Biofeedback for optimal health & performance
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 performance impairment (at a cognitive, social and emotional level).
Biofeedback involves using state of the art medical grade equipment that measures and presents real-time audio-visual feedback on your breathing, heart rate and rhythm, 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 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.
Biofeedback training then, in combination with lifestyle and stress coaching, helps you gain more control over physiological processes and lifestyle factors that lead to imbalances as well as restoring the stress and recovery balance. By using real-time feedback of the physiological signals you become more consciously aware of these processes, learn to self-regulate them better and restore good balance and resilience in your physiology. As such you directly influence and improve your own physical, mental and emotional states which positively influences your health and performance.