HRV - Heart-Rate Variability Biofeedback
HRV biofeedback allows us to improve the function of heart rhythms and teaches diaphragmatic breathing for relaxation and other uses. This is a form of breathing that intentionally evokes use of the diaphragm. The diaphragm is the muscle which nature intended humans to breathe with.
Anxious individuals breathe in short, rapid, and shallow breaths as if they are panting. Then, the lungs (as opposed to the diaphragm) are used to breathe in this anxious states. Anxious individuals also seem to naturally gravitate toward rapid breathing which can induce anxiety even if no true danger is present. They can literally live in a state of “fight or flight” simply because of their dysfunctional breathing patterns. Breath Biofeedback and HRV biofeedback can give us control over this process. For example, a relaxed individual who is diaphragmatically breathing is breathing at a rate of around 6 breaths per minute (BPM). An anxious person will breathe at a rate of 18 to 20 BPM or higher. The body’s impact on the brain is so profound that emotional anxiety can be induced simply by breathing more rapidly, and, if done long enough, can even induce a panic attack. All simply by breathing differently. HRV-biofeedback provides the individual with: (1) quick coping skills to reduce anxious states – diaphragmatic breathing is incompatible with anxiety (i.e., it is hard to breathe diaphragmatically and be anxious at the same time) and (2) it teaches long term breathing skills so that the individual will automatically breathe more slowly with their diaphragm (ie. even when they are not thinking about it).
Temperature Biofeedback uses sensors that measure your body temperature. Temperature normally drops during times of stress, so a low temperature reading prompts you to start relaxation techniques. Temperature biofeedback can be learned to help with many issues involved with blood flow.
Temperature biofeedback trains people to raise and lower their body temperature on hands or feet typically. The most common use is to raise the body temperature. When we are under stress, the body extremities become colder due to constricted blood vessels and blood being pulled toward vital organs in the center of the body. So when someone learns to raise their temperature they cause vasodilation and increased blood flow to this region. Vasodilation is a sign of relaxation and the brain will detect this and become calmer with reduced anxiety.
GSR - Galvanic Skin Response Biofeedback
Galvanic Skin Response Training uses sensors which measure the minute activity of the sweat gland and how much perspiration is on the skin, which in turns indicates how anxious a person feels. This is useful when it comes to managing emotional disorders such as phobias, anxiety, and stuttering
GSR or EDR biofeedback trains an individual to decrease sweating. The most common site of training is the hands. When an individual is anxious, they naturally release sweat onto their skin. The sensors used in EDR biofeedback are very sensitive and can detect even subtle changes in sweat.
By decreasing sweat activity, relaxation is induced. An interesting phenomenon is that sweat gland activity is a highly accurate and sensitive marker of emotional changes. This occurs in near real time with the emotional state so even a slight change in thoughts will often elicit a detectable change in sweat gland activity.
Our biofeedback services vary according to your particular needs and interests. We charge 100 dollars per session, and the sessions average an hour each. We encourage buying a block of sessions, and offer a discount of 75.00 per session, if you buy 5 sessions or more. Typically, it takes a few sessions to learn the techniques, and we do give homework which is helpful though not absolutely mandatory. We never take insurance since this is not a medical practice. At South Florida Biofeedback, we teach people biofeedback, and it is very much about being a learning process. We do refer out people to qualified medical practitioners who need services along those lines.
Also, there is always a free phone consultation prior to deciding whether this is the choice for you. At South Florida Biofeedback, our main focus is on helping you develop the skills needed to be the Best You Can Be, in the areas you particularly need to develop.
We use breath biofeedback at South Florida Biofeedback to improve oxygen flow, and rate of breath, all of which has vital consequences for all sorts of anxiety and performance issues. It is a bit like Pranayama in Yoga, although scientifically monitored for maximum effectiveness.
Biofeedback is enormously effective for helping people motivate and to self-regulate generally.
Peripheral Biofeedback Generally
Learning peripheral biofeedback is effective for helping relieve many issues people struggle with in life, from work stress, to health stress to problems performing or sleeping.
Peripheral Biofeedback is used by many professional sports teams and elite athletes to help with achieving the best, and most appropriate state of focus or relaxation. It has helped thousands of executives achieve peak performance, and has eased literally billions of frazzled nerves among all age groups and sorts of people. It is also unique in being safe to use on your own after you learn it, as opposed to the brainwave biofeedback or neurofeedback where qualified clinicians should by present.
It is used for improving the vocal performance of singers (check YouTube for some examples) and the accuracy of Olympic archers. It has such a wide range of applications that we would need another website just to list them.
Peripheral biofeedback can help one gain profoundly restorative states of relaxation. As practitioners of other relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation will tell you, systematic relaxation goes hand in hand with feelings of well-being.
So get the benefits of yoga without turning yourself into a pretzel! You will be seeing the results quickly as well, and in real time, which makes biofeedback something everyone would do well to learn.
Additionally, It is safe for all ages, and non-invasive and there aren’t side effects except feeling better, with peripheral biofeedback.
Our Services Include :
Complimentary also called Adjuntive Biofeedback Tools
We Also offer a wide array of various adjunctive tools,such as aromatherapy, sound healing or entrainment (link), havening, meditation, coaching, hypnosis and guided imagery to name a few. Basically, if we mutually determine if will be helpful to getting you to the place you want to be, it is fair game here..
So try us, because Nothing is More Important than Feeling Great!
ALWAYS make sure you have an OK from your doctor if you plan on working with what you learn here on any medical condition for we aren’t medical providers and only teach self-regulation skills in conjunction with professional medical care. Very important to clarify that.