What Is BrainTapping?
The BrainTap system was developed by Dr. Patrick Porter, a leader in the field of neuroscience and mindfulness. It involves audio and visual stimulation using a special headset with a visor and earphones. The headset delivers pulses of light and sound while you listen to a recording of guided imagery and progressive relaxation to help you enter into a parasympathetic state of relaxation. The parasympathetic state is the “rest and digest” state, while the sympathetic state is the “fight or flight” state. Science is discovering that many people are dealing with chronic stress from being stuck in the fight or flight state for a prolonged period of time. This results in similar symptoms of PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder because the brain is programmed to perceive threats when there aren’t any, and remains in a state of stress, which is very hard on the body.
Did you know that your body is made out of energy? Every cell absorbs and reflects energy. The mitochondria use energy to communicate information. The BrainTap system uses binaural beats – two different frequencies listened to at the same or alternating times, and isochronic tones – mono-frequencies that can synchronize brain waves, to help your body achieve homeostasis. Homeostasis is reached when the body can correctly switch back and forth between sympathetic and parasympathetic states, rather than being stuck in one.
The BrainTap system also uses blue and red light, and retinol flashing to stimulate the vasodilation of the flood vessels, leading to improved blood flow and circulation. This makes your body feel more relaxed and further activates the parasympathetic state.
The body responds positively to the light and sound energy from the BrainTap system as evidenced by the switch from the beta state to the theta state. Beta brain waves are fast because you are engaging in critical thinking, planning, and alertness. Theta brain waves are slower and longer, because this is a day-dreaming like state of creativity, subconscious awareness, intuition, and relaxation where you are not as aware of physical sensations as you are internal sensations of thoughts and beliefs.
Dr. Porter points out that unfortunately, many of us have been trained to believe that rest and relaxation is more of a guilty pleasure than critical to our physical and mental health. Over-activation of the stress response results in many different ailments, which are there to show us that this kind of lifestyle is unhealthy. However, many of us struggle to understand what needs to change. The BrainTap system helps with that, because while you are in the parasympathetic state, your subconscious mind will help you understand what thoughts and beliefs are not rooted in truth. From birth, we have been programmed to believe certain things about ourselves, the world, and others, which lie deep in the subconscious mind. If you are not entering into the parasympathetic state, then you are not able to find these subconscious thoughts and beliefs that need re-programming.
Once you are in this receptive state and can recall deeply held thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and memories, you are given the opportunity to “update” your programming, just like a computer! Science shows that using the BrainTap system leads to new neural activity and changes in the cellular structure of the brain. Brains have the amazing ability to change, which is called neuroplasticity. When you identify outdated thoughts, beliefs, and emotions, your cells enter into a process called apoptosis – or cell death. Neurons that fire together, wire together, so you can “wire” new connections in your brain, leading to a shift in the way you think and perceive the world. This is why the BrainTap system is helpful for many different issues. Next week, we will discuss this more in-depth.
How to Use BrainTap
We now offer BrainTap sessions at the Herbs4You office. You can choose what session you would like. This could be to sleep better, improve mood, increase energy, reduce pain, or such like. There are many different options to choose from. Each session is about 15-30 minutes long, and you can also pair it with the BEMER. The BEMER helps your body enter into a parasympathetic state more easily, which can improve your BrainTap experience.
|1 session w/ BEMER||$25|
|5 sessions w/ BEMER||$100|
|10 sessions w/o BEMER||$100|
Call or email us to learn more about how the BrainTap system can work for you.
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Amy Willis MH, CTN
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Amy Willis M.H., CTN