Brainwave Entrainment For Anxiety
We work with anxiety sufferers who have decided to take full ownership of their recovery. Who wants to discover the confidence, reconnection and relief that comes with resolving hyperactivity in their brain’s fight/flight/freeze system?
Most of our clients are people who understand that there’s more to anxiety treatment than medication and talk therapies. DeepWave is for people who believe in the value of self-care.
We believe that classic anxiety ‘treatments’ like medication and psychotherapy are valuable tools. However, they don’t form a holistic approach to anxiety treatment. Self-care and self-healing are important aspects of every mental health journey. Anxiety is a complex issue that impacts the entire person, so a flexible and holistic approach to healing is often necessary.
If our service is for you, you’ll discover that anxiety is not a disease or disorder. They are unprocessed emotional reactions to Adverse Life Events (ALE’s). Processing them offers incomparable benefits for our confidence, self-acceptance, relationships, health, work, performance and peace of mind.
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DeepWave sessions are for people who want to reclaim their nervous systems. By taking a holistic approach to heal from anxiety. Most ‘healing journeys’ require us to be open to various perspectives and solutions. Especially if we want to truly free ourselves from anxiety in the longer term.
This is an opportunity to learn more about what causes anxiety to get ‘stuck’ in our nervous systems and the modern treatment options that now exist. This is an opportunity to learn about what causes trauma & PTSD to get ‘stuck’ in our nervous systems and what we can do about it.
If you have ongoing anxiety symptoms, you may have a persistent over-activation of your limbic system. The limbic system is the part of your brain responsible for the fight/flight/freeze response. DeepWave sessions use gentle high-frequency light to target hyperactive nerve cells deep in the limbic system.
From a neurological (nerdy) perspective, the effects of anxiety are simply a nervous system that believes it is not safe, which is a part of the limbic brain’s fight/flight/freeze response.
The fight-flight-freeze response involves multiple brain centres and body systems. The central processors for this are all located deep in the brain’s limbic system. When the limbic system persistently signals the body that the environment isn’t safe, the body acts accordingly. As a result physical and psychological symptoms eventuate for many sufferers of anxiety.
We are discovering more and more ways to reduce hyperactivity in the limbic system. As a result, great progress is being made in the effective treatment of anxiety. The rise of EMDR Therapy, Trauma & Stress Release Exercises, Mindfulness, CBT and Somatic Experiencing Therapy are all examples of that. We offer DeepWave light therapy sessions as another breakthrough in self-care for anxiety sufferers.
DeepWave Brainwave Entrainment sessions enhance mental and emotional well-being by reducing fight-flight-freeze activity in the limbic system. Brainwave Entrainment leverages the fact that nerve cell clusters deep in the brain respond to light. Many of the brain’s deep nerve clusters are every bit as responsive to light as skin and eye cells.
High-frequency LED light is gently beamed straight into the brain through light-receptive pathways to reduce the over-activation of the brain’s fight or flight centres.
In this blog – Overcoming the Effects of Large T Trauma: A Journey towards Emotional Well-Being, we will be focusing
Anxiety is a normal emotion that everyone experiences at times. It’s a feeling of unease, worry, or fear that can be triggered by a variety of situations, such as public speaking, job interviews, or social events. However, when anxiety becomes excessive, prolonged, and begins to interfere with daily life, it can be considered an anxiety disorder. Yet having an anxiety disorder doesn’t mean there is something wrong with ‘you’. It just means that a certain amount of stress has ‘built up’ in your nervous system and has got ‘stuck’.
From a scientific perspective, anxiety disorders are caused by the brain’s fight or flight centers being switched on all (or most) of the time. This leaves us in a state of what is called ‘hyper-vigilance’. Hyper-vigilance is caused by a structure deep inside the brain called your amygdala, being switched on all the time; as if the environment isn’t safe. This is a learned behavior on the part of the amygdala, which is part of the brain’s limbic system.
Almost all anxiety disorders are caused by our amygdala’s reaction to ALE’s or ‘Adverse Life Experiences’. This includes full blown trauma, and trauma with a small ‘t’. These are all the difficult things we go through in life, many of which often exceed our ability to cope. Anxiety is the nervous system’s response to being ‘overloaded’ or traumatized by one or more ALE’s. Learning to process and make sense of the difficult things we have been through in our lives is the best way to approach anxiety. We may be born with a natural tendency towards feeling anxious when things go wrong, but that doesn’t mean we have to live our whole lives with high levels of anxiety.
The most common types of anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder (SAD), and specific phobias. The range of symptoms and presentations is very wide with anxiety disorders. Some anxiety sufferers may have quite mild but persistent symptoms that they are aware of. Other anxiety sufferers can feel fine for extended periods and experience very severe and sudden anxiety attacks.
The symptoms of anxiety can vary widely from person to person, but may include feelings of fear, worry, or unease, physical sensations such as rapid heartbeat, sweating, and shaking, and avoidance of certain situations or activities. This is all part of our nervous systems fight/flight/freeze centers switching to the ‘on position’. When these symptoms are persistent it’s usually a result of unresolved life-stress, small ‘t’ trauma, or good old fashion big ‘T’ Trauma. Stress/trauma-informed care recognizes that anxiety symptoms can be a result of past experiences and encourages a holistic approach to addressing the underlying causes of anxiety.
Managing anxiety can involve a variety of approaches, including self-care practices such as exercise, healthy eating, and mindfulness meditation. Trauma/stress-informed care recognizes that anxiety can be a result of past/present life experiences and encourages a compassionate and holistic approach to addressing the underlying causes of anxiety.
EMDR therapy is a type of trauma-focused psychotherapy that can be particularly effective in reducing anxiety symptoms by addressing the underlying trauma that may be contributing to them. Peter Levine’s work on trauma emphasizes the importance of addressing the physical and emotional aspects of trauma in order to release it from the body, which can also help to reduce anxiety.
Trauma release exercises, such as shaking and deep breathing, can also be helpful in reducing anxiety by releasing tension and stress from the body. It is important to work with a qualified mental health professional to determine the best approach for managing your anxiety.
Brainwave Entrainment is an excellent self care tool for reducing fight/flight activity in the brains limbic system. Regular Brainwave Entrainment sessions can have a profoundly positive effect on anxiety levels, without using drugs or having to talk to a stranger about your problems. Brainwave Entrainment is not a treatment for anxiety, in the same way that exercise is not a treatment for obesity. Self care tools are a vital part of resolving anxiety in the long term, and Brainwave Entrainment is a self care tool.
Coping strategies for anxiety can include self-care practices such as exercise, healthy eating, and mindfulness meditation, as well as relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation. Taking care of your environment and making careful choices about lifestyle is an excellent way to minimize anxiety. Drinking too much coffee and talking to aggressive people every day is not the ideal way forward for most anxiety sufferers.
Understanding the roles of life-stressors, adverse life events and trauma is essential for the truly successful anxiety coping strategies.EMDR therapy is a type of trauma-focused psychotherapy that can be particularly effective in reducing anxiety symptoms by addressing the underlying trauma that may be contributing to them. Peter Levine’s work on trauma emphasizes the importance of addressing the physical and emotional aspects of trauma in order to release it from the body, which can also help to reduce anxiety. Trauma release exercises, such as shaking and deep breathing, can also be helpful in reducing anxiety by releasing tension and stress from the body. It is important to work with a qualified mental health professional to develop an individualized coping strategy for managing your anxiety. As we have mentioned before also, regular Brainwave Entrainment sessions can be profoundly transformative.
Cure is a funny word. All emotionally healthy humans get anxious at some point. Anxiety can be managed and reduced to the point where it no longer has a negative impact on your life for sure. Complete “cure” may not be possible, as anxiety is a natural response to stress and can be a normal part of life. However, with effective treatment and self-care strategies, you can learn to manage and reduce your anxiety symptoms. It’s important to remember that recovery from anxiety is a journey and not a destination. A trauma/stressor informed approach to treatment can help you understand how past experiences may be impacting your anxiety and provide tools to cope with those experiences. EMDR therapy and trauma release exercises can be effective in addressing the root causes of anxiety and facilitating healing. Excellent self care and appropriate treatment choices rolled out consistently offer an extraordinarily good chance of getting to a place where you are really happy and relaxed about your quality of life.
There are many strategies for managing anxiety without medication. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness meditation, exercise, and relaxation techniques like deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation can be effective. A trauma-informed approach to therapy can help you identify and address the underlying causes of your anxiety. EMDR therapy, psychotherapy and TRE ‘trauma release exercises’ and mindfulness therapies can be especially helpful for addressing past stressful or traumatic experiences.
It’s important to remember that self-care is an ongoing process, and it may take time to find the right combination of strategies that work for you. Brainwave Entrainment, yoga, healthy lifestyle, minimal screen time, healthy sleep, healthy food, minimal caffeine, regular cardio exercise, healthy relationships. These are the choices that need to be worked towards if you want to be able manage your anxiety without medication. Patience is the key, we are seldom able to make overnight transformations in life’s mental health department.
Natural remedies for anxiety include exercise, mindfulness meditation, herbal supplements like chamomile and valerian root, Brainwave Entrainment and aromatherapy. It’s important to remember that natural remedies are not a substitute for professional treatment, and it’s always a good idea to talk to your healthcare provider before trying any new supplements or remedies. A trauma-informed approach to treatment can help you identify and address the underlying causes of your anxiety, and EMDR therapy and trauma release exercises can be especially effective for addressing past traumatic experiences.
If you have a loved one with anxiety, it’s important to provide emotional support and encourage them to seek professional help if needed. Avoid minimizing their feelings or trying to “fix” their anxiety, as this can be invalidating. Instead, offer a listening ear and validate their experiences. Encourage them to engage in self-care strategies like exercise, mindfulness meditation, and relaxation techniques. A trauma/stressor – informed approach to therapy can be especially helpful for acknowledging past or present experiences that may be contributing to their anxiety.
Yes, trauma can certainly cause anxiety. Trauma can leave the brain’s limbic system in a permanent state of fight/flight. Trauma can refer to any event that overwhelms a person’s ability to cope, and it can leave lasting effects on the body and mind. Trauma can create a sense of fear, helplessness, and horror, leading to symptoms such as hypervigilance, avoidance, and anxiety. Trauma can be resolved through various trauma-informed therapies such as EMDR, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), and Somatic Experiencing (SE). Peter Levine’s work on trauma and TRE can also be helpful in releasing the tension and energy that can be trapped in the body after a traumatic event.
Yes, anxiety can cause a variety of physical symptoms. Some common physical symptoms of anxiety include heart palpitations, sweating, trembling or shaking, shortness of breath, and muscle tension. These physical symptoms are often a result of the body’s “fight or flight” response being activated in response to perceived danger.
When anxiety stays in the system for long periods of time it leads to persistently high cortisol levels in the blood, and affects things like sleep. This means there are many instances where secondary health issues can arise from anxiety. It is common knowledge that symptoms like pain, headaches, IBS, asthma and skin complaints like eczema are profoundly linked to stress in the body. Anxiety can easily be a part of this
In cases where anxiety is related to trauma, it’s possible that physical symptoms may be a result of the body’s response to the traumatic event. Trauma-informed therapies such as EMDR, TF-CBT, and Somatic Experiencing can be effective in addressing both the physical and emotional symptoms of anxiety related to trauma.
People can find a qualified trauma specialist or trauma center by speaking with their primary care doctor, searching online, or contacting local mental health organizations. It is important to find a qualified and experienced professional who has training and expertise in treating trauma and its effects.