We're a tad skeptical that an app and a sensor can help you destress and "rebalance the mind and emotions," but give HeartMath the benefit of the doubt for the moment. The company's new Inner Balance app and accompanying sensor use emWave technology to monitor stress levels -- which primarily means monitoring your pulse. The app then helps guide you towards "an optimal state in which the heart, mind and emotions are operating in-sync" through exercises. The monitor clips to the users earlobe and plugs into an iOS device via a standard, old-school 30-pin connector. The app, for its part, spits out a "coherence" reading along with guides for breathing exercises and fancy "gentle" animations. The Inner Balance app and HeartMath Sensor for iOS will both land on February 1st, with the dongle setting you back $99. It's not cheap, but seems like one of the more affordable options for getting your chakras aligned. For more, check out the PR after the break.
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CES 2013: HeartMath® Launches New Inner BalanceTM App and the HeartMath Sensor for iOS
LAS VEGAS, NV – LVCC South Hall 2, Booth # 26235 – (UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL January 8, 2013) – HeartMath® (www.heartmath.com), widely recognized for its science-based solutions for stress and performance, in addition to its award-winning emWave® technology, is announcing the release of its new digital health app, Inner BalanceTM at CES 2013. Bringing many of the popular emWave features to iOS devices, Inner Balance is the only app and sensor available that offers both real-time monitoring and training to manage stress and rebalance the mind and emotions whenever you need it. HeartMath will debut the new Inner Balance App and HeartMath Sensor for iOS in the LVCC South Hall 2 at booth
Over two decades of HeartMath research sets the foundation for this truly unique and effective approach to replacing old frazzled stress responses with a new level of personal balance and a deeper sense of ease and flow in the face of challenges. Real-time feedback, guided techniques and journaling within the app provide proven strategies to change the stress response.
The app is powered by, and works exclusively with the HeartMath Sensor for iOS, which costs $99.00. To start the heart journey plug in the small iOS module to the user's device and clip the sensor end to the earlobe to get an instant heart rhythm reading.
Inner Balance asks the user to select how they are feeling in the present moment. To assist the user to calm the mind and shift focus to the heart, the app provides unique
As the Inner Balance session runs, the next step redirects the user to focus on a positive emotion that can replace the less desirable emotion. The app provides the user with a highly specialized technique to do this.
"People are happiest when they live more from their core heart values, such as appreciation, love, care and compassion. Yet often it is stress that disconnects us from our authentic-self and these values," said President and CEO of HeartMath, Dr. Deborah Rozman.
"Inner Balance is designed to provide practical tools and real-time feedback to guide people back to their authentic nature and help them listen to their inner intuitive signals. The app will help users regain inner balance in the midst of all the busyness, and we knew a fast-paced show like CES was the perfect platform to show users and attendees its value," added Rozman.
Much like having a personal trainer on hand, real-time feedback helps the user to know when they have successfully shifted the heart rhythms and the emotions. Inner Balance provides:
a highly specialized technique to shift out of stress and into a more desirable emotional state goals to follow to help reach new levels of inner balance history of all sessions and progress tracked over time a journal to track feelings or experiences that may have contributed to different session outcomes
Inner Balance provides user friendly graphics that display the user's heart rhythm coherence level – also called HRV coherence. Inner Balance guides users to shift their heart rhythms to the "heart coherence" state.
Coherence is directly associated with improved health, cognitive functioning - and a deeper sense of inner balance and happiness.
While there are many heart rate apps available, Inner Balance is monitoring heart rate variability (HRV) - a measurement of beat-to-beat changes that occur within heart rhythms and a sophisticated and highly sensitive observation of emotional fluctuations.
Additional features include three options for the breathing pacers. Two consist of beautiful graphics with gentle animations to help pace the breath, or users can also create a custom pacer using My InspirationTM - a feature that is also in the emWave2® and emWave® Desktop products.
"We're excited about the potential of the Inner Balance app, said Catherine Calarco, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President for HeartMath. "We believe this will be a valuable addition to the mobile health marketplace. Consumers now have access to an advanced HRV coherence training technology for reducing emotion-based stress. Having this available for iOS devices means expanded convenience for our customers and greater access for the more than 15,000 health professionals that love and use our emWave technology with their patients."
For those who want to delve even deeper, the app offers unique "quantified-self" features, including advance screens and charts that provide a more detailed view of the changing heart rhythms and amount of time in "the coherence zone."
The debut of the Inner Balance app comes on the heels of another new app release from AOL's Huffington Post called GPS for the Soul. HeartMath's proprietary technology is at the heart of GPS for the Soul, which was developed in partnership with HeartMath and bLife.
"Stress is at unprecedented levels for so many people", added Rozman. "Technology itself can be stressful and overwhelming. Our technologies are designed to help people destress -- and return to balance at any time. The Inner Balance trainer advances our mission to help people understand and connect with their heart to sustain personal balance. There's never been a more appropriate time to offer a personal training technology like our Inner Balance app."