Brain Health

Stress is known to be the major cause of most health problems but there doesn’t seem to be many solutions to teaching our brain to be calm. Yoga and meditation are excellent methods but take time and patience to be able to get out of “fight or flight” and to feel relaxed.

With the brainwave entrainment therapy we use at The Massage Studio, we can teach the brain and body how to get out of “fight or flight” immediately while using positive mind messaging to change how we look at stress. Over just a few weeks of using this therapy, adults and children notice the following changes:

  • Deeper Sleep
  • Increased Energy
  • Significantly Less Pain
  • Handle Stressful Situations better
  • Feeling more balanced with mood
  • Better Focus, Memory and Processing of Information

Dr. Nancy Tarlow who has brought this therapy to our studio reports:

“Within weeks of using this therapy for myself, 40 years of sleep and depression problems plus 5 years of daily anxiety attacks disappeared! Plus, I noticed that my memory and focus improved as well as my being able to develop solutions to problems really easy. That was seven years ago and the results have remained constant. Because of my own results, I decided to offer this therapy to my patients with equally significant results. Chronic sleep problems resolving, depression, anxiety – all better. Women found pregnancy and birth easier as well as being a new mom, that is typically filled with stress. I love this therapy and I’m confident that you will too!”

 I am a first time mom who was suffering with sleep problems, anxiety, depression, migraines, insomnia and PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) for most of my adult life. Prior treatments of medications never helped, and some made the problems worse. I sought out Dr. Tarlow initially for acute neck and upper back pain. Dr. Tarlow suggested that my chronic pain might be due to my high stress levels and she offered a solution to relieve these problems. After only a few weeks of treatment I began to see results; my anxiety attacks and depression had decreased significantly, my migraines were lessening and I was starting to sleep better at night. I couldn’t believe it! I will admit I was skeptical at first but figured I had nothing to lose. The way I was living and the way I felt everyday had become the “norm” to me. I had no idea I would achieve these results in such a short period of time.  I feel healthier, happier and have a better outlook on life and my overall well-being. I can honestly say I feel like I have my life back thanks to Dr. Tarlow. – Amy

For almost 30 years I literally never slept.  Two to three hours of sleep were the norm.  I felt like I had lost the ability to sleep.  We began with a problem assessment process that identified long-term life stresses which had disrupted healthy sleep patterns.  Her program of body/mind relaxation techniques reduced the stress scars and dramatically changed the unhealthy sleep patterns and habits.  Within weeks, sleep patterns of two to three hours were replaced with norms of six hours.. – Dan

 Frequently Asked Questions:

 How does this therapy work?

We use a combination of light and sounds to raise specific brainwaves that tend to get lower in someone with chronic stress. Binaural beats and isochronic tones are used to balance the different sides of the brain and flickering lights increase the theta (light sleep) brainwaves that are essential to get into a deep and restful sleep. Plus, we also combine auriculotherapy to open up the meridians of the body through the acupuncture points in the ear.

When using this therapy, it’s been shown to increase serotonin and endorphin levels with each session so you will FEEL the difference immediately.

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What are the different Brain Waves?

Beta brainwaves are active when you are having a discussion or trying to solve a problem. They are considered the “reactionary” brainwave and tend to get “overused” by constant stress.

Alpha or meditative brainwaves should be active when calming your mind either with your eyes closed or open. If you find you have difficulty “shutting off your brain” when you are trying to meditate or be calm, most likely you are not producing enough alpha brainwaves. This is common for someone with prolonged stress (with children too). Our brain needs “downtime” to be at its’ best.

Theta brainwaves are active when we are in a creative mode. If you wake in the middle of the night with a great idea, that’s theta. If you find your brain wandering off and creating, you might be in theta mode. Theta is also important to get into a deep Delta sleep.

Over time, Dr. Tarlow has found that many people are over engaging beta and not using alpha and theta as would be healthy. It can happen due to chronic stress or using our electronic devices too much, now allowing our brain to rest.

The brain is the master controller of the body so to be healthy, it’s important that our brain be working optimally. Brainwave entrainment can allow that to happen so the body and brain gets into balance so the healing process can begin.

Can children use this therapy too?

Yes, children get great benefit from this therapy. They enjoy it because it helps them to feel more relaxed AND they find doing school work becomes easier. Even children with ADD and dyslexia get results as well as children with eczema, gut problems, chronic illness, autoimmune disorders and more see results.

How long does it take to see results?

It depends on how long you’ve had your health issues or sleep problems. Most people will notice a difference beginning in the first session but repeated sessions help to maintain the changes. Within 4 to 6 weeks, people are sleeping deeper in longer periods of time, feeling more rested when they awake. Problems like anxiety and depression seem to resolve in the same time period.

After I complete the recommended sessions, how do I maintain my better functioning brain?

Dr. Tarlow will give you a game plan that might include adding specific foods to improve brain health, incorporating meditation or breathing exercises into your weekly routine or even “maintenance” visits. The choice is always yours!

Are there any contraindications to using this therapy?

Dr. Tarlow recommends anyone with a history of seizures to not use the light portion. And, while this therapy does help people with migraines that are worsened with light, Dr. Tarlow uses the lights on the lowest setting if they don’t have a migraine or not at all during a migraine.

Can I try this therapy for free?

You can schedule a time for a free brainwave entrainment session by calling the office.  You can also schedule a Brain Health Consultation and entrainment session with Dr. Tarlow, which will include a Heart Rate Variability evaluation that will evaluate how your nervous system is currently responding to stress.