What does a Neurofeedback session look like?
Each session lasts about 50-minutes. Your brain technician will begin by collecting basic information from you including how you are feeling and if you noticed any changes since the last session.
You will then sit in a comfortable chair while the technician places a tiny sensor on each side of your head and three ear clips on your ears. These tiny sensors are attached with water-soluble paste which helps pick up the delicate electrical activity of your brain. Much like an EKG or ECG, the system is simply reading the signal. Your technician will then give you a headset and offer you a blanket while you listen to music and watch visuals on a monitor, if you so choose.
The Neuroptimal® will then take a reading of your baseline and then your session will commence. There will be very brief pauses in the sound and image. Sometimes they are so quick you don’t consciously notice them. Your brain uses the mathematics behind these cues to distinguish between efficient and less effective brain activity. Clients tend to find these sessions very relaxing. The Neuroptimal® session itself takes 33 minutes. After it has completed, the trainer will take another reading and compare it to your baseline.
As the sensors are being removed you will be given another form to fill specific to your session experience. Both the baseline and post-session recording will be saved on your profile. If you would like to review the recordings, discuss your experiences or your progress you may set up an appointment with a Neurofeedback counsellor. We recommend doing this at least every ten sessions.
How many sessions will you need?
Most people can expect to notice some changes by ten sessions, and many report feeling better rested, having a better outlook, and being able to engage more effectively with colleagues or loved ones. Even if these changes occur in areas of your life that are different from your initial goals, they indicate that your central nervous system is responding to the training.
The more training you do, the more flexible and resilient your brain will be come. Most people achieve their goals by 20 to 40 sessions. You can stop training whenever you feel ready and simply return for booster sessions. Some clients continue training on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.
Do the effects of Neurofeedback training last?
Neurofeedback training is a learning task. Similar to learning to read, you can’t unlearn that activity. It may get rusty, but the effects of learning remain throughout your lifetime. However, your brain is living tissue and can get knocked off course by stress, anesthetic, alcohol, unhealthy living, or other general difficulties. Fortunately, it’s easy to get back on track with just a few booster sessions. A previously trained brain with respond much quicker to the training and recover optimal flow and functioning.
Why Neuroptimal® over other neurofeedback systems?
Neuroptimal® is a Dynamical Neurofeedback™ system, and is very different from other systems. It is completely non-invasive and non-directive because it is based on a very different understanding about how the brain works and is best optimized. By simply giving the brain information about its own activity, this system helps the brain re-organize itself.
The Neuroptimal® system provides information to the brain from a wide array of “targets” representing a vast array of frequencies. With many systems, the trainer has to choose one or two frequencies and hope they “get it right”. There can be side effects or contradicting messages when working on individual frequencies. The Neuroptimal® system has the benefit of training across all frequencies at once.
The most impactful benefit to Neuroptimal® is that it does not “push” the brain in any direction. Other systems categorize frequencies into ones you need “more of” and “less of”. Systems that aggressively push in a narrow range of bandwidths that do not balance each other cause negative side effects. The Neuroptimal® system gives the brain information about what it is doing, and the brain decides for itself whether an increase or reduction is warranted. This is what makes the Neuroptimal® system not only unmatched in its power, but also its safety.