Brain Training & Optimization
Sonia Walker, aka #AskSonia, Her Story in Her Own Words
Note: NeurOptimal® is not advertised as a cure for Alzheimer's or any other medical issue. NeurOptimal® is for brain training and optimization and is otherwise exempt from FDA regulation because it does not diagnose or treat medical conditions and is not considered a medical device. The contents of this web page including all images, text, graphics,and other materials are provided to detail Sonia's experience and her journey in training with NeurOptimal® and subsequent significant increase in her quality of life. Additionally, this webpage is offered up for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
Diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease by the memory care team at Kaiser in August 2015 and after multiple emergency room visits and hospital stays, Sonia Walker embarked on a exploratory journey with the use of NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback Systems in February, 2016. She started training twice a week at first, saw some improvement and then, after a bit of an upset with a new roommate who had a rather negative disposition told her that, "There must be something seriously wrong with your brain to have to train so much," Sonia decided to train daily to show her roommate just how much was "right with her brain." #AskSonia now trains occasionally for "tuneups." After over 100 sessions, you can watch her tell her life story in this candid video interview. Listen in as she tells you about her childhood in Philadelphia, her fairy-tale military wedding, and life as a military wife and mother of four sons and beyond.
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What was it like before brain training with NeurOptimal®?
In addition to multiple emergency room visits and hosptial stays, Sonia spent most of her time alone, in her room, and usually laying down in bed or on a couch. She was lonely, depressed, confused, disoriented, and quite isolated.
#AskSonia's YouTube Playlist Describing Her Journey Using NeurOptimal®?
Some of Sonia's journey with NeurOptimal® is memorialized in this delightful YouTube playlist. Enjoy!
How does NeurOptimal® work?
Note: Information contained below is provided courtesy of NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback Systems
NeurOptimal® is an advanced neuro-technology that offers training to the brain, enabling it to function at its best. It’s mathematically designed to communicate directly with your central nervous system. NeurOptimal® does have a long and venerable history with well over THREE MILLION HOURS of safe and effective usage, and it is celebrating its seventeenth year this year!
NeurOptimal® was developed by Clinical Psychologists Drs. Valdeane and Susan Brown, Founders of Zengar Institute Inc. It utilizes an original Dynamical Neurofeedback® algorithm developed by the Drs. Brown, which is exclusive to NeurOptimal®. This innovative form of neurofeedback is not a medical treatment, but instead is a TRAINING for the brain. It does not require diagnosis, but rather it dances micro-second by micro-second with your brain offering it the information it needs to RE-ORGANIZE ITSELF. And when your brain does that, a whole lot of complaints drop away. You feel calmer, clearer, happier and able to function better in your life.
Will NeurOptimal® work for me?
The recovery, performance, or transformational path with NeurOptimal® varies from person to person. This is because NeurOptimal® is assisting the brain and central nervous system (CNS) to operate according to its own natural potential rather than forcing any predetermined path toward any predetermined outcome. Considering that everyone is starting from a different position with a unique history this is particularly relevant. Apart from the natural ease and flow, the change process can be talked about globally in five general overlapping and interactive aspects.
- Stabilizing of the Central Nervous System:
- Beginning of deep unconscious processing:
- Improved processing:
- Smooth traveling:
- Into the future:
During this process people begin to feel deeply relaxed, mind quieting between sessions, sleep improvements, decrease in reactivity, and generally, feeling more settled.
Further improvements in the above benefits and stability, occasional vivid dreaming for some, life begins to feel easier, energy begins to increase, alertness increases, increased endurance, mood stability, noticeable improvements in psyche and response times.
Improved stability and efficiency along with freeing up of psychological energy brings increases in attention, focus, mind / body and eye / hand coordination, adaptability and flexibility, increased awareness, increased presence, decision making easier and faster, more creative, better response times, increased intuition, improved access to higher resources, coping significantly better, sense of self clearer and more stable, able to reference internally more easily for decision making, clarity in thought, identification of emotions and processing of them without being overwhelmed.
Significant shifts can occur seamlessly with increased adaptability and flexibility such that you may feel like you have always been this way. Increased awareness leads to objective observation of own and others behavior, along with environmental dynamics in general. As a result of developing mindfulness, the developmental and transformational processes are receiving uncontaminated feedback for further enhancement of outcomes.
Carrying the benefits easily from session to session, finding that the old ‘you’ is getting harder to recall as you settle into the emergence of increased capacity, better functioning, and a stronger positive sense of self. Life experience is now driving the growth and transformational process, and confidence develops as you become familiar with this growing sense of self control.
Once your Central Nervous System is functioning according to its inherent design and capacity, the gains will continue to unfold independently of NeurOptimal®. Most people are happy with this level of improvement and stop training. Others briefly dip in and out of the NeurOptimal® process over time, for additional benefits or for assistance with periods of unhealthy stress.
What to Expect - The NeurOptimal® Session Experience
A NeurOptimal® session is a pleasant experience.
The brain does all the work. No conscious effort is required on your client’s part. The central nervous system is hard-wired to take in information and use it to organize itself. There is nothing else your client needs to do other than come along to gain the benefits of NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback training, as there is no need to control thoughts, emotions, concentration, think of anything in particular or do anything else to make it work better. By the time they have consciously registered the interruption in the music their brain has already responded to it. So there is nothing you need to do or can do during the session that will improve outcomes.
- Client intake:
- Getting situated:
- Sensor placement:
- Use of ear buds, headphones or speakers on either side of you:
- Enjoying the session:
Before the first NeurOptimal® session, you will be asked to to fill out some paperwork, talk about how you are feeling and what you want to achieve in coming to your training sessions.
You wil be seated in a comfortable chair and face a computer monitor if you wish to watch a movie or the visualizations. Otherwise, you can recline and close your eyes.
Two sensors are placed on the scalp and another three are placed on the ears.
Earbuds, headphones are then placed in/on your ears or speakers placed so that you can easily hear the music.
Once the training begins, you will hear the music with very brief, occasional interrupts and you will be able to watch a random visualization on a monitor if you desire.
NeurOptimal® is truly “plug and play” with no complicated set-up or expertise required. For all of its internal design complexity, NeurOptimal’s® ease-of-use gives it a significant advantage over other systems.
Instead of targeting specific symptoms, NeurOptimal® focuses on optimizing overall brain function. This approach naturally ameliorates most complaints, whatever their source.
When you are training, no electricity, vibration or external signal is going into the brain. In addition, brain training with NeurOptimal® does not target specific areas of the brain nor does it push the brain in any direction by giving it goals to achieve, decided by an “expert”. In this way, NeurOptimal® is globally effective while remarkably free of unwanted side effects.
Each brain is unique and knows the best way to “correct” itself for improved efficiency. NeurOptimal® simply provides the central nervous system with information about its own activity. Given the right information the brain can naturally optimize itself.