This is where your biofeedback for the brain begins.
Anyone that has ever had the pleasure of staying at The Ritz-Carlton- a luxury hotel- will tell you that the experience is unforgettable. They are there to make you feel like a 'King" or "Queen", and that's exactly what they do.
Understandably, not everyone is working with a budget that will allow for such extravagance. And, even if they can afford to stay in such a posh environment, some people simply feel that all of the extra amenities are unnecessary, and are just looking for a clean room and a comfortable bed. The bottom line? They want a good night's sleep.
When it comes to biofeedback for the brain training, a similar situation exists.
Some clinicians and practitioners, require that you both begin, and end, your biofeedback for the brain treatment with what is often referred to as "Brain Mapping" or a Quantitative EEG (QEEG).
If you have the financial means to do so, it certainly can't hurt anything to start with "Brain Mapping", but to assume that you can't be treated effectively without it, in most cases, would be a mistake.
With fees as much as $650 - $2,000 just for the "Brain Mapping", many people are thrilled to discover they can probably find a therapist who can get find their baseline measurement for a whole lot less, using other methods.
There are, however, two groups of people that would most likely benefit from having the QEEG or "Brain mapping" session; anyone with a seizure disorder or a traumatic brain injury should at least consider getting this initial assessment done.
Just make a note to ask the therapist or clinician you are considering whether they feel your issue warrants the QEEG. Let them know that you have read that in many cases, they may not be necessary, and that if you can still be treated effectively without it, you may decide to pass.
I had my brain's eeg waves assessed for the first time during my first neurofeedback training class. The technician put the leads onto my scalp, and asked me to read a section out of a book. Then he asked me to count backwards from one hundred by sevens. He watched my eeg brainwave pattern on the computer screen with my eyes open and with my eyes closed.
I remember how tense I felt waiting for the technician to let me know the results of the assessment. He showed me how there were no epilepsy waves in the eeg readout, and how there were no 'sleep spindles' in the readout. He explained that sleep spindles show up when people are asleep, so it was good that none of them showed up in my assessment. He concluded that most of my eeg patterns looked good, but that my tendency to stay up late at night caused signs of sleep deprivation in my eeg patterns.
What will your brainwave/eeg patterns look like on a QEEG brain map?