You are seated in a comfortable reclining chair facing a computer monitor and two sensors are placed on your scalp and another two are placed on your ears. Comfortable headphones are then placed over your ears so that you can easily hear the music. A 30 second recording of EEG activity for use in a pre and post training comparison is conducted. During baseline recordings there is no training occurring and you will not hear any music.
Once the training begins, you will hear the music with very brief and occasional interrupts and will be able to watch a music based visualisation on a monitor if you desire. For children a DVD of their choice can be used. During the training you can have your eyes open or closed as you desire.
It is most appropriate that you go with what feels most comfortable and can change between eyes open and closed if you like. Other than this there is nothing else you need to do – no need for concentration, staying perfectly still, trying to control thoughts, images on a screen, or the need to think about anything in particular.
When the training is completed another baseline is conducted and then
a comparison is made with the pre training baseline. Then headphones and sensors are removed and the session is completed.
How Many Sessions
One of the features of NeurOptimal® is that it is very safe because the person is able to change at their own rate without any forcing of the process. In addition, everyone is starting from a different place with
a different history and they are coming for different reasons. Some achieve their desired outcome in less than ten sessions. Most require between ten and twenty sessions, with some requiring more. Remember, you do not need to do ten or twenty sessions to experience benefits as this will be evident within the first few sessions.
Frequency of Sessions
NeurOptimal® is training and, like any training, it is repetition that gets the skills in place and then establishes resiliency and long lasting outcomes. Thus it becomes important to carry the improvements across from one session to the next. Most people achieve this with one session per week at the beginning, with a decrease in frequency towards the end of training.
If you wish for a faster and easier outcome then two sessions per week are optimal. However, it is important to say that we have had many clients who have achieved very good outcomes with fortnightly sessions or less.
This includes fly in fly out mining workers who are training once every three weeks or less. In addition, we have clients who are on the move and will do daily or twice daily sessions for a week or so with the benefits flowing on over time post NeurOptimal® training. In short, any frequency of training is better than none and we can work out an individual programme to suit your lifestyle and budget.