Vibroacoustic Therapy (VAT) & Brainwave Entrainment
Imagine… you sit comfortably in a chair that acts like an electronic tuning fork to vibrate your whole body. The multi-layered sounds you hear and feel are designed to take your brain and central nervous system into a deeply relaxed –healing state. You’re wearing glasses that transform what you hear into mandala-like patterns of light…imagine your brain, in balanced harmony.
So much of our day is spent thinking – planning, organizing, analyzing. This is all left brain, beta, activity – in and of itself, a good thing. But, as in all things, you need balance.
To be healthy, you need balanced use of the right and left hemispheres of your brain and you need to be able to shift down into slower brain wave states.
Although several distinct brain wave pattern types have been identified, there are four patterns that we work with, specifically. In descending order of wave speed, called frequency, these patterns are known as beta, alpha, theta and delta, which is deep sleep.
As we slow our brain wave activity from beta to alpha, and then down to theta and delta, the two sides of the brain become more balanced. This is called brain synchrony. EEG studies have shown that in deep meditative states this synchrony becomes a balanced state of whole brain integration. This synchrony provides “the maximum efficiency of information transport throughout the brain – the scope of your awareness is widened a great deal, so that you’re including many more experiences at the same time.” – Lester Fehmi, Director of the Princeton Biofeedback Research Institute