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HeartMath’s emWave2 Personal Stress Reliever is a handheld device designed for users who experience irregular heartrates are a result of disabilities that affect the mood such as depression and anxiety. The devices monitors users' heart rates and provides them with guidance to synchronize it with their breathing which may help to steady their heart rates. The device calibrates users' heart rate variability (HRV) – the varying amount of time that passes between each heart beat – and teaches them breathing techniques that may assist them in steading their heart rates. To use, users place their thumbs on the center of the start/sensor button located on the unit. The emWave2 also comes with an ear sensor. If users would rather use that than the thumb sensor, they plug the ear sensor into the emWave2 port and attach the clip to their ear lobes. The users then press and hold down the bottom portion of the start/sensor button for three seconds. A light will start to flash – this is the pulse light, which will blink in the rhythm of their heart beat. Within a few seconds, the unit will calibrate their heart rate and start moving lights up and down a side window panel which is the breath pacer – a guide that shows users when to breathe in and out. Users match their breath to the pace of the lights as it moves, breathing in when the lights flow up and breathing out when the lights flow down. Users then observe the color of the light. A red light means that their heart rate is highly unsteady; a blue light means that it is mildly unsteady; and a green light means that it is steady. The goal is to maintain a steady heart rate for at least 80% of the session.
Compatibility: Windows and Mac.
AC power: USB connector.
Included: Ear sensor and Software application.
Color: Silver blue and black.
Warranty: Through manufacturer.
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