Rachel Smith, LMT
HPN High Performance Neurofeedback
Certified Body Code Practitioner
Since 1998, Rachel Smith has practiced natural methods to support relaxation. She incorporates CranioSacral therapy with HPN High Performance Neurofeedback and infrared light to facilitate the nervous system to develop, organize, strengthen, reset, and calm itself. She is a certified Body Code Practitioner.
High Performance Neurofeedback
Neurofeedback has been around for more than 50 years. It’s like a gym for the brain. Brainwave training strengthens the brain. Strong, flexible brainwaves can lead to a strong brain, giving rise to strength of body and mind. HPN High Performance Neurofeedback, a type of direct neurofeedback, is a brainwave based biofeedback that can train the brain to enhance performance and improve neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to reorganize itself). Reaction time, flexibility, responsiveness, self monitoring, self regulation, and ability to bounce back in life depend upon neuroplasticity. Increasing neuroplasticity allows the brain to compensate for injury and disease, and adapt to change. It can boost a healthy brain’s mental acuity for peak performance in academics, sports, the arts, leadership, or meditation. Sense of self is often strengthened, enabling one to cope with emotionally loaded information. Calmer brainwaves are often experienced as peace and clarity, which the neurofeedback world refers to as the “clean windshield effect.”
HPN hardware is FDA cleared for relaxation and research. Clinical trials and case studies have shown that some symptoms addressed by neurofeedback can be:
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Concussion
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Sensory Processing Spectrum
Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia
Epilepsy and Seizures
As brainwaves optimize, neuronal function improves and glia cells multiply, enabling the brain’s peak performance.
Safe, Gentle, Effective
HPN uses state-of-the-art FDA cleared hardware. This system is also known as HPN Neurogen. Using sensors on the scalp to measure activity, it monitors the brainwaves and echoes a tiny wave back that is related to the original wave. The wave is about a thousand times less than what a cellphone puts out. For thirty seconds at a time, HPN “speaks brainwave” to help disentrain brainwaves out of maladaptive patterns, which trains the brain to self regulate. Like a mirror to a dancer, the brain witnesses its own function and appears to self adjust, with initial results as early as the first session. It is portable, drug free, safe, and relaxing to receive. Compared to traditional neurofeedback, HPN is a recent development that often provides faster, more lasting results. You don’t do or feel anything, with less time necessary for results. HPN can be used as a stand alone practice or to augment other therapies.
Demo of HPN Neurofeedback Helping Autism
High Performance NeuroFeedback (HPN) for Traumatic Brian Injuries
A gentle hands-on technique rooted in Osteopathy, CST supports and nourishes the central nervous system by working with the membranes surrounding it to restore balance and increase autonomic flexibility. It helps to alleviate aches, pains and strains and improves coping mechanisms to allow for better stress management. It improves the body’s ability to self-care, which can produce profound, positive changes. With neutrality and safety, CST facilitates the body’s ability to heal itself, and has been increasingly sought to help a range of concerns, including traumatic brain injury, migraines, chronic neck and back pain, autism, central nervous system disorders, learning disabilities, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, emotional difficulties, TMJ, PTSD, and others. Somatoemotional release is sometimes facilitated, wherein memory, emotion or belief held in the tissue gently unravels from the body.
The combination of neurofeedback and CST may increase results.
Dava Ray NanoBeam 940
Rachel uses near infrared therapy in her practice. It helps with inflammation and to sooth joint and muscle pain. She finds it effective in calming people’s bodies in the event of autonomic activation such as panic attacks, flares, headaches, seizures, muscle spasms, pinched nerves, myofascial pain, and emotional reactivity. Studies have shown that infrared therapy shortens healing time. Infrared light therapy devices have been used extensively in sports medicine clinics, by the United States Olympic teams for tissue injuries in its athletes, physical therapy clinics, neurofeedback offices, race horses, and has been researched by NASA for the space program. The Dava Ray 940 has received FDA approval for use by licensed healthcare professionals for temporary relief of pain in muscles and joints, muscle spasms and arthritis pain, relieving stiffness, to promote the relaxation of muscle tissue, and to temporarily increase local blood circulation where heat may be indicated. It might be the most intense near infrared emitting device in its class on the market.