The goal of the program is to train individuals to achieve higher states of HRV. By using a small and highly sensitive ear sensor, the program displays the heart rate (beats per minute) and HRV of an individual on the computer screen. With the visual cues from the computer and coaching from the clinician, individuals can practice “down regulating” their internal functions and experience more relaxed states of being, which the program refers to as “coherence.” The program offers several interfaces including visual games in which the higher HRV achieved, the faster the graphics appear or move across the screen. It also provides basic coaching and instruction on deep breathing techniques to increase HRV.
Here is a research article which speaks to the link between anxiety disorders and a low HRV: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyt.2014.00080/full
And a link to the HeartMath website for more information:
Rachel Murray, Clinical Supervisor