Frequently Asked Questions
Inner Balance™ FAQs
- What is the Inner Balance app?
The Inner Balance™ app is an innovative approach to improving wellness through training, education and self-monitoring. It helps you change your reaction to stress, gain insights in your shifting moods and create a more positive outlook on life, while tracking your progress, journaling your accomplishments and sharing it with others.
- How does it work?
Simply plug the HeartMath Sensor for iOS® onto your iPhone®, iPad® or iPod® Touch and connect the ear piece to your ear. Tap in the space below the breath pacer to start your session. Follow the pacer and the prompts below to help you moderate your breathing, activate a positive emotion and restore your Inner Balance.
- What devices does the Inner Balance App work on?
The Inner Balance App works on iPod Touch (3rd & 4th Generation), iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, IPhone 5 (requires the Lightning adaptor), iPad, iPad 2, IPad 3rd Generation and iPad Mini.
- When will this App be available on Android?
Do stay tuned as we will have an Android version that we'll offer next year. If you don't have an iOS device remember we do have excellent products that we continue to offer, the emWave2 and emWave Desktop are available, affordable and easy to use. To find out more about these scientifically validated products, give us a call at 1-800-450-9111 or visit us at www.heartmath.com.
- Why do I need to use an ear sensor?
The Inner Balance App uses an ear sensor to capture your Heart Rate Variability (HRV) data. This data gives the most accurate, in-the-moment reading of your heart rhythm patterns.
- Do I have to wear the ear sensor all of the time?
You do not need to wear the ear sensor all of the time just when you are running a session. You do not need to use the ear sensor if you want to make notes in the journal or review your progress.
- Do you have a finger sensor that will work for the mobile app?
Yes, we do have a finger sensor that works with the app that can be ®purchased at the HeartMath store www.heartmathstore.com for $25.00.
- What is the difference between the emWave2® and the Inner Balance app?
The Inner Balance is an app that is specifically designed for the iPhone, iPad or the IPod Touch. The emwave2 is a portable, handheld device that gives you the capability to run as well as record sessions. It includes a software component that can be used on both Windows and Mac platforms. In addition to tracking your progress, the emWave2 offers you several applications to help you sustain coherence. The software can also be used in combination with the additional coherence games: Dual Drive and Tropical Heat. A comparison chart of the features of the Inner Balance Trainer versus the emWave2 can be viewed here: http://www.heartmathstore.com/category/tech-comparison
- Can you download sessions into your computer?
No, not at this time. If you would like to use our products on your computer, we suggest you try the emWave Desktop or emWave2.
- What is the difference between Inner Balance and the emWave Desktop?
The emWave Desktop is the complete computer software version of the emWave technologies. It allows you to create multiple user profiles and track the progress of each individually. Additionally, it has several applications to help you learn to sustain coherence. The software can also be used in combination with the additional coherence games: Dual Drive and Tropical Heat.
- Does the Inner Balance App save my sessions? Can I delete sessions?
Your sessions will be automatically saved so you can easily track your progress and return to past sessions to add notes in your journal. You can also delete sessions.
- Can I share my sessions with my friends?
Absolutely! You can share aspects of your session, but not all of the session data.
- What should I feel? Or ‘what does coherence feel like?
Coherence is a state of internal synchronization between the heart, breath and the head. People experience coherence as a sense of inner calm and balance, an increased focus, while others experience coherence as a more relaxed state.
- How long do I practice before it has any effects?
While everyone is different and some people have more inner stress than others, most people experience some results within the first couple of weeks of regular practice. The effects of coherence will increase the more often you use your Inner Balance Trainer.
- Where can I get more training?
There are several options for more training. Visit our store at www.heartmathstore.com for books on Transforming Stress or Transforming Anxiety. There are also a number of free webinars on a variety of topics available at www.heartmathwebinar.com. Additionally, to learn the various HeartMath tools and techniques you can visit www.heartmastery.com or work with a licensed HeartMath 1:1 Provider at www.heartmathproviders.com.
- Why should I get the emWave2/Desktop if I have this App?
The emWave2 and the emWave Desktop provide more detailed graphical HRV information as well as several applications to help you sustain coherence. They can both be used with the additional coherence games: Dual Drive and Tropical Heat.
- Can I use the camera instead of buying the ear sensor?
The camera does not work on the Inner Balance App. You will have to purchase the sensor in order to pick up your pulse and run sessions.
- What is the science behind the Inner Balance App?
Synchronizing your breathing with your heart rhythms while focusing on positive emotions has been shown to reduce the negative effects of stress, improve relaxation, and build resilience with just a few minutes of daily use. The Inner Balance app incorporates our emWave technology to show your heart rhythm pattern (HRV). This, along with a breathing pacer and other feedback, train you to change your heart rhythm pattern to a healthier, coherent state.
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How is the emWave2 different from a heart rate monitor?
The emWave is very different from handheld devices that simply measure heart rate. The emWave2 analyzes your heart rhythms for “coherence”, a term used by scientists to describe a highly efficient physiological state in which the nervous system, cardiovascular, hormonal and immune systems are working efficiently and harmoniously. A heart rate monitor only provides you with information about your average heart rate.
How does using this stress management device differ from deep breathing?
While rhythmic breathing exercises can help control your heart rate and have a calming effect on the body, shifting attitudes and emotions take more than that. Research shows that the key to learning how to neutralize and counter the effects of stress is by actively adding a positive feeling such as appreciation, care and compassion to the process. Experiencing positive emotions has a much broader range of health and wellness benefits than simply forcing the system into coherence through rhythmic breathing. Generating feelings of appreciation, care or compassion adds a dynamic element for stress management. Using the breathing pacer found in the emWave in conjunction with generating positive emotions helps synchronize your nervous system and creates positive changes in your heart rhythm patterns to create and sustain the coherence needed for stress relief.
What are some of the benefits I could expect from using the emWave and how much time does it take to see results?
Frequent users of the emWave2 report:
- stress reduction
- increased energy and resilience
- greater mental clarity for decision-making and creativity
- enhanced emotional balance and improved listening ability
- better, more restful sleep
Most people get into medium or high coherence within a few short sessions and feel a reduction in stress. Using the Quick Coherence® technique, which you can read about in the manual or learn from the Coherence Coach CD included in the package, is highly recommended as it accelerates the process of learning tools for stress management. Practicing stress management techniques is the key, but results generally come quickly. Additionally, emWave includes four challenge levels so that as you practice you can continue to refine your ability to eliminate and counter the negative effects of stress.
How is the emWave different from other stress management devices?
There are certainly other stress management devices designed to help people with stress and HeartMath's position is that we are very much in favor of any stress management devices or stress management techniques that can help with the mounting global stress problem.
What distinguishes the emWave from many other stress managment products is the significant body of published scientific research that has been incorporated into its development. Our 15 years of experience, validation and practical applications demonstrate the effectiveness in all of the stress management products that HeartMath offers. Additionally, emWave is just one of many products found in the HeartMath system. The system — consists of tools, stress management techniques and proven PC based technology (Freeze-Framer Interactive Learning System). All HeartMath products and services compliment each other and have been used for stress managment and increasing performance by hundreds of thousands of people in over 50 countries, and applied in Fortune 100 corporations, health care systems, government agencies and school systems. emWave is an extension of this system and carries with it the breadth of credibility and proven results associated with HeartMath.
Has HeartMath done studies to support the benefits of the emWave?
HeartMath has done numerous studies on the effect of positive emotions on stress, physiology and human performance. These studies have been published in prestigious journals including Stress Medicine, American Journal of Cardiology, Preventive Cardiology, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Integrative Physiological and Behavioral Science and Harvard Business Review.
What is the emWave actually measuring?
Both the emWave2 and the emWave Desktop measure your Heart Rate Variability: the time-intervals between the heartbeats. Whenever we are stressed, these time-intervals become jagged and irregular, sending a chaotic pattern throughout our body. And we feel this: our body becomes tense. HeartMath has done a lot of research on the effect of emotions on our body and when we experience positive emotions such as care, gratitude, appreciation and compassion, those time-intervals in our Heart Rate Variability Pattern become very smooth and sine-wave like. This creates a much more orderly and balanced pattern in our internal systems, creating a state of coherence. We experience this as a more calm, harmonious state.
What does it mean when the blinking light at the bottom goes from blue to red?
At that moment the unit is showing you it is not receiving enough signal to measure and display your coherence level. A simple remedy is to take your finger off the sensor, rub your fingerpad to increase the circulation underneath your skin, and then lightly cover your finger sensor again. Or, if you are using the ear sensor, please take your sensor off the earlobe, rub your earlobe to increase the circulation there and then replace the sensor on the fleshy part of the earlobe. You should see the light at the bottom blink both blue and red while it is recalibrating to you, and after a few seconds it should continue to blink blue. This lets you know it now has a good signal and is receiving enough information.
My unit suddenly turns dead when I use it./ My unit suddenly turns off while I'm using it. What is going on?
When your unit suddenly turns off, it can mean two things. First, it may mean your unit has not been receiving enough signal to continue a reading. If this is the case, the light at the bottom will have turned red (see the answer above). If it doesn't receive enough information for 10 seconds the unit will shut off to retain its battery. In this case, simply rub your earlobe or fingerpad and restart your session.
Second, it may mean your unit is in a different mode all together. Often people access the 'Advanced Mode' inadvertently, accessing a specific setting called the 'Stealth Mode'. The Stealth Mode can be very useful when you are in situations where you don't want to attract attention, since you won't see any of the blinking and moving light feedback on your unit. But getting into this mode by accident can be confusing and disconcerting, however, it is easily remedied. To find out if you are in the Stealth Mode, turn on your unit and listen to the number of beeps it makes. If you hear two beeps, the first answer given above will apply, however, if you hear three beeps, your unit is in the 'Advanced Mode'. To get your unit out of this mode, back into the 'Basic Mode', simply press and hold the top of the sensor button (closest to the word 'emWave') for at least 10 seconds. You will hear four tones. After you hear these four beeps, your unit has been reset into the 'Basic Mode'. It will now work normally again.
Can I save my session or transfer data from my emWave2 to my computer software program?
My lights are suddenly acting strange. / I think my unit is broken, it doesn't work like it normally does./ Uh oh, I did something to my emWave2 and now my lights are doing something weird. What does this mean?
First of all, if you are seeing lights, it means your unit is not broken! It simply means you have accessed the 'Advanced Mode' of the emWave2. The 'Advanced Mode' doesn't mean 'more difficult', it simply means it is displaying your information in a slightly different way to give you more information and the make your practice more interesting. To know for sure if you are in the 'Advanced Mode', turn your unit on and listen to the number of beeps. If you hear three beeps, it means you have landed in this 'Advanced Mode'. To get your unit out of this mode, back into the 'Basic Mode', simply press and hold the top of the sensor button (closest to the word 'emWave') for at least 10 seconds. You will hear four tones. After you hear these four beeps, your unit has been reset into the 'Basic Mode'. It will now work normally again.
Can I use the emWave along with other stress management practices?
Yes, emWave works well as an adjunct to other stress managment practices. It can easily provide verification of the effectiveness of many other approaches to counter the effects of stress and can be used as a friendly facilitator of other stress management methods.
Do I need to be experienced with technology in order to use the emWave device?
No. emWave2 is very simple and easy to use. The Quick Start Guide and the owner's manual provide clear instructions on how to easily operate and immediately benefit from your emWave.
Is there training available to help me learn about my HeartMath product?
Yes. There is a free emWave® e-Training, a free emWave® PC Stress Relief System Orientation Class as well as personal HeartMath instruction.
Aside from helping to reduce stress, are there other applications for using the emWave that I can benefit from?
The applications of the emWave2 include more than stress managment. Increasing your coherence level — which is the primary goal of using the emWave — increases performance. Whether or not you feel the negative effects of stress, you can use it to improve mental clarity which will have a positive effect on business, communications and creativity. Additionally, emWave provides a great way to improve performance in sports. It trains you to more easily enter into a high performance state that athletes call “The Zone”.
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emWave® Desktop for PC & Mac (formerly Freeze-Framer®) FAQs
Question 1: What is the emWave Desktop?
Question 2: What is emWave Desktop used for?
Question 3: What is included in the purchase price of emWave Desktop?
Question 4: What are the minimum system requirements in order to run emWave Desktop?
Question 5: What are the new features of emWave Desktop since Freeze-Framer 2.0?
Question 6: Does emWave Desktop have a satisfaction guarantee?
Question 7: How do I purchase emWave Desktop?
Question 8: Is there training available to help me learn about my HeartMath product?
Question 9: Do you ship emWave Desktop internationally?
Question 10: How do I become a reseller of the emWave Desktop?
Question 1: What is the emWave® Desktop?
emWave Desktop system is the latest version of our emWave PC and emWave Mac products combined into one product. Formerly known as the Freeze-Framer®, emWave Desktop is a software with hardware program that collects pulse data through pulse sensor that plugs into your computer. The software then translates the information from your heart rhythms into user-friendly graphics displayed on your computer monitor allowing you to watch in real time how thoughts and emotions affect your heart rhythms. emWave Desktop is based on decades of research and incorporates the same patented HRV measurement and coherence scoring process as the Freeze-Framer system and is being used by ten's of thousands of people in over 50 countries.
Revitalize and Rejuvenate
- Quickly re-balance mind, body and emotions as you reduce stress.
- Build resilience through improved health, stamina and well-being.
- Avoid burnout in chaotic and changing environments.
- Maximize creativity and innovation.
- Boost performance and increase mental clarity and memory.
- Be less reactive, think more clearly, make better decisions- especially under pressure.
The Tools for Success
- Real-Time Heart Rate Variability Monitor
- Four challenge levels to help you raise your baseline coherence levels
- Coherence Coach® tutorial for learning and applying the Quick Coherence® technique.
- Interactive Games that help you transform stress into creative energy
- Emotion Visualizer® provides stunning colorful images which vary according to your emotional state and coherence level.
- Data storage showing coherence levels for session and history review
Quickly and easily install the software, plug in the sensor and start to have fun with this new and unique interactive ability to see and control your body's most powerful system—the heart.
Click here to find out more about how emWave Desktop works.
Question 2: What is emWave Desktop used for?
What would you like to improve? Your work performance; your school work; your golf game; your creative efforts; your health; your fitness; your work, home or social relationships; your peace of mind?
The overwhelming pace and intensity of life affects all of these things today. The emWave Desktop technology can help you break through stress that's preventing you from feeling good, being in control, and achieving your goals
Find out how global companies use emWave Desktop to retain key talent, strengthen customer relations and improve employee health and performance.
Click here for more information on how emWave PC is being used.
- emWave® Desktop software CD for both the PC & Mac application
- In-depth computer-based tutorial
- USB module with pulse sensor that attaches to your ear
- emWave Practice Plan
- Free technical support
- Free telephone training class
*An optional finger sensor can be purchased separately which you can switch with the ear sensor.
- OS X v 10.6 or later
- 1.0GHz or faster G4, G5 or Intel processor
- CD or DVD Drive
- One available USB Port.
- Internet Access Recommended
- Windows XP SP3 or newer Operating System
- 1.0GHz or faster Processor
- 1 GB RAM
- CD or DVD Drive
- One available USB Port.
- Internet Access Recommended
- New stream lined user interface.
- Easily change users with a pull down menu.
- Mix and match the screens in your view.
- Auto saves every session.
- Replay and review previously recorded sessions easily from the review screen.
- Easily add a title and information to your session.
- Games, Visualizer and Coherence Coach are just one click away.
- Improved export functionality.
- Enhanced Database options.
- Auto updater.
For all the details go to http://www.heartmathstore.com/item/6020-X/emwave-desktop-software-kit
If you have any questions, give us a call at: (800) 450-9111, (831) 338-8711 (International)
Question 7: Does emWave Desktop have a satisfaction guarantee?
Yes, HeartMath offers a 30-day money-back guarantee (not including shipping costs) if you are not completely satisfied with your results.
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Question 8: How do I purchase emWave Desktop?
The link below will take you to our HeartMath Store site where you can purchase emWave Desktop online via our secure online ordering system.
Click here to purchase emWave Desktop.
To get call information go to http://www.heartmath.com/personal-growth/emwave-pc-psr-free-training-class-schedule.html
Question 10: Do you ship emWave Desktop internationally?
Yes, HeartMath can ship emWave Desktop anywhere in the world.
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Examples of resellers include:
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- Promotions through professional communications (print and electronic)
- Event product exhibits or conference stores
- Suppliers to health providers
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