NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback Technology

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An advanced branch of biofeedback, NeurOptimal® neurofeedback optimizes the brain and central nervous system (CNS) by using EEG technology. An EEG (electroencephalogram) is a simple recording of brainwave activity.
This continuous data set is analyzed moment by moment (using non-linear dynamical math and statistics) in order to determine when the brain and CNS enter into an area of “unstable” operation. Feedback is instantly given to the brain in the form of a pattern of pauses in the music and a momentary hesitation of the fractal image. This software uses non-linear statistical analysis to work comprehensively across all available brainwave frequencies and all areas of the brain at the same time.

NeurOptimal® Client Hookup consists of silver electrodes, applied to the clients’ ears & scalp, centered between the ear and the crown of the head on the bony ridge (Central points C3 & C4). The electrodes are applied with EEG paste. It is water soluble electrical conductance material composed primarily of salts in order to enhance the monitoring of the minute electrical pulses of the brain.

The program automatically moves through four different modes called Zen 1,2,3, & 4. These stages are comparable to a physical warm up stretch, a weight training challenge, a cardiovascular endurance and a cool down period.

Modes Exercise Difference between modes
Zen 1 Warm up Both sides of the brain are trained separately over all frequencies, no comparisons between sides
Zen 2 Weight lift Both sides of the brain are trained together within each separate target range
Zen 3 Endurance Both sides of the brain are trained together over all frequencies at the same time
Zen 4 Cool down Integration of what’s learned during training


Throughout the training the client’s brain is in control of the timing and extent of change. The trainer does not decide what is “normal” for each client’s brain. NeurOptimal® software does not tell the client’s brain what to do. The objective is to allow the brain “to look in the mirror” and observe itself operate millisecond by millisecond. NeurOptimal is adapting to the CNS and it in turn adapts in response to the information that it is given.

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The world’s first fully automated neurofeedback system was achieved with the release of NeurOptimal® Autonav version 2.0. The result is an elegantly simple technology working with complex non-linear, dynamical systems delivering live process control in order to create profoundly comprehensive client transformation.