The brain produces waves of different frequency according to its current activity. For example, during deep sleep your brain produces mainly delta and theta waves, which are slow waves. On the opposite end of the scale, while doing a difficult maths problem, the brain should produce mainly beta waves, which are fast and enable us to complete this kind of task.
In reality the stress of our every day lives has produced brains that are not always able to produce the correct brain waves at the appropriate time. So sometimes when you should be producing beta waves, your brain does not do that, for a wide variety of reasons, and your mind feels foggy, or you just can’t complete the task. At other times, when you would like your brain to quieten down so that you can sleep, instead your mind races and is full of unhelpful thoughts. Most people have experienced these kinds of situations from time to time. In extreme situations, where the brain fails to produce the correct wave for the situation on an ongoing basis, the result can be a wide variety of illnesses.
During Brainwave Optimisation, the brain activity is measured, and when the brain produces the correct waves for the particular situation, it is given a reward. The brain is a completely self-serving organ, and very quickly recognises that when it follows the rewards, its own functioning improves. As the brain practises the tasks set for it, it grows stronger, in the same way that an exercised muscle grows stronger. This enhanced brain now has the ability to react more quickly and appropriately to a given situation.
Brainwave OptimiSation Simplified
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HOW DOES THE PROCESS WORK?
Using electrodes, we take a brain map of your brain activities, which takes about 1.5 hours. From that map, we can identify in which brain areas electrical imbalances are occurring. Based on this information, we will personalise the brain training to your brain. The identified imbalances also allow us to see where the problems lie, i.e. trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, anger etc., so we can address the correct issues.
After the initial assessment, the training sessions take place. Each session is 2 hours long and at least 6 sessions are required, ideally within a space of 7 to 10 days.
The training is a simple process – we measure your brain activities by placing a set of electrodes on your head and feed the information to our special software. That programmes converts those brain waves to sounds and plays them back to your brain via earphones, while you relax in a comfortable, reclined chair. This process is repeated a few times with varying electrode positions on your head. In that way, the brain listens to itself and adjusts the imbalances accordingly.
The diagram below explains the process of brain training.
The assessment session gives us the information about how your brain has stored the trauma you have experienced in your life. While we do not diagnose or treat symptoms, we are able to give the client information about how this stored trauma is impacting their daily lives. For many clients this alone is a life-changing and helpful experience.
The Neurobalance process starts with a brain map which takes approximately two hours. From the map we can identify in which area of the brain electrical imbalances are occurring. This information then forms the basis for the brain training, which is personalized according to the individual’s own brain. The imbalances that are identified also allow us to see what is driving a person’s experience of life, i.e. trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, anger etc, providing a map for us to address the correct issues.
The symptoms you experience in your daily life are the reflection of the imbalances that your brain has stored due to stress and trauma. The conventional route of treating symptoms does not address the underlying cause. Returning your brain to a state of balance and harmony will allow the symptoms to resolve over time. So although brain training can address a very wide range of issues, ranging from insomnia, depression, the whole spectrum of learning issues, the results of brain injury, and addictive behaviours ( to name but a few), we are not focused on the symptoms. We merely measure and balance brainwave activity.
Here are some examples:
- G was a well-presented young man. The map session revealed a pattern of loneliness, being unable to connect to other people, and an inability to understand group dynamics. He then revealed that he was a Meth addict, and the reason that he took the drug was to ease the intense feeling of isolation that dogged his every day. Although he had just been to rehab and was clean, he felt very strong urges to start using again. He felt a great sense of relief that his addiction was not due to a lack of moral fibre in himself ( which was the belief he had previously held) While this did not address the problem, it did help him with his sense of self. He went on to have extremely good results with brain training, and is still clean 5 years later.
- B was a school girl with a facial twitch so severe that she was struggling to attend school. Psychiatric intervention in the form of increasing amounts of medication had failed to ease the situation at all. The map session revealed a severe concussion. B related that two years previously she had fallen from a horse, and that the facial twitch had started six months after the fall and was constantly worsening. After six training sessions the twitch was completely resolved.
- J was a school girl who was previously a prize-winning scholar. A bout of glandular fever had left her unable to sleep, suffering from ongoing infections and she was now a very mediocre student. The map revealed that her brain had resorted to a protective mode in which it was in sleep mode during the day ( hence her poor academic performance) and in awake mode at night ( hence her severe insomnia). This pattern is usually an indication of ongoing illness, pain or severe stress. Training restored her sleep patterns, which enabled her to heal, and to obtain excellent matric results.
- B was a young mother who had suffered from severe depression ever since a car accident several years previously. The map revealed that the concussion pattern from the accident had not resolved. This unresolved concussion was the cause of her depression symptoms. The training was successful in restoring her former cheerful relationship with life.
- L was a woman who had been plagued with depression her whole life. The map revealed that she had experienced an extremely traumatic birth trauma. The extreme freeze reaction to this trauma was made worse by the ongoing childhood trauma which was evident on the map. This freeze reaction translated into her experience of depression. After training it was liberating for her to be free of what she called ‘ the black dog’ as a 60 year old woman, after her life time of struggle.
There are so many examples of how the map has shed light on a person’s life experience. While in itself the map does not address the imbalances, the identification of the root cause of the symptoms can bring a sense of relief and understanding.
The technology used by Neurobalance has the technical name of High-resolution, Relational, Resonance-based, Electroencephalic Mirroring (HIRREM) or, as it’s commercially known, Brainwave Optimisation™. The non-invasive procedure uses a system that is designed to reflect the brain’s frequencies back to itself using musical tones. Resonance between the musical tones and the electrical energy in a person’s brain can bring balance to the two hemispheres of the brain.
Brainwave Optimisation methods paper published in The Science Journal Brain and Behaviour
The peer-reviewed science journal Brain and Behaviour published a paper on the methodology behind HIRREM™, aka, Brainwave Optimisation®. This paper explicates the scientific methodology behind the recently published Wake Forest School of Medicine Insomnia study and provides a detailed guide for further research and experimentation involving HIRREM.
Insomnia Trial: Brainwave Otpimisation found to be highly effective in treatment of insomnia
“After having been married for more than two decades, I got used to my husband being a very restless sleeper, he all of a sudden after brain training had a much deeper, peaceful sleeping pattern, which greatly benefited my sleeping pattern as well.”
Have you dealt with “……” (my particular symptom)
Obviously the reason that you are contacting us is because you have a symptom that is causing you distress. However, we are not a medical company and nor do we treat, cure, heal, or diagnose any disease, mental illness or symptom.
What we do is identify the way that your brain has stored trauma, and then during the Brainwave Optimisation sessions, the system is encourages to let go of the stored stress. This allows the symptom to resolve, sometimes quickly and sometimes over a period of time.
While the majority of our clients suffer from the symptoms listed on the home page, we are constantly getting feedback from clients about issues that resolved, from long held physical pain that could not be shifted by any intervention, to improved sense of smell and taste. We can never anticipate how things will change for a client or how the process will unfold for them.
Suffice to say that we have seen so many amazing and interesting changes over the years that we encourage you to be, as we are, cautiously optimistic and try out our process. You have everything to gain.
What will the process be like for me?
For the vast majority of clients, the map is an eye opener that helps them understand themselves, and the sessions are relaxing and calming, resulting in an improved quality of life. For a smaller percentage of clients the process can be tougher, and the discharge of trauma can result in physical reactions, strong emotions and strange dreams. In this case, we encourage you to see this process as a spring clean – an uncomfortable process that results in an improved way of living.
I am committed to the Neurobalance process and want to know how to optimise it.
It is great news that you want to be a participant in the process – especially as our goal is to put the responsibility for your quality of life back into your own hands.
Things to avoid:
- Alcohol and recreational drugs: We strongly recommend that you abstain from alcohol or recreational drugs during brain training and for at least 3 weeks afterwards. These substances dilute and impede the positive new brain wave patterns.
- Other therapies: We advise that acupuncture, craniosacral therapy and other forms of energy work be avoided during training and for 3 weeks afterwards.
Medication: please continue to take medication according to your practitioner’s instructions. Any changes in medication should only be made in consultation with your doctor.
Supporting the process:
- Drink plenty of water during your training process
- Eat extra good quality protein to provide your brain will the building blocks for change
- Gentle daily exercise during the process is beneficial
- Omega 3s are known for their brain boosting capacity, and can aid the training process
- Massage, chiropractic work, Body Stress Release, and TRE (Trauma Release Exercises) can aid and assist in helping the body let go of stored trauma as the brain relaxes.
Keeping a journal when you decide to train and continuing for at least a month after training will help you to keep track of your own progress. It is important to note that many people notice significant changes in the weeks following brain training.
Is the process permanent?
The symptoms that you experience arise largely as a result of trauma stored in your brain. After the sessions your new mode of being will only be permanent if your daily stress management improves. In our experience small lifestyle changes that give your system daily opportunities for relaxation and recovery are all that is required to keep you balanced.
Should stress overwhelm occur – and this is modern life after all – it should only take one or two top-up sessions to get you back on track.
There are clients who say they are too busy for daily stress management and would rather come regularly for a top-up to keep them functioning well.
We also have clients who, after experiencing the initial Intensive, have decided to come for a monthly top-up. The benefit of this programme has been excellent – they report not only maintaining their initial improvements, but also seeing the process unfolding in different areas of their lives as time passes.
We also offer a wearable option for both maintenance and ongoing life quality improvement. See here for information.