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The leading mindset quantification device for Biohackers, transhumanists, meditation practitioners, stress hackers, and flow state junkies.

emWave Technology is based on 20 years of research on the mindset state of “coherence” between the heart, brain, and autonomic nervous system. Achieving coherence, basically feeling zenned out, has been linked to mental, emotional, and physical benefits like decreased stress levels.

Who's using emWave technology?

Buddhist monks, elite soldiers, lifelong meditation practitioners, captains of industry, social dynamics coaches, and professional athletes alike have an uncanny ability to put themselves into 'the zone' when they need to. The emWave2 teaches you the unique skill set of consciously adjusting your heart rate variability. This gives you a level of control of your own biology that is usually only reached after a lifetime of devotion to mindfulness exercises.

Scientific Credentials

emWave Technology is used by more than 10,000 health professionals to help patients reduce stress and anxiety
65 VA Hospitals are using emWave to help soldiers deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
HeartMath studies have appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals

HeartMath-LogoAccording to HeartMath

"emWave technology is an innovative approach to improving wellness and facilitating personal growth based on learning to change your heart rhythm pattern to create coherence; a scientifically measurable state characterized by increased order and harmony in our psychological and physiological processes."

My emWave2 Practice

I aim for 2 sessions daily
1) a None-Screen session, this fits into my mindfulness practice and is time away from glowing screens. I go somewhere private and spend 5-10 minutes alone (without my computer or smartphone), in a meditative state. I do this either first thing in the morning or after
2) Passive emWave session, I will connect my emWave to the computer via USB and fire up the emWave software. I will do a 20 minute session while working on something. I've found if I do this in the beginning of a writing session, I'm especially in the creative zone.

How does it work?

  1. Power on the emWave2 by pressing the bottom of the black button (without plugging into computer via USB cable)
  2. Attach the heart rate clip to your ear (2 hands free horray!)
  3. You will start to see the blue light on the bottom emWave device blinking - it's reading your heart rate.
  4. The light on top will usually start red, as we spend very little of our waking existence in a true state of stress free coherence.
  5. You want to breath in and out deeply with the rising and falling blue lights.
  6. It takes 5-10 seconds to get into or out of a state of Coherence, the light will turn from Red, to Blue and finally Green.
  7. As you stay in Coherence the blue lights will reach higher on the display, if you fall out of Coherence they will decrease, once the blue lights reach the Green light you start another Coherence level.
  8. For a truly quantified session, plug it into your computer and fire up the emWave software and press the play button to begin a session.

Finding Coherence

Coherence is tied to our emotions on a fundamental level, especially the emotions of:
Gratitude
Thankfulness
Security
Does this mean that a Coherent lifestyle means never thinking negative thoughts? No, the notion that you should never think negative thoughts has actually been thoroughly disproved.
Everyone is going to have different Coherence triggers; they could be thoughts of a loved one, a memory that takes you back to your happy place or a positive affirmation that is true for you.
The training program: about 5-10 minutes a day for two weeks and scoring 1500 Coherence points a week.

Self Monitoring

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I'm glad I mastered Dual N-Back before diving into Heart Rate Variability training, because the emWave2 can actually reinforce your negative self monitoring. The red light is a tangible indicator that your negative thoughts are getting the best of you; it's super easy to get self critical "I suck at emWaving!" but this is a self perpetuating cycle of thoughts and it's key to remember to practice emotional compartmentalization while emWaving.

High Blood Pressure and Hypertension

SantaCruz2HRV training is one of the leading none pharmacological methods to combat destructive hypertension, a 2012 study of 62 patients stated:
"This approach to reducing [blood pressure] should be considered a simple and effective approach that can easily be taught to patients to quickly lower their [blood pressure] in stressful situations. The technique should be especially useful when hypertensive patients are experiencing stressful emotions or reactions to stressors."

Benefits of Coherence to Organizations

emwavestudy2010stressThe impact of Coherence training on organizations has been studied as well. To quote a study of the 47 team members of the Grinnell Regional Medical Center:
"Coherence implies order, structure, harmony, and alignment among systems-whether in cells and organs, entire organisms, or social groups including communities and counties."

Self Regulation

emWavestudy2014To quote a 2014 study of 14 personnel of the San Diego (California) Police Department:
"Participant responses were also uniformly positive and enthusiastic. Individual participants praised the program and related improvements in both on-the-job performance and personal and familial situations. The results support the efficacy of the program to achieve its goal of building stress resilience and improving officer wellness by providing practical self-regulation skills for better management of emotional energy."

What are people saying about emWave2?

  • For Shift Working Paleohackers +

    According to one Paleohacker:
    "I work in a constant stimulating environment full of sick patients, artificial light, long hours and shifts that don't work with a mammalian sleep pattern. I have an EmWave and it not only helps me decompress but it enhances my body's ability to do the same thing naturally. I have seen my resting heart rate decrease, my feelings of work being stressful or unmanageable be obliterated with one session during or after my shift. I noticed a decrease in disagreements with my beautiful girlfriend. Back to the enhancing - it improves my sleep quality and eating patterns, I eat what I need to and during sleep I achieve more deep and restorative REM sleep - quicker to sleep, less light sleep and more restful upon waking. I have quantified proof that through controlling variables and integrating the EmWave 2..."

  • Great meditation companion +

    TrishE from Loveland, CO USA (Amazon Verified Purchase)
    "I have meditated for years. Practicing coherence with this wonderful feedback tool has opened new awareness during day to day activities and during meditation. I practice coherence separate from my meditation practice - it has shown me how often I pop up into thinking, and is helping me to spend more time disengaged from thought, more time being present in my body, with my breath. Even if you have no interest in meditation, this is a tool whose benefits of calm and present moment awareness seep into all areas of life."

  • Helpful device +

    Kate McMurry from United States (Amazon Verified Purchase)
    "In short, the Emwave2 basically functions as an inexpensive version of a biofeedback machine and, as such, is a great buy."

  • Fantastic Product +

    HanselIdes (Amazon Verified Purchase)
    "I have a motor-mind; it never shuts up and I don't spend enough time relaxing. So, meditation as a way to de-stress and clear my mind seems like an awesome idea. The problem with meditation is that I get bored easily. Being able to watch my heart rate change (desktop option) and feel how each 'murmur' in my emotions has a physical effect on me has really opened my mind to think of deep breathing as a viable health option. After 10 minutes focusing on deep breathing in sync with my heart rate with the Emwave2, I feel much more relaxed."

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I've been using the emWave2 device for over a month now consistently. It's a fascinating device.

It's not an instant satisfaction technology; unless you have a lot of first hand experience with a mindfulness practice you may be pretty disappointed with your first few sessions. Initially getting into and out of coherence is going to seem pretty random. I've let a couple of my none Biohacker friends use the device who've never heard of Heart Rate Variability, who had lot of trouble getting into coherence and their initial reactions have been "this is fake". I think this speaks to how unaware the average person is of their mindset state and how they are handling their stress.

The core value of emWave is as a tool for measuring and habituating mindfulness and conscious management of stress. Most of us have a baseline level of stress that we are so accustomed too that we think we are totally relaxed when we are actually in a state of unhealthy stress.
The emWave device is teaching me what that state of baseline stress feels like, because the green light goes on when I'm coherent. Now while I'm working, commuting or doing something social and I detect a tale-tell sensation that I'm not in coherence, I adjust my breathing, body language, change my internal dialog to the few mantras that I know work for me and I find the world getting a little brighter.

For example, the other night I was very tempted by self pity, a combination of an issue with a client and frustration over something personal put me in a gloomy mood, I didn't feel like chit chatting with my roommates or going out to socialize with friends. It was a rainy night to match my mood, I felt like walking to the grocery store with my umbrella, buying some fruit snacks and just feeling sorry for myself.
But I hadn't checked into the emWave habit on Lift yet, leaving habits unchecked in Lift really bothers me so I figured I might as well get in a quick emWave session.
I turned off my phone, powered on the emWave2, forced a smile, began to breath deeply and did a meditative session, which quickly put my melancholic mood in perspective. Half way through the session a great idea for a business model emerged from my quieted mind, which I tabled.
As I finished the the 3rd green level, I powered off the emWave said "no" to the self pity and got back to work.

A couple of observations and funny little experiments I ran:
Smiling. I found that smiling helps coherence a lot! More proof that this simple body language is profoundly beneficial
Breathing, the HRV is a breath meditation exercise as well. I've already noticed transfer effects to using wholistic breathing during times I'd usually be stressed out.
Watching funny videos on Youtube actually doesn't improve coherence but I did find correlation between watching Hip Hop or Reggaeton videos and the green light.

Let's touch a couple of negatives:
The aesthetics... are a little lacking, other than the cool flashing lights it's made of cheap feeling plastic. It feels like the kind of thing that would break if you dropped it on the ground, although I actually did drop it on the ground and it still works fine.
Battery life is unimpressive... This might just have been my device but it seemed like I need to charge it a lot.
Social integration... On my wish list for hear rate variability training is being able to share my progress via social media or maybe event compete with my friends for highest coherence scores.

The emWave2 is one of the more expensive, pieces of biohacking gear we recommend. For that reason very few people will have the opportunity to use it, which is as it should be because practice with the emWave2 device gives an unfair advantage in multiple performance dimensions.
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I've been using the emWave2 device for over a month now consistently. It's a fascinating device.

It's not an instant satisfaction technology; unless you have a lot of first hand experience with a mindfulness practice you may be pretty disappointed with your first few sessions. Initially getting into and out of coherence is going to seem pretty random. I've let a couple of my none Biohacker friends use the device who've never heard of Heart Rate Variability, who had lot of trouble getting into coherence and their initial reactions have been "this is fake". I think this speaks to how unaware the average person is of their mindset state and how they are handling their stress.

The core value of emWave is as a tool for measuring and habituating mindfulness and conscious management of stress. Most of us have a baseline level of stress that we are so accustomed too that we think we are totally relaxed when we are actually in a state of unhealthy stress.
The emWave device is teaching me what that state of baseline stress feels like, because the green light goes on when I'm coherent. Now while I'm working, commuting or doing something social and I detect a tale-tell sensation that I'm not in coherence, I adjust my breathing, body language, change my internal dialog to the few mantras that I know work for me and I find the world getting a little brighter.

For example, the other night I was very tempted by self pity, a combination of an issue with a client and frustration over something personal put me in a gloomy mood, I didn't feel like chit chatting with my roommates or going out to socialize with friends. It was a rainy night to match my mood, I felt like walking to the grocery store with my umbrella, buying some fruit snacks and just feeling sorry for myself.
But I hadn't checked into the emWave habit on Lift yet, leaving habits unchecked in Lift really bothers me so I figured I might as well get in a quick emWave session.
I turned off my phone, powered on the emWave2, forced a smile, began to breath deeply and did a meditative session, which quickly put my melancholic mood in perspective. Half way through the session a great idea for a business model emerged from my quieted mind, which I tabled.
As I finished the the 3rd green level, I powered off the emWave said "no" to the self pity and got back to work.

A couple of observations and funny little experiments I ran:
Smiling. I found that smiling helps coherence a lot! More proof that this simple body language is profoundly beneficial
Breathing, the HRV is a breath meditation exercise as well. I've already noticed transfer effects to using wholistic breathing during times I'd usually be stressed out.
Watching funny videos on Youtube actually doesn't improve coherence but I did find correlation between watching Hip Hop or Reggaeton videos and the green light.

Let's touch a couple of negatives:
The aesthetics... are a little lacking, other than the cool flashing lights it's made of cheap feeling plastic. It feels like the kind of thing that would break if you dropped it on the ground, although I actually did drop it on the ground and it still works fine.
Battery life is unimpressive... This might just have been my device but it seemed like I need to charge it a lot.
Social integration... On my wish list for hear rate variability training is being able to share my progress via social media or maybe event compete with my friends for highest coherence scores.

The emWave2 is one of the more expensive, pieces of biohacking gear we recommend. For that reason very few people will have the opportunity to use it, which is as it should be because practice with the emWave2 device gives an unfair advantage in multiple performance dimensions.

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