Personalised Brain training for mind and soul
Synchrony training is the third tool available to us in the Othmer Method / ILF. The basis for all training is ILF training, where we aim to promote and improve brain self-regulation. With Alpha-Theta Training we look to access unresolved emotional experiences – trauma – and provide a setting in which these can be digested, mainly subconsciously, without having to relive these and risk re-traumatisation; as such the process is generally very pleasant and sessions feel like a refreshing power nap.
Synchrony training looks to promote a mental state of calm focus, which is similar in effect as mindfulness exercises and can even be a great complement to meditation – see the experiences of a long-term meditator as recorded by the Othmer’s on a trip to visit the Dalai Lama.
There are three frequency options at which we train Synchrony – gamma, or 40Hz; alpha, or 10Hz; and since this year, Infra-Low or 0.05Hz. The latest addition is thought to target the Default Mode Networks, considered to be the neurological basis for self.
In preparation of Synchrony training, we recommend Personalised Brain Training based on a qEEG brain map:
With a Kaiser Neuromap, we can identify character traits, vulnerabilities and strengths.
Different brain areas and networks govern our behaviour. For example, there are parts of our brain which control mood regulation; spatial distractibility; physiological arousal; our sense of self; self-critical thoughts; anger and emotional attachment; and there are various sources of anxiety.
A brain map shows us which brain areas are behaving immaturely, and thus expose us to vulnerabilities or mental health issues.
Rather than fitting people into categories – diagnosis – we can assess vulnerability to behaviour patterns. Every brain is different. A brain map provides a more granular approach to understanding our strengths and weaknesses.
Neurofeedback lets us train dysrythmic brain areas. With sensors comfortably fitted to the brain areas we want to train, we detect brainwave patterns real-time while watching a movie. When these patterns are inefficient, the volume drops momentarily. This is the feedback we are giving our brain, short and instantaneously.
The brain area we are training recognises this – while our conscious mind is focussed on the movie – and adjusts its behaviour to restore the normal volume. With repetition, throughout a session, learning occurs.
Meanwhile our conscious mind is solely focussed on the movie; the training process is passive in this sense.
The drop in volume is subtle, so we continue to understand the flow of the movie. No current or electrical stimulation is fed to the brain; sensors simply read brainwaves and the feedback is purely audio-visual.
Rather than engaging the conscious mind, which slows us down, we are training preconscious processes.
This equips us with the ability to live in the moment and attain our potential (if we have to resort to conscious control, we are not living in the moment).
We take a holistic approach to healthy brain self-regulation, rather than categorisation or diagnosis.
Personalised Brain Training is an advanced qEEG brain map-based approach to neurofeedback training developed by the founders of the field. Taking Othmer Method / ILF training methods further, it employs Default Network Training protocols as developed by David Kaiser.
Neurofeedback training is an evidence-based complementary therapy. Its efficacy was first demonstrated some 50 years ago, and with advances in technology, training protocols have become more efficient and the feedback method – watching movies – thoroughly enjoyable.
Neurofeedback is evidence-based. It’s first application was discovered in 1971 when it was used to resolve intractable epilepsy.
There are over 2,000 peer-reviewed research reports on PubMed demonstrating efficacy across a number of pathologies.
In the US, it is an accepted complementary treatment for many challenges.