NF sessions are enjoyable and often relaxing. Training with a Neuroptimal neurofeedback system at Brain Prodigy Inc., you will experience the session sitting in a comfortable chair. A technician will attach 2 sensors to your scalp using conductive paste to enhance the signal from the brain. There are also 2 sensors attached to the right ear and 1 sensor attached to the left ear in order to correct for other frequencies/noise in the physical environment which may otherwise interfere with the signal from the scalp sensors.
Once the setup is complete, you will be given a set of headphones, or you may choose to bring in your own ear buds. Through the headphones you will hear music. Intermittently there will be breaks in the music – this is the feedback from the system that will invite the brain to re-stabilize.
Each session lasts 33 min. Children often find watching a video to be more enjoyable than simply listening to music. Approximately 5% of the feedback is visual and 95% is auditory. Many people fall asleep during sessions and this is just fine. Others like to read a book or use a smartphone to browse the web or read to pass the time. These activities do not interfere with having a successful session.
NF is completely different from ECT. ECT is a medical treatment done in a hospital setting where electrical currents are introduced into the brain inducing very controlled small seizures. It is a highly sophisticated and refined treatment that can be life saving for some. However, it is not to be confused or compared to NF as NF introduces nothing into the brain. NF is a non-invasive way of collecting information from the brain and then providing visual and/or auditory feedback to the brain allowing it to respond and stabilize itself.
With some Neurofeedback systems it is possible to experience side effects such as irritability or anxiety, headaches, and/or a sense of mental dullness. However, those types of side effects occur most commonly with certain systems involving customized protocols. Brain Prodigy Inc. uses a dynamical Neurofeedback system (Neuroptimal) where the algorithms and protocols are set, well researched and adjusted over the last 13 years to eliminate such side effects. Some people do feel relaxed and sleepy for a short time after a session. This does not necessarily occur after every session.
There is no pain associated with neurofeedback. Most people find the experience of neurofeedback to be pleasant and relaxing. There is no conscious effort required on your part to have an effective session. Some people fall asleep during sessions, while others read a book.
Musicians, Performing Artists
Anxiety – Generalized Anxiety, past Trauma / PTSD, OCD
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