Friday, May 20, 2011

Neurofeedback - What to Expect

When you come for your NeurOptimal® neurofeedback session you'll sit in a comfortable chair watching a moving visual, and you’ll be listening to music. (It's also fine to close your eyes.) You’ll hear very brief pauses in the music – this is the system giving feedback to your brain.

You may not consciously recognize the changes also happening in the visual because it's already changing on its own in several ways. That's fine. The CNS' recognition of sound change is much faster than it is for sight. That's one reason why sound is so primary that it's fine to close your eyes.

You'll have sensors on your ears and head (five altogether). The sensors are there to transmit information to the NeurOptimal® neurofeedback system about the electrical activity of your brain, specifically, to flag for your brain when it is beginning to shift into a learned response to stress (such as worrying about the future). Your central nervous system (your brain and spinal cord) will use that information to renormalize itself, to increase the flexibility and resilience of your system.

This re-normalizing will show up in your life in the way that's right for you. For example, the person who worries excessively about the future will probably find himself doing that less and less.

One of the things I love about being a neurofeedback trainer is seeing how that transformative change unfolds for each person.

Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York Neurofeedback

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