Brainwave Optimization 101

In January of 2013, a team of researchers from Wake Forest School of Medicine published a paper in the Neurology journal Brain & Behavior describing the methodology of HIRREM™, the process more commonly known as Brainwave Optimization®. The HIRREM methods paper offers a thorough and precise description of the process, what it does and how it does it. It’s an invaluable resource for those who want to learn more about Brainwave Optimization, but be warned: it gets a bit technical. With sentences like, “Relaxation of neural oscillations through HIRREM appears to permit auto-calibration toward greater hemispheric symmetry and more optimized proportionation of regional spectral power” it’s not exactly light reading.

Fortunately, you don’t need a degree in neurology to understand how this process works. Everything you need to know is right there in the name HIRREM.

HIRREM stands for High-resolution, Relational, Resonance-Based Electroencephalic Mirroring. Let’s take each of those terms one at a time. For the sake of clarity, we’ll be taking them out of order.

Electroencephalic – We’ll take the biggest, ugliest word first. Electroencephalic refers to the electrical activity generated by the brain in the form of neural oscillations or brainwaves. Like any waveform, brainwaves have a frequency. EEG sensors placed on the scalp are designed to read these brainwaves across a broad spectrum of frequencies.

High-resolution – If you’ve bought a digital camera or a television or a computer monitor in the past decade, then you are probably already somewhat familiar with the concept of high versus low resolution. A digital image is composed of rows and rows of tiny squares. Each square is a single color. The more squares you can fit into a smaller space, the higher the resolution. The higher the resolution, the [...]

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A Mirror for your Brain

You have something in your teeth. No, the next tooth over on the other side. No, higher. Yes, right there! You’ve got it! Nope, still there.

Have you ever been there before? If you have, then you know the value of a mirror. Whether it’s removing a bit of spinach from between your teeth, fixing your hair after coming in out of the rain, or just making sure everything’s in place before leaving for work, mirrors are essential to our self-maintenance.

Brainwave Optimization® is a revolutionary process based in cutting-edge brain research that utilizes next-generation technology, but ultimately, it’s just a mirror for your brain. Simple as that. It is a way to reflect the brain’s activity back to the brain in real-time and in such a fashion that the brain is able to perceive its own sub-optimal patterns and self-correct toward greater balance and harmony. Notice that Brainwave Optimization isn’t fixing the brain any more than your mirror is combing your hair. The brain uses Brainwave Optimization to facilitate its auto-calibration, but the brain itself does all the work. And that’s the reason Brainwave Optimization works so well. This is also what distinguishes Brainwave Optimization from older modalities that also use EEG to reflect the brain’s activity in real-time in an effort to improve brain function.

While both Brainwave Optimization and neurofeedback use EEG sensors to monitor brainwave activity, the similarities end there. In the 40-plus years since its inception, Neurofeedback has taken many forms and been practiced in a variety of ways, but at its heart are two core principles: operant conditioning and normative database comparison. Operant conditioning, in this case, means that the recipient of neurofeedback treatments is asked to consciously and willfully train their [...]

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Optimize your Brainwave Optimization Experience

When we talk about Brainwave Optimization® we often refer to it as a process. That process, of course, entails all that happens here at our office—the assessment, the protocol design, the sessions, and all the rest—but the Brainwave Optimization process doesn’t begin or end with us. The process begins with you, well before you enter our office for your first session, and it continues long after your final session with us. To ensure you get the most out of your Brainwave Optimization experience, we offer the following tips:

Give yourself time and space – Brainwave Optimization is a gift you are giving to yourself. Make the most of this time by clearing away as many obligations as possible during the period in which you are having sessions.

Be conscious of your diet – Even though you will be sitting (and perhaps, sleeping) much of the time during your sessions, your body is using a great deal of energy to strengthen neuro-nets. Make sure you eat healthy. Be sure to include plenty of protein and drink more water than usual.

Avoid alcohol & recreational drugs – This one is very important and should be observed prior to, during, and for at least three weeks after your sessions. Alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and other recreational drugs have a direct effect on brainwave functioning. Any use of alcohol or recreational drugs will inhibit your ability to return your brainwaves to balance and harmony.

Get your head out of the way so your brain can do the work – Often clients are curious about the method, computer, sensors and results. While we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have and explain in detail how our technology works prior to [...]

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