“Our bodies tend to do what they are told if we know how to tell them.”
– Elmer Green, founder, Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB)
Balancing Brain Waves For Better Lives
Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. It allows neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury, disease, and adjust in response to new situations or changes in the environment.
Did you know that IQ isn’t actually a set number? We used to think it was. IQ is set by how many roadblocks (or lack there of) we have set up in the brain – how much is our brain allowing us to solve? Neurofeedback can typically lead to a 9-11 IQ point gain because of the brain’s neuroplasticity. The brain you’re born with isn’t the brain you have now. It changes as you change, and we know exactly what to change to help regulate natural processes. The ‘plasticity’ of the brain is how we progress and grow.
Brain Waves 101
Brain waves occur at various frequencies. Some are fast, and some are quite slow. There is no bad or good wave. But, if we have too much of one or the other, the imbalance can negatively affect us. We look at four different waves, Delta, Theta, Alpha, and Beta, and we use neurofeedback therapy to create balance.
.5-4 HZ: The Deep Sleep Wave
The Delta wave is the slowest of frequencies and is experienced in deep, dreamless sleep, and in very deep, transcendental meditation. Among other things, deep sleep is important for healing and is directly linked to positive health.
4–7 HZ: The light meditation and sleeping wave
Theta waves are present during deep meditation and light sleep, including the all-important REM dream state. It is experienced only momentarily as you drift off to sleep from Alpha and wake from Delta. Theta waves are where researchers believe we experience vivid visualizations, great inspiration, profound creativity, and exceptional insight.
7–14 HZ: The deep relaxation wave
Alpha waves are present in deep relaxation and usually when the eyes are closed, slipping into a daydream or light meditation. With alpha waves present, the mind can prepare for success and heighten imagination, visualization, memory, learning, and concentration. Some researchers believe alpha waves are the gateway to the subconscious.
14–30 HZ: The waking consciousness and reasoning wave
Beta waves are associated with normal waking consciousness and a heightened state of alertness, logic, and critical reasoning. While Beta waves are important for effective daily functions, they can also translate into stress, anxiety, and restlessness.