n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Evaluation of a heartmath workshop for physiological and psychological variables

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


The goal of this study was to evaluate the effect of a HeartMath workshop on physiological coherence as well as sense of coherence, health and spirituality perceptions. Integral psychological, mixed, quantitative and qualitative methods in a pre- and post-test, quasi experimental and matched control group, outcome evaluative design was employed to assess changes in physiological and psychological variables. Data collected from 10 workshop participants were compared with data from a matched control group. Significant improvements in physiological coherence, accompanied by significant decreases in breath rate occurred in workshop participants from pre-test to post-test. Compared to the control group, workshop participants improved significantly in sense of coherence, health and spirituality perceptions. Participants' positive experiences and evaluations of the workshop were unanimous. Findings are discussed in relation to previous and future research.

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