What Is NeurOptimal Neurofeedback?
By Lucy-Anne Lewis - Neurofeedback + Counselling
Neurofeedback is a non-invasive brain training that helps the brain return to stability and operate at it’s best. Neurofeedback uses real-time brain activity to show the brain what it’s doing, as it’s doing it. It’s like holding a mirror up to your brain so it can see what it’s doing.
I use NeurOptimal Neurofeedback, which is an auditory feedback system developed by clinical psychologists. All that you would need to do is sit in a big comfy chair, 3 sensors would be attached to your ears and 2 to your head, you would pop some headphones on, and you would sit back and relax, listening to music. That’s it.
You don't need to do anything. You can even fall asleep. It’s working with your unconscious mind and central nervous system. The sensors monitor your brain activity, and if they notice turbulent processing, they interrupt the music. That’s the feedback.
By constantly bringing your brain’s attention to what it’s doing, it learns how to self-regulate and you are able to effectively integrate your life experiences.
It’s non-invasive. The sensors are not doing anything other than monitoring. They are not trying to push or pull your brain, they are not taking anything away, or putting anything in, merely reflecting back. Your brain then uses this information to learn. Learn about what it’s doing, learn to strengthen ‘good’ neural pathways, forget ‘bad’ ones, and even learn new ones!
What are the potential benefits?
Everyone can potentially benefit from Neurofeedback. It can help to improve concentration, assist in coping with stress, it may help to improve sleep, and generally allow you to operate every day at your best. It helps your brain to heal itself. Each client notices and experiences different things, however some of the benefits reported include:
- Reduced anxiety
- Reduced depression
- Trauma recovery
- Improved self-esteem
- Increased awareness
- Ability to let go
- Improved hand eye coordination
- Effortless resolution of old wounds and issues
- Faster, efficient information processing
- Improved sleep
- Greater self-awarness
- Greater self-compassion
- Reduced hormone imbalance, and many more!
Pregnancy, birth and motherhood bring about huge changes for women, and Neurofeedback is such a safe and gentle way to be supported through these changes.
The other great thing about Neurofeedback is that once you are where you want to be, you are processing well and living well, the brain remembers. You might need a top up every now and again, but that’s it. It helps give you the tools to handle whatever life brings.
Note: The views and advice expressed on this blog post are those of the author and are not representative of the Pregnancy Babies & Children's Expo.