HeartMath Institute is a research institute engaged in scientific research into the heart since the early 1980s. The researchers found that the heart has about 40,000 neurons, which are similar to our brain cells.
Further research led to clarifying insights, and it increasingly turned out that the assumptions that scientists had made for decades turned out to be a reality. Our heart is an intelligent organ with its own “brain” and provides access to our intuition.
Research by HeartMath Institute
The insights that HeartMath Institute gained over the years have revolutionized science and even opened a new branch in the science of heart health: neurocardiology, a field in which research is conducted into heart intelligence.
In recent decades, HeartMath Institute has conducted hundreds of scientific studies into how we can use this enormous intelligence source and especially emotions. In our modern times and western society, we are very active in the cognitive field, and our heart intelligence has increasingly disappeared into the background.
This results in consequences like a declining stress tolerance, lower productivity, and less happiness in life. HeartMath Institute’s research has led to many practical tools to reduce or even eliminate these consequences and enjoy life to its fullest.
Heart coherence: measuring your happiness
HeartMath has developed tools that make it possible to measure happiness and stress tolerance. Their sensitive equipment has been designed to measure heart rate variability (HRV), which is a good indicator of how emotionally and stress-resilient someone is.
The HeartMath Institute scientists have also discovered that the heart emits a powerful electromagnetic signal – like a transmitter – which enables us to “perceive” people in our environment energetically. This shows why we feel good with some people and not with others who are “on a different frequency.”
For measuring heart coherence – a state in which our vital body processes (heart, respiration, and blood pressure system) work together harmoniously – HeartMath has developed a series of devices to train our heart rate variability. This enables us as individuals to make ourselves more resilient and improve our general health.
Exercises developed by HeartMath Institute
HeartMath Institute has developed a wide variety of exercises over the years. These exercises are easy to apply, also in work situations. Despite the simplicity, these exercises are surprisingly practical. Examples are the HeartLock Method, Quick Coherence, and Heart-focused breathing exercises.
HearthMath Institute equipment
HearthMath Institute has developed several devices that monitor heart health. Examples are the InnerBalance Trainer, the emWave2, and the emWave Pro.
Each of these devices measures in real-time how the heart is doing, and you get feedback on your monitor on how stressed or happy you are. With the techniques developed by HeartMath, you can easily and quickly overcome this stress, with which you increase heart coherence and improve your health.
Doc Childre, founder of HeartMath
Doc Childre is the founder of HeartMath Institute. He is a worldwide authority in the field of stress reduction, building mental resilience, and optimizing personal effectiveness.
Together with Rollin McCraty, Research Director at HeartMath, he developed the HeartMath® System, which includes practical, heart-related tools and technologies. With these technologies, people of all ages and walks of life can improve their health, performance, and well-being.
The HeartMath System is widely used by Fortune 500 companies, the United States military, hospitals, clinics, schools, and many thousands of individuals looking to improve their emotional resilience.
In 1991 Childre founded the non-profit organization HeartMath Institute (HMI), a research and education organization. HMI’s organizational, educational, and clinical research on emotional physiology and self-regulation has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented at many scientific conferences around the world.
He chairs HMI’s Scientific Advisory Board and the Global Coherence Initiative Steering Committee (GCI), and HeartMath LLC. He is also an advisor to CEOs, scientists, educators, and the entertainment industry through his company Top-Down.
He has shared endless knowledge and enthusiasm about the human heart in numerous publications and a dozen books, including The HeartMath Solution, From Chaos to Coherence, The HeartMath Approach to Managing Hypertension, and the Transforming book series: Transforming Anger, Transforming Stress, Transforming Anxiety, and Transforming Depression.
Doc Childre also created the award-winning emWave® heart coherence feedback technologies.
Howard Martin, co-founder of HeartMath Institute
Howard Martin is one of the original leaders who helped Doc Childre found HeartMath. Since its founding in 1991, he has been involved with the organization as a key spokesperson and manager. In 1999 he co-wrote The HeartMath Solution with Doc Childre. This book is considered “the bible of the intelligence of the human heart.”
Howard also co-authored the book Heart Intelligence, Connecting with the Intuitive Guidance of the Heart.
Martin played a key role in launching the Global Coherence Initiative (GCI). Since its foundation in 2008, he has been a member of the steering committee and spokesperson for GCI.
During his career at HeartMath Institute and the Global Coherence Initiative, Howard Martin has been instrumental in delivering practical yet dynamic programs to tens of thousands of people worldwide.
With his enthusiastic approach, he has delivered numerous keynote presentations and training programs for Fortune 100 companies, government agencies, all four branches of the United States military, and many school systems in more than 50 cities on four continents.
As a key spokesperson for HeartMath, Howard conducts approximately 75 media interviews and webinars annually, including all major US television networks, major magazines, and numerous documentaries. He speaks internationally about developing the new intelligence needed to navigate our lives in these changing times and the importance of global cohesion.
Rollin McCraty, HeartMath Research Director
Rollin McCraty, Ph.D., is research director at the HeartMath Institute in the United States. He is also a professor at Florida Atlantic University. McCraty is a psychophysiologist with an extraordinary interest in the physiology of emotions. One of his main areas of focus is the mechanisms by which emotions influence cognitive processes, behavior, health, and the global interconnectedness between humans and the Earth’s energetic systems.
He has worked at HeartMath Institute since its foundation in 1991 by Doc Childre. Together they have worked closely together and played a pioneering role in the field of neurocardiology. In addition, McCraty was in charge of developing the HeartMath System of tools and technology, such as the Inner Balance Trainer and emWave2.
McCraty and his research team have collaborated with universities around the world over the decades, including Stanford University, Dalhousie University in Halifax, Prince Sultan Cardiac Center in Saudi Arabia, and the University of Lithuania.
His sensational research results earned him a lot of publicity worldwide and contributed significantly to the fame of HeartMath Institute. He has been interviewed for many feature articles in leading magazines, such as Natural Health, Men’s Fitness, and American Health.
McCraty has also appeared in several TV shows and documentaries, including I Am, The Truth, The Joy of Sox, The Power of the Heart, and The Living Matrix.
McCraty’s interesting research on heart rate variability, heart coherence, and their interaction with our environment has received a lot of international attention in the scientific community, and his research continues unabated. The role of the heart in health, behavior, performance, and quality of life has proven undeniably valuable today.
In addition to his position at HeartMath Institute, he is also one of the leaders of the Global Coherence Initiative and the creator of the Global Coherence Monitoring System, a worldwide network of magnetic field sensor sites. Hereby the relationships between human and geomagnetic field environments and the interconnectedness of and communication between all living systems are investigated.
The research so far has led to important insights into how these fields function and how the systems mutually synchronize and interact.