Why it Works--The Science of HeartMath


HeartMath's powerful outcomes and organisational benefits arose from more than 12 years of in-depth scientific research into the physiology of high performance, both for the individual and the organisation. Our key discoveries include:

  • High performance results from a balanced integration of mental, emotional and physiological factors.
  • Emotional stress is the prime disabler of high performance. Stress reduction is key to increased health and performance, but relaxation alone is not enough.
  • The heart is immediately affected by emotional change, and in turn, profoundly affects cognitive function, i.e., mental clarity, strategic thinking, decision-making, and communication skills.
  • This heart-brain link can be managed by the individual, resulting in dramatic leaps in performance and productivity.

Just as the mind/brain is an important information processing site, research indicates that the heart is one as well. In fact, the heart communicates with the brain and entire body in several ways--neurologically, biophysically, hormonally and energetically.

The heart is a highly complex, self-organised information processing center with its own functional "brain" that communicates with and influences the cranial brain via the nervous system, hormonal system and other pathways. These influences profoundly affect brain function and most of the body's major organs, and ultimately determine the quality of health, performance, and productivity.

Research studies done at the Institute of HeartMath show that using HeartMath techniques can lead to physiological coherence, a state that manifests as more ordered and efficient function in the nervous, cardiovascular, hormonal and immune systems. Coherence involves a high degree of balance, harmony and synchronisation within and between cognitive, emotional and physiological processes. Research has shown that this state is associated with high performance, reduced stress, increased emotional stability and numerous health benefits.

When we are more coherent we experience efficient and rewarding thoughts and feelings. Our ability to make efficient decisions, to think strategically, to innovate, to manage ourselves, to prioritise effectively, to communicate skillfully, to lead others, and to be more sensitive to the needs of others, are all enhanced. Our emotional intelligence is enhanced because we more easily experience feelings such as appreciation, care and compassion. Our perceptions encompass a wider view which, in turn, affects our actions and responses.

The Award-Winning emWave® Learning System
A key factor in the effectiveness of HeartMath's programs is the emWave technology, our patented, interactive learning system and heart rate variability monitor. Participants learn to use this innovative technology to monitor and change heart rhythm patterns, reducing stress and improving energy and overall health everyday. This technology has a dynamic, positive effect on stress levels, mental clarity, creativity and insight – all key factors in determining performance. The emWave won TMC Labs' 2003 Innovation Award.

*HeartMath's research studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as American Journal of Cardiology, Journal for Advancement In Medicine, and Stress Medicine. For more information about the scientific research behind HeartMath.

For more information about our Hospital Programs contact:

For Information
Telephone: (02) 9412 2500 (Australia)
Telephone: +61 2 9412 2500 (International)
E-Mail: info@macquarieinstitute.com

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HeartMath is a registered trademark of the Institute of HeartMath. emWave is a registered trademark of Quantum Intech, Inc.