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Beehive Immersion Therapy (BIT) Research

Background

Kristen's Story

Hear from PHH founder Kristen Morris-Yehiel,

as she's interviewed by Kathy Romano from 95.7 Ben FM's Her Story. She shares about her healing encounter with honeybees and how Project Healing Hive got its name.

Pilot Program

Our Pilot Case Study is designed to observe the impact of BIT on participants over the course of an 8-week program.

Research Goals

Using Brain Computer Interface (BCI) and Neurofeedback (NFB), researchers will evaluate neuroplasticity, emotion regulation, mindfulness, and breath pattern awareness.

The Study,

Learning mindfulness and breathwork techniques in are an important tool for regulating emotions. But what happens when we're in the moment of anxiety, being triggered and feeling stuck in a stressful situation? It can be difficult to remember or even perform the calming technique learned from yoga or meditation.

That's because the prefrontal cortex (rational thinking part of the brain) has been hijacked by the brains limbic system (emotional part of the brain). Beehive Immersion Therapy (BIT) is spending time beekeeping with honeybees while learning mindfulness and breathwork techniques.

This type of nature therapy helps bring balance between the sympathetic nervous system (fight, flight, freeze, fawn) and the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest). Sessions focus on distress tolerance emotional regulation by using grounding techniques, breathwork, and mindfulness. This also increases the brains' ability to reorganize itself both in structure and in how it functions. This is called neuroplasticity.

New skills and experiences create new neuro pathways in the brain and strengthens them transforming the stress response.