What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback, also known as brain training, is a drug-free, non-invasive form of brain self-regulation “exercise” that essentially does one thing – improve central nervous system function by voluntarily controlling one’s brainwaves.
When we worry about the past or future, lose focus or get depressed, our nervous system displays what we call turbulence. During a Neurofeedback session, the brain is alerted to this turbulence through feedback. The brain then comes back to the present moment, away from the turbulence. It learns over time — often very quickly — to run itself in this new, more efficient, flexible and resilient way.
With enough sessions, changes from neurofeedback tend to be permanent, life circumstances such as extreme stress or trauma may warrant returning for a "tune-up".
Neurofeedback is safe and virtually side effect free.
How Many Sessions are Required?
Average session length from start to finish is 50 minutes. Depending on the person and the condition(s) being addressed for that person, the number of sessions will vary. Most people find that 12-20 sessions bring the level of improvement they are seeking. Stubborn conditions can take more. We recommend that sessions occur twice a week although for some weekly treatments are equally effective. Because it is a form of training, intermittent sessions are less effective.
What to Expect
Often times a change is noticeable after the first treatment, whereby the person feels more relaxed. For others it may take up to four sessions to notice a "shift", which can include a clearer mind and a generally calmer sense of being. It may show up as a lower golf score or better sleeping patterns.
An Optimally Functioning Brain
"Through a series of Neurofeedback sessions, your brain reorganizes itself and functions more effectively. When your brain functions efficiently, you feel more integrated and whole and your body functions better. After brain training many people experience less stress, greater flow, improved academic, athletic, creative and work performance as well as more confidence and joy. Many bodily complaints drop away."
- Zengar website
While it is not important to understand how something works in order to benefit from it, many people are curious to know at least a bit about what is happening during a Neurofeedback session. An average session consists of four phases that are seamless over the session.