“Neurofeedback is considered the most significant advance towards positive transformation since the discovery of meditation..”
-Matthieu Ricard, Buddhist Monk and Author
What is Neurofeedback?
Brain labs and neurofeedback clinics have long employed EEG for the purposes of assessing cognitive functions, sleep, and even retraining the brain. EEG Electrodes are placed on precise areas of the scalp. This plays a significant role in giving meaning to the generated signals.
During neurofeedback training, the user is rewarded with positive visual and/or auditory feedback when specific brain waves are in the target range. For example, in relaxation training, when brain waves reflect a relaxed state, a rewarding sound is presented in real-time. This conditioning reinforces the desired state over time.
Changing the way the brain functions over time through repetition is called neuroplasticity.
Brain, Batteries, and Consciousness
The systems that govern the brain are the most compact and complex on earth. Despite the fact that more has been learned about the brain in the last 30 years than in all of human history, science has not come close to understanding how all the pieces fit together to create human consciousness. However we do know this: Consciousness is related to communication between the different parts of the brain.
Different levels of consciousness and states of mind are the result of the different areas of the brain communicating with one another at any given time. We also know that the different areas of the brain communicate by sending electrical signals along neurons that connect one area to another. There are more than 100 billion neurons in the brain, each making from hundreds to hundreds of thousand connections which means a total of a hundred trillion connections. These electrical connections are at the heart of how well the brain functions.
Brainwaves, Your Different States of Mind
The electrical signals traveling along the neurons are like packets of information that integrate the different parts of the brain. These signals are expressed on the scalp as brain waves that can be measured using our neurofeedback equipment. Each brain wave represents a different level of consciousness or state of mind. Brainwave frequency, Hz, is defined as the number of times per second that the wave repeats itself.
Brainwaves and Neurotransmitters
Poor regulation of the brainwaves may interfere with the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain which may cause neurological symptoms. The medical approach is to use drugs that affect the levels of these neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, acetylcholine, GABA, etc). The more natural approach is to balance the brainwaves with neurofeedback and supplements to help balance the amount of neurotransmitters. This may be one of the reasons that neurofeedback is so effective.
"After experiencing extreme anxiety and debilitating fatigue, I was referred to Dr. Stephanie Rimka for neurofeedback. The atmosphere was kind and supportive. After a couple months, my anxiety and fatigue were improving by leaps and bounds. Still to this day, a year and half later, my work at Brain & Body Solutions has lasted, and I feel better than I have in years."
- E.W., Neuroscientist
I have referred several of my clients to Dr. Rimka for neurofeedback. In conjunction with my therapy, the clients who have completed neurofeedback, have, in my opinion, experienced increased insight and happiness. They have also experienced a decrease in depression, anxiety, dissociation, negative thoughts, and insomnia.
I wish all my clients were willing to incorporate neurofeedback into their treatment.
-Cynthia Cosson, Licensed Professional Counselor, DBT Intensively Trained, Imago Therapist
Like many of her patients, I came to Dr. Stephanie with a complex set of problems—autoimmune disease, insomnia, fatigue, and depression...Dr. Stephanie is knowledgeable in many areas, including women’s health, and her counsel was very beneficial. My health improved, my mental state improved, and I looked forward to every session.
- Lily, Artist
I had been diagnosed with complex PTSD. I was unable to focus and felt like my life was over. She was patient, kind, went over and beyond what any other provider ever has. Finally, I have shifted and turned a corner in my life. I believe in myself again and ready to face the world with a much more resilient attitude. Her strong and loving presence is a gift and her commitment to her patients is unwavering. I only wish I had met her when I was much younger but like she says, 'It's never too late to become what you might have been.'
- T.D., Speaker/Performer
Just wanted to thank you for the work you did with me last time I was home. What a beautiful gift you gave me - you gave me my creativity back! My spirit is definitely lighter and happier to be around!
It is very difficult to put into words exactly how instrumental Dr. Rimka has been in helping my son work through his challenges...Despite being very intelligent, he was so anxious that panic attacks were very common to the point he couldn’t even speak...The gratitude and love that we have for them can never be expressed. I will be bringing my entire family to Dr. Rimka, and I highly recommend her to my clients, friends, and family.
- Andi, Massage Therapist
Emotionally things feel different since our work together. I feel a certain calmness around decisions, and that's nice! Spiritually I notice my thoughts changing to more positive, inspired ones without even consciously trying. Thank you so much for helping me find myself again.
- Cindy, Retired
I feel great today! In fact, I've never felt better.
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