Biofeedback
    We are pleased to offer biofeedback training as a powerful tool for change. We believe that through the use of this equipment, you can access normally unseen parts of your body, thus opening you up to the mind/body approach to health, healing, and enhanced personal performance. This rapidly evolving approach explores the influence of your mind and emotions on your body and immune system. In particular, this approach examines the effects of your mind, thoughts, attitudes and beliefs on physical health, well-being, and focus.

    In some respects, our program can be considered relaxation training. More specifically however, we are teaching clients how to regulate their autonomic nervous system, helping them to find balance between their fight/flight response and the rest/digest response of the autonomic nervous system. Due to our non-stop society and life's difficulties, most of us have overactive sympathetic nervous systems (fight/flight).   As a result, our health and our focus get out of whack. That is when people often develop stress related physical/emotional illnesses and also loose their ability to focus.  

    Biofeedback is one of our primary tools for teaching relaxation & balance of the mind and body. Biofeedback uses sensors that monitor different physiological processes (that are normally below our conscious awareness), that then feed- back information about how our bodily processes handle stress and pain. With this information, clients learn how to train their conscious mind to "talk to" or control the ways their body responds to life's events.

The core of the biofeedback program can be explained in three steps:

Step 1: Goal Setting
         
    First we establish where you are and where you want to be. It's a process of asking questions like, "What do I want out of life?", and "What changes do I want to make?”.  We then establish a baseline of your current psycho-physiological response to stress. Then we outline a strategic plan on defining the tools you need to learn to reach your goals, and the level of commitment from you that is necessary to reach your goals.

Step 2: Movement/ Action
         
    Our program has six main mind/body techniques which work to open you up to yourself and to the process of change. The biofeedback monitors that support this process include the modalities: Peripheral Skin Temperature, Galvanic Skin Response (Sweat Gland Activity), Blood Volume Pulse (Heart Rate), Respiration, and Electromyography (muscle tension).

Our Program techniques include:
  • Body Awareness
  • Diaphragmatic Breathing
  • Heart Rate Variability
  • Brain/Mind Education
  • Mindfulness
  • Autonomic Nervous System training through the tools of Meditation, Visualization, Progressive Relaxation, Gratitude and Positive thinking training.

    Learning these techniques, the mind and body start working together to help you direct your energies toward positive change.

Step 3: Follow Through/ Results
         
    This third phase of a client's process is about applying the tools in daily living in order to experience lasting change in one's life. Clients in our program have learned how to control or "self-regulate" high blood pressure, anxiety, headaches, stomach problems, panic attacks, neck/back pain, and sleep problems. These changes are significant and cause for celebration, but only when the results are long term. We are pleased when our clients show changes in temporary symptom reduction, but even more so when they experience lasting change.

The History and Workings of Biofeedback

    Biofeedback is one of the earliest behavioral medicine treatments and has been practiced in clinical settings since the 1970’s. Biofeedback achieves its results through psychophysiological (mind-body) self-regulation. In simplest terms, self-regulation means the ability to observe oneself and acquire the skills needed to make changes in one’s physiology, behavior, or even lifestyle in order to promote well-being and health. It is a tool for achieving mind-body integration. In biofeedback therapy, individuals are trained on electronic monitors to exert control over vital bodily processes, such as heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, muscular tension, and brain activity. By observing and monitoring shifts in bodily functions or striate muscle activity, patients learn to adapt and modify their mental and emotional responses to alleviate symptoms and help regulate specific health conditions. Today, biofeedback is used widely by physicians, nurses, psychologists, physical therapists, drug rehabilitation counselors, dentists and other professionals to treat an array of disorders. 

Besides providing important resources in the health field, biofeedback is often used for performance enhancement in sports, business, first responders, the military, and other business settings. In each of these disciplines having a robust connection between the mind, body, emotions, and our environment is of utmost importance. 

   
              
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