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Biofeedback Training in Helsinki

            Nalini Behari using  Resperate with the help of Pooja Badoni. Meditation Research Institute, Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, Rishikesh, India. Photo by Peter Nazran.

Two biofeedback trainings are being offered in Helsinki by Manu:

(1) EmWave by HeartMath, a software or program that works with heart rate variability (HRV). It can help in reducing stress, come out of a depression, and improve the mood, by balancing the autonomous nervous system. It also can help to maintain heart health; and
                                   Giancarlo Colombo doing the EmWave training at the Meditation Research Institute, Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, Rishikesh, India. Photo by Peter Nazran.

(2) Resperate by InterCure, a small machine that helps decrease the breaths per minute, designed to help people who suffer of essential artherial hypertension, where stress is possibly an important risk factor contributing to the development of the disease. With Resperate, plus guided relaxation work, these patients may be able to regulate their blood pressure. For people with normal blood pressure, Resperate may help them to better relax and improve their breathing and heart rate variability, contributing to their heart's health.

Two scientific publications (Yucha et al, 2001; Nakao et al, 2003) demonstrated that if biofeedback was combined with relaxation, breathing exercises, and a few simple meditation techniques, the effect of these relaxations and meditations was boosted, with therapeutical results statistically more significant than the mere therapeutical effect of relaxations and meditations done without the support of biofeebdack (Yucha et al, 2005).
                                               Resperate machine and sound meter. Meditation Research Institute, Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, Rishikesh, India. Photo by Peter Nazran.

Manu offered these trainings for four years at the Meditation Research Institute, Rishikesh, India, then for six years in Santiago, Chile and now he is offering them in Helsinki. He goes to your home or workplace and brings the devices with him. Each session lasts one hour.

People who suffer of neither stress nor depression but are intense spiritual or yogic seekers may also benefit much from doing this training, because one sees in real time, on screen, what is happening in one's own body physiology and autonomous or involuntary nervous system. Thus, by "seeing" one's cardiorespiratory function one can learn to regulate it better in order to reach deeper meditative states.

For more information click here. For some questions and answers on biofeedback, see below:
                                                                    64-channel BioSemi device. Meditation Research Institute, Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, Rishikesh, India. Photo by Peter Nazran.

Questions and answers about biofeedback

What is biofeedback?

Biofeedback is a training that helps us improve our health by learning how to control certain physiological processes that normally occur involuntarily, such as the heart beat, blood pressure, and skin temperature.

Biofeedback is a technique that measures tiny, subtle electrophysiological impulses through specialized devices that amplify the signal and present it to our minds in an intelligible form so we can discover when changes occur --changes otherwise imperceptible, which take place all the time in our bodies. Sensors are gently applied on the skin or body of the patient and from there signals are obtained. These signals go to the computer and software, which processes and delivers them back to the patient in the form of sounds and images through speakers, headphones, and screens that reflect the development and progress of one or more of these impulses at the same time that they are taking place (real time).

With the help of a biofeedaback trainer one can learn to reduce the speed of the heart beat and breath, with positive effects in the management of nervous stress, artherial hypertension, migraines, and so forth.

Even though having a screen and sound is necessary at the beginning, so one can check how is progressing, eventually one can succeed in the training without needing to depend on screen, audio, and sensors.

Who can benefit from biofeedback?

Biofeedback can help people who suffer of an imbalance in their nervous system, expressed as nervous stress or depression. By improving those, the person starts sleeping better, blood pressure normalizes, and heart health is preserved. Biofeedback may help heal a number of diseases related to the excess or lack of muscle tone (when it is of nervous origin), such as pelvic pain, bruxism, migrains, muscle spasms, and others.

Biofeedback of the brainwaves, also known as neurofeedback, perhaps may help in alleviating or diminishing certain cases of attentional deficit and epilepsy. However, neurofeedback still is in its babish stages and more research needs to be done before these findings can be confirmed.

Biofeedback is done in sessions, how many times per week and how long, for example?

It will depend on the condition that needs to be treated, how strong it is, and the emotional state and personality of the patient. Generally, I recommend at least three one-hour sessions per week, for a total of three consecutive weeks (total of nine hours) to see any tangible results.

How does biofeedback help those who suffer of bruxism?

The most direct help is through EMG or electromyography, which detects excessive tension in the muscles involved in bruxism and sends a signal in the form of a beep or sound to the (sleeping) person so he or she reacts and stops over-tensing those muscles. As in every training, only after some time has passed one can begin noticing the effects.

An underlying cause of bruxism, however, is nervous stress, so with EMG one will only achieve a specific and temporary solution to bruxism. Thus, the patient may get "cured" of bruxism temporarily but untackled nervous stress will continue devastating other areas of the persons's health, such as digestion, heart, and so forth.

For the same reason, I like to focus on healing nervous stress rather than a particular problem, like bruxism. If you learn to relax thanks to biofeedback or other techniques, then both bruxism as well as other diseases related to stress will disappear. That is why I teach patients to breath, relax, and use biofeedback especially designed to tackle stress, such as Resperate, which calms and deepens the breath, and EmWave, which regularizes the variability of heart's rhythms, which are one of the first to get imbalanced when someone is stressed. And the other way around, someone with balanced hearth rhythms immediately begins to feel more relaxed, getting healed from nervous stress.

What results are expected after having done a biofeedback training?

If biofeedback is combined with relaxation exercises, soft and meditative yoga, like the one I also teach here in Helsinki, and conscious breathing, then the autonomous nervous system will self-regulate (sympathetic and parasympathetic systems will get balanced) and the person gradually will heal from all diseases of psychosomatic/nervous origin.

Is biofeedback recommended to all kinds of persons? Also children?

Yes, people of all ages can benefit from biofeedback. For children there is software that presents the signals in the form of games. A Dutch school teacher who trained in biofeedaback with me in India, now works as a child counselor in the Netherlands, helping children through biofeedback, games, and fun flashcards that she selects together with the children. Also a therapist who visited my lab in India now works with children with attentional deficit disorder in New York City, USA, and he is reporting success in the trainings.

Is biofeedback always a guided method or can be done without the help of another person?

At the beginning it is recommended that the patient is closely supervised by a biofeedback trainer. Then, the patient can do the training by him or herself with the computer/software alone. Finally, if the person learns to recognize the signals sent by his or her own body through specific sensations --something that I teach my patients to do-- then after some time the person can do biofeedback without even the help of machines.

Manu at University of Patanjali Research Center, Haridwar, India, June 2009.

References Cited

Yucha, C.B., Clark, L. Smith, M., Uris, P., LaFleur, B., & Duval, S. (2001). The effect of biofeedback in hypertension. Applied Nursing Research, 14(1): 29-35.

Nakao, M., Yano, E., Nomura, S., & Kuboki, T. (2003). Blood pressure-lowering effects of biofeedback treatment in hypertension: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Hypertens Res, 26(1):37-46.

Yucha, C.B., Tsai, P.-S., Calderon, K.S., Tian, L. (2005). Biofeedback-assisted relaxation training for essential hypertension: who is most likely to benefit? Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 20(3):198-205.


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