Neurofeedback, aka EEG biofeedback, is brain training that teaches your brain to work more efficiently and handle stress better. Around since the 1960s, this technology has grown and improved so much over 5 decades that Fortune 500 executives, elite athletes, and Navy SEALs have been using it to improve their mental game. Now you can too.
Through music, a language easily understood by your brain, our software teaches your brain to be less reactive to everyday stressors. It sounds easy, but there’s a lot of complicated software behind it. This is not a short-lived manipulation or a placebo effect. The people mentioned above train for a competitive edge and are not fooled by false promises.
Hundreds of clients would agree that training with us has been life-changing. Click on our testimonials page to see how others have benefited from training with us. And watch this short video to learn more…
Our Neurofeedback Explained
Frequently Asked Questions
Your brain is a sophisticated command hub responsible for controlling all the other systems in your body. Your brain receives information from your body and the environment which it then processes to formulate appropriate responses; most of this happens without your conscious awareness. This is all made possible by a vast and wonderful neural network. The activity of this neural network is measured in brainwaves and brainwaves are read by neurologists with an EEG (electroencephalogram). Neurofeedback uses EEG technology to train the brain to function optimally.
Unlike other neurofeedback systems, NeurOptimal® is designed to focus on your central nervous system (CNS), the brain being the controlling component of the CNS. Therefore,the specific type of problem, be it cognitive, emotional, or physical, becomes less important. It is not surprising then that users and clinicians alike have experienced successful outcomes across a broad spectrum of issues. Our clients have reported BrainSpa’s neurofeedback to be effective in five general categories:
- Cognitive functioning
- Emotional challenges
- Enhancing academic performance
- Achieving an athletic performance edge
- Personal and emotional growth
Training with us is a learning task and brain workout! Using the brain’s natural abilities, the software gives [non-electric] feedback to your brain through music in a way that helps it learn to balance itself and thus your nervous system activity. A well-balanced nervous system contributes signiﬁcantly to cognitive, emotional, and mental stability.
The software monitors your brainwaves with a real-time EEG and alerts it when activity goes out of balance. As training continues, your brain learns control and functions more smoothly. Neurofeedback is a learning task for your brain just like learning a new dance.
Think of our software as a dance instructor and your brain, the student. The two of you stand in front of the mirror and the instructor makes corrections as you progress through the moves. Like a human instructor, the software ‘coaches’ your brain to perform better and better. The difﬁculty level increases automatically and with practice, your brain ﬁtness (cognitive functioning, emotional stability, overall brain health) naturally improves.
Much like a stethoscope detects and ampliﬁes a heartbeat, our sensors are simply detecting your brainwaves using an EEG. An EEG is non-invasive and there is absolutely no electricity entering your head. Our neurofeedback is 100% naturopathic.
During the session
Your trainer will give you earbuds and you will listen to music during which you may notice very brief pauses in the sound. The precise timing of these pauses communicates with your brain in a way it understands very easily and without conscious effort on your part. Your brain needs this vital information to reorganize and operate more optimally. We will explain more about why this works in your free consultation.
You don’t have to do anything while all this is happening; it is okay to work on your computer, relax, read a book, or play a game without audio. Our neurofeedback software is so fast (256 samples per second) that it bypasses the conscious brain and works at the subconscious level.
After the session
Because the software we use is non-invasive, it is highly unlikely you will feel anything other than relaxed after your sessions. Any noticeable shifts in mood, awareness, or energy level after brain training depends on the individual brain and its plasticity.
Yes! Training with us is a learning task for your brain. This learning task strengthens your neural network and improves nervous system performance. Much like learning a new dance, your brain does not forget; it has acquired a new skill.
However, your brain is living tissue and it can get derailed by signiﬁcant stress, substance abuse, anesthetics, or a bump to the head. Simply let us know and we can easily ‘remind’ your brain of what it has learned!
The average is 40-50 sessions, but we move quite quickly so clients are only with us for about 6 weeks. Yay! You'll be able to get on with your life!
There are NO guarantees. Your brain is 100% unique and how quickly it responds is based on plasticity (your brain's ability to learn new information). Response does not depend on your desire for change or buy-in. You cannot consciously control the rate at which your brain learns this new skill set. So sit back and relax; your brain knows what to do!
Additionally, we cannot predict what changes or shifts will take place first. Your brain will decide this through its learning how to be more efficient.
Insurance - insurance companies are behind the times, as we're sure you know. Even though the software we use is already 20 years solid and proven effective, insurers have not recognized its benefits yet. We are in good company with many other technological advancements that go unrecognized as well! We will continue to push forward in this area.
The NeurOptimal® Difference
BrainSpa's neurofeedback software is the most advanced and innovative neurofeedback system on the market today making it different from older neurofeedback systems still in use. It is completely non-directive because it is based on a very different understanding about how the brain works, as well as how it is best optimized.
It is estimated that the human brain has 15-33 billion neurons and each neuron may have as many as 10,000 synaptic connections. Neurons communicate with each other using chemical signals which results in all electrical brain activity. This brain activity is measured in brainwaves with an electroencephalogram (EEG). The frequency of each brainwave tells us a lot about the state of the brain at any given moment.