When you exercise you muscles, you get stronger. When you practice a skill with your brain, you get better at that skill. This is because the brain, like the muscles has the ability to adapt and change to suit the environment. An efficient brain can accomplish more, with greater accuracy, in less time.
Neurofeedback is a tool that trains and exercises the cerebral cortex much in the same way that weights train the muscles.
Many of our clients come from the fields of medicine, business, law and athletics. These are the clients who are seeking out ways to improve their bodies and increase their performance.
Some high performers have issues related to stress. In these cases, Neurofeedback can promote relaxation and improve sleep; both essential elements to long term brain performance, endurance and resilience.
Professional athletes and musicians use neurofeedback to build the ability to be ‘in the zone’; tuning out distractions during key situations, increasing processing speed and focusing all their energies on the task at hand. Smoother function equals greater poise under pressure, improved recovery speed after an error, and less ‘over-thinking’ in crucial moments.
What distinguishes the best is motivation, concentration, stability under pressure, and how emotions are handled during key moments. This is why neurofeedback is fast becoming a training standard in Olympic and professional sports, and increasingly in the business community.
Neurofeedback is used by the following organizations.
-AC Milan Football Club
-Real Madrid Football Club
-Chelsea Football Club
-The Professional Golf Association
– NASA astronaut training center
– United States Olympic Training Center
– English Institute of Sport (Olympic Training Center)
– Canadian National Olympic Sports Centers
– Norwegian Olympic Training Center
– Taiwanese Olympic Team
– Singapore Olympic Sports Council
– US Special Forces and Navy Seals training
-US Sniper Training Academy
– United States Army’s Centers for Enhanced Performance
– Wingate Institute of Sports & Physical Education, Israel
– Human Performance Institute, Australian Special Forces
– West Point Military Academy
-London Royal College of Music
Larry Flatter (name changed) is a 63 year old CEO of a global entertainment company who requested Home Braintraining to”improve mental acuity.” He reports some difficult with memory and also complains of sleep issues and anxiety. LF uses Ativan for anxiety as needed.
As expected, LF did not have any major issues in his brain’s functioning. Here is his brainscan at baseline. Green is considered “good.” Anything with blue is showing low functioning, and red is an area where the brain is working too hard.
Since the client had a busy work and travel schedule he was able to complete his training in just two weekends by training twice per day Friday through Sunday.
This is the “before and after,” completing 10 hours of training:
This is demonstrating that major electrical changes have taken place in this brain. As the brain moves toward more efficient patterns, the functions of the brain start to improve.
This client was tested using CNS-Vital Signs to determine the level of Neuropsychological functioning. A major deficit was noted in the area of memory. This mapped to the area of dysfunction noted above. After training, the client noted an improvement in overall memory, verbal memory changed from Low Average to Average and Visual Memory changed from Average to Above Average. The client’s attention and concentration improved by his report and he began sleeping through the night after only five sessions.
After three months, the client provided follow up and stated he was continuing to perform well, and felt very clear in his mental acuity. He has discontinued his daily Ativan use and has signed up for an additional 10 sessions of Home Braintraining.
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