Yeah! My first session…
I arrive again at Dr. Eissler’s office and am seated in the familiar reclining chair in front of the flat screen TV displaying the BrainCore logo. Dr. Eissler fits a monitor on my middle finger which I rest on the arm of the chair. She explains that before we do the actual neurofeedback protocol, we will be doing something called the emWave before each session to bring me into a state of relaxation and to insure a well-oxygenated brain for optimal results.
So what is the emWave?
emWave (HeartMath) is a scientifically validated system that teaches techniques to help you create an optimal state in which the heart, mind and emotions are operating in-sync and balanced. This is achieved through a process using software which displays heart rhythm patterns in real time showing when you are in this high performance state (coherence). It a little known fact that the heart sends more signals to the brain than the brain sends to the heart. These heart signals have a significant effect on emotional processing and cognitive faculties such as attention, perception, memory and problem solving. Not only does the heart respond to the brain, but the brain responds to the heart.
HeartMath research has demonstrated that different patterns of the heart activity, which accompany different emotional states, have distinct effects on cognitive and emotional function. During stress and negative emotions, the corresponding pattern of neural signals traveling from the heart to the brain inhibits higher cognitive functions while the more ordered and stable pattern of the heart’s input to the brain during positive emotional states has the opposite effect of facilitating cognitive function.
So it makes sense that before I start a neurofeedback session I would benefit from learning how to harmonize my heart and my brain. Easier said than done….