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HeartMath Launches a Certification Program for Health Professionals that Targets Patients' Stress and Anxiety

HeartMath, a world leader in stress and heart-rate variability research, is announcing a new accredited program for health professionals in the United States and Canada - The HeartMath® Interventions Certification Program (HMI).

Boulder Creek, California (PRWEB) May 28, 2009 -- HeartMath, a world leader in stress and heart-rate variability research, is announcing a new accredited program for health professionals in the United States and Canada - The HeartMath® Interventions Certification Program (HMI). The HMI program is based on ten years of best practices and results by practitioners who've used HeartMath's approach with thousands of clients and patients. Designed to achieve results quickly, the HMI program provides health professionals with effective interventions for reducing stress and anxiety, improving emotional health, and facilitating and enhancing disease prevention. The Program combines home study, interactive webinars and on-going technical and clinical support. Twenty-five CEUs are available for a variety of professions.

The HeartMath® Interventions Certification Program offers health care practitioners in-depth information on the science of heart rate variability (HRV) and its relationship to stress, health and emotional self-regulation. HRV provides a picture of the interplay between the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of the nervous system. HRV reflects the ways in which emotional states affect our core physiology.

Practitioners learn practical, hands-on ways to integrate HeartMath's award winning emWave® HRV technology into specific disease-related treatment plans to improve stress-related disorders effectively and more quickly in a variety of clinical situations. This user friendly HRV technology engages patients and clients allowing them to observe and better understand the immediate impact emotions have on their heart rhythm patterns.

Emotional self-regulation techniques help an individual to switch their emotional state consciously. Research data shows these techniques are effective in producing immediate and sustained reductions in stress and its associated disruptive and dysfunctional emotions. In addition, these techniques have significant physiological benefits, including enhanced autonomic nervous system balance as measured by HRV, reduced cortisol levels and increased DHEA.

Myron Thurber, Ph.D., PT LMHC, HMI Facilitator, "I believe HeartMath Interventions can be applied to almost any client. Knowing which tools and technologies to use in different circumstances and why you are choosing one technique or another is a goal of this intervention program. We seek to empower the practitioner to thoughtfully assess the situation, the client and the symptoms in order to create an effective training approach for individual clients."

The HMI program goes into detailed protocols based on best practices by health professionals who are successfully using HeartMath approach in treating thousands of clients and patients for acute, chronic and recurrent pain, psychophysiological problems, learning and performance issues and other chronic conditions.

"HeartMath has become an invaluable part of my practice," said Wendy Warner MD, founder and Medical Director of Medicine in Balance LLC and President of the American Board of Holistic Medicine. "It (HeartMath tools and the emWave technology) provides patients with a way to have more control over their own health and has often been more helpful in lessening the harmful effects of stress than anything else I've tried."

HeartMath's sister organization, the Institute of HeartMath, has dedicated more than 17 years researching the physiology of stress, heart-brain interactions and performance. With more than sixty-five published research studies they have significantly contributed to both the scientific and practical understanding of stress. The studies span diverse populations in laboratory, organizations, education and clinical settings demonstrating the effectiveness of the emotional self-regulation techniques included in this program.

Dr. Rollin McCraty, director of research for the Institute of HeartMath says, "The key to sustained attitude and behavioral change is transforming the deeper, recurring physiological and emotional patterns that result as stress-producing perceptions, thoughts and feelings. Without these fundamental changes, any relief from stress, system depletion and reduced well-being will likely be short-lived."

HeartMath introduced the first affordable consumer emWave® HRV technology in 1999. The introduction of the portable, handheld emWave Personal Stress Reliever® in 2006 has made it one of the leading personal stress-reduction technologies on the market today. In July 2007 the emWave Personal Stress Reliever was the recipient of the American Institute of Stress Award for Distinction and Innovation. More recently, it won the coveted Last Gadget Standing People's Choice Award at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Collaborative Medical Education Institute (CMEI) has reviewed the HeartMath Interventions Program to ensure that it is scientifically-based, accurate, current, and that all suggestions for client/patient care are valid, conform to standards of care and provide benefits that outweigh risks. Numerous associations, including American Psychological Association, National Association of Social Workers, National Board of Certified Counselors, and California Board of Registered Nursing, have approved the program for 25 CEUs.*

*For the complete list of disciplines and associations awarding CEUs go to:

About HeartMath®:
HeartMath LLC is a cutting-edge performance company providing a range of unique services, products, and technology to improve health and well-being, while dramatically reducing stress and boosting performance and productivity. HeartMath clinical studies have demonstrated the critical link between emotions, heart function, and cognitive performance. HeartMath studies have been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals such as American Journal of Cardiology, Stress Medicine, Preventive Cardiology, and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Their organizational clients include Stanford Business School, Stanford Hospital, Mayo Health Clinic, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, as well as dozens of school systems and thousands of health professionals around the world. You can learn more about HeartMath on their website and stay up-to-date on news and events on HeartMath's Facebook and Twitter pages.


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