The Brain Trainer

The Brain Trainer

Email: info@thebraintrainer.co.za       Call: 084 281 3333

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The Neurofeedback Process

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The brain training process:

We operate in a 4-step process: 

  1. We do an assessment to see how your brain is functioning. 
  2. Based on the results of the individual assessment, we put together a training plan
  3. We brain train in what we call intensives.  These are sessions which are a minimum of 2 hours and a maximum of 4 hours at a time.  It is best to complete the training in a 10 day to 2 week period for the training to be most effective.
  4. We schedule refresher sessions to keep your brain in peak condition

 

  • You need to schedule an hour for the assessment.

  • The assessment is done by placing an Electro-cap on the head. An Electro-cap looks a bit like a swimming cap with 21 electrodes on the inside and 2 ear clips to attach to the ears. 

  • This is a non-invasive, one-way process and is purely used to gather information.

  • The assessment is done in a 3 phase process and in each phase you will be asked to close your eyes for 1 minute; have your eyes partially open for 1 minute; and then you will do an activity for one minute with your eyes open.  

  • The assessment is used to determine how your brain is functioning and where it goes to retrieve information.  It determines what imbalances are in place that can be the cause of any number of areas of distress:

          - Depression markers
          - Trauma patterning
          - Retrieval of information
          - Internal well-being
          - Emotional coping strategies
          - Stress and anxiety
          - Concentration

          - How effectively both sides of the brain work together

          - Quality of short-term memory
          - Sleep
          - And more

  • Once the assessment is complete, we process the data gathered and give you verbal feedback.

  • We can then work out how many hours of brain training are needed. People typically need between 12 and 20 hours of brain training.

  • As the feedback on the assessment is quite intensive and there is a lot to remember, this is followed up with a written report.  

  • The training plan is individualised according to each person's assessment. 
  • Protocols are chosen to be used at specific brain sites to address the imbalances at those sites for the required number of hours that are needed to train.
  • During a neurofeedback session the Electro-cap is placed on your head again. You will also be using earphones.  The sensors (electrodes) detect your brainwaves to see your brain in action. A computer compares your brain activity to targets or goals set for you to reach.  Reward and inhibitor sounds (heard through the earphones) and images (seen on the screen) tell you immediately when your brain reaches your goal and when not - when you are activating or suppressing the target area of the brain.

  • Neurofeedback can feel very passive.  Many protocols require you to have your eyes closed, some you have your eyes open and you may watch a dvd or play a game. You may even fall asleep while you are training - this is okay, as you get out of the way of your brain and it can get on with what it needs to do. While it may feel passive, your brain is working extremely hard, even if you are sleeping.

  • Brain training is painless.  If you experience any discomfort, then let us know straight away.

  • We cannot determine how you will feel after a session as each brain is different.  You could feel energised or you could feel tired.  If you can, plan some quiet time after a session to allow for this.

  • If you feel light-headed afterwards wait for it to subside before you drive.  You may need a few quiet moments for this.  Please let us know if this happens.

  • You could experience headaches while you brain train.  This is because the new neural pathways are extremely sensitive.  You can take headache tablets to alleviate this.

1. The Assessment

2. Training Plan

3. Brain Training (Neurofeedback)

4. Refresher Training

If we consider that brain training is a fine tuning of the brain, as going to the gym is a fine-tuning of the body, then it makes sense that we need to do more regular refreshing brain training to "rejuvenate" our brains, just as we do regular training on our bodies.
It is an integral part of nature that there is a pattern of degeneration over time.

 

  • When we do our initial brain training there is a natural and dramatic boost to the functioning of our brains.
  • Over time (and it will be different for different people), there will be a natural degeneration of this improved functioning
  • Considering this innate degeneration, we can maintain, and even improve brain functioning over an extended period; by scheduling regular sessions to refresh our brains.

The refresher process works as follows:

  • Once your initial training is complete, schedule a regular refresher session every 4 to 8 months (for adults). For children and teenagers, we recommend 2 hour sessions every 6 - 8 weeks. 
  • In the refresher session we will focus on strengthening the new neural pathways that were formed in your original brain training sessions
  • You will only need to do a short period of training if you do regular refresher sessions
  • If you leave these refresher sessions, for more than eight months, we would need to do another assessment