Hidden to the naked eye, illusive to our untrained ear, the heart tells an important story.
Beyond the essential life-giving transport of blood, when listened to closely, the heart can also tell us of our psychological and physiological health and well-being.
Resting in the rhythm of our hearts is a window into how our systems interrelates. Peaked and rolled with respiration and blood pressure rhythm (pulse transit time) and heart rate variability, stories of stress and emotional status and adaptability, and synchronous or asynchronous function of our internal regulatory nervous system, the Autonomic Nervous system (ANS), are revealed.
Researchers at Heart Math Institute have spent decades studying the relationships between the heart, brain, immune and regulatory function in the body. They found that a “coherent” state of heart rhythm patterns is the result of the respiration, blood pressure rhythm and heart rate variability working in synchronicity.
When this internal landscape is synchronized, the person finds themselves in a state of optimal function, a state of coherence. When we are in a state of coherence, we feel better, our emotions are more heart centered and positive, our mind is more clear and our ability to respond and think through complex issues increases.
How do we leave behind a life of stresses, pressures and chaotic communications and regain healthy flow and experience of emotions, mind, body and spirit?
It takes a dynamic, consistent approach. We allow and support our innate intelligence to inform our body systems of balance and function. We nourish our bodies with high-powered, clean nutrients. We heal our emotional traumas and enjoy a healthy flow of experience. We develop a conscious positive relationship with our physical bodies; increasing strength, flexibility, awareness and ease.
After years of working with health and bodywork, I recently began recording Heart Rate Variability (HRV), with my Neurotivity and Bowen clients. My initial findings have been so positive, Health Relativity is now conducting a more formal study on the effects of Neurotivity. Our preliminary findings illustrated a profound positive change in HRV within 20 minutes. There was an undisputable change within seconds of the first Neurotivity moves and the overall heart rhythm pattern became increasingly coherent thereafter.
Below is the first 5 minutes of an HRV scan on a 49 year old woman. The first minute and a half is not substantive as the program is calibrating. After calibration, HRV shows her status as a relativity irregular rhythm. At minute three (at the top of the star), two gentle Neurotivity moves were made on the woman’s low back, lasting about 20 seconds. Directly after the moves, the rhythm becomes noticeably more regular, rounded and more coherent. More coherence means less “stress” on the system.
This is very exciting to see first hand.
Neurotivity, a neuromuscular repatterning technique, is a foundational pillar of Health Relativity’s Intrinsic Wellness Programs. It accesses our innate healing system, activating the central nervous system through specific rolling moves that send messages from the body. The moves initiate balancing of the autonomic nervous system as well as resetting musculoskeletal and fascial tension patterns. The results show in increased sense of well-being, reduced physical and emotional stress, more coherence and better body function.
Even though seeing an immediate shift is thrilling, what we are even more interested in is charting the longer-term impacts of regular sessions. A client who had had regular sessions, reported, “I have the same or more external stresses. Yet, now it feels easier to handle them. They don’t feel as stressful. I just deal with whatever it is.” (S.H., Novato, CA)
We will continue heart rate variability research to identify how and when Neurotivity and the other pillars of wellness are impacting how the person’s whole body responds and adapts to their external emotional and physical environment.
Let’s turn around our experience of stress.
The stories our hearts tell us can help guide us toward a more enjoyable and healthy life.
Terra Sutton, April 16, 2019, Co-Founder, HealthRelativity.com