Frequently Asked Questions about Brainwave Optimization
What Should I Expect?Brainwave Optimization begins with the completion of an on-line questionnaire (approximately 30 minutes).
For the first visit, we place sensors on the scalp in several different locations while your eyes are either closed or open, and you are performing simple tasks related to reading, listening, or numbers. This assessment takes less than an hour. We then show you your own patterns of brainwave hemispheric symmetry and spectral power (30 minutes).
Each Brainwave Optimization session lasts about one hour and forty-five minutes and typically consists of six to eight exercises, most lasting 8 to 12 minutes each.
For each exercise, the technologist will again place sensors on different locations around the scalp. The sensors read the electromagnetic signal coming from the brain and send it to a computer program, where the information is transformed into a series of soft, musical tones. The sounds are transmitted back to you through earbud headphones.
Brainwave Optimization is entirely non-invasive. There is no electricity being transmitted to
the brain, and the brain is not being "programmed" with any type of signals or information.
The number of sessions advisable varies. Based on one’s initial condition, the desired outcome, time and resources, the number of sessions undertaken may range from 3 to 10 or more.
We generally recommend that the first 3 sessions be done within 3 days if possible, and if possible for the remainder of sessions to be done at least 2 to 3 times per week.
It is possible and sometimes more beneficial for sessions to be done twice daily. For example, ten sessions may be completed in five days.
During the period of undergoing Brainwave Optimization and for at least 3 weeks afterward, we recommend that individuals refrain from any use of alcohol or recreational drugs.
What Happens In My Brain During Training?Brain activity creates electromagnetic energy - captured and observed as brain waves with EEG amplifiers and computers. The computers then process the brain wave information and translate the brain waves into an optimized pattern in the form of sound. Brain State Conditioning™ encourages some brain waves and discourages others so the brain will begin to function differently - it will create a balanced condition. This harmonizing of the brain waves, balances them into optimized patterns.
Brain activity is based on cells called neurons which interact and connect with each other forming groups or neural-networks. These neural-networks are activated based on stimuli. Clients have often recognized benefits in the first one to three sessions, and may require 5 to 30 sessions to make the benefits permanent with dominant neural-networks.
Is This Like Bio-feedback?We are asked if we are different from Bio-feedback or neuro-feedback almost every day. The answer is an absolute yes. The difference is monumental and so I will take a minute and point out some of the main ones.
1. Biofeedback - is a type of learning used to lessen negative reactions for the individual, based on increasing the awareness of the biological process in order to off-set or stop the pathology as it begins to happen biologically and is applicable during the occurrence of the pathology. For example; panic attacks have biological indicators before the attacks hit, if you can learn the biological indicators you can lessen the panic attack by either degree and/or duration. Biofeedback is oriented to solve diagnosed problems in the client.
2. Neurofeedback - is a type of learning used to lessen negative reactions for the individual, based on increasing the awareness of the neurological process in order to off-set or stop the pathology as it begins to happen neurologically. For example; training sensory-motor neurological frequencies to be more dominant for some athletic events. Neurofeedback is oriented to solve problems defined by a normative data base or model along with those problems and symptoms diagnosed by practitioner and client. Neurofeedback will usually be provided to clients in a medical model and can require multiple hundreds of sessions to achieve desired results.
3. In Brain Training the brain is encouraged to change and never forced, as it is in Bio or Neuro feedback. As a result the brain makes its shifts quicker and the changes remain.
4. Brainwave Optimization with RTB™(Real Time Balancing) – or Brain Training is based on brain observance. It is based on a Quantum Physics vs. a Newtonian Physics understanding of the individual, and this philosophical difference cannot be too heavily stressed. Brainwave Optimization with RTB seeks to show the brain its own self – be a mirror for the brain in its ever more optimized state. The client is not trained with learned behavior. In fact, while not optimal, a client may sleep through a session and still realize results because the brain can view itself without direct client participation. Though it is always more efficacious to have the client participate, it is not mandatory.
For example, clients adversarial to the training, such as those with adolescent misbehavior or antisocial behavior issues, can still be assisted to balance and harmonize their brain and achieve a greater homeostasis.
Brainwave Optimization with RTB™ is oriented to solve problems having to do with the balance and harmony of the brain energy and is not based on comparison of the client with a normative data base. It is not based on a diagnosis or the symptoms which are presented. Brainwave Optimization with RTB™ is based on the degree of balance and harmony the brain contains and seeks to increase this balance and harmony to the highest degree possible.
What Can Brain Training Help With?This therapy is very powerful and can give you many advantages. If you work in sales you will see your closing ratio increase, if you work in investments you will see increases in your profits and picks. You will be thinking so much clearer and stress free that you can literally do things that are beyond you right now.
Do you golf? You will see your score improve dramatically. Are you a body builder? You will see an increase in your lifts that you would have had to use steroids to get in the past. Athletes run faster, jump higher and see improvements in their respective games as a result of the clear mind.
Other imbalances and obstacles that Brain Training can help remove so a person can enjoy a more balanced life.
As you will see there are many things that this therapy can assist with. There are many more as well. It is best to call us if you have questions and we will do our best to give you the answers you are seeking!
Some of these imbalances and obstacles are listed here
How much does Brain Optimization Cost?Please see our 'Services Offered' price list to the left.
Intensives Available in Northern California & Glastonbury, UK
2 Day Brainwave Optimization Wellness Intensive
(1 Soul Therapy, 1 Assessment, 4 two-hour sessions)
Full Price $1140
2 nights retreat stay $1436 (includes discounted Wellness Intensive, 2 nights, 7 meals)
3 nights retreat stay $1642 (includes discounted Wellness Intensive, 3 nights, 9 meals)
4 Day Brainwave Optimization Primary Intensive
(1 Soul Therapy, 1 Assessment, 7 two-hour sessions)
Full Price $1740
3 nights retreat stay $2430 (includes 4 Day Primary Intensive, 3 nights, 10 meals)
4 nights retreat stay $2636 (includes 4 Day Primary Intensive, 4 nights, 12 meals)
Classic 5 Day Brainwave Optimization Intensive (recommend for children)
(1 Soul Therapy, 1 assessment, 10 ninety-minute sessions)
Full Price $1840
Repeat Brainwave Optimization Clients
If you have done an Intensive with us before, we offer 15% off the full price of any future Brainwave Optimization services and accompanying retreat stays. This includes individual top up sessions available for $170 per two hour session (15% off regular cost of $200). Follow up intensives are recommended every 4 - 6 months.
Group/Local Discounts & Mobile Intensives
We offer discounted packages for Group Bookings and Lake County, California Residents wishing to experience Brainwave Optimization for the first time. We also offer pricing on Mobile intensives if you are unable to travel to the Monastery. Please contact us on 877-444-7685 to learn more.
If you are uncertain whether to experience Brainwave Optimization, we recommend taking the Brainwave Assessment, during which data is collected from brain along with an online survey taken before the session to help identify imbalances. We will review the results of the assessment with you and if you decide to proceed with an Intensive, we will deduct the $290 cost of the assessment from the full price of the intensive.
A retreat stay is the perfect way to maximize your Brainwave Optimization Intensive
$170 person per night - single occupancy
$110 per person per night - double occupancy
$18 per meal (non-vegetarian healthy, balanced organic meals)
The Shambhala Life Extending Wellness Center and Retreat is here to serve humanity in the quest for everyone to live longer, healthier, happier and more balanced lives. We are happy to offer the latest in next-generation wellness technologies to help restructure the core of your being to facilitate optimum health and longevity. We are operated by the non-profit Church of Shambhala Vajradhara Maitreya Sangha Monastery.
Brainwave Optimization with RTB™ is intended to balance and harmonize brain waves through relaxation and
self-regulation, and is not intended to treat, cure, heal or diagnose any disease, mental illness or symptom.
If currently under care with a primary care physician, therapist, or other medical professional,
you are encouraged to consult with them prior to beginning Brainwave Optimization.