Monday, December 10, 2018

Sports Focus Training with Light and Sound Stimulation


Sports Focus Training with Light and Sound Stimulation


When the difference between winning and losing could happen faster than the blink of an eye, athletes are always alert for competitive edges. The mental aspect of competitive training has grown exponentially. With sports focus training, the objective is: "Strong mind, strong body, strong performance”. Sports focus training’s ability to show athletes how to access their zone, at will, is very impressive.



One of the pioneers in sports focus training, the late Dr. Rayma Ditson-Sommer, believed "One of the more important goals for peak performance stems from the research reporting that the execution of sports activity involves shutting down the pre-frontal cortex of the brain, allowing the motor cortex to work without interruption. This is a direct result of the knowledge that the right side of the brain is for excellence in performance and the left is for analyzing pre-performance. Therefore, the athlete who continually is thinking about what he or she should be doing is doomed to a less than excellent outcome. By notifying the brain that certain approaches are to be used the need for analysis is nil. The brain can then focus its direct attention to the swimming itself, bypassing the left brain and prefrontal cortex thus adding greatly to the 'freedom' of the brain to perform".  

In 1996, at the Atlanta Olympic games, Dr. Sommer introduced Gary Hall, Jr. to sports focus training using light and sound brainwave stimulation. Gary medaled in Gold. The same method was used again by Dr. Sommer before the Sydney Games where all thirteen Olympians, alumni of her Arizona Training Center, arrived at the Olympic Games ready to train. This competitive edge is created by prior charting of each athlete’s ultradian rhythms, finding the high and low periods, then designating a specific protocol before the low period began. This schedule allowed athletes to function at peak ability whenever necessary regardless of time zones, performance times, rest periods or sleep times, with absolutely no jet lag and prepared to begin final training much sooner than other teams. Including the London and Rio Olympic games, athletes who incorporated brainwave focus training into their workout regime brought home over 50 Gold, Silver and Bronze Olympic medals.

The light and sound stimulation that these athletes use during training actually guides them into targeted brainwave states (Beta, Alpha, Theta, Delta) with no conscious effort. This is accomplished through what is referred to as entrainment. The mind ‘thinks’ in terms of frequency, our senses transmit electrical impulses to the brain, which in this case uses the favorable senses of vision and hearing. By stimulating the mind with pulsed light and sound, the mind begins to mimic the pulsed stimulation and begins to follow along. This frequency following response of the mind is also what entrainment is. In essence, light and sound stimulation speaks to the mind in it’s own language: frequency.



Light and sound machines contain built-in programs designed for both generic and specific purposes. Multicolored lightframes are recommended over the more common white colored stimulation. Headphones are included, as is an ac adapter, stereo patch cord, carrying case and owners manual.



Sunday, December 9, 2018

HOW NEUROPLASTICITY HELPS LEARNING & MEMORY SKILLS


HOW NEUROPLASTICITY HELPS LEARNING & MEMORY SKILLS

The brain’s ability to remove aging neuronal synaptic networks while creating newer networks improves learning and memory. The more neuronal synapses that become activated will improve our learning abilities. These neuronal triggers can alter pre-existing synaptic networks for better efficiency or generate new neuronal connections for overall density.

Learning affects the brain in two different ways, neither of which would be attainable without the special plasticity of our brains. In response to a new experience or unique information, neuroplasticity allows either an alteration to the structure of already existing synaptic connections between neurons, or forms brand-new synaptic connections between neurons. The latter leads to an increase in overall synaptic density, while the former merely makes existing synaptic pathways more efficient or suitable. In either way, the brain is remolded to take in this new data and, if useful, retain it. 



While the precise mechanism that allows this process to occur is still unclear, scientists theorize that long-term memories are formed successfully when “reverbration” occurs. That occurs when Short-term memory impulses then electrochemically transform into long-term memories. The brain is a massive neuro-communication center. It is constantly learning and remembering, while continuously building new and negating old synaptic connections.


When we are first exposed to something new, that information enters our short-term memory, which depends mostly upon chemical and electrical processes known as synaptic transmission to retain information, rather than deeper and more lasting structural changes such as those mentioned above. The electrochemical impulses of short-term memory stimulate one neuron, which then stimulates another. The key to making information last, however, occurs only when the second neuron repeats the impulse back again to the first. This is most likely to happen when we perceive the new information as especially important or when a certain experience is repeated fairly often. In these cases, the neural “echo” is sustained long enough to kick plasticity into high gear, leading to lasting structural changes that hard-wire the new information into the neural pathways of our brains. 



These changes result either in an alteration to an existing brain pathway, or in the formation of a brand new one. In this way, the new information or sensory experience is cemented into what seems, at its present moment, to be the most useful and efficient location within the massive neuro-communication network. Further repetition of the same information or experience may lead to more modifications in the connections that house it, or an increase in the number of connections that can access it – again, as a result of the amazing plasticity of our brains.

Learning new and interesting information then committing that information to long term memory through the process of reverbration can best be attained by learning to focus, to be totally aware of your mental, emotional and physical state of being, and knowing that you can achieve the desired brainwave state at will. This is the basis of brainwave focus training
 
Brainwave focus training is based on brain neuroplasticity and is best achieved through the utilization of light and sound frequency stimulation. Pulsed visual and audio frequencies are used to entrain the mind and guide our brainwaves to targeted states of awareness, be it Beta, Alpha, Theta or Delta. By using a light and sound machine the user can access the ideal learning state, Theta (4-7Hz), for maximizing their learning ability and through remembering the new information improve their brain’s ability to reverberate.





How Olympians Cope with Eating Disorders


How Olympians Cope with Eating Disorders

Former Olympians are speaking out about the mental and emotional stressors involving weight management that many pre-Olympians face and how those effects can lead to mental and emotional eating disorders in post-Olympic life. How can young athletes cope? Catherine Garceau, Olympian and Author, has found brainwave training to be an asset. 



Catherine Garceau, Bronze medalist in the 2000 Sydney Olympics for the Canadian Synchronized Swimming Team, writes in her book “Swimming Out of Water”:  "When I was a synchronized swimmer for the Canadian Olympic team I knew that any coach or judge could be in the stands at any moment. A questionable action or improper appearance might be held against me in my performance later. Knowing what I know now, I believe athletes, coaches, judges and associations should take much more proactive measures to help prevent and address the high rates of eating disorders in sport and beyond. While I didn’t personally feel pressure to lose weight while I was training, getting praised for my great figure and becoming an example for other teammates surely had its own subtle impact. I remember others girls being upset and anxious about ‘weigh in’ day.” 


Aspiring young athletes and their parents are drawn to experienced coaches who have success in their sport. Both athletes and parents need to be aware that there may be occasions when the training methods utilized, even at the elite level, can appear intimidating and humiliating for young athletes. In the Los Angeles Times article "The twists and turns of Team USA" Jessica Ogilvie interviews Dominique Moceanu, the youngest member of the United States Women's Gymnastics Team that won Gold in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and author of "Off Balance". When asked if the pressure of being thin while competing at an elite level encourages eating disorders, Dominique Moceanu replies: "I do think our sport lends itself to being as light and as lean as possible, but there is a healthy way to do it. We need more education in our sport about nutrition and proper eating. For me, it was always just no bread, no pasta. They told me what you can't eat, but they didn't explain why, and when you are a small child you feel restricted."

The same method used by Olympians for a competitive edge can also be the solution for promoting emotional wellness: brainwave focus training. Sports training centers are realizing the positive effects brainwave training can generate. Most of these training centers use a variety of modalities in the field of brain based learning and plasticity, where athletes receive instruction for achieving specific brainwave states at will. The positive result? Many Gold, Silver and Bronze medals won plus the ability to access full mental clarity when facing post-Olympic life-choices.  



Light and sound machines are popular tools for personal brainwave training routines. A light and sound machine utilizes visual and audio stimulation to gently guide the listener into specific brainwave states. Each light pulse and audio beat is a specific frequency. Our minds 'think' in terms of frequency. Brainwaves change frequencies based on neural activity within the brain, be it by hearing, touch, smell, vision and/or taste. These senses respond to activity from the environment and transmits that information to the brain via electrical signals. Hearing and vision are considered favorable senses for affecting brainwaves safely. By presenting these beats and pulses to the brain, within minutes, the brain begins to mimic or follow the same frequencies as the stimuli (the beats and pulses). This process is referred to as entrainment. In essence, light and sound machines speak to the mind in it’s own language – the language of frequency.
 
Light and sound brainwave frequency machines can be the solution for minimizing emotional strain placed on young athletes while promoting the focus necessary for competing at an elite level. As Catherine Garceau says about her DAVID Delight Pro: "an easy to use tool to increase my brain's ability to shift through different brain wave states, deepen my meditation practice, gain stress reduction, increased resilience, and fuel my growing dynamic health."

    
The DAVID Delight Pro by Mind Alive includes black case; the eyesets are Tru-Vu Omniscreen white; headphones; CES stimulus cable, stereo patch cord, black carry bag, 9-volt battery, AC adapter, Quick Start Guide, Operator's manual and downloadable copy of "Mind States: An Introduction to Light and Sound Technology". Available accessories include: DAVID Session Editor, Extra User package, Multi-Color eyeset with left/right independent eye control and Tru-Vu Omniscreen eyesets with viewholes for eyes-open utilization. There are twenty-five built-in sessions plus space for user designed sessions (with session editor software). The sessions are categorized into: Energize, Meditate, Brain Brightening, Sleep, Feeling Better and User Designed. There are five sessions within each category (User Designed category has room for five personally created sessions).


Saturday, December 8, 2018

Alpha & Theta Brainwave Stimulation can have a Dynamic Impact on You



Alpha & Theta Brainwave Stimulation can have a Dynamic Impact on You


Theta and a combination of alpha and theta are ideal brainwave states for attaining deep relaxation and are what many consider the gateway for subconscious mind exploration. Light and sound programs featuring the Schumann Resonance Frequency (7.83Hz) has proven very popular with brainwave entrainment enthusiasts. This frequency is generated from the energy of the earth as it resonates with our upper atmosphere. No one really knows for sure why this frequency is so powerful. In the owners manuals for light and sound machines manufacturers who include 7.83Hz in their Program Listing will have it included in such sessions as Earth Harmony, Earth Grounding, Chakra Balancing or even under Schumann Resonance, believe it or not. Regardless, there is a very special way to experience this session that should have a dynamic impact on you.  

 
    
Take your light and sound unit outside and find a nice comfortable spot on the ground. Lay down with your head to the north and your feet to the south. Then enjoy the program. Incidentally, if you enjoyed watching the X-Files, you may remember an episode they did about an individual who acquired the ability to control lightning (#52/"D.P.O"). In it, they mentioned the frequency of lightning was 7.83Hz, the Schumann Resonance Frequency.

The women at Recovery Serenity Ranch in Saugus would do the Schumann Resonance program outdoors during the spring and summer months and found it extremely refreshing. Although the women that stayed at the Ranch were the victims of abuse and addiction, from the beginning they utilized pulsed light and sound stimulation with great expertise, many times teaching the teacher.



The residents at RSR were able to use their light and sound machines daily and attended a weekly seminar focused on maximizing their light and sound session experiences. This approach allowed each individual to proceed at their own pace. Topics discussed in the seminars mainly involved utilizing their light and sound units correctly, experiencing programs aimed at recovery and learning a variety of relaxation techniques for use when they graduated. The purpose of this program was to give these women an automatic relaxation response for overriding any anxious or stressful situations that may occur after they had left RSR. In addition, this program enabled them to experience the benefit of complete mind/body harmony.



Theta sessions (4-7Hz) are often referred to as the learning programs. These programs are used by musicians when composing new music, writers seeking new ideas and painters in need of inspiration. Experiencing light and sound theta programs while meditating can be more profound. Music will be enhanced. Listen while you are playing a video game and be amazed by your ability to stay focused. Try listening to theta programs with your self-improvement MP3’s for more quickly achieving your targeted goals. In any of these situations, your experience should be heightened.



You should also utilize frequencies in both the alpha and theta brainwave states. These frequencies gently guide you back and forth, from one state to the next, in an effort to inspire your creativity. Again, these programs are used by writers, musicians, painters and everyday people just trying to make a good thing better. Students and teachers enhance their academic abilities. Meditative experiences become maximized. Visualization skills are enhanced. Reading for enjoyment is at it's best. These programs are used to create the ideal learning environment. When searching for new ideas, use this combination of alpha and theta frequencies.





Friday, December 7, 2018

How to Successfully Prepare to Take an Exam


How to Successfully Prepare to Take an Exam

One of the most effective methods for studying or preparing for an exam is to use a light and sound alpha or theta program with an accompanying audio recording of your notes and information for your test in your own voice. Many times the mind will tune out a voice for any number of reasons, but research suggests that by recording the information in your own voice, your mind will listen.



This is an excellent study technique because you first review your notes before recording, then review them during recording, plus all the many other times you listen to the recording while you run a light and sound program. Try using a theta brainwave frequency program first while listening to your recording as theta is generally recognized as the "learning" state. However, remember that we are all different, we all think differently, so if learning and memorizing while in theta does not feel right, then try alpha. Your goal for using light and sound with your personal recording should be the assimilation of new information with high memory retention.

Steve Brager is a certified Resource Specialist and Special Education Teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Several years ago we began a learning relaxation program utilizing light and sound for his hyperactive and learning disabled students.

 


Many of Steve's students are bused into the San Fernando Valley from outlying areas while others are from single parent homes with little to no supervision. Oftentimes they are not prepared for school, which makes Steve's responsibility of teaching them that much more difficult. Light and sound brainwave stimulation has helped. 

 
One student in particular, who was having a hard time controlling his temper at home, came to me one day and with a very big smile described how light and sound enabled him to realize when his anger at others would begin to develop. Unfortunately, his anger was usually directed at his grandmother, because she was there when he would arrive home each day from school. That day when he arrived home, instead of getting mad at his grandmother, he went up to his bedroom and laid down for a few minutes. As he was lying there, he closed his eyes and remembered how he felt when he was doing a light and sound session. This enabled him to calm down and relax. Then he went back downstairs and hugged his grandmother.

Both Steve and I have been pleasantly surprised by how many parents have come up to Steve and said "We don't know exactly what you are doing with our children, but their behavior at home has gotten better. Please keep it up." 

 

Students will realize far less stress and pretest anxiety when using theta light and sound programs while preparing for exams. And a calm mind is much more receptive to retaining new information, a side advantage that comes from studying while in deeper states of consciousness. Much like Steve Brager’s students demonstrated when positive feelings coinsided with completing assignments.

So if you own a light and sound machine, utilize its theta programs while you study. The benefits include: improved focus on the task at hand, increased memory retention and a reduction in anxieties associated with taking tests.



Observations from an Alpha Brainwave Environment


Observations from an Alpha Brainwave Environment



Enabling individuals to relax, yet remain mentally alert and focused are the primary reasons why light and sound machines have been so successful in learning and relaxation programs.

Most of the health care related learning relaxation programs we sponsor utilize
the Mindplace Kasina light and sound machine. Although the Kasina is not a medical tool, it has proven successful in enhancing the methods of and patient response to professional medical treatment. Research studies have shown that
therapy can be maximized when patients are in a less stressful brainwave state, thereby accelerating patient response to the treatment utilized.



Placing a Kasina unit in the corner of a reception room sounded like a good idea. By attaching two small computer speakers to the audio port of the Kasina and running the alpha relaxation program continuously, we believed the binaural beat audio tones, which were played at a very low volume (like
the "hum" of a flourescent light) would gently guide listeners into a more relaxed, focused state of mind. We wanted to see if this approach would help
patients experience less brain chatter and remain focused for their scheduled appointment.

Marian Thomas, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Parenting Institute, and her husband Bob, agreed to try the Kasina in their reception area (which is
approximately 10'X20'). The Parenting Institute is a private, non-profit, community based agency that provides counseling and education services in the areas of child abuse, child custody and family court.

 

We agreed that if the Kasina created a more relaxed environment in their reception room, it would probably work in any reception room. When you walk into the Parenting Institute, you will see the results of what has been happening throughout our inner-cities. Many have difficulty paying for services, many belong to gangs and many more are the victims of abuse and neglect. Obviously, there is a lot of energy in their reception room.

For the next few months Bob Thomas observed the actions of clients with and without the Kasina brainwave frequency generator running. What Bob saw when the Kasina was not on was a lot of movement, a lot of loud talking and
general discomfort. When the Kasina was running, the room was noticeably more quiet and clients were sitting around comfortably, with some clients reading while they waited (which Bob remarked as being rather unusual). What really caused Bob to realize the Kasina's potential was the result of the huge stuffed dog they have in their reception room. When the Kasina was off, that stuffed dog was thrashed. When the Kasina was on, that same stuffed dog was cuddled. 

 

Promoting relaxation in clients is what the director of a successful drug and alcohol treatment center in Kansas City observed. Their program is a treatment alternative to the traditional twelve step approach. The director found the Kasina to be an effective background substitute for the typical muzak
approach, making the clients feel at ease so they can get beyond the symptoms and move to the causative root incidents of their addictions.

Helping abused and neglected children, and individuals overcoming drug and alcohol addictions relax while waiting for counseling or treatment are strong indicators that listening to alpha relaxation brainwave entrainment programs can be a useful tool for creating the desired reception or meeting area environment. Both situations illustrate how the audio generation of
alpha frequencies can effect individuals in a positive manner.


Thursday, December 6, 2018

How to choose the right color when experiencing Light and Sound Stimulation


How to choose the right color when experiencing Light and Sound Stimulation
Light and sound instruments entrain brainwaves according to the program you have selected. Begin by selecting a program from your light and sound instrument’s owners guide. Next, select a color appropriate for the program you’ve selected. The simplest way to choose a color is to pick one that either has an energizing effect, or one that is relaxing.
Choose a color that elicits an emotional response corresponding to the purpose of your session. If you are interested in letting go of the stressors of the day, find a color that is soothing for you. If you want to be more focused and attentive, find a color that is stimulating for you. You will find that colors very quickly impact how you feel, enabling you to be able to quickly find a color that is right for you. 

For many years choosing a color was easy. You choose red. That’s all light and sound manufacturers made. Then came green, then a combination of both, then every color became available.
Yellow, orange and red are viewed as ’warm’ colors and are stimulating (excitatory). These colors are often utilized when experiencing sessions containing higher frequencies such as beta. “Cool” colors like green, blue and violet are calming (inhibitory). These colors are most often used with light and sound sessions having lower frequency stimulation, targeting the deeper brainwave states known as alpha, theta and delta. Although any color of light would deliver the benefits of a light and sound session, specific colors will help get you there faster, even more deeply. When you are considering the various colors, wondering which color would best apply to your specific need and what a particular color is normally associated with, here is a generally accepted generic guide: use the color blue for delta (sleep / clearing); use green for theta (meditation / visualization); for alpha (learning / relaxation) use yellow; and for beta (focus / energy) use orange or red. 

Even though we all think and are affected differently by pulsed light stimulation, certain colors appear to work best, in a generalized kind of way, for helping to enhance certain abilities or to achieve certain sensations and emotions. Based on feedback from light and sound participants these past twenty-eight years, here are the most common colors for pulsed light and what they are used for:
Red - invigoration, extroversion, strength, activity, vitality, energy, action. Red provides a wide range of colorful visuals for most people.
Orange - subconscious, relationships, interaction, creativity, change, sexual, social. Although soft and subtle, orange can invigorate and energize the light and sound listener. Some- times referred to as the color Amber, it falls between red and yellow. If you find the color red too intense and green too dim, try this color.
Yellow - concentration, learning, thinking, idealism, memory, sunny, focus. Yellow is highly recommended for soft , yet subtle light and sound experiences. The color yellow is considered to be excellent for use while studying.
White - effective for working with imagery, relaxation and visualization. White generates a richness in colors and sense of dimension that no other pulsed color can imitate. White can attain a brightness intensity similar to red while generating color pulsations that appear to float before your eyes. White light is the most popular color used, offering full spectrum stimulation to ensure that the red, green and blue cones of the retina receive full stimulation similar to the natural light spectrum.
Green - compassion, revitalizing, peaceful, renewal, calming, balance, healing, love. Preferred by those experiencing certain degrees of light sensitivity. The color green is associated with nature and with heightening the emotional qualities of the heart.
Blue - use for communication, contemplation, contentment, meditation, relaxation, sensitivity, creativity and sleep. Blue will generate a profound sense of calmness and a feeling of deep relaxation and is believed to contribute to the creation of ordered thought and harmonious moods. 

There is no exact method for choosing the correct color. While color impacts your neurochemistry when shined into your eyes and affects cellular activity when shined onto your skin, there are additional factors, including social predispositions and psychological issues. The social and psychological factors defy the persistence of science to precisely define how to use color. Hence, you will need to fine-tune using color based on your own personal experiences.