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What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is a specialized and advanced form of biofeedback that gives information back to you about your brainwave activity as it is occurring. Neurofeedback can also be called Neurotherapy, EEG Biofeedback or Neurobiofeedback.

The electricity generated by the Central Nervous System (CNS) can be detected by sensors placed on the scalp and displayed on a monitor in real time. This is called Electroencenphalograph or EEG. With specially designed computer software, information about performance and behavior of the brain and the CNS as a whole is then presented back to the individual via visual and auditory perception. This information enables the brain to improve its information processing capacity, efficiency, and resiliency.

Through this simple method, you learn how to quiet brainwaves associated with low performance and increase brainwaves associated with optimal brain function. Much like physical exercise strengthens and develops specific muscles, the more your brain is exercised into reaching a new more comfortable, more efficient position, the better and stronger it gets at it. Like any new skill, it simply requires feedback and practice.

People using Neurofeedback have experienced relief from a vast array of psychological, emotional and medical conditions, and personal and spiritual growth. Neurofeedback is also used by people whom want to increase physical and mental performance, such as athletes, musicians, performers, and students.

Neurofeedback helps balance brain waves, and eliminates or diminishes problem behaviors without the use of medication. Unlike medication, Neurofeedback has no physical side effects, and the benefits have been scientifically proven to be long lasting.

Neurofeedback is rated level 1 'best practice' intervention for ADHD by Practicewise (the research body of the American Pediatric Association). It has also been adopted as an intervention for PTSD and traumatic brain injury.

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What happens in a brain training session?

During your session you will sit in a comfortable chair, while your trainer will use a water-soluble paste to places two tiny sensors on your scalp and three clips on your ears. The paste is necessary to pick up delicate electrical activity of your brain. Like an EKG, the system is simply reading this signal, nothing invasive is involved with the training process. The paste is easily removed after your session. You will then be given earbuds and a blanket. Before your training begins, your trainer may record a baseline and review that with you before starting your training. While this is not necessary for the training, it can be fun to look at some measures of how you are at the beginning and end of your sessions.

Client Session

When the program starts, the training begins. You will listen to music during which you will hear slight pauses in the sound. The pauses correspond to moments of less fluid brain activity, and serve as a cue to your brain. Anytime the program recognizes the beginning of a phase shift, your brain will interrupt the stream of music that you are listening to and evoke that biological, instinctual, survival response to any change in your environment. When this response is evoked, the brain must return to the present moment, scanning to see if there is an actual threat to your survival. Your brain is being trained to recognize that it is generating suffering states, stop doing it, and return to the present moment. The brain uses the mathematics behind these cues to distinguish between efficient and less effective brain activity. The very precise timing of these pauses gives the brain the information it needs to reorganize and function more optimally.

Clients tend to find these sessions very relaxing. During the training you can close your eyes and let your brain do its job, which it will without any effort on your part. The session runs for 33.30 minutes. After the session has been completed, the trainer will take another recording and compare it to your baseline. Both the pre baseline and post baseline will be saved in your file.

How Many sessions will I need?

We often tell clients that we would expect to see something shift within six sessions. Some people can expect to notice some changes by ten session, while others achieve their goals by 20 to 40 sessions. Even before ten sessions, many clients report feeling better rested, less anxious, and able to focus better. It may or may not be related to what you came in with, but something is shifting. These are all signs of your CNS responding to the information it is receiving.

The more training you do, the more ingrained it will be. It is much like learning a new language or physical skill. The more session you have, the stronger the skill. You can stop training whenever you feel ready and simply return for booster sessions.