Biofeedback has come a long way over the
20 years that I have been a Practitioner. Now, more than
ever, managing the impact of stress is clearly recognized
as a key factor to leading a balanced and healthy long life.
It has been well documented that stress increases and multiplies
the risk factors for numerous life threatening illnesses such
as heart disease, hypertension, and stroke, to name only a
few. My clients are most often referred to me by their doctors
to learn how to lower their risk for disease, and I often
hear them say they hope to improve their quality of life.
An increasing number of the people are also struggling with
depression and anxiety contributing to sleepless nights and
a constant state of overwhelm.
There are numerous Biofeedback programs available these days,
and I work with many of them. I am much impressed with the
HeartMath™ System. I find it to be one of the
most effective and innovative stress reduction programs available.
HeartMath™ is a well thought out system which
addresses the mind, body, and emotions.
A growing body of research is beginning to provide objective
evidence that positive emotions may indeed be the key to optimal
health. They have been demonstrated to improve health, increase
longevity and performance. In my experience watching the heart
rhythm become more relaxed when a client genuinely feels an
emotion such as appreciation, care, love, and compassion really
shows how our biology experiences positive emotions.
Biofeedback shows you how to reduce and rewire your automatic,
and often unconscious, stress responses. Seeing your heartbeat
pattern (or respiration, muscle tension, etc) displayed on
a computer screen and learning how you can change it into
a more relaxed, healthier, rhythm is empowering. The Bio-feedback
increases the learning curve. HeartMath™ has
created an easy to use biofeedback system that supports one
in learning to manage stress and direct the mind, body, and
emotions towards greater health and well-being.