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Heuristic Psychological Case Study of HeartMath Practice for Health and Physical Exercise

S.D. Edwards

African Journal for Physical Activity and Health Sciences (AJPHES) Volume 22(4:2), December 2016, pp. 1125-1139.

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Abstract

Informed by HeartMath theory and praxis, this psychological case study involved a review of the author’s personal HeartMath practice. A heuristic phenomenological research methodology was complemented by HeartMath records over a time period of two years, eight months, with the author reflexively functioning as both researcher and participant. Illustrated HeartMath measurements and Heart Cloud records provide evidence of learning and facilitation of personal, social and global coherence. Critical, creative and evaluative discussion focuses on psychophysiological theory and biofeedback practice. The value of the HeartMath system is endorsed for its propensity to promote resilience, health and physical activity as well as facilitate planetary survival.