There are usually four groups of brainwaves that people talk about when describing the brain: Delta, Theta, Alpha and Beta. There is a new category of brainwaves that researchers are studying now called Gamma waves.
Beta (14-40Hz) – The Waking Consciousness And Reasoning Wave
Beta brain waves are associated with normal waking consciousness and a heightened state of alertness, logic and critical reasoning. While Beta brain waves are important for effective functioning throughout the day, they also can translate into stress, anxiety and restlessness.
Alpha (7.5-14Hz) – The Deep Relaxation Wave
Alpha brain waves are present in deep relaxation and usually when the eyes are closed, when you’re slipping into a lovely daydream or during light meditation. It is an optimal time to program the mind for success and it also heightens your imagination, visualization, memory, learning and concentration.
Theta (4-7.5Hz) – The Light Meditation And Sleeping Wave
Theta brain waves are present during deep meditation and light sleep, including the all-important REM dream state. It is the realm of your subconscious and only experienced momentarily as you drift off to sleep from Alpha and wake from deep sleep (from Delta). It is said that a sense of deep spiritual connection and unity with the universe can be experienced at Theta. Your mind’s most deep-seated programs are at Theta and it is where you experience vivid visualizations, great inspiration, profound creativity and exceptional insight.
Delta (0.5-4Hz) – The Deep Sleep Wave
The Delta frequency is the slowest of the frequencies and is experienced in deep, dreamless sleep and in very deep, transcendental meditation where awareness is fully detached. Delta is the realm of your unconscious mind, and the gateway to the universal mind and the collective unconscious, where information received is otherwise unavailable at the conscious level.
Among many things, deep sleep is important for the healing process – as it’s linked with deep healing and regeneration. Hence, not having enough deep sleep is detrimental to your health in more ways than one.
Large Slow Waves of Theta & Delta are Seen in:
- Learning Disabilities
- Problems with Impulses
- Daydreaming & Fantasizing
- Concentrating and Paying Attention
- Lack of Memory & Senility
- Chronic Fatigue & Fibromyalgia
- traumatic Memories of Childhood Abuse
- Head Injuries
Correct Amounts of Theta & Alpha Result In:
- Creative Artists, Musicians, Dancers
- Creative Geniuses
- Great Athletes being “In the Zone”
- Visualization & Meditation
- Dreamlike Images of “Twilight” State
A Lack of Alpha & SMR of Low Beta Result In:
- Hyperactivity in ADHD
- Problems Relaxing
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Parkinson’s Disease
Too Much Alpha Causes:
- Sluggish Thoughts
- Slow Physical Movement
- Thyroid Problems
Too Many Small Fast Beta Waves Result In:
- Tension & Stress
- Being “Wound Up” & Wired
- Manic & Bipolar
- Acting Out
- Sleep Disorders
Fast Wave Beta are Powerful Brain Waves. Correct Amounts Produce:
- Arousal & Alertness
- Ability to concentrate
- Hyper Efficient Learning
- Good Memory
- Test Taking Skills
- Multi Tasking Ability
- High Performance
It is very important to have the right amounts of any kind of wave, and having that wave be in correct balance and harmony with all other waves. When this occurs, the brain will function properly.
Normalizing EEG Brain Wave Frequencies
Neurofeedback is biofeedback for the brain, specializing in brainwaves. High tech electronic equipment provides you with real-time, instantaneous audio and visual feedback of your brainwave activity. The goal is to normalize the abnormal EEG frequencies. The mechanism of action is operant conditioning, which impacts the regulation of arousal and increases the brain’s regulation of its own functions.
Ordinarily, we cannot influence our own brainwave patterns because we lack awareness of them, but when you see your brainwaves on a computer screen a thousandth of a second after they occur, it gives you the ability to influence and change them.
Taking Charge and Exercising Your Brain
You simply watch a display on the computer screen and listen to audio tones, and while you are doing this, we coach you in learning to recondition the brainwaves that are abnormal. Thus, you change your brain waves into healthier, more appropriate brainwave patterns that give you improved ways of thinking. With continued feedback, coaching, and practice, the majority of people can learn to produce the desired brainwave patterns that they want. Some individuals need brain training exercise to decrease the size of their slow waves in the frontal lobes of their brains, so they can take in information better. Other people need brain re-training exercise to increase the size of their fast waves for improved memory. Re-training you brain is like doing exercise and physical therapy with the brain, working those brain muscles and getting them into shape. As you exercise your brain and train it to work the way you want it to, you are able to enhance your mental abilities and take charge of your life, and improve your life as you want it to be. Like learning how to ride a bicycle, once learned, your brain will remember how to do what it should do, going down life’s highways feeling good about yourself.