Brain Training & Optimization
Dynamical Neurofeedback™ technology was originated and developed by Zengar and is unique to NeurOptimal® Note: Information is provided courtesy of The Zengar Institute
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NeurOptimal® Dynamical Neurofeedback™ takes advantage of the brain’s natural dynamical learning processes by giving the brain the information it needs to do the work itself. It’s like holding up a mirror to the brain so it can make its own adjustments. This gently, surely and powerfully enables the brain to function more efficiently. Instead of telling the brain what to do by the practitioner setting the goals for that day, NeurOptimal® naturally maximizes the brain’s innate capabilities of self-regulation, resilience and flexibility.
NeurOptimal®’s Dynamical Neurofeedback™ is a dramatically advanced (or enhanced) process using a 4-D, nonlinear, mathematical software program. This is highly expanded upon the linear 2-D models that the field was initially founded on. As a result, NeurOptimal® is able to recognize the incredible natural potential of the brain and assist it in achieving optimal processing and outcomes without intervention, manipulation, or imposition of beliefs.
NeurOptimal® is the only Dynamical Neurofeedback™ system in the world, and as such very different from other systems. By simply offering the brain information about its own activity, NeurOptimal® helps the brain re-organize, thereby activating its own intrinsic healing wisdom.
Developed by clinical psychologists
Drs. Valdeane and Susan Brown of Zengar Institute Inc., with their vast experience within the neurofeedback (NFB) community, developed the unique, industry-leading, state-of-the-art NeurOptimal® NFB system. The system is designed to work directly with the dynamical self-organizing conscious and unconscious processes, facilitating optimal function. Translated into real life, this can manifest as improved performance, increased success, better endurance, psychological and physical healing, greater life enjoyment, additional creativity and enhanced personal growth with fluid transformational outcomes. These far reaching outcomes are achieved effortlessly and safely when training with NeurOptimal®. There is no intervention, no manipulation, no concentration and no decisions being made about what your brain should be doing.
NeurOptimal® is a proprietary technology based in neuroscience and is specifically designed with the naturally nonlinear function of the human brain in mind, is built to harness the incredibly dynamic nature of the brain. As a result, people training their brain using this technology often report the ease of a myriad of complaints without specifically “targeting” them from the outset of the training. Often, with linear neurofeedback systems, resolving one problem in one area can cause problems elsewhere.
As the only DynamicalNeurofeedback™ system in the world, NeurOptimal® is very different from other systems. It is completely non-invasive and non-directive because it is based on both a very different understanding about how the brain works, as well as how it is best optimized. NeurOptimal® was designed from the ground up to engage the incredible natural capacity of the central nervous system (CNS) for healing, improved performance, and transformation and bring about profound change with ease and simplicity.
NeurOptimal® works with the brain as an information-detection system. By simply offering the brain information about its own activity, NeurOptimal® helps the brain re-organize, thereby activating its own intrinsic healing wisdom. As a result of training, the brain becomes more stable and as its flexibility and resilience improves, problems and issues begin to fade away.
NeurOptimal® monitors a broad EEG spectrum from both hemispheres of the brain simultaneously, rather than focusing on content or any particular EEG frequency as do other systems. The specially designed computer software and EEG hardware will detect any turbulence, as it is a sign of the brain about to make a shift. The brain then decides if it meant to shift or if it was shifting unnecessarily. This turbulence detection is unique to NeurOptimal®, and the information is fed back into the brain in real time via auditory and visual perception, which enables improvement particularly in terms of processing efficiency, stability, adaptability, resilience, and increased transformational ability. These qualities are essential for healing, performance and improved behavioral outcomes.
The benefit in working with multiple frequencies the way NeurOptimal® does, is that you don’t get side effects as you do when targeting specific frequencies.
NeurOptimal® provides information to the brain from a wide array of dynamically changing frequency envelopes representing frequencies of brain function, some of which were first described by Zengar and are unique to NeurOptimal®. With NeurOptimal® you receive the benefits of training across the range of all the available frequencies simultaneously. NeurOptimal® uses sixteen different targets, each of these targets working dynamically with “where the central nervous system is” at that moment in time. The benefit in working with multiple frequencies the way NeurOptimal® does, is that you don’t get side effects as you do when working with only one or two frequencies. Each frequency has a particular effect or state with which it is associated. So if you specifically target one that quiets the brain or one that activates the brain as is done with linear NFB systems for example, you run the danger of becoming over quieted or over-activated. When you work with NeurOptimal®, you are flowing through the various frequencies on an as-needed basis, each frequency bandwidth balancing the others. You cannot go too far in any one direction, because you are receiving feedback from the entire spectrum, moment by moment! You end up alert and relaxed, feeling alive and quiet at the same time. As the brain organizes, thresholds dynamically adapt, providing the most efficient and least rigid training available today. Perfectly balanced.
NeurOptimal® recognizes that the behavior of the EEG represents the dynamical activity of conscious and unconscious information processing within its entirety. NeurOptimal® is designed to detect any emerging shifts at its earliest preconscious origins and alert the central nervous system (CNS) so that it can make its decision toward efficient processing. The ongoing return to stability and re-normalization interrupts the dynamic driving the problematic behavior, before it gains momentum, and trains the CNS to maintain stability and efficiency of processing.
As the brain and CNS as a whole, develop stability, the full potential of efficient processing and transformational capacity becomes increasingly available. This continues with each session until the brain and CNS develop the ability to carry the stability and increased processing and transformational capacity across sessions, and then into the future independently of NeurOptimal® training.
NeurOptimal® is very easy to operate and is 100% safe. A degree, previous qualification, or training in any other discipline is not necessary as the expertise is built into the software. The training is fully automated and responsive to the client’s EEG, no matter for what reason they started training. Attach the sensors, start the training and let the program do the work. No diagnosis or interpretation of EEG is required, regardless of industry or target market. Certification training can be provided if desired (to learn more about the mathematical underpinnings of the process), but because NeurOptimal® is so easy to learn, one can teach multiple staff members to use it within their business quickly and easily. Our goal is to give people the opportunity to enjoy the long lasting benefits of optimized information processing, as the “life” experience improves with the use of NeurOptimal®.
NeurOptimal® or a Linear System?
With NeurOptimal®, the brain is simply interacting adaptively with itself moment by moment, not striving to produce more of some frequency and less of another.
All systems other than NeurOptimal® require the practitioner to first make a diagnosis in some way, such as using past medical or psychological history, QEEG, (brain maps), or standardized testing to create a protocol-driven program. For this reason, most other systems require the administrator to be a licensed healthcare practitioner. A one-moment in time picture of your brain may also be conducted, that shows the dominant frequencies it is producing in which location at that time. Treatment is usually training a minimal selection of frequencies in different areas of the brain, and the focus of training will be on one symptom cluster for a period of weeks or months until, hopefully, there is resolution, at which point the training will be adjusted to address another symptom cluster and so on. It is a linear, stepped process, and sometimes the frequencies needed for one set of symptoms can be wrong for another, which can lead to confusion and a trial and error course training.
With NeurOptimal® there is no need for diagnosis. NeurOptimal® is designed to give the brain continual information about what it has just done. The brain then uses this information to organize itself. During a session, the client listens to music or watches a movie file. As soon as NeurOptimal® detects that the brain is about to make a change, feedback is provided via a very brief pause in the sound. The brain then adapts itself in response to the information, which then provides yet new and different information for NeurOptimal® to mirror back. With NeurOptimal® the brain is simply interacting adaptively with itself moment by moment, not striving to produce more of some frequency and less of another. While those kinds of changes may be observed, they occur as part of an intrinsic self-organizing principal rather than an artificially imposed constraint. This is a large part of both the inherent power and safety of NeurOptimal® and how it invites very seamless change.
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.Client benefits and what to expect