Windows Inside of You:
Understanding Self-Regulation and Resiliency

In my work I incorporate the HeartMath® Resilience Advantage.  This is a scientifically validated training of resilience-building & stress intervention techniques.  I am a certified HeartMath trainer.

During the process, we actively engage our innate heart-brain communication system which expands our perception, higher thinking functions and awareness. By disengaging from the negative trigger and instead focusing on our chest and area around our heart, we begin to interrupt default neural pathways responsible for non-productive looping thoughts and feelings so we can shift to create new, more effective neural pathways leading to productivity and creativity.

As with anything we wish to master, committed, consistent practice and application of these techniques strengthens these newer, healthier pathways. Over time, a new baseline is created and what triggered us in the past is no longer as significant, and often falls off our stressor radar.

Over the years I worked with the ProformaVision™ biofeedback system.  ​I still use ProformaVision in my presentations, workshops and lectures, but am able to bring it in a powerful way to individuals in online sessions as well. 

I now use what I have learned about the human body and our physical responses to stress - muscle bracing, poor posture and so on to help you become aware of and learn to optimize your muscle tension patterns, reduce pain and stress, and maximize performance through greater awareness of your posture, your body and your neuromuscular activity.  ​You learn to consciously control muscle tension, improve posture and optimize movement patterns.


I had the opportunity to work with Kathleen for several years at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute where she worked with patients with Biofeedback for neuomuscular tension and anxiety.  As a HeartMath® Certified Clinician she helped patients gain resiliency, and helped many with chronic pain using ProformaVision.  She has amazing dedication to her patients and clients and an incredible work ethic.
Daniel M. Neides, MD, MBA
Vice Chair and COO, Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute

HeartMath® biofeedback has helped me learn to calm my brain.  I have especially found the Inner Balance™ app very useful. When my thoughts become scattered, this app helps me to focus and become more productive. My resilience to stress has also improved, and I have found I am better able to handle everyday life events. In addition, my shallow and shaky breath and voice have improved. Dr. Kathleen Riley has been a terrific clinician in helping me learn to manage my stress.
Jennie Feldtz 

Dr. Riley introduced me to HeartMath initially as part of our biofeedback work on piano performance with ProformaVision; however, I have found it to be a powerful tool for stress management in the work environment. As a Cleveland Clinic physician struggling with burnout, it has been very helpful. It is a brief practice which can be utilized multiple times per day. It can help one restore balance in a stressful environment.  A 5 minute practice at mid-day and the end of an office session have been incredibly useful.
As someone with years of experience practicing classical yoga and meditation, I can tell you that HeartMath is an accessible, easy to learn technique which is actually teaching basic meditation and self-awareness skills. It helps the learner develop deeper self-awareness of their emotional state and then, importantly, empowers the learner to take responsibility for that emotion to transform it and maintain it in a positive way.
Judith Evans MD

I was fortunate to be referred to Kathleen Riley a couple of years ago. Had I not worked with her, I would never have known that I had Focal Dystonia (writer's cramp) in my right hand. Over 20 years I had slowly lost the ability to write, and in order to compensate had acquired some bad habits. Kathleen worked with me to retrain these habits through video and sEMG feedback; the regime included re-educating and exercising my hand, relaxing my fingers and strengthening the muscles along my arm and up into my shoulder and neck. While I see a neurologist for Botox injections every 3 to 4 months to loosen up the muscles involved, it is only a temporary cure, and had I not worked in conjunction with Kathleen¹s regime of physical, and just as importantly, mental/emotional exercises, I would not have been able to begin to see an improvement.
Patricia Wootton, Businesswoman

Kathleen recently joined our BCIA Task Force for Optimal Performance Certification. She clearly knows how to integrate biofeedback work into performance consulting for performing artists, and she was able to hit the ground running with our task force.
Tim Herzog, Counselor and Mental Skills Coach

Kathleen is an excellent teacher and clearly a subject matter expert. She is able to effectively reach multiple audiences from therapists to physicians and academicians.  I would recommend her without hesitation to others seeking to build their musicians medicine clinic.
Patrick Tarnowski, Director, Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute

Kathleen is truly multidimensional. She not only understands the complexities of the elite musician (and is one herself) but fully understands the underlying physiology which is so relevant in resolving the psychophysiological issues of the performing artist. Her ability to integrate new technology into the diagnosis and treatment of various disorders of the performing artist makes her truly one of a kind. There are few who understand so well, and integrate these two completely different areas of study, and without the knowledge of both, it is difficult to aid those in the performing arts with these various limitations. Her knowledge of biofeedback and its role in teaching, training, assessment and treatment is second to none.
David Marcarian, President at MyoVision, Precision Biometrics

As an NYU psychologist / neuroscientist / musician, I collaborated with Kathleen Riley on biofeedback research re detecting and correcting music performance problems and attest to her superb scientific expertise and devotion in originating and developing uniquely effective technologies and treatments for musicians suffering with performance execution problems.
Ted Coons, Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience at NYU


DISCLAIMER: I am an integrative wellness coach, biofeedback coach for optimal performance, however, I am not an MD. The information on this website is not intended as medical advice nor intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  I hope this website serves as valuable resource; how you choose to use, or not use, this information is the sole responsibility of the reader's free will.  Please see your health care professional for medical or behavioral health evaluation.