An Un­ri­valled River Re­treat

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Many peo­ple in our so­ci­ety are stressed be­yond their ca­pac­ity, and some are se­ri­ously strug­gling to cope. A large por­tion of the pop­u­la­tion is op­er­at­ing in sur­vival mode, just fo­cus­ing on get­ting through each day. Most peo­ple are so stressed and ex­hausted that the tra­di­tional re­lax­ation meth­ods don’t work. And so, in our in­creas­ingly de­mand­ing world, we need to look for a more ef­fi­cient ways to re­lax.

“It’s a sim­ple con­cept that seems coun­ter­in­tu­itive in our com­pli­cated busy world,” ex­plains Penny Louw of Neu­robal­ance in Cape Town. “It is the con­cept that be­ing ‘calm and re­laxed’ makes us ef­fi­cient. Be­ing rested is when we have our best ideas and func­tion re­ally well in ev­ery way.”

What if tech­nol­ogy of­fered us an easy way to calm our minds and ease our stress lev­els? This is ex­actly what Brain­wave Op­ti­miza­tion does with a process where elec­trodes are used to mea­sure brain­wave ac­tiv­ity. The ra­tios of ac­tiv­ity that are mea­sured across the brain can pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about how an in­di­vid­ual has stored any trauma from their past. “We are able to re­flect brain­wave ac­tiv­ity back to the brain by trans­lat­ing it into sound and re­flect­ing that back to the brain,” Louw says. “The brain uses this in­for­ma­tion to re­cover, re­lax and find bal­ance. The re­sults can be as­tound­ing.”

Most peo­ple have not made the con­nec­tion between how much stress they have stored up in their sys­tems and how those stresses man­i­fest into the symp­toms they ex­pe­ri­ence daily. Strug­gling to sleep, con­stant wor­ry­ing, over­re­act­ing, and strug­gling with fo­cus and con­cen­tra­tion are all signs that your brain isn’t func­tion­ing as it should. All of these symp­toms, and more, can be re­solved by calm­ing the sys­tem with the use of the sim­ple and ef­fi­cient, in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised Brain­wave Op­ti­miza­tion process, of­fered lo­cally at Neu­robal­ance of­fices in both Cape Town and Jo­han­nes­burg.

The sys­tem was de­vel­oped in the United States by Lee Gerdes, a busi­ness­man who was strug­gling to cope with the de­mands of his job in tech­nol­ogy as well as the af­ter­ef­fects of a vi­o­lent mug­ging. In 2004 he left his high-pow­ered job to set up a busi­ness called Brain­state Tech­nolo­gies.

The dra­matic im­prove­ment in the health of her own fam­ily, af­ter a trip to the USA to ex­pe­ri­ence the process in 2006, Louw and her fam­ily de­cided to bring the tech­nol­ogy back to SA and of­fer oth­ers the same op­por­tu­nity to re­cover their men­tal health.

Early re­search sup­ported the fact that the Neu­robal­ance process was ef­fi­cient at help­ing clients achieve rest­ful sleep cy­cles. Af­ter the treat­ment, in­di­vid­u­als that usu­ally strug­gle to sleep found that they were able to sleep soundly. They would then wake up feel­ing re­freshed, and re­dis­cover the power of con­cen­tra­tion and cre­ativ­ity that a rested brain gen­er­ates. It’s in­ter­est­ing to think that once the brain dis­cov­ers how the es­tab­lish­ment of these neu­ral pat­terns may have been nec­es­sary for sur­vival in the past, but that now they sim­ply limit us, it read­justs it­self.

For those af­ter a lit­tle mind-re­lax­ation at home, there is also the op­tion to use the wear­able unit, Brain­tel­lect2. A sim­ple head­band and tablet gives the user the ad­van­tage of a re­laxed brain, and all the ad­van­tages that ac­com­pany it, in the com­fort of their own home.

Think about it: what would your life be like with­out the trou­bling symp­toms that plague you?

For more in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Neu­robal­ance on +27 82 742 6097, email them on capeneu­robal­ or visit their web­site www.neu­robal­

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