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The Dance of Dynamical Neurofeedback

Last fall, I obtained a NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback device and I am excited to share my experience with it so far. At this point, I have completed around 100 sessions and I am doing them once a day on average these days. The system is pricey, but several Zengar Institute retailers offer monthly rentals before buying one of your own and that was what I did first. People close to me in my life have been able to see an obvious improvement in my overall well-being since I began using it and I love having it.

During a session, five silver electrodes are connected to the head with a conductive paste. Then you put earbuds into your ears and listen to music and simply relax. Interestingly, the most advanced brain science is only able to read brain waves through electrical charges and that is exactly what the NeurOptimal® system is doing during these 33-minute sessions. It reads these electric charges and sends that information to the tablet. The computer uses that information to inform the music that you are listening to, which causes the music to glitch out. These glitches are essentially brainwave redirects, which can also be thought of as suggestions.

Why do our brainwaves need redirecting?

When we experience trauma or prolonged stress, our brains rewire, increasing symptoms of hypervigilance, irritability, agitation and more. What we are learning is that even though this reorganization occurs, there are methods of dewiring the brain to get it back to its unique natural state. In the literature I have been given by Zengar Institute, it is explained that everyone’s brain is naturally different and this noninvasive approach is one of the only ways that honors this truth.

This is Zengar Institue’s trademarked process they have discovered and they call it “Dynamical Neurofeedback.” The brain is constantly in a dance with itself, but other neurofeedback systems do not recognize this as a fundamental truth on which to build their systems. Instead, other devices tend to be a little bit more forceful and chase minute brainwaves (like granules of sand) instead of interacting with the entire sandstorm (the brain at any given moment).

Another aspect worth mentioning is the visual piece. The NeurOptimal® system has partnered with G-Force, the interactive psychedelic art that often comes on windows media players. During any session, you can watch the constantly changing visuals, which many people find essential to the overall experience. You can also close your eyes and take a nap! It is all about honoring your experience at the moment and letting go of any need to do or be anything. You can also try meditating during your time.

At the end of each session, I enjoy viewing the graph that is provided at the end, showing you what was going on with your brain wave patterns and any excursions of reorganization that occur during a session. Because Zengar Institute wants to keep their NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback device FDA-regulated as a wellness device instead of a medical device, they may have to do away with the graph because the FDA may consider it to be too analytical. I hope we get to keep it, though!

In the end, the NeurOptimal® device is a bit pricey but it is 100% noninvasive, long-lasting, and a great product to share with loved ones. You can reach out to me if you are interested in trying a session, renting your own system, or even making a system purchase. When talk therapy or wellness plans feel like they are not enough, dynamical neurofeedback can be an amazing life-saving addition to your mental health toolbox!

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