Using a variety of state-of-the-art biofeedback technologies, we can monitor the brain and body, using this information to train the nervous system to shift into a more optimal state or to help achieve specific meditative states. This can be done by measuring brainwaves (EEG), heart rate variability (HRV), or brain blood flow (HEG). These systems work by translating the physiological data into games, graphics, or sound that are used to gently guide the brain and body to follow a more desirable pattern. This training is used with the ultimate goal of teaching the brain/body to produce these patterns on its own, without assistance.
At times it is also helpful to directly encourage the brain into specific patterns using a variety of stimulation techniques, such as photobiomodulation, low power repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, and audio-visual entrainment. These stimulation techniques use near infrared light, electromagnetic pulses, or light/sound frequencies to gently encourage the brain into different patterns and/or to stimulate cellular healing.
Used separately or together, these technologies can help the nervous system become more adaptive, flexible, and resilient.
Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness (NOSC) can generically be considered anything outside of normal, waking consciousness, including dreaming. Throughout history, we have intentionally sought to change our consciousness through dancing, ritual, music, breathwork, and the use of psychoactive substances. These “altered states” are sought for a variety of purposes including entertainment, numbing, and distraction, enhanced creativity and problem-solving, and spiritual practices/experiences. These states can also be used in a therapeutic context for emotional and psychological healing.
When used in a healing context, these NOSC can often provide new perspectives and insights as well as the opportunity to let go of old patterns and habits. The power of these practices seems related to the ability to move outside of the “normal” way of thinking, feeling, and perceiving. In essence, NOSC provides an opportunity to move beyond our identity and sense of “self.” Because this process can often be challenging for ego, it is important that the process takes place in a safe and comfortable setting with clear intentions. This type of work will typically begin with several orientation sessions, an extended NOSC session that may involve a variety of techniques (EEG NeuroMeditation, breathwork, sound/vibration, etc.) as well as several integration sessions.
Using 19 channel EEG recording equipment and sophisticated analysis software, our research team is able to study brainwave changes that occur in relation to a variety of interventions. At times this work is exploratory, done simply out of curiosity. For example, we have conducted case studies on a variety of complementary and alternative treatment modalities, including essential oils, qigong, pranic healing, sound healing, conscious cannabis use, and entheogenic medicines. Our formal research has primarily focused on the impact that specific meditation practices and virtual reality have on psychological symptoms and brainwave functioning. This research has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences.
“As an educator, speaker, mentor, and author, my vision is to promote and teach an integrated way of working with the mind-body-spirit that leads to a greater sense of health and well-being. - Jeff Tarrant Ph.d.”