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Heartmath Freeze Frame

Heartmath Freeze Frame


Some of the earliest recorded civilizations, including the Greeks, Mesopotamians and Babylonians speak of the heart as harboring intelligence. Modern science has tended to consider this point of view metaphorical. But Doc Childre, founder of the Institute of HeartMath®, in Boulder Creek, CA, has produced scientific evidence to back up the "intelligent heart" theory. Corporations such as Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, and all four branches of the U.S. Military, are now using HeartMath techniques to teach employees how to become more mentally and emotionally balanced, and provide for individual and organizational transformation. In addition, educators have found that school children can better manage their behavior, and improve their ability to absorb academic information by using the techniques pioneered by Childre and the Institute.

The core of the HeartMath philosophy is that the heart, physically and metaphorically, is the key to tapping into an intelligence that can provide us with fulfillment. Science has shown that the heart communicates with the body and brain on various different levels.

The heart sends neurological information to the brain and the rest of the body. Through the pulse, the heart sends energy in the form of a blood pressure wave. Researchers have seen that changes in the electrical activity of brain cells occur in relation to the changes in the blood pressure wave. The heart communicates on a biochemical level, releasing atrial peptide, a hormone that inhibits the release of other stress hormones. The heart communicates electromagnetically. An EKG measured in the doctor's office is actually an electrical signal produced by the heart. This signal can be picked up anywhere on the body, and permeates the space around us.

HeartMath has taken this information, and translated it into simple tools that focus on teaching us how to listen to, and follow, the intuitive information of the heart. We can learn how to better make decisions, and to use the power of the heart to manage the mind and emotions.

The three most powerful techniques are Freeze-Frame®, Cut-Thru® and Heart Lock-In®. What follows is a highly simplified version of each. A far more extensive examination of each technique, including scientific data, can be found in the book, The HeartMath Solution, by Doc Childre and Howard Martin. Anyone who is seriously interested in using these tools will find a wealth of knowledge there.

Freeze-Frame - is the simplest of the HeartMath tools. It is a one-minute technique that allows a major shift in perception. More than positive thinking, it creates a definitive, heartfelt shift in how we view a situation, an individual or ourselves. When under stress:

  1. Shift out of the head, and focus on the area around your heart. Keep your attention there for at least ten seconds. Continue to breathe normally.
  2. Recall a positive time or feeling you had in your life, and attempt to re-experience it. Remember, try not simply to visualize it, but rather to feel it fully.
  3. Ask a question from the heart: "What can I do in this situation to make it different?" or "What can I do to minimize stress?"
  4. Listen to the response of your heart.

About HeartMath

HeartMath LLC is a cutting edge performance company providing a range of unique services, products, and technology to boost performance, productivity, health and well-being while dramatically reducing stress. Founded in 1991 as a non-profit research organization by Doc Childre, HeartMath has earned global recognition for our unique research-based techniques and proprietary technology to transform the stress of change and uncertainty, and bring coherence and renewed energy to the workplace, and the home.

By 1997 our corporate solutions had gained increasing success and impact, and we founded HeartMath LLC. Our easy-to-use solutions dramatically – and quantifiably – boost performance and health for both the individual and the organization. HeartMath programs have now been used by more than 100,000 executives, managers, staff, physicians, educators, health professionals, athletes, as well as individuals dedicated to improving their performance, health and well-being. More than a decade of research, published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, confirms a single, fundamental premise: Unleashing the full power of an organization starts with empowering the individual. When we're internally self-managed – feeling balanced, in control, and powerful – we make our greatest contribution. We act, not react. We think creatively. We communicate clearly. We manage well under pressure. We make good decisions. Our most inspiring leadership qualities emerge. When dozens, hundreds, thousands, of employees work to that zone of peak performance, so does the organization. HeartMath clinical studies have dramatically demonstrated the critical link between emotion, heart function and cognitive performance. HeartMath case studies have proven significant business outcomes with measurable improvements in leadership performance, sales effectiveness, customer service, staff retention, cost reductions, health, and overall performance.

Additionally, HeartMath has been internationally recognized for providing leading-edge products and programs for people interested in personal development and improved emotional, mental and physical health. Through our programs and products delivered by our staff and through our network of alliance partners and licensees, we are having a global impact on society, helping the world move from chaos to coherence.

Maybe you've heard of us.?HeartMath's compelling approach has been published in journals such as the Harvard Business Review, Journal of Innovative Management, The American Journal of Cardiology, Stress Medicine, and Journal of Advancement in Medicine.

HeartMath's successes have been featured in media stories on CNN, ABC World News Tonight, NBC's Today Show, Good Morning America, the Lifetime Network, New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. HeartMath's key corporate clients include Shell, Hewlett-Packard, Liz Claiborne, Cisco Systems, BP, Boeing, Sony, BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), Unilever, numerous hospitals, as well as federal and state agencies, and the U.S. military.

What is the Freeze-Framer? The Freeze-Framer ® is an innovative, easy-to-use interactive software program that displays your heart rhythms in real time and shows you how stress may be affecting you. Much more than a heart monitor, this revolutionary technology will help you transform stress and anxiety into free energy for personal and professional effectiveness. ??Quickly and easily install the software, plug in the sensor and start to have fun with this unique interactive technology that enables you to see and control the dynamics of your body's most powerful system-the heart.
What are the benefits of using the Freeze-Framer? The Freeze-Framer is designed to help people prevent, manage and reverse the effects of stress. With the simple fingertip or earlobe pulse sensor that plugs into the USB port of your computer, you can watch in real time how thoughts and emotions affect your heart and autonomic nervous system. Using the HeartMath ® coherence-building techniques, taught in an included tutorial, you will learn how to intentionally shift to a positive emotional state and will be able to see the resulting changes in your heart rhythms immediately on your computer screen. These shifts in your heart rhythms create a favorable cascade of neural, hormonal and biochemical events that benefit the entire body and mind. Blood pressure drops. Stress hormones plummet. The immune system pumps up. Anti-aging hormones increase. You gain clarity, calmness and control. The effects are both immediate and long-lasting. ??HeartMath research has shown that emotions are reflected in our heart rhythm patterns. The analysis of heart rate variability (HRV), or heart rhythms, is recognized as a powerful, noninvasive measure that reflects heart-brain interactions and autonomic nervous system dynamics, which are particularly sensitive to changes in emotional state. Clinical research identifies HRV as a key indicator of neurocardiac fitness and overall health: abnormally low HRV is a predictor of premature mortality and is associated with a wide range of health problems, many of which can be stress-related.

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Is the Freeze-Framer ® technology like biofeedback? It is a type of biofeedback; however, it is important to understand that there are many types of biofeedback, which all feedback information about different physiological changes in our body. The simplest form of biofeedback is looking in a mirror and making different faces, which can affect how we feel. The Freeze-Framer is quite different from other forms of technology-based biofeedback, such as feedback of simple heart rate, skin conductance or brainwave activity. The Freeze-Framer is an educational system that provides feedback of a people's heart rhythm patterns, which, in turn, allows them to see and better understand how stress and different emotions are affecting their autonomic nervous system dynamics. It does this by measuring the naturally occurring changes in beat-to-beat heart rate, which is called heart rate variability (HRV), or simply the heart rhythm. Whereas common methods of HRV analysis typically quantify the amount of variability in a given recording, additional information can be gained by heart rhythm pattern analysis, which is unique to the Freeze-Framer.??Research has shown that sustained positive emotions lead to a highly efficient and regenerative functional mode associated with increased coherence in heart rhythm patterns and greater synchronization and harmony among physiological systems. The patented Freeze-Framer technology monitors heart rhythm patterns, objectively quantifies heart rhythm coherence, and helps people develop skills to maintain states of increased emotional and physiological coherence. The use of pulse wave sensors makes this technology portable, time-efficient and easy to use in a wide variety of settings.

As people practice coherence-building techniques, they can readily see and experience the changes in their heart rhythm patterns, which generally become less irregular, smoother and more sine-wave-like as individuals enter the coherent mode. This process enables people to easily develop an association between a shift to a more healthful and beneficial physiological mode and the positive internal feeling experience that induces such a shift. The Freeze-Framer also analyzes the heart rhythm patterns and calculates a coherence ratio for each session. The coherence level is fed back to the user as an accumulated score or success in playing interactive games designed to reinforce coherence-building skills. The software also includes a tutorial in the HeartMath positive emotion-based techniques for building and sustaining coherence, as well as a multi-user database to store results and track progress. Heart rhythm coherence-building technology is currently utilized in medical, mental health, corporate, sports and academic settings to improve clinical, psychological and performance outcomes. This technology holds promise as a powerful and practical tool for the enhancement of health and human potential.

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