What Happens During a Session?
You will sit in a comfortable chair in a quiet space. Two sensors will be
placed on your head and three clips on your ears using water-soluble
paste and you listen to music and moving shapes on a TV. The sensors
will feed your brainwave patterns into the NeurOptimal® software during
A neurofeedback training session is relaxing, enjoyable, and lasts about
35 minutes. As the session starts, you will hear music playing through
the TV and you will see geometric images–harmonized to the
music–appear on the computer monitor.
You can also choose not to watch the monitor during the session. You can just listen to music, meditate, fall asleep or read a book if you like. As the music plays, you will hear occasional “skips” or pauses in the music – this is the signal that prompts your brain to re-organize or “reset” itself in order to work more optimally.
An example may be helpful here. If we are washing dishes, going for a walk or playing tennis, if we hear a sudden loud noise, our central nervous system (CNS) goes on high alert, checking out the environment to find out if there is a danger that needs to be responded to. If the noise presents no danger the CNS returns to normal functioning.
During a NeurOptimal® session, the software recognizes when the brain patterns show that the CNS is on high alert and feeds that information back to the brain through the “skip” or pause in the music. The CNS quickly finds out that there is no danger present and relaxes. As this happens over and over, the CNS begins to operate in a calm state more and more often and fewer pauses are heard in the music. At the end of the session, you will most likely feel relaxed. Some clients experience shifts in mood or energy following a session, however, this is very individual.