= RHYTHMICAL BREATH
= HEART COHERENCE
= SELF-HEALING MECHANISM
High cardiac coherence might be a key element to access one of the main principles of osteopathy: “The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance”
The key to consciously activate your self-healing properties
is through breath and positive feelings.
In general, in physics, the term ‘coherence’ is used to describe an ordered distribution of energy in a waveform. A sine wave, for instance, is a perfectly coherent wave.
The more stable the frequency, amplitude and shape of the waveform, the higher the degree of coherence, order and stability in the rhythmic activity, generated by an oscillatory system, such as the heart.
'HEART COHERENCE' EXPLAINED
HeartMath Institute, a non-profit research center in California, introduced the term ‘physiological coherence’, also known as 'cardiac coherence' or 'heart coherence'.
It is characterized by its smooth, rhythmical waves at a certain frequency of your heart (around 0.1 Hz).
CONSCIOUSLY SELF-GENERATE CARDIAC COHERENCE
The institute of HeartMath has done research on consciously self-generating cardiac coherence and has concluded that it can be generated by:
(1) regulating your breathing rhythms,
while (2) visualizing your heart and
(3) focusing on positive feelings of appreciation and gratitude.
Breathing slowly and at a rhythmic pace can facilitate your heart rhythm (or heart coherence) and thus your self-healing properties. Breathing at a rate of six breaths per minute (a 10-second rhythm, which equals 0,1 Hz) is recommended to obtain this coherent state.
‘Positive’ emotions, such as feelings of appreciation and love, are associated with a more coherent or sinusoidal heart rate curve.
Mental and emotional stress and some ‘negative’ emotions, such as anger and frustration are illustrated by an irregular curve of heart rate.
Dr. Joe Dispenza
Dr. Joe Dispenza explains in 5 minutes how we can create heart and brain coherence through breath, positive focus and feelings of gratitude.
HEART COHERENCE & SELF-HEALING
In an integrative review of McCraty et al. (2009) on “The Coherent Heart” many significant improvements due to coherence-building interventions are listed.
On a physiological level:
increased immune system function
improved autonomic nervous system function and balance
increased dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)/cortisol levels
On a psychological level:
reduction in depression, anxiety and anger
increase in positive emotions, such as gratitude, caring and peacefulness
greater emotional stability
increased mental clarity
improved cognitive functioning
Furthermore, they report:
significant reduction in blood pressure in individuals with hypertension
reduced depression in patients with congestive heart failure
improved glycemic regulation and quality of life, in patients with diabetes
HeartMath Institute explains in 10 minutes the effects of heart coherence.
Greg Braden explains in 10 minutes when we have heart coherence, what the effects are in the body and how we can change our physiology and immune response.
Be aware of your breath.
Where does the breath moves easily (thorax or belly?). Where in your body do you feel restriction (throat, stomach, diaphragm, ...) ?
Ideally you breathe at a rate of 6 breaths per minute.
Breathe in for 4 seconds; breathe out for 6 seconds.
The 4:6 breath is ideal for heart coherence.
During treatment I invite you to breath consciously. You can focus on your body or relax.
BREATH DURING THE RECOVERY
Remind yourself to breathe consciously and/or rhythmically before you fall asleep.
The more you practice during the day, the more this relaxed breathing pattern will be automatic. It is an ideal state for the body to regain its balance and health.
Be aware of your feelings.
What emotions do you feel? Do you feel happy or sad? Do you feel your heart beating slowly or rapidly? Are you agitated or peaceful? Where in your body do you feel restriction (throat, stomach, diaphragm, ...) ?
Remind yourself to be grateful.
What do you appreciate in your current life? What are your grateful for? Who can you thank today?