When Do YOU Run a Session?

Many readers are avid runners of NeurOptimal ®(NO) Neurofeedback.  Most know this system for use with physiological ‘issues or symptoms’ such as anxiety, sleep, or attention concerns.  But did you know it is used for many other reasons?

NO is a wildly popular Peak Performance instrument and is being used with corporate offices, business executives, College students and even those that are trying to keep up in their home life maintaining their children’s schedules!   We are lucky to have Samantha Diavatis describe her journey with NO.

Thanks Samantha for sharing your thoughts!

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Samantha Diavatis

 

When do I run a NeurOptimal® session?

NeurOptimal® is my cornerstone.  I use it regularly, and prefer when the people around me do too.  I could never picture my life without it, and when asked what I’d want with me on a deserted island, my first response is my NeurOptimal® unit.

When I first began working for Zengar (doing admin), I had zero interest in neurofeedback.  It was 2002, before anything related to the brain was “cool”.   I thought neurofeedback was weird and not for me.  Boy, was I living under a rock!   One day, I was in the NeurOptimal® (then, NeuroCARE) booth at an event and they needed a head to do a demo on.  I volunteered mine, having no idea this was going to be a life changing moment, and it rocked my world.  Within 5 minutes, I felt a fog that I had been living in (that I was not aware of at the time) part, like clouds after a storm.  I was hooked after that….and have never looked back.

I began understanding that NeurOptimal® isn’t only for “sick” people as I had previously thought.  It’s a tool that anyone can use to function at THEIR best, whatever that best is.  “Best” means something different for everyone, and you won’t know what that means for you until you try it for yourself.

I often get asked “How often should I run a session?”.  My response?  As often as you can.  I personally do one when I feel like I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, knowing it’ll make me feel better, which in turn means my family will have a better day.  I run a session when I have a presentation to make, knowing it’ll help me own the room as my words come freely to me and I approach the event with a sense of calm, creating a more enjoyable experience for my audience.  I’ll run a session at my desk while going through emails, knowing it’ll help me get through them more quickly, providing me with the ability to answer them in a more efficient way.  I also know that on days I do that, my work day will be more organized as my focus is through the roof, resulting in a bunch of to dos being checked off my list by the time I go home that evening.  I’ll run a session if I know I have a house full of kids coming up, knowing it’ll help keep me relaxed, more fun and more easygoing.  Feeling sad?  A session will help.  Big decision or business strategy to work out?  Session!  An a-ha moment may happen during the session, but minimally, my thoughts will make a lot more sense to me afterwards.  A session also helps if I need to process something like a disagreement or a large life event.  If, for some reason I’m not sleeping well, I know that doing a session or two will get me the shut eye I need.  And of course, I’ll also just run myself for the hell of it.  After all, there is never any harm in taking care of yourself, is there?

I find that the more organized my brain is, the easier it is for me to lead a happy life, making better decisions for myself, and approaching what can otherwise be thought of as difficult situations with common sense, less emotion and the ability to see the bigger picture rather than focussing on ego.  It feels so good knowing that I have this tool that so easily helps keep me level headed.  It also feels good knowing I’ve got this tool in my back pocket for my son and his friends around him— to help them all live their best life. He’s 10 now, but I have full intention of selfishly running his closest friends as they enter their pre-teen years, so his group can hopefully be more anchored and make better decisions for themselves in their teen years than if they wouldn’t have had sessions under their belt.  After all, what parent doesn’t want that for their child?   I could never picture my life without NeurOptimal®.  As a matter of fact, I’m doing a session right now:) ________________________________________________________________

To reach Samantha please email sam@neurOptimal.com to let her know you read her journey or for additional questions.

For more information on how you can get started on your own journey with your NeurOptimal ® System give me a text or call:  317-258-7444 or email drldelong@cognitive-connections.com   

Dr. Lise’

 

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Anxiety and NeurOptimal

Hi Friends,

I am fortunate enough to have some incredible professional friends that spend a good deal of their lives helping others and creating a platform in their world that trains a reduction in daily symptoms.  This blog is written by Catherine Boyer, a licensed social worker from New York that uses NeurOptimal Neurofeedback in her private practice.  I hope that each of you take a moment to find Catherine and join her blog!  Catherine, thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise with us!

http://newyorkneurofeedback.com/

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Neurofeedback for Anxiety

There is yet another research-based reason to consider neurofeedback for anxiety, as if there weren’t enough reasons already! Anxiety is miserable, as anyone who suffers from it will attest. And too much of it is bad for the body and bad for the brain.

Stress hormones are powerful and necessary. We need them when we’re in actual danger, but too many of us walk around floating in cortisol and adrenaline when those hormones aren’t actually needed. A work deadline is not the same thing as having a 200 pound predator chasing you. Our ancestors needed those hormones to survive, but the legacy we live with today can be difficulty turning off that anxiety response when it’s not really needed.

Late last year, Scientific American published an article titled, The Most Common Health Problem is Contagious. Yes, they were talking about anxiety.

One of the things the article notes is that anxiety can be spread between parents and children, in both directions. I’m sure it’s often as contagious as a cold with spouses as well. This is what I meant about “yet another reason to consider neurofeedback.”

Anxiety can have a genetic component, but the researchers adjusted for that. The Kings College of London study participants were twins. Typical research using twins looks at those who were raised separately, but this study is more complex. Read a more in depth description in this article about the study.

In both articles, the lead researcher, Professor Thalia Eley, gives simple, practical advice for parents of anxious children.

The expression of anxiety can be difficult to control. It can manifest in irritability, anger and controlling behavior. But even if you’re somehow able to protect your children and those around you from being affected by your anxiety, what about you?

If you’ve been tolerating anxiety and haven’t been addressing it, here’s another reason to try the best way I know to bring it down.

NeurOptimal® and Anxiety

The most effective thing I know for reducing anxiety is NeurOptimal® neurofeedback. Many of my clients come listing anxiety as their chief complaint.  Anxiety may be disrupting their sleep or giving them digestive problems. It usually also has its own set of unpleasant physical sensations. Obsessive worrying and planning are often part of the picture. Often people want to avoid taking anti-anxiety medications or reduce or eliminate those they are already using. Anxiety can also lead to or be combined with depression.

It is very rare in my experience for clients to not be helped. Anxiety typically comes down pretty quickly, and sleep also improves early on.

One of my all time favorite comments from a formerly anxious client is, “My boss asked me what I’ve been doing because he saw I wasn’t afraid of him anymore.” Life is easier and much more pleasant, and we can operate much more effectively when we don’t have all that excess anxiety.

Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
New York Neurofeedback

The Brain that Trains Itself

What?  Brains can train themselves?  YES!

We have known for years about Neuroplasticity  which is the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by creating new neural connections.  Neurons or nerve cells in the brain will learn a new pathway to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or even changes in their daily environment.

For the first time a system has discovered a method of recording the brain’s cortical activity and ‘mirroring back’ to itself (256 times per second) what it just did so it can learn from it’s own actions or brain events.  As the brain is presented this information it reorganizes and learns from itself!

As this balance occurs the person will first be able to sleep better; falling asleep within 5-20 minutes, staying asleep all night (without too much tossing or turning) and waking feeling refreshed.  This first change helps to generate an environment that allows a reduction in many of the symptoms people have such as; anxiety,  depression, reactions to stress, rumination (repeating certain thoughts over and over) and learning new skills or learning to compensate for lost skills.

This tool has been specially designed to allow for ease of use in the office for therapists or technicians and for families in their home.  It is a simple product that is robust and consistent.  People use this system for attention, memory, sleep, stress, mood concerns, peak performance, brain injuries such as traumatic brain disorders, strokes, concussive syndromes and trauma.

If you are interested in learning more about how to retrain your brain and take advantage of the process of neuroplasticity using the NeurOptimal system call us at 317-258-7444 and we will share more information with you!

A thought from Dr. Lise’

 

 

 

 

 

Neurofeedback and Small Children

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Ahhh…a good night’s sleep, do you remember the last time your child slept through the night?

Neurofeedback helps retrain cortical activity so that sleep is re-regulated. I know little people may look as if they just have excess energy, (some are even medicated for it!) but what if I told you that that extra energy may be due to trying to stay awake…The child may be trying to ‘not’ fall asleep during the day and wiggles and squirms to stay awake! This is probably because they are not rotating through their sleep cycles. If Neurofeedback could help them retrain this brainwave activity and they could wake up feeling more in control and less impulsive, wouldn’t that make life a little easier for you?

Many parents approach me with questions such as ‘how can I get my child to sit long enough for Neurofeedback’, ‘What if they pull off the leads’, or they will say things like; ‘my child is hypersensitive and won’t tolerate anything on their ears’. I have some parents of Autistic children that say their child ‘can’t pay attention to their parents voices how will they pay attention to this music’?

I have been using Neurofeedback in my office for 18+ years and had lots of different experiences with small children. I learned techniques of working with these wee-ones that now are second nature. I now teach other therapists, educators and parents how to help their children stay connected with the process in a way that allows an entire 33 min session to be completed without any struggle.

Neurofeedback has been one of the only process’ that will calm a baby in the womb. Our lives are so hectic and most Mama’s are so stressed to be a Professional, a Mother, a Wife and a Woman of her own accord. It is imperative that if you have stress through-out your pregnancy, that you drank throughout your pregnancy (or even at all), you have any traumatic event or your baby was born with any particular condition then you may want to look into this non-evasive method of anxiety/chronic stress reduction.

Do you have a child that won’t sleep? High-strung children have a tendency to not sleep, not focus, not listen, and not learn. Neurofeedback can retrain the brain to sleep and if all it takes is to help that child learn how to relax in a fun way, then you have helped your child for life!

BTW…Neurofeedback isn’t JUST for children you know! Mom’s and Dad’s have stress too! Let’s do a family package 🙂 Visit our site and leave us a message saying you want your FREE Children’s Relaxation CD and let’s get our kids sleeping well!!!! http://www.cognitive-connections.com

Problems with Sleeping?

Problems with Sleeping?

Did you know if you fall asleep in less than 5 minutes it is considered a sleep problem? This is because your cortical activity goes straight into the slowest of Delta waves and therefore you are not going through the ‘relaxation’ process of gradually decreasing from an alert Beta state down through to the Delta. A healthy sleeper falls asleep in 5 to 20 minutes of laying down, stays asleep through-out the night (without tossing, turning or grinding teeth) and wakes feeling refreshed!!! How do you sleep?