Biofeedback

Changing the architecture of your brain

What is Biofeedback?

Biofeedback is a mind-body technique that teaches people to improve their health and well-being by learning to control the body’s involuntary responses such as heart rate, muscle tension, and skin temperature. Electrodes attached to your skin measure these processes and display them on a monitor.

With assistance from a biofeedback therapist, you can gain greater awareness of what is happening inside your body and make subtle changes to your thinking in order to control how the nervous system responds to certain external stimuli or stressors, and in doing so develop enduring healthy traits.

At Tree of Life Integral Centre, we use a biofeedback approach to train the nervous system (body and mind) to develop the ability to move from a reactive way of dealing with stress to consciously choosing a healthy response. We utilize the NeuroInfiniti software – the most advanced technology of its kind, to see the imbalance in your nervous system so we can begin training the nervous system back into a state of balance.

What is The BMD (Body Mind Diagnostic)?

The BMD is an initial assessment using biofeedback/neurofeedback principles to provide insight into how your nervous system responds to, and recovers from stress.

Before we begin the assessment, we ask you to sit down and we attach various electrodes and sensors to your body. These sensors provide live feedback to a computer screen showing how your nervous system (body and brain) is functioning. Each sensor is calibrated to specific components of your physiology including:

  • Brain waves
  • Respiratory rate
  • Heart rate
  • Heart rate variability
  • Skin Conductance
  • Skin Temperature
  • Muscle Tension

The human body is a self-healing and self-regulating organism. A fundamental part of its existence is the ability to adapt to its environment. How balanced and healthy you are is a direct reflection of how well your nervous system:

  • Perceives a stressor
  • Adapts to a stressor
  • Recovers from a stressor

The advantage of the BMD is that it allows us to pinpoint exactly how your nervous system is responding to stress from a scientific perspective. We can identify the relationship between the mind and body as it responds to and recovers from stress.

From this vantage point, we tailor an individual program to develop effective techniques in response to stress, so that in time, these new strategies become enduring traits, replacing the previously “unhealthy coping mechanisms” utilized in the past.

Biofeedback Training

An effective way to begin bringing the nervous system into balance involves Heart Rate Variability (HRV) training, which is achieved through a slow-paced, abdominal breathing technique.

HRV refers to the amount of time that passes between each heart beat. When you slow your breathing down, you naturally increase the amount of time between your heartbeats. The more time that passes between your heartbeats, the higher your HRV.

A healthy, well-balanced nervous system is associated with higher HRV, while emotional and stress-related disorders are associated with a much lower HRV (Appelhans & Luecken, 2006; Kemp et al., 2010; Chalmers et al., 2014; Mather & Thayer, 2018).

By training your HRV through the breath, emotion regulation and stress management can be improved (Steffen et al., 2017; Zaccaro et al., 2018). With the use of biofeedback technology, a deeper awareness and understating of one’s internal state develops. This leads to the acquisition of strategies and techniques to effectively deal with the demands of everyday life.

Overall, HRV training improves the function of the nervous system, which in turn leads to better emotion regulation and a reduction in symptoms associated with various stress-related conditions. Biofeedback training is an effective, non-invasive form of therapy, which positively impacts mental and physical health and wellbeing.

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