Neurofeedback: A non-invasive way to balance your mind!

 In Mindful Mum, Motherhood, Pregnancy & Birth

 

Have you heard about neurofeedback? Lucy-Anne Lewis Confidence Coach has written a guest post explaining what it is and how it can be of benefit to almost anyone but in particular mums and mums-to-be.

 

What is neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is a non-invasive brain training that helps the brain return to stability and operate at it’s best. Neurofeedback uses real-time brain activity to show the brain what it’s doing, as it’s doing it. It’s like holding a mirror up to your brain so it can see what it’s doing.

 

I use NeurOptimal Neurofeedback, which is an auditory feedback system developed by clinical psychologists. If you came to have a session with me, I’d sit you in a big comfy chair, attach 3 sensors to your ears and 2 to your head, pop some headphones on, and you would sit back and relax, listening to music.

 

That’s it. You wouldn’t need to do anything. You can even fall asleep. It’s working with your unconscious mind and central nervous system. The sensors monitor your brain activity, and if they notice turbulent processing, they interrupt the music. That’s the feedback.

 

By constantly bringing your brain’s attention to what it’s doing, it learns how to self-regulate and you are able to effectively integrate your life experiences.

 

As I mentioned, it’s non-invasive. The sensors are not doing anything other than monitoring. They are not trying to push or pull your brain, they are not taking anything away, or putting anything in, merely reflecting back. Your brain then uses this information to learn. Learn about what it’s doing, learn to strengthen ‘good’ neural pathways, forget ‘bad’ ones, and even learn new ones!

 

What are the potential benefits?

The research is still developing however anecdotally, my clients notice and experience different things, some of the benefits reported include:

  • Reduced anxiety
  • Reduced depression
  • Trauma recovery
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Increased awareness
  • Ability to let go
  • Improved hand-eye coordination
  • Effortless resolution of old wounds and issues
  • Faster, efficient information processing
  • Improved sleep

 

…and more (preliminary studies have reported that the potential benefits warrant the undertaking of randomised controlled trials).

 

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I, myself healed from depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, to name a few. My life changed with neurofeedback, and this is why I am so passionate about it. I want to help other people, particularly women, heal from the things holding them back.

 

I have a particular interest in pregnant and postnatal women. Pregnancy, birth and motherhood bring about huge changes for women, and neurofeedback is such a safe and gentle way to be supported through these changes.

 

The other great thing about neurofeedback is that, once you are where you want to be, you are processing well, and living well, the brain remembers. You might need a top-up every now and again, but that’s it. It helps give you the tools to handle whatever life brings.

 

lucy-anne lewis. neurofeedback perth, perth counsellorIf you’d like to know more or are keen to give it a go yourself, you can find me at www.lucyannelewis.com.au

 

Lucy is an advanced certified NeurOptimal trainer and holds a Diploma of Counselling.

 

This post was sponsored by Lucy-Anne Lewis

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  • Vicki Bowden
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    That’s a great explanation of the process Lucy. Thank you.

    • WholeHeartedFamilyHealth
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      Lucy explains it very well doesn’t she!

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