in my mid-twenties I began practicing meditative breathing. The practice was prompted by my lifestyle at the time and the refection on myself that I was living a bit “unhealthy”. As youngster I practiced karate from the age of 10-13 so I was familiar with eastern philosophy and meditation, at least to a point. I had read several books as a requirement of my martial arts training but, I had zero experience with actual meditation. So I picked up Zen Training by Katsuki Sekida and began reading about how to meditate. Although my meditative practice only lasted about 6 months at the time I learned quite a bit about why regular breath work can help us to lead better lives. The beginning of the book broke down physiologically what breath work does for the body. Where most books would dive right into the psychological and spiritual. The point here and well expressed by the book is the meditative practice is more than just spiritual. Breathing is the most basic thing we do and when practiced in a particular way we can lead vastly improved and healthier lives.

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