Relaxation & Meditation
Relax Your Mind and Body
Those who suffer from excessive stress have a low incidence of Alpha and/or Theta brainwaves and an overabundance of higher Beta activity. The Alpha state is just below our conscious awareness. Alpha brainwaves run around 7 to 13 cycles per second (Hz). Retraining your brain to Alpha brainwaves will improve your mental clarity, your creativity and your ability to learn and to concentrate.
Just below the alpha level is the Theta state, characterized by brain rhythms of between 4 – 7 Hz. This is an even more relaxed state, usually reached only in very deep forms of meditation where consciousness becomes separate from the mind and body. It is a deeper state of relaxation, and a more difficult state to achieve.
Light & sound neurotherapy (LSN) programs can create the right conditions for deep relaxation and true awareness. The stress-free mind can produce more creative ideas and is capable of problem solving. Clinical researchers have found that such LSN sessions are highly effective in facilitating deep relaxation and meditative states (e.g., Freedman & Marks, 1965; Richardson & McAndrew, 1990; Thomas & Siever, 1989; Williams & West, 1975).
How does Brain Retraining Enhance Relaxation & Meditation?
For most people, LSN triggers a pleasant dissociative state similar to that achieved through deep meditation and/or hypnosis. Therapeutic dissociation is simply a “disconnect” or interruption in one’s awareness of thoughts and the passage of time thereby rejuvenating the mind. Kroger and Schneider (1959) found that LSN induced a hypnotic trance in nearly 80% of subjects within five minutes.
In a large well-controlled study published in Behaviour Research and Therapy in 1999, Leonard and associates found that LSN was vastly superior in triggering dissociation to dot staring, a common hypnotic technique. The NeuroAdvantage™ Trainer’s ability to rapidly trigger a pleasant dissociative state makes it an ideal tool for quieting the mind & relaxing the body.
Scientific research has shown that advanced practitioners of meditation develop the ability to use their whole brain and to live in the more balanced state characterized by brain synchronization and whole brain functioning. Brain retraining can help defeat stress and enhance relaxation and meditation by making your brain more balanced.
NeuroAdvantage Programs to Facilitate Relaxation & Meditation
Every Trainer session includes a slow, rhythmic heartbeat sound to help clients learn to pace their breathing and thereby develop the long, graceful breathing cycles that are common in mindfulness meditation. LSN provides a safe, powerful, natural and drug-free method to calm the activity in your mind so that you can achieve a state of complete relaxation and mental clarity. It is an extremely effective way of training the mind to enter a state of deep meditation or sleep without years and years of practice.
NeuroAdvantage™ offers a number of light & sound neurotherapy (LSN) programs that facilitate profound relaxation of the mind & body. These LSN sessions are designed to increase the alpha/theta brainwave patterns that are associated with deep relaxation and sense of personal well-being. Our programs are specially designed to retrain your brain from high beta levels to calming alpha levels.
With regular use of our carefully designed programs, your mind can be entrained to produce higher levels of Alpha and Theta brainwaves, enhancing relaxation and reducing stress and tension. High levels of Alpha waves are associated with peaceful feelings, a sense of well-being, deep relaxation, improved academic and mental performance, and improved immune system functioning. They have been shown to reduce the levels of cortisol in the body, strengthen the immune system, and counteract the many negative effects of stress.
NeuroAdvantage™ programs for relaxation and meditation are also designed to help balance the hemispheres of your brain through the use of binaural beats. Binaural beats were discovered in 1839, and have been studied extensively. They have been shown to be a viable and effective method of brain retraining.
These beats work by introducing two pure wave tones of different frequencies to the brain – usually through headphones. Each ear receives one tone, and the brain combines the two sounds to create an internal pulse. For example when a 315 Hz wave is played into the right ear and a 325 Hz wave is played into the left ear, the brain integrates these tones to create a pulse that repeats at a rate of 10 Hz, which is in the Alpha range. Since the Alpha range is associated with relaxation, this has a relaxing effect. The pulse produced by the brain exists only within the brain itself. At these times, both hemisphere of the brain are synchronized to the same frequency at the same time.
Our clients have frequently commented that with a few sessions of our relaxation programs, they can feel profound changes – naturally and without the use of medication. For maximum effect, use the NeuroAdvantage™ Trainer with the programs we designed to help you relax and get to sleep, as well as those designed to foster awakening alert and clear-headed rather than sluggish. Your NeuroAdvantage™ Coach will work with you to determine the most effective programs and schedules.
NeuroAdvantage™ psychologists have produced a growing library of professional recordings for clients to listen to during their Trainer sessions. These audio coaching CDs can assist you in generalizing the relaxation response into your daily life.
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