Institute of HeartMath FAQs

HeartMath System FAQs

Question: What is meant by empowering heart-based living?

Answer: The words "empowering heart-based living," which appear on some Institute of HeartMath Web pages with IHM’s logo and often in our literature, essentially encompass our mission and vision: giving people tools to experience this healthy, coherent way of living, described as follows:

When all of our intentions and actions in daily life originate from the intuitive wisdom of our hearts, when we feel and act with sincere appreciation, caring and kindness for others – all qualities of the heart – and when we can observe the world around us without the preset judgments of the mind, but rather with the compassion in our hearts, then we will truly be living life from the heart.

"Heart-based living," IHM founder Doc Childre wrote, "helps you learn to live in the now, bringing more of your real self into each moment. Becoming more of who you really are releases inner security, allowing you to relate to life with increased hope and confidence. Increased fulfillment is the result of this process.

Question: What is meant by personal and global coherence?

Answer: Personal coherence, also known as psychophysiological coherence, refers to the synchronization of our physical, mental and emotional systems. It can be measured by our heart-rhythm patterns: The more balanced and smooth they are, the more in sync, or coherent, we are. Stress levels recede, energy levels increase and our brain and what HeartMath calls the "heart brain" are working together. It is a state of optimal clarity, perception and performance. HeartMath tools and technology have been scientifically proven to help us achieve personal coherence.

Global coherence refers to the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of the greater community of human beings, while acting in concert with their own hearts, each other and nation to nation in harmony with our living planet. HeartMath believes coherence on a grand scale is highly achievable when large numbers of people focus their heart intelligence on a common goal.

Question: I’m interested in learning about HeartMath for self-improvement. Where should I start?

Answer: The most comprehensive work about the science and research of HeartMath and the HeartMath System is the e-Booklet Science of the Heart, by the HeartMath Research Center staff. This comprehensive monograph gives fundamental and detailed summaries of the Institute of HeartMath’s years of innovative research and has an overview of heart-rate variability, entrainment, coherence, head-heart interactions and the scientific discoveries that shaped the tools and techniques developed to empower heart-based living. Science of the Heart.

Also, the book, The HeartMath Solution, by Doc Childre and Howard Martin, includes cutting-edge science, practical information and easy-to-learn HeartMath techniques. You’ll learn about the heart as control tower of the body’s systems and health, and the techniques will show you how to deepen your heart qualities of wisdom, compassion, strength and joy and increase your intuitive, creative and heart-centered aspects. The HeartMath Solution.

Question: Are HeartMath techniques simply types of relaxation/meditation techniques?

Answer: Although HeartMath techniques produce many benefits for the body, mind and emotions, IHM does not consider them to be forms of meditation because their purpose – the experience they give – and their effects are quite different from relaxation/meditation practices. In fact, professional meditators say HeartMath actually facilitates their meditation experience by improving their focus, emotional management and self-awareness. Here are two e-monographs you may find interesting:

Question: How does HeartMath view breathing in the stress reduction process?

Answer: Although rhythmic breathing exercises can help control your heart rate and have a calming effect on the body, shifting your attitudes and emotions require more. Research shows the key to learning how to neutralize and counter the effects of stress is by actively adding a positive feeling such as appreciation, care and compassion to the process. Experiencing positive emotions has a much broader range of health and wellness benefits than simply forcing the system into coherence through rhythmic breathing. Generating feelings of appreciation, care or compassion adds a dynamic element for stress management. Using the breathing pacer found in the emWave® in conjunction with generating positive emotions helps synchronize your nervous system and creates positive changes in your heart-rhythm patterns to create and sustain the coherence needed for stress relief.

Question: Can I visit the Institute?

Answer: As much as we would like to meet all of our friends, we are unable to receive casual visitors or give tours of our facility. We receive visitors by appointment for business or research purposes only. If you are a scientist, doctor, psychologist, teacher, etc., and would like to make an appointment to discuss relative business, let us know. We’ll put you in contact with the right person to meet your needs. Please submit your request to info@heartmath.org or call us at (831) 338-8500.

Question: How can I become a member of HeartMath?

Answer: To learn about all the wonderful benefits you’ll receive with your membership in the Institute of HeartMath and how to become a member, please go to the following page: Become a HeartMath Member.

Question: In what languages are your books and programs available?

Answer: At present, a small number of HeartMath materials are available in Spanish. Please click the following link for more information: Spanish-language materials. You can also learn about independent providers of HeartMath products in many countries and languages around the world through IHM’s sister company, HeartMath LLC at HeartMath Alliances.

Question: What authors other than those with IHM discuss HeartMath?

Answer: HeartMath is referenced in over 300 books, a number of which are written by esteemed best-selling authors such as Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Barry Sears, Patricia Aburdene, and Stephen R. Covey.

Question: What type of Alliances do you have?

Answer: The Institute of HeartMath has established many alliances and partnerships with a variety of institutions, organizations and research entities that have similar interests and goals. HeartMath’s Alliances.

Question: Can I learn the HeartMath techniques without taking a class?

Answer: Yes. A great way to learn the HeartMath techniques is through any or all of these books: The HeartMath Solution, Transforming Anger, Transforming Stress and Transforming Anxiety and Transforming Depression. They can be found in the HeartMath Store.

You may also want to view the Tools for Well-Being in IHM Free Services.

If you want to speed up the process and measure the results as you go, you’ll want to have the emWave® Personal Stress Reliever, the emWave® PC/Mac Stress Relief System or both. Go to emWave Technology for more information.

Question: What do I need to do to use your intellectual property in a presentation? May I use HeartMath’s copyrighted materials in my seminars, workshops or publications?

Answer: HeartMath does permit use of its intellectual property and copyrighted materials for some limited purposes. Click here for information.

Question: How do I search your site for specific information?

Answer: The Web site search box is located in the upper, right side of our pages. Basic search functions usually will bring up the desired results. Simply type in the word or words pertaining to the topic or item for which you are searching. Fewer words likely will bring up a greater number of results, but they may not be as specific to your topic as you would like. Using more words usually brings up fewer, but more pertinent results. To do an exact word or phrase search, type double quote marks at the beginning and end – "emWave technology" – of your search string. You also can search the page you are on by doing a "find." On Windows systems, hit control F and type your search word or words. Macintosh users hit Apple/command F. Click to top of page for Web site search box.

Question: Are there any career opportunities at the Institute of HeartMath?

Answer: Click on the following link to learn about career opportunities at the Institute of HeartMath. Employment with HeartMath.

Question: How can I sign up for News and Updates? For HeartQuotes?

Answer: You must first sign up with HeartMath. It only takes a few moments and all information you provide is strictly confidential. Then simply check the box down the page that says "Yes, I want to receive News and Updates from the Institute of HeartMath and my free copy of The Inside Story—Understanding the Power of Feelings." Even if you’ve already registered in the HeartMath store, you will still need to sign up. Register.

Question: Can I listen to a sample of Doc’s Childre’s music?

Answer: Yes, you may hear samples of Doc’s music on Amazon.com by clicking here: Listen to Doc. Enjoy!

Question: How do I change my mailing and shipping address information?

Answer: Changing your address is easy. Go to the HeartMath Store and click on My Account on the upper right side of the page. This page contains an Edit Profile link under Support that will take you to the mailing and shipping addresses we have on file for you. Click the "change" button beneath either of them to make modifications. The My Account page also allows you to conduct other personal business such as changing your e-mail address or your account password, check your orders and downloads, view billing statements and more.

Question: I had a life-changing experience using HeartMath. Where or how can I submit my story?

Answer: We’d love to hear your story, testimonial or comments. Please e-mail them to info@heartmath.org.

Question: Do you have a newsletter? Can I view archived issues?

Answer: The Institute of HeartMath newsletter is published quarterly and you may view an online version of it or archived issues in our Free Services section simply by taking a few moments to Register with HeartMath.

Question: Do you have a catalog? Can you send me literature?

Answer: Submit requests for a printed brochure about the Institute of HeartMath at info@heartmath.org. For an online version, go to IHM Brochure.

Submit requests for a printed educational catalog on specific products and educational literature at info@heartmath.org. For an online version, go to Education Catalog.

Question: What is the HeartMath organization?

Answer: We’re three organizations, one system. The HeartMath System of performance enhancement, stress relief and mental and emotional self-management lies at the core of three companies with complementary missions: the Institute of HeartMath (IHM), an innovative nonprofit research and education organization; HeartMath LLC, a cutting-edge performance and consulting firm providing unique programs, products and technology to boost performance, productivity and health while reducing stress; and Quantum Intech, a licensing and development company that focuses on biometric and emotion-regulated technology products.

Question: Will you publish my book?

Answer: No, the Institute of HeartMath is not a publisher.

Question: Can you send me a copy of the Cut-Thru® book?

Answer: We’re sorry, but the Cut-Thru book is no longer available. All of the material in the book was incorporated into the Overcoming Emotional Chaos book and later into the Transforming Anxiety and Transforming Depression books. You’ll find that these books contain not only the Cut-Thru technique for learning to release, but also other useful HeartMath practices and information for improving your health and quality of life.