Biofeedback for optimal health, well-being & performance
Biofeedback is a way to help people develop greater awareness and ability to regulate their physiological functioning by using signals from their own bodies with the goal of improving their well-being, health and performance (Inna Z. Khazan, PhD 2013).
Good functioning, balance and resilience within our autonomic nervous system is key to optimal health and performance. The combination of a high stress load and insufficient recovery combined with sub-optimal lifestyles disrupts our nervous system functioning. Dysregulation of the nervous system is a significant contributing factor in a wide range of mental and physical health issues, including depression, anxiety, hypertension, burnout, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, sleep problems as well as a significant barrier to optimal performance (at a cognitive, social and emotional level).
Biofeedback involves using state of the art equipment that measures and presents real-time audio-visual feedback on your breathing, heart rate and heart rhythms, temperature, muscle tension and skin conductance. All of which are unconsciously controlled and significantly influenced by your activation state (stress or relaxed).
Biofeedback involves a two-step process; a stress profile assessment followed by biofeedback training in combination with lifestyle and stress coaching. The biofeedback training comprises both in-practice sessions (typically fortnightly) as well as daily home-based biofeedback exercises.
With a biofeedback stress profile we establish your baseline state, whether you are able to relax, how you respond to stresses and whether you can down-regulate after a stress activation to return to a good state of calm. A stress profile helps us both understand in what specific ways you have become imbalanced and what the dysregulation in your autonomic nervous system looks like, both of which informs our subsequent biofeedback training and lifestyle design work.
Through real-time feedback of your physiological signals, biofeedback training then helps you to become more consciously aware of what causes stress and what leads to good recovery, you learn to self-regulate them better and with sustained practice you restore good balance and resilience. As such you directly influence and improve your own physical, mental and emotional states which positively influences your health, well-being and performance.
You can click the hyperlinked conditions above to download a brochure that outlines how biofeedback in combination with coaching (and often mindfulness) can support you. Or you can click here to download a brochure that provides a general overview of biofeedback coaching.