What is Neurofeedback Brain Training?

(below are brainwaves measured by the EEG machine)brainwaves1

Neurofeedback is the use of EEG (electroencephlagram) to feedback to the brain how it is behaving and thus encouraging it to adapt its behavior to function more effectively and efficiently.  When it was discovered by Barry Sterman in research for the U. S. Government that neurofeedback could block the effects of neuro-toxins in cats, thus allowing them to function more normally, it was then clear that it was a powerful tool for central nervous system transformation.  But it has taken about 50 years to really understand the complexity and non-linearity of our brain function and recognize that approaching it linearly is not as effective as working with it’s non-linear, dynamical complexity.

Adaptability to stay present…

Simply put, our brain (Central Nervous System) is adaptable in nature; it is innately involved in the function of our survival- what is needed now in relation to the changes that are constantly taking place within and around us and how to conserve energy.  It has to come up with solutions to life’s problems- which is adaptation.  Research has shown that prior to our conscious recognition, when it is about to become upset (anger, sadness, lose focus, become anxious, or even move to a higher level of function) electro-chemical activity occurs which heralds at the state change or also called phase shift in non-linear physics.  Zengar NeurOPTIMAL neurofeedback recognizes the event is about to take place, since it reads all electrical activity comprehensively, and signals the brain that it is producing this ‘perturbation’, in other words, feeds back to it how it is behaving.  This is the same model that is used in your home heating system or the radar machine that tells you to “slow down” based on your speed at the time.

And honestly, it is all in the math and from what I can see, Dr. Val Brown who developed with approach with his wife Dr. Sue Brown, is the only person other than Dr. Karl Pribram (who recently passed) who knows that math of this neurological event that precedes the state change.

Come back to the present moment…

Because the brain is adaptable in its very nature, it is able to let go of the suffering it is generating and come back to the present, restoring optimal dynamical processing.  Many clients experience this again and again. The Mother of a five years old I am working with called me recently and said after only 4 sessions his teacher is seeing positive behavioral changes in him.  He is more able to self-regulate himself when upsetting events happen.  We could all use this, especially in todays rapidly changing global economy!

Modern research is demonstrating just how changeable our brain really is- it is not the static hunk of flesh that we once thought it to be. It is a non-linear, dynamical system of supreme sophistication, and therefore linear approaches will remain limited.  Any aspect of our brain contains the connection to the whole, just like the hologram.

Val Brown, Ph.D.- developer of the Zengar NeuroCARE Neurofeedback approach…

Dr. Val Brown, the designer of the Zengar NeurOPTIMAL® approach to brain training has worked with most of the other main approaches available today. “I’ve not only used but (generally) owned, and taught the use of virtually every piece of neurofeedback and biofeedback equipment that has been around” he said recently on the NeurOPTIMAL trainer meeting.  I add this to help orient you about the field of neurofeedback and NeurOPTIMAL’s place in the evolution of this emerging field.

The following are what clients have reported during training:

  • Peak Performance Improvement
  • Optimal Flow Experience
  • Enhancing Concentration
  • Strengthening Active Focusing Skills
  • Performing Artists Benefits
  • Reducing Distractibility
  • Immune System Adaptability
  • Building Motivation and Self-Esteem
  • Overcoming Test Anxiety
  • Controlling and Channeling Performance Anxiety
  • Learning Habit Control
  • Letting go of Addictive Behaviors
  • Enhancing Mindfullness (meditation) Practice
  • Developing Centering and Quieting Skills
  • Increasing Mental, Emotional, and Physical Energy
  • Improved Performance at Work, Sports, and Performing Arts
  • Diminishing of Depression and Anxiety
  • Ability to remain present
  • Deeper relaxation than expected
  • Letting go of fear (and only recognized that they had fear after beginning training)
  • Improved sleep (poor sleep hygiene is implicated in most behavioral issues and CNS controlled)

Go to the Zengar website to read more about this approach to brain training.

Click on the link to see and hear an actual client discussing his experience of NeurOPTIMAL training…

You Tube link : Rae Tattenbaum, a colleague and Zengar NeurOPTIMAL™ trainer from the East Coast and a client who worked with her.  The client talks about his results.

David Delaney, MA, CAR- Master Certified NeurOPTIMAL™ Neurofeedback Trainer

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