What is the best part of NeurOptimal® neurofeedback training? Noticing the changes that occur sooner than expected. Before I give you examples of the changes, I want to explain to you what neurofeedback is and how it works. To quote from New York Neurofeedback’s website:
“Your brain is the most complex system on the Earth, and it is masterful at organizing itself on your behalf. NeurOptimal® uses the EEG — information about the electrical activity in your brain — to train your CNS (the brain and spinal cord) to be at its best, taking advantage of its powerful ability to organize and normalize itself. Because your brain does this in the way that is uniquely right for you, it’s not being pushed or pulled in a provider chosen direction, making the process virtually side effect free.”
What are some of the changes that you strive for? Do you want to have more patience; do you want to spend money less impulsively? Well with neurofeedback, you can have:
1. Better Sleep
Do you have difficulty either falling asleep or staying asleep? Do you wake up several times during the night? Having a neurofeedback training session can help you to sleep better. My clients tell me that if they do neurofeedback, that night, they are going to sleep better and feel more rested and refreshed the next day. These changes are likely to become their new normal.
2. More Patience with Others
Have you lost patience with your spouse or your children? Do you have difficulty “reining in” your temper? Over time, you will notice that you aren’t as quick to snap at others. You may even begin to listen to the conversations that drove you crazy. You may not look forward to the conversations or enjoy them, but you are able to tolerate them and remain present to the people in your life.
3. Less Impulsive Behavior
Do you spend too much money on things that you don’t need? Do you eat/drink too much? Do you engage in dangerous behavior? Sometimes having anxiety or depression can be so overwhelming that in order to calm those feelings, we take in other things. In many cases, it’s done with shopping/food/drink/sex/drugs. When we train the brain to be more present with neurofeedback, we are allowing the CNS to re-normalize itself and not need something from the outside to help us deal with the issues going on inside.
4. A Calmer Disposition
Have you noticed that people are less apt to ask for your opinion or that they’re afraid to bring up prickly topics in order to avoid having another argument with you? If you’ve noticed this avoidant behavior from people in your life and you don’t want them to feel intimidated by you, perhaps you want to find out what’s making you lose your cool. Neurofeedback can help you feel calmer and less angry. After several sessions, you may even notice what triggers you. After more sessions, you may be able to halt your usual reaction and just let it pass. Eventually, you may also notice that the things that used to make you angry, no longer will to the extent that they did before training.
5. Better concentration
Do you have difficulty sitting down in order to read a book or finish a work/school assignment? Have you been told that you’re “all over the place?” Have you been diagnosed with either ADD or ADHD? If you’ve tried meditation and/or medication and neither works (or you don’t want to take medicine), have you talked with your therapist about alternatives? Much like a mirror that promotes self-correction, NeurOptimal® monitors your brain waves and then provides “feedback” to your central nervous system about what it has just done. When the software detects turbulence in your brain wave pattern, it sends an audible signal (a brief interruption to the music) that encourages the brain to “reset” and self-correct. The work that your CNS is doing will help you to have better focus and help you feel more confident.
This is only a short list of the many amazing changes you will find with neurofeedback . If you have any questions about NeurOptimal® neurofeedback or would like to set up an appointment, call me at: (917) 746-0197 or email me.