What is Ascent - Adaptation and Regeneration?

The Gym of the Future

Touted as “The Gym of the Future” by Men’s Journal, Ascent in Newport Beach could very well be one of Orange County’s best-kept secrets. With a strong focus on “out-of-the-box” regeneration technologies, one may say that Ascent is definitely ahead of the times…


Ascent Adaptation & Regeneration

Introduction to Ascent

The Ascent facility in Orange County is the Nation’s ONLY center of its kind. Ascent specializes in methodologies that aid the body in regenerating through effortless physical conditioning on a cellular level. Modern Integrative research has identified several crucial factors that regulate the body’s level of wellness and it’s chances of developing chronic conditions. Having optimal levels in the following key areas specifically impact our quality of life as we age:


Blood Flow







At Ascent, we incorporate cutting-edge technologies to accomplish longevity & regeneration by increasing oxygen levels, maximizing blood flow to organs and aiding in the elimination of cellular waste. We strive to empower our clients in taking control of their personal well being, through available technologies that naturally, “trick” the body and mind to adapt and become stronger. We have customized regimens aimed at clients striving for general wellness, as well as those seeking improved athletic performance and recovery.

The Ascent Team

Heather Hiniker

President / CEO

About Heather

Heather Hiniker has been a successful entrepreneur for most of her adult life. In 2007, after having been a top producing account executive in the mortgage industry for 10 years, Heather decided it was time to go into business for herself and cofounded an extremely successful mobile tire company. She is a founder and was CEO of Rubber On Wheels Inc., for over 3 years before selling her share to her partner in 2010.

It wasn’t until Heather was diagnosed with a progressive and deteriorating autoimmune disease that she found her true passion and path in natural adaptation methodologies. After attaining remission for her Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis with these holistic therapies, Heather opened what is now, one of the nation’s leading, sports performance and adaptation centers. Her vision is clearly reflected when visiting the Ascent facility in Newport Beach… it is no coincidence that her personal health struggles fuel her passion to share these cutting-edge technologies with the world.

Heather frequently speaks at and attends many local sports performance and endurance events. She has been quoted in Men’s Journal, The Orange County Register and Vice Magazine. She is also a trained and certified Nexalin (Advanced Brain Therapy) technician, CVAC Systems Administrator, and BEMER (Bio-Electro-Magnetic-Energy-Regulation) specialist. Heather is often referred to as a visionary, although she would disagree…. She simply believes she has “found her purpose and is grateful for the journey that has led her to do what she loves”.

Ame Erwin

Director of Operations

About Ame

Ame Erwin has worked within the realm of holistic health and wellness for over 12 years. She became a certified massage therapist in 2007 and has gained an immense amount of knowledge and experience working alongside physical therapists, occupational therapists, and chiropractors. Inspired by her passion for well being, technology, and helping people, Ame became a certified nursing assistant and later a certified microcurrent therapy practitioner.

As Director of Operations of Ascent, Ame continues to share her passion for optimal wellness in helping clients reach their highest potentials. Certified as a CVAC Systems Administrator, Nexalin (Advanced Brain Therapy) technician, BEMER (Bio-Electro-Magnetic-Energy-Regulation) specialist and member of The Academy of Applied Bio electrophysiology, her eternal quest of increased knowledge continues to expand through Ascent’s cutting-edge regeneration and adaptation technologies.

Heather Parkovich

Facility Administrator

About Heather

Heather Parkovich joins the Ascent team with over twenty years of medical experience. Graduating in 1996 as a medical assistant, Heather has worked with and consulted for numerous, well-known Newport Beach plastic surgeons and dermatologists. In addition to being a certified medical esthetician and co-owner
of Salon Esthetique in Newport Beach, Heather is an integral part of Ascent. She has been certified as a CVAC Systems Administrator since 2012. In 2016 Heather also added, certified Nexalin Advanced Brain Therapy technician and BEMER specialist to her resume. Her unparalleled nurturing ways shine through in her passionate care for each and every client.

Our Technologies


Adapt and Regenerate


Cyclic Variations in Adaptive Conditioning




Nexalin Advanced Brain Therapy Method

What is CVAC?

CVAC = Cyclic Variations in Adaptive Conditioning

The CVAC process is based on improving the body’s adaptation response to stressors. CVAC applies precisely composed rhythm-based changes to pressure, temperature and density of air. These changes to pressure, “stress” the body on a cellular level, similar to the body’s natural response to an intense workout.

How Does CVAC Work?

CVAC is NOT a HYPERBARIC chamber (It actually produces short exposure to the exact opposite… a HYPOBARIC environment). CVAC is a passive process based on the benefits created by constant and rapid changes to pressure. As you sit comfortably inside the CVAC Pod, an external vacuum pump adjusts the barometric pressure inside, simulating increases and decreases in altitudes that range from sea level to 22,500 feet (That’s higher than Mt Everest’s base camp!). The entire body (blood, organs, muscle…. down to each and every cell) is rhythmically compressed and relaxed, as the peaks, plateaus, valleys and drops are viewed on the computer screen outside the pod.

The breathed, less-dense atmosphere (fresh air) that is produced during a CVAC session is natural and does not employ chemical means. The percentage of oxygen you breathe remains the same at all times.
A typical CVAC session is a brief 20 minutes. Due to the minimal amount of time spent at each altitude, the types of negative side effects that can afflict ascending and descending climbers is not a concern. While the user doesn’t do much other than sit while inside the pod, many of the same benefits as intense exercise are gained. In fact, CVAC Systems claims that spending up to 40 minutes in the pod just two-three times per week can improve circulation, boost oxygen-rich blood cells, remove lactic acid and potentially stimulate mitochondrial biogenesis and stem-cell production. Experience physical conditioning without stressing your body and joints!

Benefits of CVAC

Every person can benefit from improved cellular fitness. People of all ages and activity levels are using CVAC to help improve their overall fitness without the aggressive physical exertion often associated with an exercise regimen.

Athletes who have added the CVAC process to their training regimens have gained a competitive edge with reported improvement in three areas vital to performance—recovery, endurance and power.

Client’s who use CVAC regularly, report results that include:


Increased Stamina


Improved feeling of alertness and mental acuity (cognitive fitness)


Reduction in inflammation and swelling


Improved recovery time after exercise or other exertion


Enhanced athletic performance (Increased VO2 Max)


Better-quality sleep (deeper, more restful sleep; less wake-ups)


Accelerated healing times and reduction of chronic pain



The CVAC process is intended to provide adaptation-based physical conditioning. The CVAC technology is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, heal, manage or prevent any disease or other medical condition.


  1. During your initial visit, we will introduce and educate you about the experience and sensations you should expect during your first CVAC session. The appointment begins with a detailed presentation on the process itself and various ear clearing methods to become familiar with for your safety and comfort. The first of (5), five minute Introductory Tier 1 Sessions begins shortly there after. The purpose of these short, progressive sessions are to increase the flexibility of your Eustachian tubes. With guidance and communication along the way you will then continue your journey through the gradually increasing sessions until all (5) are finished. Upon completion, you will answer a short questionnaire that profiles you into one of twelve personalized categories. These twelve specific profiles measure ones abilities to cope and react to certain stressors. Once classified, you may then begin your customized, rhythmically programed CVAC journey.

Future visits based on our recommended protocol include 2 twenty-minute sessions, three times a week. Or 3 twenty-minute sessions, twice per week.

Please note the following:

  • Due to CVAC’s changes in pressure being similar to the takeoff and landing of an airplane, please be aware that if you have any condition that would prevent you from equalizing the pressure in your ears (IE: sinus allergies or infection, toothache or tooth infection, cold or flu, scuba, deep-sea dives or used a hyperbaric chamber within the last 24 hours) it is recommended that you postpone your session.
  • Eat before taking CVAC sessions if you are prone to low blood sugar.
  • Avoid food that causes congestion or mucus (Such as dairy products).
  • We will keep you hydrated with water. (Being well hydrated helps thin the blood allowing the kidneys to filter it more effectively.)
  • No laptops in the pod. Cell phones and Tablets are okay.
  • Do not bring a fountain pen or “vape” device into the pod, as the changes in air pressure will likely cause it to leak. Ballpoint pens and pencils are okay.
  • Please wear shoes. Bare feet are not allowed in the CVAC pod.

A. Although many CVAC Pods are still kept behind closed doors at private residences, Ascent has two of only fifteen in the United States open for public use.


A. The primary difference between the CVAC Pod and a Hyperbaric Chamber lies within the use of low and high pressure. Hyperbaric chambers provide high-pressure environments to flood the body with oxygen. In theory by flooding the body with oxygen, one finds that the body may become somewhat reliant on this process, forcing it to become lazy and increase the inability to properly utilize oxygen in all of its mechanisms. On the other hand, the CVAC Pod utilizes a low-pressure (vacuum) environment to rhythmically and dynamically vary the density of air, stimulating the body’s natural adaptation response.
Using composed proprietary patterned sequences; pressure is increased and decreased. These changes in pressure set up waves of tension and relaxation that act in concert with the pulsatile nature of breathing, muscle contraction and blood flow that occur during exercise. By momentarily depleting the body of oxygen, the body begins to adapt and become conditioned to utilize the oxygen more efficiently; hence our mechanisms and all their moving parts start to improve. Not only is CVAC taking pressure away and then reintroducing it into the atmosphere but it is also changing the temperature and the density of air. This all works synergistically to create what we understand to be the CVAC process.


A. During Ascent’s 6-year evolution, additional regenerative technologies have been added to the menu… Including: BEMER (Bio-Electro-Magnetic-Energy-Regulation), Nexalin (Advanced Brain Therapy), Sonix (Whole Body Vibration) and MENS (Micro-Current Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation).


A. Yes. Ascent is a National Preferred CVAC Distributor. Please email info@Ascent-OC.com or call (949) 474-4404 for more info.


A. We at Ascent believe that every living being benefits from the CVAC process. Due to its physiological similarities of a passive form of physical conditioning, most of the perceived benefits associated with an increased physical fitness tend to carry over to the CVAC process.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact our knowledgeable staff by phone at (949) 474-4404 or email us at info@Ascent-OC.com. Please also visit the “Contact Us” page to sign up for our informative newsletter.

What is BEMER?

BEMER was designed to improve circulation thereby supporting the body’s natural self-regulating processes. Blood is the body’s universal means of transport… Oxygen, nutrients, chemical messengers (e.g. hormones), immune cells, etc., are all transported through our blood. Only when all of our body’s cells, tissues and organs are adequately nourished and all metabolic waste products removed, can we be healthy, productive and have proper bodily function. The optimal regulation of circulation is a prerequisite for ensuring peak levels of health and fitness.

How Does BEMER Work?

The working mechanism of BEMER consists of the transmission of a patented multi-dimensionally configured signal (waveform). This unique signal is transmitted into the body via an electromagnetic field, meaning that it is the BEMER signal and not the electromagnetic field that acts as the “agent” that stimulates the circulatory response. The therapy is carried out using the whole-body application module (B.BODY) following a predetermined usage plan, which can improve the general circulation and the overall energy state if used daily on an ongoing basis. Depending on the user, this effect may last up to 18 hours after stimulation. The BEMER may be applied twice daily either in a professional setting or at home.

In laymen’s terms, BEMER functions through the very low level of energy (The patented BEMER signal) that is absorbed during an 8 minute BEMER session. This signal allows the body to increase and regulate the circulatory system and blood flow. Without proper blood flow, our bodies cannot properly support themselves and maintain optimal health. These tiny “micro-vessels” comprise 74% of blood vessels found within the micro-circulatory system. They are the transportation vehicles of the blood (nutrients, oxygen and waste removal) to most every cell in the body.

Only BEMER offers live evidence of increased blood flow during treatment, increasing tissue oxygenation of up to 29%.

Take a look at this short video explaining what BEMER is and why it affects the blood the way it does…

Benefits of BEMER

A BEMER session stimulates circulation of the smallest blood vessels and improves supply to and cleansing of the organs and tissue. A wide cross‐section of the population including all age groups can reap the benefits:


Improved general blood flow


Enhanced functioning of the body’s nutrient & oxygen supply, as well as waste disposal


Better cardiac function


Improved physical fitness, endurance, strength and energy


Increased concentration, mental acuity, stress reduction and relaxation


Aids in sleep management

BEMER is not a disease-specific application. Its effect on the circulation and the resulting improvements to the supply and removal of substances to/from the body’s cells allows these cells to produce and supply increasing amounts of energy, and therefore carry out their tasks (production) in a more functional manner. 


Q. What does BEMER feel like?
A. The perception of the BEMER application differs from user to user. Some users experience a light feeling of warmth or a tingling sensation. Most feel noticeably relaxed and invigorated after the application.
Q. Is there any scientific research and/or studies on BEMER?
A. Yes. Over the past 17 years, BEMER has been scientifically studied from several perspectives and results published. Please check out link to www.pubmed.gov

Q. Why is BEMER increasingly being recommended by doctors?
A. BEMER supports diverse, naturally self-regulating mechanisms and therefore a broad efficacy spectrum. No evidence exists of any dangerous side effects from long-term use. BEMER can be easily combined with all other treatment methods and suitable for the adjunctive support of conventional medical therapies. BEMER’s effects are scientifically proven and its mode of action is grounded in practice and theory, having been tried and tested over a long period of practical application. The BEMER technology and the BEMER systems are tested and registered as medical devices. They are equally suited for both medical professionals and for home use by the end user.
Q. Are there any side effects of using BEMER?
A. Side effects are understood to be undesirable accompanying effects such as allergies, bleeding, etc. To date, no dangerous side effects have been detected with long-term BEMER application.
Q. How do I purchase a BEMER for home use?
A. Ascent is a preferred BEMER Distributor. Click Here For More Info ascent.bemergroup.com

What is Nexalin?

Nexalin Advanced Brain Therapy is a safe, non-invasive and drug free treatment that is cleared by the FDA for the treatment of anxiety, depression and insomnia. The Nexalin device emits a patented, frequency-based waveform that promotes a healthy and balanced brain by resetting the primary systems in the brain that enhance our ability to cope with the day to day stressors of life. In recent studies, clients report on average, 80% to 97% sustained improvement in all symptoms.

How Does Nexalin Work?

Evidence indicates that Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia can be caused by irregularities in the brain’s neurochemicals. Nexalin supports the normalization of these chemicals without medication and their undesired side effects. Clinical research indicates that the process of normalizing various neurotransmitters in the brain may support a reduction in patient reported symptoms.

The Nexalin device transmits a gentle, undetectable frequency based waveform that stimulates the brain’s ability to heal itself. 

While you recline comfortably in a softly lit room, a trained and certified Nexalin technician will place the medical grade conductive pads on your forehead and behind each ear. The client has no discomfort or any adverse side effects associated with treatment. Sessions last 40 minutes and patients report that a 2 to 3 week Nexalin treatment regimen has reduced their reported symptoms. The hypothesis is that Nexalin stimulates the hypothalamus and areas of the brain associated with mood control.

Benefits of Nexalin

Who will benefit from Nexalin Treatments?

Nexalin is a drug-free therapy with proven results for the treatment of a variety of anxiety issues related to brain function:

Panic Disorder: Feelings of terror that strike suddenly, they may include sweating, chest pain, heart palpitations.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Plagued by constant thoughts or fears that cause you to perform certain rituals (obsessions) or routines (compulsions) repeatedly.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): A condition that can develop following a traumatic and/or terrifying event that is associated with mid-brain deregulation.

Social Anxiety Disorder: Overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations.

Specific Phobias: An intense fear of a specific object or situation that creates unrealistic avoidance behaviors.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Involves excessive, unrealistic worry and tension, even if there is nothing to worry about.

Addictions: Using alcohol, prescription medication or illegal drugs in a destructive manner to avoid certain feelings of physical or emotional pain.

Nexalin Therapy can help if you are experiencing symptoms of depression or related conditions that may include:


A depressed mood during most of the day


Fatigue or loss of energy


Insomnia or excessive sleeping


Recurring thoughts of death, suicide or impending doom


Significant weight loss or gain


Difficulty concentrating and remembering details


Loss of short-term memory


Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness


Extreme irritability and/or restlessness


Loss of cognitive ability and function


Loss of interest in activities or hobbies that were once pleasurable


Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease, even with treatment

Nexalin FAQs

Q. How long is the Nexalin Advanced Therapy regimen?
A. A typical Nexalin Therapy regimen consists of a total of 10 to 20 treatments over a 2 to 3 week period.
Q. What will I feel during the treatment session?
A. Most people feel nothing at all; however, there is a possibility that you may feel a warm sensation as your microcirculation increases. This is part of the body’s natural healing process that can begin during the therapy.
Q. When should I notice results?
A. Every individual is physiologically different and therefore each body reacts to Nexalin Therapy in its own unique way. Many people notice a change in how they feel within the first 24 hours and continue to improve over the course of the therapy. Others may not feel results until the therapy is completed, or even until days afterwards. Because Nexalin Therapy provides long-term relief, you may experience improvements weeks or months after completion of your sessions.
Q. How long will the results of Nexalin last?
A. Many patients report that their Nexalin therapy treatments provided long-term relief. Some patients experienced continued improvements weeks or months after completion of treatment. The long-term relief offered by Nexalin therapy has allowed patients with their doctor’s approval to make adjustments in their medications.
Q. Will this treatment affect the way I take my medications?
A. The use of medication after Nexalin Therapy is a personal decision that must be made by you and your physician.
Q. Is Nexalin cleared by the FDA?

A. Yes. The Nexalin Device is cleared by the FDA as a Transcranial Electrotherapy Stimulator. You may view the 51O(k) Summary by visiting the FDA site directly here:


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3300 Irvine Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92660, USA

Orange County’s only Adaptation & Regeneration Center

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Call: (949) 474-4404 

Email: info@ascent-oc.com

Address: 3300 Irvine Ave #200, Newport Beach, CA 92660