Optimal health requires looking at the body as a system. To properly support this system, nutrition and exercise are crucial components, but so is something else-the body electric. Everything we do is controlled and enabled by electric signals running through our body. Essentially this is the body’s language; this is how it communicates.
Imagine a work environment where each individual has a specific task to perform with communication being foundational to an efficient and optimal outcome, but somewhere along the line a breakdown in communication occurs. The task to be performed and carried out would continue for a while, with increasing difficulty and less ease until intervention is unavoidable. The human body is no different.
The body is designed to repair and heal itself, but stress patterns can cause a disruption in communication and hamper its ability to do so.
Stress is typically thought of as being emotional or mental, but there are many other forms that the body perceives as stressors as well. Some examples include: environmental toxins, illness, injuries, unhealthy lifestyle patterns, and even simply the hustle and bustle of our modern society, filled with its endless technology and stimuli. Virtually anything that places a burden on the body can place it under a state of stress.
What does stress do? Our bodies are designed to go into what is called fight or flight mode when confronted with a threat. A threat can be perceived or real; the body’s reaction is the same for either scenario. During this process the body rapidly mobilizes a large amount of energy and diverts it to systems necessary for survival, leaving other systems with less than optimal energy. When stress remains chronic it causes the body to remain in fight or flight mode. Over time, the body transitions from a state of alarm to a state of adaptation, and eventually a state of exhaustion. Chronic stress is a known precursor for a vast array of health ailments, such as anxiety, lowered immune function, and impaired digestion; while stress reduction has been shown to have positive effects on both emotional and physiological well-being.
Biofeedback is a mind-body technique that has been around for many years. It helps teach people how to influence their autonomic nervous systems in the areas of General Stress Reduction, Brainwave Relaxation Training, Pain Management, and Muscular Re-Education.
The autonomic nervous system controls involuntary functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, brainwave frequency, and muscle tension. With the use of electrodes via EDR (electrodermal response), the information gathered is “fed back” to the person so that they can learn to monitor and control their responses in a more positive, balanced fashion. This form of active participation biofeedback is what we refer to as “Classical”; however, a newer, more holistic form is gaining more and more popularity, as people are realizing the importance of a wellness paradigm shift vs. disease treatment. It operates on the same foundational principles of Classical Biofeedback of “teaching” and “re-educating” physiological responses, but occurs at what we call a passive level by interfacing with the nervous system. Every system in our body, whether cardiovascular, digestive or reproductive, has a complex and beautiful balance it must keep, occurring beneath our conscious awareness and controlled by the nervous system. Due to the scientific fact that the building blocks of the entire universe, as well as the human body, are atomic, every cell, organ, and system has its own unique frequency.
Stressors such as pathogens, environmental toxins, unnatural electromagnetic frequencies, injuries, and even trapped emotions can disrupt these natural frequencies, leading to an increased state of stress – a leading cause of many health conditions. Using a common, everyday liquid to illustrate the idea of energy, water can take on different states based on the amount of kinetic energy in its molecules. It can be a gas, liquid or solid. Even though all three forms have the same molecular structure, the energetic expression, or frequency, is different. The change in frequency causes a change in function. You can't cool your lemonade with boiling water or brew coffee with ice cubes. Using this as an analogy for the body, external factors can have an impact on the frequencies of our organs and systems and their functionality.
With the use of a state-of-the-art, non-invasive, FDA registered EPR (electro physiological reactivity) biofeedback device, areas of stress can be addressed through a process of entrainment. The goal is to return the body's frequencies to their natural state, correcting the stress patterns.
We can measure factors of the body electric such as the voltage of the firing brain cells, the amperage of the heart muscle contractions, the voltage of muscles and the resistance to the flow of electricity of the skin. Precise measurements of the body electric through the use of head and limb electrodes are used to provide the practitioner with the bio-energetic data necessary for the overall picture. The device has been designed to record the body-electric’s response to a vast database of voltammetric signatures via EDR (electro dermal response). A wide variety of refined parameters, unique to each person and their stress profile, are chosen and “fed-back” to the client to gently “teach” or “re-educate” the body, along with guided imagery and deep breathing relaxation.
Every organ and system within the human body has a beautiful and complex balance it must keep. All of this takes place beneath our conscious awareness, thanks to the autonomic nervous system. The system is designed to use a cybernetic loop in which a two-way communication between the device and the nervous system occur; it is constantly checking in with the client and measuring progress. The software has also been designed with auto-focusing technology for maximum training capacity. The large variety of modalities to choose from, coupled with the incorporation of voltammetric signatures throughout the session make this a very powerful, yet gentle, general or specific stress reduction modality. Biofeedback can be used alone or can be a great support to other modalities.
The goal is to restore electrical balance by reducing stress through re-education. The body possesses the amazing ability of self-correction and healing given the right environment. Biofeedback supports the body in a holistic fashion by honoring its interconnection and complexity. It neither treats or diagnosis, but can be a very powerful wellness modality in aiding the integration and balance of mind, body, and spirit - factors critical to optimal health.