Here is an explanation of what you need to do and of what to expect from the assessment through to the training.
What do I need to do?
Please be aware that on the day of your assessment you need to avoid any refined sugars, caffeine, alcohol and recreational drugs. The reason for this is that due to the nature of the effects of the above, they will interfere with the functioning of your brain waves and will give skewed readings for the assessment, so that we don’t have an accurate assessment of how your brain waves are functioning.
We are not able to Assess or brain train you if you have Corn rolls, a weave or dreadlocks. We can do the assessment with braids. Our electrodes need to be as close to your scalp as possible. If you have braids or anything else that raises the height on your head, then we are not able to get a good connection to correctly advise you of what is happening with your brainwave frequencies.
From the day that you start your training until 3 weeks after the last day of your training you will also need to avoid any refined sugars, caffeine, alcohol and recreational drugs. The reason for this is that any of those substances will break down the delicate new neural pathways that we are creating with the brain training. You need to give your brain time to strengthen these new neural pathways before you subject them to the effects of sugar, caffeine, etc. You can use natural sugars like Agave, honey, fruit juice, stevia or xylitol. Avoid all artificial sweeteners.
If you are on prescribed medication, please keep taking your medication as prescribed.
Please reschedule your appointment if you are ill, for the sake of good data as well as putting your practitioner at risk of catching whichever virus or bug you have.
Ensure that you drink lots of water and eat lots of protein rich foods while you are training and for three weeks afterwards.
What happens at an assessment?
At an assessment the practitioner will place some electrodes on your head using some water soluble conductive paste to attach them. The electrodes are non-invasive and the process is pain free. These electrodes are used to measure your brain wave activity during a number of different states and scenarios. The electrodes are connected to a computer, which records the activity of your brain waves. In this way we are able find out what imbalances are occurring and where they are occurring. The practitioner will ask you to do various exercises with your eyes closed, eyes partially open and eyes fully open. These exercises are used to gather the data of how your brain waves are functioning. Between each exercise, the practitioner will move the electrodes to different places on your head. Once the assessment is complete, you will be treated to a de-stress treatment or a visual game while the data is being processed. Again this is using the electrodes, it is non-invasive, and gives you an opportunity to experience what the brain training feels like. Once the data is processed the practitioner will explain to you what the assessment has shown with regard to the functioning of your brain waves.
In the assessment we look at how your brain is functioning, where your brain goes to retrieve certain information such as directions, lists, names, maths, we look at depression markers on 4 levels, your internal happiness, how traumas have impacted you throughout your life and what your coping strategies are from these. We look at your midline to see if you are using both hemispheres on a task, we check to see how busy your brain is and if stress/anxiety are an issue for you. We also look at concentration, focus and the quality of your memory for old age and the quality of your sleep as well as if your brain is locking into certain situations such as headaches or stress.
From this assessment, we are able to give you accurate feedback on your functioning, where you would encounter challenges. If you wanted to correct or improve any of these, we would be able to give you advice on how we can help and how many hours of brain training would be needed to address each imbalance. We need to see your brain in action first as each condition could be one imbalance or a combination of these. The cost of the assessment is R400. The follow up sessions are R500 per hour and could be anything from 3 to 9 hours to improve or balance one condition or between 12 and 18 hours to balance your whole brain. This is usually done within 7 days for adults to form strong new pathways and not give your brain too much time to go back to the old patterning, The training can be done in 2, 3 or 4 hour segments at a time. This can be done on consecutive days or with a day or two break in between.
You will also be emailed a written report of the findings of the assessment. The assessment is 1 hour long.
What happens during the training?
We generally do the brain training in four hour sessions at a time, which we call intensives. During the intensives we use specific protocols designed to correct the imbalances that the assessment has revealed and we run these through the computer which is connected to the electrodes and to a set of headphones. Most people require twelve hours of training. This may vary depending on the individual. Children will need to do much shorter sessions and will need to come back more often to complete the twelve hours of training.
Brain training is very passive. Again the practitioner will place electrodes at various sites on the head. The electrodes are non-invasive and the process is pain free. You will be using headphones while you do various activities according to the training plan. The activities will vary from some eyes closed activities with visualisations, to watching dvds, to completing puzzles, to playing pacman, etc. The electrodes will be moved by the practitioner at the start of an activity. The headphones allow you to hear the sounds with which the brain is rewarded while you are performing the activities. Because your brain responds well to sound and it likes to be rewarded, it will seek to shift into the brain waves that bring about the rewards with greater frequency, and for progressively longer periods.
You may find that you fall asleep while training is happening and this is fine, as it will allow the brain to focus on what it is there to do – be trained. Some activities require you to be awake and your practitioner will let you know which ones they are.
If you need a biological break or need something to drink while you are training, just let the practitioner know when the electrodes are being moved.
How will I feel?
How you feel will vary from person to person. Brain Training is pain free. If however, you experience any kind of discomfort while you are training, please let your practitioner know immediately. You may feel energised afterwards or you may feel tired. Plan for a quieter time after each session. You will probably feel thirsty after training and hungry – your brain has been working very hard. Drink plenty of water and eat protein rich food. You may experience some headaches after a session and you can take painkillers for the headaches. You may also find that you are repeating old patterns. This may happen as the brain goes back to test what it used to do and then realises that it has learned a better way. It will soon shift to the new patterns that it has learned. You will continue to experience further changes for three weeks after your brain training is complete.
We will also ask you to complete the QA (Quick Assessment) form once a week for three weeks after your last session is complete. This is the form you will have completed before you did your assessment. This is an important part of our monitoring process as we often find that only when we look back at how you were feeling when you started and compare it to how you are feeling afterwards that you realise just how much has changed for you.
If you experience anything that you are not comfortable with, please contact your practitioner straight away.
How long does it last?
Once your brain training has been completed your brainwave imbalance should be corrected for good, unless there is another massive trauma in your life. There may be a need for a top up once a year to correct the imbalances caused by the stresses of daily life, but most people will never need to return as the changes are permanent.
If you experience changes and then your brain goes back to the old pattern and stays there i.e it does not take on the new pattern, it is possible that your brain may need more training time to let go of the old pattern. This is often the case with people who have been on a lot of medication, used a lot of drugs or alcohol or with people who have been diagnosed with a serious illness such as bipolar disorder.
Brain Training can not change your personality or make you into someone who you are not. It is merely a way to assist your brain to have more resources to deal with and handle your environment. We support your brain to be more in harmony with yourself, your surroundings and circumstances that are thrown at you.
If you have any further queries, please contact the central office on 076 434 3252 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .