What Happens During A Session?
You don't actually have to do anything in the session – the magic happens automatically beneath your conscious mind. All you do is lie back and relax and listen to the music coming through your headphones. Enjoy some well-earned down time or — if you really can't spare a moment — use the session to check your emails on your phone. Children can play video games on their iPad (with the audio muted) or can draw or colour in. Every time your brain is about to change into a state of dysregulation, you will hear an interruption in the music. What you will probably feel is a slow and gentle relaxing of the whole body. Over a number of sessions, the brain is trained to become more flexible, resilient, creative and calm — leaving you better equipped to handle life's difficulties and more able to make positive changes.
How Often Should I Come In For Sessions?
Ideally, two sessions spread out during the week are best so as not to leave it too long between sessions (especially in the beginning) while the brain is trying to learn how to respond differently. If that is too demanding for your schedule, however, coming in once a week is another option. You will still see the benefits only the results will take a little longer. Neurofeedback is designed to reduce your stress rather than add to it, so its important to accomodate whatever works best for your budget and timetable.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
I wish I could give you a 'guess-timate' but every brain is different. Most people will start to notice subtle changes by the 10th session. However,. 20 to 60 sessions are generally required for the brain to create new neural connections and to permanently integrate these positive changes. If you are older or have chronic issues of many years standing, it is likely you will require more training; whereas children and adolescents with recent issues tend to require less training because of the increased plasticity of their brains. The good thing is that a course of neurofeedback is an investment in your future: if you train for long enough and give your brain a chance to learn how to operate in an optimised state, the changes are permanent and the brain resets at a new normal. That said, some people love the feeling of calm they experience after their session so much that they continue to come in for maintenance brain-optimising sessions fortnightly or monthly long after their initial training period is completed — just like having a regular massage. How long you want to train your brain for and how deep you want your transformation to go is up to you. Extended training can achieve profound insights into the nature of consciousness, love, the impermanence of self and the interconnectedness of all living beings.
I make every effort to accommodate clients’ changing schedules. While I do feel personally sympathetic to issues that can arise, you must notify me at least 26 hours in advance if you wish to cancel your appointment to avoid bearing a 50% cancellation fee. This ensures the best opportunity for all clients to receive services and respects my time and livelihood. Further, if I don’t give the practice manager 24 hours notice of cancellation she charges me a room fee whether or not you attend.
* For hygiene reasons, please bring your own earbud headphones - with a standard headphone jack as shown in the picture.