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Biofeedback, quite simply, is any technique which takes a measurement of the body, and provides a result.
A scale can be said to be a biofeedback device that measure weight, a thermometer is one that measures body temperature. We can measure factors of the body electric such as the voltage from the firing brain cells, the amperage of heart muscle contractions, the voltage of heart muscle contractions, the voltage of the muscles and the resistance in the flow of electricity of the skin. The same technological theories that brought us biofeedback in the 1960's, have also brought devices like the CAT Scan, the MRI, TENS ultra-sound, and many other sophisticated technologies used in our health care systems.
The information measured with a biofeedback device is then "fed-back" to the client, informing them of various stress responses within the body. This educates them about the need to retrain their body's stress responses and balance the body electric, make lifestyle changes or learn to control physiological reactions, in order to achieve improved relaxation and better health overall.
How does biofeedback work?
Biofeedback utilizes electrodermal sensors to measure Galvanic Skin Resistance (GSR), also referred to as Electro-Dermal Response (EDR). This measures mild electrical impulses on the surface of our skin, which change due to moisture. The moisture of the skin changes according to the body's degree of stress and/or relaxation. There is a direct relationship between sympathetic nervous activity and emotional arousal. GSR is so sensitive it can even measure fluctuations in emotional states. Biofeedback instruments measure muscle activity, skin temperature, electro-dermal activity (sweat gland activity), respiration, heart rate, heart rate variability, blood pressure, brain electrical activity and blood flow.
Who can benefit from biofeedback?
Everyone can benefit from biofeedback. The Indigo functions in a multitude of ways, it can send signals to measure and record electro-physiological reactions to a multitude of items, re-educate certain muscles, nerves or organs and /or retrain areas of the body/mind to healthier patterns. In other cases, it can invert certain signals which seem to be closely associated with a stress pattern.
Most people find biofeedback soothing, relaxing and beneficial. The side-effects may include:
*Ability to relax more quickly
*Easier to fall asleep and stay asleep
*Fewer anxiety attacks
*Heighten muscle mobility
*Better focus of attention
*Less attention to pain and stressors
*Improved mental focus, mind-body control
*Improved overall sport performance
*Improved general health
What can I expect on my first visit?
On your first visit you will be required to sign a consent form and answer health related lifestyle questions. This gives us a better idea of your state of health but also makes the client aware of certain lifestyle behaviours that could be modified in order to achieve better balance. The first session lasts approximately 1.5 hours with follow-up sessions of 1 hour in length. Wear comfortable clothing and refrain from wearing many metallic objects as they will need to be removed from the body before your session. You get to sit back and relax in the recliner and a Velcro band will be secured at your wrists and ankles and one around your forehead. These are the bands that measure your body's stress reactions. Your goal is to relax and let your body do the talking. Your body will be measured for "stress responses" against over 11,000 compounds including medications, emotions, essential oils, bacterias, crystals, homeopathics and more. It then feeds the computer information via a skin response and the computer/Indigo will help retrain your body to react to these stressors appropriately.
How many sessions are needed?
Entrainment is a well studied phenomenon within physics, by which two separate systems, operating at varying frequencies, will settle into a common frequency when situated within one another's field of influence. It may take the body multiple sessions to entrain or "relearn" healthier patterns. Some people respond very quickly, especially those whose lifestyle choices are already aligned with good health. Others may need more education, training and support around improving nutrition, exercise, sleep patterns, and/or avoiding addictive substances etc. Generally speaking, the longer a client has held certain stress patterns which are causing them pain or illness, the more sessions they may need to begin re-balancing or re-training those patterns and reactions. Generally, we recommend clients make a commitment to their health by investing in multiple sessions in order to truly see and feel the results. For example, successful smoking cessation programs administered in hospitals and private clinics require eight sessions. It will vary from person to person, the issues involved with their health and how well they take care of themselves.
First 1.5 hour session $125
F/U 1 hour sessions $100
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