05 What is the freeze frame technique from HeartMath?

Research by Doctors and Scientists at the HeartMath Institute

Scientists at the Institute of HeartMath did numerous studies to understand the physiological effects of Freeze-Frame technique which they developed for their patients.

The official site for this method is http://www.heartmath.org/

These results were published in the following scientific journals.
The American Journal of Cardiology,
The American College of Cardiology, Stress Medicine and
Journal for the Advancement of Medicine.

Cardiologists, psychiatrists, psychologists and other physicians were excited to find an effective technique, backed by credible science, that could help their patients learn how to better shape their perceptions, overall behavior and health.

Who are the doctors and scientists working a the HeartMath Institute in Colorado U.S.A. ? Look at the end of this article for the list of scientists on the Advisory Board.

What were the results of this research?

The results they found on those who employed this technique were in general.
1. Their «eart rhythms improved.
2. Their nervous system became more balanced (Sympathetic – Parasympathetic balance)
3. Beneficial changes occurred in their hormonal patterns.
4. They had a marked improvement in their Immune system response.
5. They evinced a significant shift in how they think and feel and deal with problems.

Why were they motived to do this research?

The need to make discover a technique such as Freeze Frame was based on the following scientific and medical facts.

1. _ 75% to 90% of all doctor visits in the U.S. today are for stress-related disorders.

2. _ Job stress has become “the 20th century disease” and is considered a global epidemic.

3. _ Depression was the fourth leading cause of disease burden in 1990 and by 2020 it will be the single leading cause.

4. _ The number of workers feeling highly stressed has doubled since 1985.

5. _ 61% of people surveyed in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Germany, Singapore and Hong Kong believe information overload is present in their workplace, with 80% predicting the situation will worsen.

6. _ “Karoshi”-death from overwork, is said by Japanese health activists to kill some 30,000 workers every year.

7. _ Acute stress (“fight or flight” or major life events) and chronic stress (the cumulative load of minor, day-today stress) can both have long-term health consequences.

8. _ As much as 80% of all disease and illness (in the U. S.) is initiated or aggravated by stress.

9. _ Science has shown that we pay a serious price for our stress. A twenty year study conducted by the University of London School of Medicine has determined that unmanaged mental and emotional reactions to stress present a more dangerous risk factor for cancer and heart disease than cigarette smoking or eating high cholesterol foods.

10. _ Stress stimulates the perpetual release of the hormones adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol, which eventually sear the body like a constant drizzle of acid. If left unchecked, chronic stress-along with attitudes like hostility, anger and depression-can sicken and eventually kill us.

11. _ According to a Mayo Clinic study of individuals with heart disease, psychological stress was the strongest predictor of future cardiac events, such as cardiac death, cardiac arrest and heart attacks.

12. _ People with the highest allostatic load [stress] are most likely to develop cardiovascular disease and are significantly more likely to have declines in cognitive and physical functioning.

13. _ A Harvard Medical School study of 1,623 heart attack survivors found that when subjects got angry during emotional conflicts, their risk of subsequent heart attacks was more than double that of those that remained calm.

14. _ A 20-year study of over 1,700 older men conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found that worry about social conditions, health and personal finances all significantly increased the risk of coronary heart disease.

15. _ Heart disease cannot be explained by the standard risk factors-such as high cholesterol, smoking or sedentary lifestyle-in over half the cases.

16. _ Heart disease, stroke and other circulatory diseases together kill more than 15 million people a year worldwide, or 30% of the annual total of deaths from all causes.

17. _ Since 1984, more women have died each year of cardiovascular disease than men.

18. _ Heart disease has led the list of killers in virtually every industrialized society for the past 30-40 years. Total economic cost for cardiovascular disease in the U.S. in 1998 (est.) is $274.2 billion. That’s $15 billion more than in 1997.

19. _ People who say they are feeling anxious or depressed are two to three times more likely to go on to develop high blood pressure than calmer, happier individuals.

20. _ Three 10-year studies concluded that emotional stress was more predictive of death from cancer and cardiovascular disease than smoking; people who were unable to effectively manage their stress had a 40% higher death rate than non-stressed individuals.

21. _ Sudden cardiac death is up to 6 times more likely among men who complain of high anxiety than those who are calmer.

22. _ Death rate per 100,000 women from coronary heart disease is three times greater than the death rate per 100,000 women from breast cancer (the disease women fear the most.

23. _ In 1996 study on 240 middle age men in Finland who filled out hopelessness questionnaires – those who felt hopeless were 2 to 3 times more susceptible to death.

24. _ An international study of 2,829 people between the ages of 55 and 85 found that individuals who reported the highest levels of personal “mastery”· feelings of control over life events·had a nearly 60% lower risk of death compared with those who felt relatively helpless in the face of lifeΔs challenges. B. Penninx et al. Am J Epidemiol. 1997; 146(6)

25. _ In a study of 5,716 middle-aged people, those with the highest self-regulation abilities were over 50 times more likely to be alive and without chronic disease 15 years later than those with the lowest self-regulation scores. R. Grossarth-Maticek & H. Eysenck. 1995; 19(6)

What is the Freeze Frame Technique ?

1. Freeze-Frame causes an immediate and profound shift in how you view the situation you are in, breaking the stress cycle by removing its source.

2. Research has shown that it’s the daily accumulation of little stresses that take more of a toll on your health than the major stressful events in life.

3. Stopping to reevaluate and perceive differently allows us to act differently.

Comments on the Effectiveness of Freeze Frame

“…single most valuable, most effective and especially useful tool because people can do it in real time.” ·Richard Podell, M.D.

“Freeze-Frame helps patients cope with the stress of environmental sensitivities and helps them balance the autonomic nervous system. The feedback I get from patients is very positive.”
·Roy Fox, M.D., Director of the Nova Scotia Environmental Health Clinic

“…The implications of this are huge. Eighty percent of cardiology patients feel that stress is a major contributing factor to their disease. ItΔs always been frustrating because historically there hasnΔt been much to offer them. Now there is.”
·T. Gregory Quinn, M.D., Cardiologist

“The availability of this extraordinary technique of Freeze-Frame virtually assures that the research at HeartMath will continue to generate findings of great practical importance, and potentially far-reaching theoretical implications. Their objective demonstration of the Freeze-Frame interventions for managing ΓstressΔ on the psychological and biological level is a landmark achievement.”
·Gerhard Werner, M.D., Former Dean, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Former Associate Chief of Staff, VA Medical Center

“The potential benefits of faithfully practicing HeartMath techniques include improved cardiovascular function, lowered blood pressure, greater serenity, a reduction in stress-related psychosomatic symptoms, greater emotional stability, freedom from the tyranny and destructive health effects of chronic anger and hostility and in my opinion, diminished physical pain.” ·Bruce N. Eimer, Ph.D., ABPP, Clinical Psychologist, Author of Pain Management Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide

“IΔve been surprised to see how powerful a tool the Freeze-Frame technique is in unpleasant situations …it helps you go into battle feeling calm, thoughtful and happy.”
·MenΔs Fitness

“These techniques have made an amazing difference to team morale. Before trying it, 46% said they often felt exhausted; after the training, this figure fell to 9%. Some staff members even said they felt kinder.” ·Carol Mortimer, Director of Healthcare, Hewlett- Packard, (U.K.)

“The results from using Freeze-Frame were absolutely phenomenal. We came back from our session knowing that we had achieved in two days what could have taken months had we not had this tool.”·Judith Hamilton, Videoconference Consultant

How is the technique performed ?

1. Take a time out so that you can temporarily disengage from your thoughts and feelings-especially the stressful ones.

2. Shift your focus to the area around your heart-now feel your breath coming in through your heart and out through your solar plexus. Practice breathing this way a few times to ease into the technique.

3. Make a sincere effort to activate a positive feeling. This can be a genuine feeling of appreciation or care for someone or some thing in your life.

4. Ask yourself what would be an efficient, effective attitude or action that would balance and de-stress your system.

5. Quietly sense any change in perception or feeling and sustain it as long as you can.

What did results did they find in the laboratory?

In the lab, it was found that experiencing these positive feelings provides
1. Regeneration to the immune system
2. Facilitates health and well-being.
3. Increases clarity
4. Enables greater discernment

What are some of the types of Employment of the FRAME FREEZE technique ?

1. Chronic fatigue syndrome
2. Promoting physical health and vitality
3. Improving autonomic nervous system balance (between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system)
4. Arrythmia,
5. Hypertension,
6. Coronary artery disease,
7. Mitral valve prolapse, depression,
8. Irritable bowel,
9. Asthma,
10. Diabetes,
11. Hypoglycemia
12. Fibromyalgia.
13. A wide variety of emotional problems
14. Greater problem solving ability
15. Greater creativity.
16. The ability to be at peace regardless of external disturbing factors
17. Increased ability to accept and love others regardless f their behavior.

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