What is NeurOptimal Neurofeedback?
NeurOptimal Neurofeedback is dynamic and works millisecond-by-millisecond with your current state and brain patterns. It works as a 'detection and monitoring' system of the changes in cortical patterns within the brain. It mimics the communication of your Central Nervous System (CNS) by ‘mirroring’ the brain activity that can be undermining optimal brain function. More information can be found at www.neuroptimal.com
NFB helps the brain learn how to effectively change states/gears (from being revved up to back into relaxation), and regulation (knowing which moments need which state). Most of the time the appropriate gear is the state called regulation. In this brainwave zone, we are more focused, calm, open and less hyper-vigilant. This function is called self-regulation and it is connected to the brain's basic property of neuroplasticity
What is Neurofeedback training?
The NFB sessions we provide are 44 minutes long. We schedule an hour time slot however as it takes time to get settled, place the sensors and unhook following a session. We also like the extra time to check-in to see how you are feeling and if you are noticing any changes. A glass of water is always provided and encouraged to drink during sessions, while all forms and a Neuroptimal Shift Tracker are completed during your first visit
What happens during a typical Neurofeedback session?
How long do results last?
How long results last varies from person to person. It often depends on your lifestyle and how well you take care of yourself. Proper self-care and reducing stress can create a good foundation for resilience. We often compare NFB to learning to ride a bike. It takes time to learn, but once you do, your body maintains memory of how to ride. Similarly with NFB, if we haven't trained for a while and notice we are not managing our stress well, we may need to get back on track with more wellness to 'remember' how to regulate again.
Like any learning, more frequent training at first tends to speed up the learning process. Some people complete 2 sessions per week to start, while most maintain a schedule of once per week. Another important variable is consistency. Many have found it beneficial to train regularly and put themselves on a weekly schedule. This is what we typically suggest to people and what seems to be feasible for most.
How frequent should the training sessions be?
There is no fixed number of NFB sessions required to feel change. The goal is to optimize brain wellness and get to a place where you feel more regulated on your own. You may want "tune-up" sessions in the future, but the ultimate goal is to need less and less sessions over time. Personal goals and preferences play a large role in progress as well as some of the following factors: age, physical and mental condition, previously done NFB, diet, personal goals and motivation for change etc.