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About:                                                                                                                          August 20th, 2016

A Current Synopsis Of Coherent Breathing by Stephen Elliott

COHERENCE(TM) provides tools and methods that facilitate health and well-being via Coherent Breathing(TM) , and its results, increased circulatory effectiveness and autonomic nervous system balance. These tools and methods are the result of a breakthrough in the understanding of the subtle relationships between breathing, circulation, autonomic governance, and heart rate.

IMBALANCE
 
BALANCE
discomfort
physical comfort
comfort
tense
physical tension
relaxed
anxious
mind state
at ease
muddled
thinking
clear
extreme
sensibilities
tempered
impeded
mind-body communication
free flowing
weak
short term memory
good
reduced
sphere of awareness
expanded
reduced
intuition
increased
reduced
openness to new ideas
increased
defensive
interpersonal communication
accepting
acid
serum pH
balanced
higher
average heartbeat rate
lower
much higher
heart duty cycle (work)
much lower
higher
blood pressure
lower
lower
heart rate variability amplitude
maximal
lower
blood oxygenization/gas exchange efficiency
maximal
faster
breathing rate
slower

FIGURE 1: Psycho-Physiological Correlates of Autonomic Balance (These are also the correlates of resonance but there's more.)

When we breathe with rhythm and regularity, the heart rate synchronizes with respiration. The reason this occurs is that respiration aids in circulation, facilitating venous flow during inhalation and arterial flow during exhalation, heart emphasis shifting from right to left with each cycle of respiration. This synchrony results in a blood wave that enters the lungs during inhalation and exits the lungs during exhalation. When we observe this wave in the capillary circulation it looks like this:

The Valsalva Wave observed at the earlobe

When we view it in the venous circulation, it looks like this:

The Valsalva Wave observed at the medial cubital vein

When breathing occurs in this way, a number of things happen, the foremost being that circulation phaselocks with breathing. Secondly, the heart rate synchronizes with circulation, heart rate increasing during venous emphasis and decreasing during arterial emphasis. If we look at the relationship between blood volume and heart rate (assessed at the earlobe), it looks like this:

Heart rate phaselocking with the Valsalva Wave (earlobe)

As breathing approaches resonance, optimal rate and depth, amplitude of both Valsalva Wave and heart rate increase (to a point). Also, their (inverse) correlation increases such that they appear 180 degrees out of phase, heart rate changing phase just slightly after the Valsalva Wave. This is generally considered to be the delay between the blood wave rising and falling and the autonomic nervous system response to the blood wave via baroreceptor action. In other words, as blood volume and pressure rise, the heart rate slows down. As blood volume and pressure fall, the heart rate rises.

This pattern of "coherence", yields the psycho-physiological correlates noted above. The present perspective on why these advantages accrue is that:

a) Breathing plays a large role in circulation itself.

b) It is highly desirable that breathing play this role in erect vertebrates where the necessity exists that blood flows upward against gravity, both from the feet and hands and to the head and brain.

c) Suboptimal action of the diaphragm and related thoracic pressures impede blood flow, overworking the heart and vascular system in order to maintain viable flow and pressure.

About Stephen Elliott:                                                                                                                               

Stephen Elliott is developer of the Coherent Breathing method and the founder of COHERENCE LLC (founded in 2004). In addition to many patents in the field of telecommunications,

1) Monitoring and synchronizing the breathing cycle with the heart rate variability cycle,

2) Detection and biofeedback of the Valsalva Wave,

3) Oscillometric detection and measurement of the respiratory arterial pressure wave,

4) A fundamental musical interval for heart rate variability synchronization.

Stephen is the principal author of The New Science Of Breath with Dee Edmonson, Fellow BCIAC-EEG, Coherent Breathing - The Definitive Method, and Wuji Qi Gong & The Secret Of Immortality with Dr. Meng Sheng Lin.

Prior to founding COHERENCE LLC, Stephen spent 25 years in telecommunications research and development. He as also been an avid student and teacher of yoga and Taoist arts for health, well-being, and longevity for several decades.

 

 

 

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