We would all like to function optimally and to flourish at home, at work or in school. Sometimes our nervous systems tend to be stuck in survival mode, and brainwave patterns associated with negative symptoms may be prominent. Modern day problems like tension headaches, anxiety, concentration difficulties, sleep problems and depression may arise. The aim of a Neurofeedback session is to enhance more balanced and appropriate brainwave patterns, improving daily functioning and helping us to thrive. It uses the latest computer software to provide real-time visual and auditory feedback regarding brainwave patterns.
How does it work?
During a typical Neurofeedback session, sensors are placed on your head (nothing goes into your head) to measure brainwave activity. Then you play a simple video game or watch a movie. When the brain creates an optimal rhythm, the game or movie plays perfectly. If the brain deviates from the desired pattern, the game slows or the movie fades out until the brain returns to the more efficient pattern. With practice, the brain goes more often into the desired pattern until this becomes a habit.
All brainwave states are essential and should be experienced appropriately in certain situations and in certain proportion. Neurofeedback teaches you to consciously control your brainwaves to achieve a desired brainwave state when needed.
The table below provides more information on EEG brainwaves and states of arousal*
|EEG Brainwave||Too little||Normal||Too Much|
|Delta (0-4 Hz)||Poor Sleep||Restful sleep||Depressed/Sluggish|
|Theta (4-8 Hz)||Robotic||Intuitive||Foggy/day-dreamy|
|SMR (12-15 Hz)||Scattered||Present/ready||Depressed|
|Beta (15-32 Hz)||Tired
Unable to relax
*ANSA (Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia)
Who can benefit from Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback can address a range of problems, including: –
- Attention, concentration and memory issues
- Anxiety Disorders
- Learning problems
- Migraines and headaches
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Sleep problems
- Substance abuse and addiction patterns
Neurofeedback is also suitable for people in search of optimal wellbeing or peak performance – being your best you. Its usefulness in improving performance in sports, academics and music have been well documented.
How does the process work?
An individual assessment is completed to determine the best possible training for each client.
Positive changes could be noticeable within the first 10 training sessions. On average, people need 30-40 sessions for optimal results. Some may need fewer while others need more.