Heart Rate Variability Basics:

From historical foundations to the social nervous system and biofeedback.

Darius Rountree-Harrison

Darius Rountree-Harrison

BSc, GDPA, MPhil, QEEG-T, PhD (candidate)


Webinars Introduction

Heart rate variability biofeedback is an evidenced based practice that helps clients learn to self-regulate emotional, social and physiological processes. Improving heart rate variability with biofeedback is associated with alleviation of psychophysiological symptoms, improved wellbeing, physical health, socialisation and peak performance. This short four part series of talks will guide you through the basics of heart rate variability biofeedback.

The first talk beginning with heart rate variability’s historical context and heart rate variability biofeedback’s therapeutic advantages and evidence base. The second talk focuses on the theoretical and physiological underpinnings of heart rate variability and the main factors that influence heart rate. In the third talk, the social nervous system is introduced, along with its evolutionary context alongside other defence responses (such as the fight and flight response) and their relation to trauma and the therapeutic relationship. In the grand finale, the practical cornerstones and key concepts of practicing heart rate variability are explained in the context of activating the social nervous system.

Viewers will have a basic understanding of heart rate variability biofeedback, theoretical and physiological underpinnings and its applications, with special attention paid to the social nervous system and its relation to trauma. These talks are suitable for newcomers to heart rate variability and will put them in a good position to undertake an introductory heart rate variability biofeedback training course with ANFI.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4