There are a couple of ‘mistakes’ or limitations that HeartMath has made regarding their measurement of the HRV (heart rate variability) and coherent breathing. HeartMath did not go as far as Dan Winter who developed the concept of coherent breathing and is a co-developer of iTHRVE apps. It seems that HeartMath stayed at the first step of their research which has some benefits, although limited.
HearthMath is using one frequency as opposed to full spectrum of frequencies of iTHRVE app
With iTHRVE apps, we analyse all the frequencies of the spectrum as opposed to just one frequency as the HeartMath proposes. For example, if you compared it to an orchestra, what the HeartMath’s app is doing is analysing the quality of a small part of the whole orchestra ie just one musician or instrument, for example, the lead violinist. What is iTHRVE app doing is analysing the quality of the whole orchestra, all the instruments, all the musicians. So if some of the musician or instruments are out of tune – the whole concert won’t work – it will sound awful, no matter how good or in tune is the lead violinist or violin.
Coherence is not defined by how much one frequency is in phase regularity in the low frequencies of the heart (HRV). Imagine – if someone could play music with one tone at 6Hz, while other 100 tones above 20 Hertz were out of phase – it would sound horrible.
Immune health is optimal when the possible harmonics are working together nondestructively in the heart. It’s been demonstrated that harmonic inclusiveness in HRV (heart rate variability) predicts survival success of almost all chronic diseases.
HeartMath’s breathing cue is flat-line-like pattern of o.1Hz as opposed to caduceus-like like pattern of full spectrum iTHRVE app
Everything in life has a frequency pattern of a sine-like wave, going up and down, in a yin-yang fashion. So if you just using a straight-like line of frequency breathing it can be bad for your health as Dr Irving Dardik has demonstrated as part of the Olympic Medical Committee (see a book about his discovery “Making Waves: Irving Dardik and His Superwave Principle“) when he noticed when marathon runners were running with one heart rate and then stopping abruptly they developed heart problems. In other words, if the heart rate becomes very regular with a narrow range, like a metronome, it becomes the single most powerful risk factor (in all medicine, not just cardiology) for all cause mortality. What Dr Irving Dardik discovered was that to be healthy one needs to vary the heart rate or in the case of runners – reduce the speed of running and breathing in a caduceus-like pattern.
HearthMath suggests to breathe in a single frequency of 0.1Hz which can be harmful to your overall health, if done all the time – according to Dr Irving Dardik (read above).
iTHRVE app helps you to breathe in a caduceus-like pattern which leads to a ‘still point’ as described in cranial osteopathy which helps to reset your body’s natural ability to heal and be in optimum balance and health.
Coherence can only be determined if the phase relationship (internal phase coherence) between all the frequencies inside the heart are dancing together, not just one frequency. The iTHRVE app properly determines internal phase coherence in the heart – using a sophisticated algorithm wich was applied for the first time to coherence by Dan Winter. It is called the cepstrum. It is simply a dynamic second order power spectra (a harmonic analysis of the harmonic analysis). The amplitude of the first/primary peak of the cepstrum dynamically measures internal phase coherence in the heart. The dramatic power of this is revealed the first time you watch this simple peak rise at the instant you feel real love!
Watch Patrick Botte, co-developer of iTHRVE apps, talk about stress and HRV
Coherent breathing (caduceus-like pattern) leads to the craniosacral still point, which is a bliss point (see Bentov pendulum) which is the key to relaxation, negentropy and rejuvenation.
Watch a demo of coherent breathing below
What’s good about HeartMath
Where the HeartMath got it right is that our breath is the largest conscious control we have of heart rate and HRV (heart rate variability) and that heart rate controls emotions. Also, HeartMath popularised the concept of HRV and coherent breathing (although Dan Winter, co-developer of iTHRVE, has been credited with developing the full understanding of coherent breathing and coining the term).
Training one single frequency breathing helps to be in resonance with our internal waves, which in turn increase our sacro-cranial wave, which again leads to better health, through reduction of stress since HRV amplitude is the key to mammal stress buffer (sociability – communication).