WHAT IS VIBROACOUSTIC THERAPY (VAT) & BRAINWAVE ENTRAINMENT?
VAT is the use of very low frequency transducers embedded in a chair or massage table that act like electronic tuning forks to cause deep physical relaxation. Brainwave entrainment uses specialized audio recordings with a uniquely-designed sound/light system to facilitate changes in your brainwave states. These changes allow you to reach deeper states of relaxation and awareness.
A little technical info…
The primary recordings I use were developed by Dr. Jeffrey Thompson of the Center for Neuroacoustic Research. Each recording uses binaural beat technology, which introduces separate sounds into each ear, causing an interference pattern of pulses calibrated to specific brainwave speeds.
These speeds or frequencies fall within the ranges commonly referred to as Beta, Alpha, Theta, and Delta. Your brainwaves follow the frequency of these pulses and entrainment – a matching or synchronizing – occurs.
You hear the sound through the headphones and that entrains your auditory cortex. The sound frequencies are converted into light, affecting your visual cortex through the light googles. You feel the low frequency sound vibrations through the chair or table; these are processed in your brain-stem at the level of the vagus nerve. This activates your parasympathetic nervous system, taking you out of a stress reaction. With so much of your brain entrained to the same frequencies, a whole brain synchrony occurs, improving the transport of information throughout your brain and balancing your body/mind complex.
ABOUT BRAINWAVE STATES
These are the common names for specific brainwave states; they fall within a range of frequencies.
Beta – concentration and alertness. High levels of beta can cause anxiety.
Alpha – deep relaxation. Higher frequencies of alpha = relaxed/focused state.
Theta – dreaming sleep, increased creativity, super-learning, integrative experiences and increased memory.
- Behavior and belief system changes can be made more easily
- There is more open receptivity to learning
- Integrative experiences lead to feelings of psychological well-being
- Become psychologically healthier
Delta – dreamless sleep. If alert, a very deep, trance-like, non-physical state. Large quantities of DHEA, the growth hormone, are released – this is natural ANTI-AGING. The body heals and repairs itself, in this state.