Inner Balance™ gets your heart, mind and emotions in sync to improve health, well-being and performance.
HEARTMATH SENSOR REQUIRED: Inner Balance requires either the Bluetooth HeartMath HRV sensor or the HeartMath Lightning sensor for iOS, which connects to your iPhone or iPad and clips to your earlobe to measure your heart rhythms. No technology on the market today tracks with the accuracy of the Inner Balance Sensor.
The HeartMath Inner Balance app is an innovative approach to improving wellness through training, education, and self-monitoring. Inner Balance helps get your heart, mind, and emotions in sync (coherence) to improve health, well-being, and performance.
Entering the state of coherence on your Inner Balance trainer just three times a day for three to five minutes is easy and fun. Inner Balance guides you and measures your progress as you reduce stress, increase your inner balance and coherence, boost your mental clarity and build resilience.
• Real time HRV monitoring
• On-screen Coaching
• Full history to track your progress
• Scientifically validated stress management technique
• A journal with mood selection option
By linking to your account on HeartCloud.com, you can
• Synchronize all your Inner Balance or emWave applications across devices
• Track your complete history and lifetime achievement
• Receive awards and reminders
• Have access to more tips and training
• Neutralize your stressful reactions which erode health and composure
• Reduce your fatigue and exhaustion
• Improve mental focus under pressure
• Quickly shift from reactive states to calm and balanced states
• Learn to quiet the mind and still restless thoughts
• Build resilience and faster recovery from stress
• Improve coordination and reactions times in sports
• Enhance your meditation practice
• BTLE Sensor can be used in the background with other applications
• App supports iPad Slide Over and Split View multi tasking
• Bug fixes
Note: Inner Balance requires iOS 11 or higher. Devices not supporting this can still use version 3.11 available on the iTunes Store.
Ratings and Reviews
Wanted to Love It
This device and app were recommended to me by my naturopath. I had high hopes for it after using a device in his office and seeing how well it could work, but when I got my first sensor it just didn’t seem consistent. The times of high and low coherence seemed completely random, and were confirmed when I took the sensor off to troubleshoot and it continued “reading” my heart rate. I returned the monitor and was sent a new one. This one seemed slightly better, but still loses signal frequently, as I can see when using the app and the line is more faded. I started feeling again lately like the times of high and low coherence were random, and decided to wear both the HeartMath sensor and my husband’s Apple Watch at the same time. The readings are wildly different, and when my BPM lowered on the watch to say, 58, the HeartMath monitor would shoot up to 108. The heart rate variance on the Apple Watch is much more believable and consistent. I tried the sensor on both ears as well as the webbing bEtween my thumb and index finger. I may contact the company once more, but at this point I’m ready to give up on it.
Developer Response ,
We’re sorry you are finding Inner Balance problematic.
Please note some fundamental differences:
1. In standard use the Apple Watch reports averaged Heart Rate. This means it measures a number of heartbeats over time and averages out the values. This is useful for some health and sports applications.
2. In reality each heartbeat will vary across a range - this is called heart rate variability or HRV.
3. Inner Balance reports this variation, plots it, and applies the coherence algorithm to reflect the pattern of variation. Smoothing this pattern using quick coherence provides a beneficial psychological and physiological impact.
Averaged readings to the watch should be similar. If you see wild variations as well as unusual spikes in the plots you might want to check the sensor position on your ear.
The self oscillation you are reporting is a by-product of trying to achieve a very high gain to help people with weak pulse. As the sensor is hunting for a valid signal and adjusting its gain, it might in some cases look like a valid signal. Interaction with a real person will override this. You will see this pattern on other plethysmograph based sensors. Electrical pickups like Polar do not show this issue.
We validate and calibrate our design using a broad range of people comparing against medical grade Electrocardiograms (ECG.)
Please contact us to help you (800) 450-9111. We have hundreds of thousands happy users across the world and would want to count you among those. But if you are not happy, we will be glad to refund you.
All the best,
The HeartMath Team
Buggy as all get-out
Two years after writing this review unfortunately nothing has changed. I also see others commenting on the unreliability of HeartMath's extremely expensive but poorly made hardware. To plug in the sensor, connect it up and be told "No heartbeat detected" is supremely frustrating - the exact opposite of the relaxed experience HeartMath sells for big bucks. To have to replace a $125 sensor every year or so to maintain a product is not an option especially when the hardware costs HeartMath about $5. Shameful.
When it works (on my iPhone) it's great. But for the past 4 months, every time I've tried to use Inner Balance, it crashes after about 4-5 minutes, taking my session data with it. I wouldn't recommend any of HeartMath's products. The software is poorly written and the hardware doesn't last. I've had lots of problems with their emWave2 as well as it's software simply not work as it should. Good ideas; extremely poor execution which renders their products virtually useless. As HeartMath charges a pretty penny for their products I wouldn't recommend any of it as it's extremely poor value for the money.
This product is too expensive to work this poorly
I had used the wired version for a while until it just stopped working after a month of use, so I was hoping for a better result with the Bluetooth version. It doesn't pair with the iPhone or the iPad mini. I've deleted the app and reloaded it, reset it, turned the machines off and on and it doesn't do anything. Doesn't even pick up on the new wired version that I have. Since the settings have NA for devices, I can't make it forget all devices. There really should be better instructions since this doesn't set itself up automatically. How often do we need to charge this? How do we know when it's fully charged? Does the LCD change color when it's fully charged, or when it's paired, or when its low? Even though I had it plugged in for three hours last night, I have it plugged in again to see if maybe there's a difference between plugging it in an outlet and plugging into a computer. Very disappointed
Developer Response ,
Very sorry to hear about your experience. Please contact our tech support at (800) 450-9111. If we can't resolve your issues we'll replace the product, including your wired sensor.
We have revised the instructions in the units shipping now to include the items you mentioned.
BTW - takes 2 hours for full charge and lasts approx. 80 hours.
- HeartMath LLC
- 22.6 MB
- Health & Fitness
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- English, German, Simplified Chinese
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © HeartMath Inc.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.