Heart Rate Variability Research

Heart Rate Variability and salutogenesis

(by Dr. A. Lohninger)

Medicine continues to advance the management of illness through the understanding of disease-promoting processes at the biochemical and molecular level. However, although these medical processes which help us overcome illnesses are increasingly understood, a scientific understanding of ‘self-healing’ is still unclear.

How is health restored after illness? What are the built-in unconscious mechanisms in us that “repair” us? How are health-promoting measures actually effective? We need patience as many mysteries still elude us but ‘time-based’ medical research has given us some effective insights.

Humans can be said to not only have a physical body, described by anatomy and formed from around 60 trillion cells, but also a ‘time body’. As far as we know, biological processes are not carried out only by ‘commands’ or independently from interactions with the rest of the organism. It seems that each interaction or ‘flow’ be it the pulsating secretion patterns of hormones, the processes of food digestion in the abdominal cavity, or the processing of mental impressions in the brain, blood pressure, heartbeat or breathing, body temperature, blink or reproductive instincts all follow their own particular rhythms. Only this kind of adaptive-anticipatory interplay makes it possible for auto-regulatory processes to run economically and quickly within us.

Heart Rate Variability and TaKeTiNa

(by Dr. A. Lohninger)

In essence, Reinhard Flatischler’s innovative rhythmic education TaKeTiNa is also based on breathing and movement. In TaKeTiNa the participants succeed in separating breathing and movement from consciousness and return to innate inner rhythm states, which positively influences the entire organism. The effect on individuals is amplified by the synchronisation of the group.

Our measurements of heart rate variability during pauses between TaKeTiNa rhythm interventions show a strong increase in vagotonic activity of the autonomic nervous system as well as increased heart-brain coherence.

It should be noted that research at the beginning of the 21st century demonstrates at the molecular level that fatal cascades of disease processes can be dealt with in the vagotonic phase. Body-specific repair procedures, it seems, only take place in vagotonic phases.

At the same time, mainstream medicine is aware of the fact that a natural extension of vagotonia can only be achieved to a limited extent by medication. The access to the autonomous nervous system, that is, the path to the synchronisation of the vegetative system, is, however, possible with non-pharmacological methods, such as TaKeTiNa, the rhythm process, developed by Reinhard Flatischler.

Principles of Heart Rate Variability

(by Dr. K. Laczika)

A healthy heart does not beat uniformly, like a machine or a metronome. Not even all physicians are completely aware of this fundamental fact. The natural irregularity of a heartbeat is the expression of its harmonious, simultaneous adaptability to immediate situations as well as to simultaneously occurring bodily processes. Ideally, the heart can adapt its frequency to each individual breath.

The explanation for this is simple: Every breath creates sub-pressure in the chest. This suction ensures both that air is inhaled, as well as that more blood flows into the chest for a short time. To transport this increased blood volume into the body, the heart beats minimally faster during an inhalation, subsequently returning to its slower pace during exhalation.

During a relaxing deep sleep phase there is a ratio of approximately four faster and four slower heartbeats for each breathing cycle. Over a time period of four breaths, the blood pressure varies in a slow wavelength phase to finally return to its starting point. During four of these minimal blood pressure waves, the blood circulation in the tissue increases and decreases. The harmonious time-relationships occurring in our autonomous nervous system are comparable to the overtone spectrum. They are processes that occur unconsciously and that we cannot influence. When multiplied, they lead to the cycles in which hormones are released and point to the rhythmic harmony behind the concepts of all biological processes. This synchronicity and harmony unfolds especially during a state of regeneration – also called “vagal tone” by physicians.

Summary of the TaKeTiNa / Heart Rate Variability Research

1) Dr. Lohninger

This measurement of heart rate variability shows the typical progression of a TaKeTiNa session and its effect on a thirty-year-old woman trained in rhythm pedagogy.

During the green-marked sessions, we see the phenomenon of “frequency-shifting” in the range 0.1 Hertz.

During the blue marked pauses there is a strong increase in the vagotonic activity of the autonomic nervous system, recognisable by a spike in the spectrogram. This marked increase in parasympathetic activity is believed to be a response to the rhythm intervention which increases with each repetition.

It is also worth mentioning that, prior to the start of the session at 15:00, an identical pattern focussed in the 0.1 Hz range and its subsequent ‘vagus activation´ occurs at a lower level, showing that a “vegetative anticipation” has developed in the experienced person.

2) Dr. Laczika:

“We went into our experiments with TaKeTiNa hoping that we would gain medical ‘evidence’ about parasympatetic processes. The visible results we got, however, exceeded our expectations by far: The HRV graphic impressively reflects the synchronicity of the body’s own biorhythms with the phases of the TaKeTiNa process (from safety to chaos to a new level of higher rhythmic understanding and capability).

A simultaneous video documentation shows that after phases of rhythmic ‘withdrawal’ or ‘chaos’ (i.e., leaving the rhythm for a period of time, consciously or unconsciously), people unconsciously find their way back into the rhythm. This reintegration at a higher level, done without any conscious cognitive effort, is seen in the participant’s HRV graphic together with an immediate rhythmicisation of the parasympathetic nervous system.

The measurements clearly show that TaKeTiNa repeatedly and  predictably can cause ideal conditions for the nervous system and the body’s rhythms. I am certain that TaKeTiNa will very soon find its way into medical practice to a much greater degree.”