How does NeurOptimal® work? - Neurofeedback Training Explained

NeurOptimal® neurofeedback presents information to the central nervous system about what it just did, nothing more, nothing less. It's non-invasive, effective and safe. It is designed to improve the overall performance of the brain - the hub of all functions in the human body. Learn how NeurOptimal works, read reviews and what happens in a session.

zengar-home-trainerHow Does NeurOptimal Neurofeedback Work?

Training with NeurOptimal is actually a learning task. The brain is learning that the best decisions are made by using the information is in the present moment (today's weather report), not by doing what's habitual (the old weather reports from childhood!). You get results because your brain is actively learning, even if you are not doing the learning consciously. Once your brain learns to use the present moment as it's source of information, we start to notice qualities shifting and dissolving. For example, the stress response (worry, irritability, anger outbursts, etc) is meant as the strategy for resolving an immediate threat to your body's safety. So when that brain trains with neurofeedback and gets to see that it's doing a stress response when there is no danger present, it will start to shift out of that reactive pattern. You'll know your brain is learning because you start to calm down, cheer up, sleep better, react less strongly, and have greater mental clarity.

Neurofeedback training improves the emotional response patterns we have developed habitually. A good analogue is like when you are daydreaming and in a daydream you (your brain) are not aware of what is happening, not until someone calls your name (the music stopping in neurofeedback) and you simultaneously realize that you were lost in a daydream, and recognize the quality of that daydream, as well as take in information about the here-and-now. With that wake-up call, you then have a choice. And because of the way the brain is designed, your emotional brain will choose responses that are more in alignment with current needs. As a result, instead of screaming or fixating with worry, you'll speak firmly or acknowledge your concerns.


Here's a review from one of our clients who came in for seven sessions at our NYC location: "Neurofeedback has literally changed my life. I'm feeling much more energized, happier and healthier than I have in years. I would highly recommend NeuroOptimal!" 

Here's a review from one of our clients: "After 2 months renting a home unit my mood improved, which had positive ripple effects on entire family. I am also noticing my child is feeling more focused and confident in school."

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Why NeurOptimal?

Brain training with the NeurOptimal Neurofeedback is... 


Instead of targeting specific symptoms, it focuses on optimizing overall brain function. This approach is getting everyone performing optimally, whatever underlying limitations were there before brain training.


When you are training, no electricity, vibration or external signal is going into the brain. In addition, brain training with NeurOptimal® does not target specific areas of the brain nor does it push the brain in any direction by giving it goals to achieve, decided by an “expert”. In this way, it is globally effective while remarkably free of unwanted side effects. 

3. 100% NATURAL

Each brain is unique and knows the best way to “correct” itself for improved efficiency. The system simply provides the central nervous system with information about its own activity. Given the right information the brain can naturally optimize itself.

What is Neurofeedback Used For?


What Happens In A NeurOptimal Session?

The system is designed to give the brain information about what it has just done millisecond by millisecond. The brain then uses this data to organize itself to function in alignment with present needs, while utilizing the minimum energy necessary.  Put another way, a brain map fed back to the brain to be examined millisecond by millisecond so that the brain can improve it's functioning from the information.  For example, the stress response is a huge waste of the brain's energy if the body is not currently in danger and that is why neurofeedback shifts the brains stress response levels and clients report feeling calmer and relaxed after sessions. 

During a session, the client listens to music. The music plays continuously when the brain is running “on course” (in alignment with present-moment needs for that particular brain) but as soon as the neurofeedback system detects that the brain has “veered off” its path or has become less stable than what it just was, feedback is provided to the brain via a micro-pause in the sound. (Most of the pauses are consciously inaudible but heard by the brain which is processing auditory information at a speed we don't register consciously when it is that fast, but when 3 or 4 interruptions happen in rapid succession we hear it consciously as a "record scratch" sound. Please don't focus on trying to hear the interrupts!) The pause acts as an interrupter of the habitual pattern, such as the stress response, which allows the automatic-functioning brain to look at how it's veering off course. By offering this information the neurofeedback software gives the opportunity to the brain to adapt itself in response to the information. It's like you were using last week's weather report to decide what coat to wear and now someone just handed you today's weather report!

During a session it's ok to sleep, read, "zone-out", talk, draw, play a game, build with legos, or even play a game on an ipad/iphone! IT STILL WORKS!! What happens in a neurofeedback session?

Brain Training with NeurOptimal - How to Start

Come in for a session in NYC, Pasadena, or Boulder or rent a neurofeeedback system for home use! Click here to learn more about our packages and cost. The advanced neurofeedback home system available for rent and purchase provides the same training as in-office visits. By renting you save in overall cost of neurofeedback. Learn more about renting a home system.

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Natalie N. Baker, LMHC, is the founder of Neurofeedack Training Co. and certified Advanced NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback trainer. She holds a Master's Degree in Counseling and has been working as a psychotherapist since 1999. As a practicing Buddhist since 1991 and a meditation teacher since 1998, Natalie combines her Western and Eastern approaches to bring a broader perspective to mental health and wellness. In 2010 she added neurofeedback therapy to her practice as additional support for optimizing wellness.

Expertise: Psychotherapy, Neurofeedback & NeurOptimal Trainer Representative. 

Location: New York City, 32 Union Square, E1017, NY 10003
Phone: 347-860-4778