emWave Stress System Coming Next Month
January 15, 2009
In these volatile economic times, one of the major points of concern for employers and employees alike is increased stress. According to a study by the American Psychological Association (APA), money and work are the biggest stressors for almost three-quarters of Americans.
As workers look to the future in hopes of a silver lining from the harsh realities of a stricken world-wide economy, forecasts for future relief are less than convincing. Rather than surrender to relentless pressures ever resonating from socio-economic stressors, many employers are looking for ways to train employees to improve their ability to deal with stress in a positive way.
For the past two years, Kersh Risk Management has scoured the market in search for the best possible methodologies and technologies available for combating stress, what many now believe to be the number one health risk for employees. As our company leaders and product designers met with various leaders from the top profit and non-profit organizations around the globe, it became clear that employees must have a tangible and measurable way to biologically change the way that stress is viewed and handled.
During our search for a solution to the stress epidemic, we were introduced to Heart Math’s President and CEO Bruce Cryer, who happened to be co-speaking at a wellness conference in Seattle at the same time as Kersh Risk Management CEO Dr. Terry L. James, M.D.. As these two like-minded individuals quickly saw the synergistic relationship that existed between the two companies, they began the arduous task of designing a unique product that could actually calculate current stress coherence levels using industry leading Heart Rate Variability (HRV) technology.
Almost two years since the meeting of these two individuals, Kersh Risk Management is proud to announce the all-new emWave Stress System. The emWave Stress System will hit the market next month (February 2009), and will be available as an upgrade to existing Health Stations. The system has three major components to it, including: a statistically validated Stress Inventory Survey, an introductory Stress Video by Heart Math’s Bruce Cryer, and the emWave Stress Test, using Heart Math’s emWave technology.
The first time that members use the emWave Stress System, they will be prompted to take a quick two-minute Stress Inventory Survey, followed by a five-minute Stress Video. At any future point in time, members can update their Stress Inventory Survey status or re-watch the Stress Video. Once the member has been given the opportunity to complete the Stress Inventory Survey and watch the introductory Stress Video, they will be taken to the bread-and-butter emWave Stress Test section on the Health Station.
The emWave Stress Test is unique in that it uses real biometric values retrieved from a proprietary Heart Math pulse oximeter that measures the HRV values at a rate of 19 times a second. Using proprietary algorithms, the HRV values are then assessed to produce an emWave Stress Score between 0 and 100 (100 being the best). Throughout the two-minute emWave Stress Test, members will receive live feedback showing what their current stress coherence level ranging from Low (Bad) to Medium (Good) High (Excellent). Members will also have the ability to select higher difficulty levels as they perfect their ability to achieve High Coherence through focused breathing, concentration, and relaxation.
The key to improving your next emWave Stress Score will be to use the Breath Pacer that will appear as you clip the Heart Math pulse oximeter to your ear and begin the test. Breath in following the Breath Pacer as it goes up and down, helping to coach your body into a harmonious rhythm and change the biological heart rhythms from erratic, sharp pulsations to smooth, relaxing patterns.
Find out for yourself what groups like the American Journal of Cardiology, Journal of American College of Cardiology, Stress Medicine, CNN, The Today Show, Good Morning America, PBS, the Discovery Channel, The Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, Golf Digest, and more are saying about Heart Math’s emWave technology.
For a preview of what to look forward to next month with the release of the emWave Stress System, watch the video preview teaser below!