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What Your Brain Needs You to Do

by Meg Deak

Do you get laser focused on the things you need to do,
and then get that wired/tired feeling?

Are you so intent on what you’re doing,
you have trouble seeing the forest for the trees?

Is it hard to get to sleep?

When you are focused – paying attention, thinking, planning, even worrying – your brain is processing in a brainwave state known as Beta. The electrical activity of Beta ranges from 12 to 38 HZ, or cycles per second, which is pretty fast.

Now focusing is a really great thing, especially in our ADHD world. The trouble comes when we get stuck in that gear. We can’t or won’t stop thinking. Too much of a good thing is too much. When our brains are processing fast, it takes a lot of energy. When something revs up for a long time, it’s likely to burn out.

Your brain needs to slow down, take mini-breaks.

treeAlpha Is the next level of processing, or awareness. Slowing down the brain’s electrical activity to between 8 and 12 HZ, opens your awareness and takes it inside. It’s like widening a lens that has been focused on an ant, walking up a tree. You open up to take in the whole tree, and then become aware of the forest.

Notice the crossover around 12 HZ – at the high end of Alpha and the low end of Beta. There’s the sweet-spot, where we get into a relaxed, focused state. Imagine being able to see the big picture in a usually stressful planning meeting.

Next, we move down into Theta, 3 to 8 HZ, which is a story all its own and best saved for another time. Hint: think learning, creativity and psychological health.  

Delta is the deep, sleep-through-a-thunder-storm kind of sleep. Its slow brainwave activity of .5 to 3 HZ is the state where the body heals and repairs itself. Large quantities of DHEA, the growth hormone, are released; it’s natural anti-aging.

So, what does your brain need you to do?

Let it slow down:

  • Take a mini-break every 90 minutes, where you get up and walk around, look out a window.
  • Close your eyes and gently hum on one long tone.
  • Turn off the music, TV, computer, phone for at least ½ hour. How long can you live in the silence? An hour? How about 2?
  • Learn to meditate

If you have trouble meditating, or find yourself unable to slow things down, try ourvibroacoustic-005 Vibroacoustic Sound Chair with Brainwave Entrainment. Our system uses specialized audio recordings with a uniquely-designed sound/light system and vibro-acoustic chair to help change your brainwaves.  These changes allow you to reach deeper states of relaxation and awareness.

Increase your brain’s efficiency, manage stress, sleep better, remember what it feels like to be deeply relaxed – these are all within reach. Call Meg at 610-504-4830 to see how we can help.

 

Optimize ADD & ADHD Brain Function with LENS

ADHD written on a chalkboard, Learning and having ADHD

ADHD written on a chalkboard, Learning and having ADHD

Nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over- all  have received a medical diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  This is new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These rates reflect a marked rise over the last decade and could fuel growing concern among many doctors that the ADHD diagnosis and its medication are overused in American children.  The Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS) is a proven modality with no side effects that can help with these children.

The LENS is a specific kind of Neurofeedback that operates very rapidly and has qualities that make it much easier to use with people who can’t sit still.

Why It Is Easy:

  • The child doesn’t need to “do” anything
  • There is nothing to learn
  • It works well for children who either cannot or will not pay attention to a computer screen for a longer time periods. The typical session with the LENS lasts 3-4 minutes
  • It works much faster than traditional Neurofeedback with the number of sessions ranging from as few as 1 to an overall average number of sessions of 20

The LENS helps with any of the Central Nervous System dysfunctions such as ADD and ADHD, which result in the body’s difficulty regulating itself.  This is a perfect example where the LENS is valuable.

Dr. Len Ochs, the inventor of the LENS, has discovered that one does not need to tell the brain what to do.  He has found that by feeding back the very same brain waves that various areas of the brain are emitting and adding the slightest amount of change, called an offset, the brain:

  • Self-adjusts
  • Self-regulates
  • Harmonizes
  • Minimizes its dysfunction

It does so with an extremely small radio-frequency input that is so tiny (far less than a cell phone and as short as a fraction of a second) as to be unperceivable.

The LENS process is not a treatment for any specific condition or directed toward a specific diagnosis. It is a general process that optimizes brain function. However, as self-regulation occurs, many symptoms that have their basis in central nervous system dysfunction begin to improve.

Benefits:

  • Clarity
  • Energy during the day
  • Relaxation
  • Sleeping at night
  • Sense of humor
  • Motivation to get things done
  • Ease of getting things done
  • Memory
  • Concentration and focus
  • Easier for students to initiate and complete homework tasks and to optimize their potential, abilities and performance in the educational setting
  • Brings about significant improvements in a relatively brief process of therapy in physical and emotional rehabilitation (shown in clinical use)

The Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS) has been used since 1998 with enough success to warrant respect from former and current patients, as well as from some of the top scientific institutions in the U.S.

To understand and experience the amazing benefits to the Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS), CALL 610-395-3355 to make an appointment with Maggie Narducci, MS, LBS.

 

 

 

Stress Solutions – Where’s Your Tiger?

By Meg Deak MCAT, LPC

Stress is a just fact of life, right? Just muscle through it and keep going, because you’re too busy and don’t have time to relax, right?  Well, stress can make us feel like there’s a tiger in the room. You may even be so used to the tiger, that feeling becomes normal. It’s really important to take the time to activate your relaxation response – send that tiger packing.

It’s easy to forget or ignore the damage the tiger can do. Remember stress brings hormones, like cortisol and adrenalin – these are for short term use, and not supposed to be constant. You owe it to yourself and your family to deal with the tiger.

About Stress

Let’s talk about your nervous system. You’ve got a

  • central nervous system
  • brain
  • spinal cord
  • peripheral system − all the nerve connections from everywhere else that create pathways to communicate with your brain

Breaking it down further, you have an autonomic nervous system (think automatic) that keeps the show running, things like:

  • breathing
  • heart rate
  • digestion

One part of the autonomic system, called sympathetic, is switched on under pressure – the tiger is in the room; the other part, parasympathetic, switches on when we feel safe and calm – the tiger has left the building.

When the tiger is in the room, heart rate and blood pressure sore, muscles contract and we consume a lot of oxygen – stress for sure!

Once safe, the switch is flipped, and the system:

  • lowers heart rate and blood pressure
  • relaxes muscles
  • decreases oxygen consumption (the heart becomes more efficient)

Thinking becomes clearer; productivity and creativity increase – in a big way.

Our tigers can take the form of work and family stress, financial worry and chronic, troublesome thoughts, which often make us angry, anxious and reactive. Some tigers don’t leave the building – ever.  The switch can’t flip…unless we actively flip it.  Sometimes, we need to learn or relearn how to flip the switch – to activate the relaxation response.

Activate Your Relaxation Response

One really pleasant way to retrain your brain and autonomic nervous system to activate the relaxation response is through Vibroacoustic Therapy (VAT) & Brainwave Entrainment, which uses the vibrations of sound to lull your body into a state of deep relaxation.  Over time, you can “remember” the feeling and recreate it – you can flip the switch.

With VAT and Brainwave Entrainment you can feel your muscles relax as you sit on a zero-gravity chair. As a special CD plays, you feel the vibrations from the chair, hear the sounds from ear phones, and see the vibrations as special glasses transform the sounds into mandala-like patterns of light. Your mind begins to quiet, as this whole experience takes your brain and nervous system into a deeply-relaxed, healing state.

Stress is a fact of life, yes, but to muscle through causes dis-ease and reduces productivity.  Are you really too busy to manage your tiger?

Meg Deak,  MCAT, LPC specializes in the management of stress, anxiety and emotional overwhelm.

For a free 20 minute complementary consultation including a vibroacoustic experience, Call us at 610-395-3355, today!

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