Frequently Asked Questions

What is HeartMath?

HeartMath is an organization that researches heart intelligence and stress management. It provides techniques and tools to help people reduce stress and improve their emotional wellbeing. HeartMath South Africa is an affiliate of HeartMath LLC (USA).

What is The HeartMath System?

The HeartMath System is a collection of techniques, tools, and technology developed by the HeartMath Institute. It’s designed to teach individuals how to manage stress, regulate their emotions, and harness the power of their heart’s intelligence.

How does HeartMath work?

HeartMath techniques involve focusing on the heart area, breathing, and cultivating positive emotions. This process is designed to create a coherent heart rhythm, which has been shown to improve emotional wellbeing and cognitive performance.

What is heart coherence?

Heart coherence refers to a state where the heart, mind, and emotions are in energetic alignment and cooperation. It is measured by the heart rate variability (HRV) pattern, indicating a balanced and smooth heart rhythm.

Has HeartMath been scientifically validated?

Yes, HeartMath research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. The studies validate the physiological and psychological benefits of HeartMath techniques, including reduced stress, improved heart rate variability, and enhanced cognitive functions. For more information on research and case studies, please see

What are some common HeartMath techniques?

Some of the core HeartMath techniques include the Quick Coherence Technique, the Heart Lock-In Technique, and the Freeze-Frame Technique. These techniques focus on heart-focused breathing and generating positive emotions.

What tools does HeartMath offer?

HeartMath offers various tools and technologies, such as the Inner Balance™, Coherence Plus™ sensor and the emWave® technology. These tools provide real-time feedback on your heart rhythm patterns, helping you practice and deepen your HeartMath techniques.

How can HeartMath benefit my daily life?

Practicing HeartMath techniques can lead to reduced stress, increased resilience, improved emotional regulation, and enhanced decision-making abilities. These benefits can positively impact your personal and professional life.

Can HeartMath help with anxiety and depression?

Many people have reported improvements in their levels of anxiety and depression after practicing HeartMath techniques. The methods can help regulate emotions and promote a more balanced state of mind. For more information please case studies and research at

How long does it take to see results from using HeartMath?

Results can vary from person to person. Some individuals may notice immediate improvements in their stress levels and emotional state, while for others, it may take consistent practice over a few weeks to see significant changes.

How do I get started with HeartMath?

To get started, you can explore the resources available on HeartMath South Africa’s website, purchase a HeartMath tool or sensor, or attend a HeartMath workshop or training program.

Are there any HeartMath courses or certifications?

Yes, HeartMath offers certification programs for individuals who wish to deepen their practice or become HeartMath trainers and coaches. These programs cover the science, techniques, and applications of the HeartMath System. Email for more information. 

Is there a community of HeartMath users?

Yes, there is a global community of HeartMath practitioners. You can connect with others through social media groups, forums, and HeartMath-sponsored events. There are also monthly online meet-ups called We Add Heart. Please see for more details. 

Where can I find more information about HeartMath research?

The HeartMath Institute’s website offers a comprehensive library of their research studies, articles, and resources on the science behind HeartMath. Please see for more information.