Why you need Isochronic Tones?
Stress! Overwhelm! Anxiety! Panic! Burn-out! Exhaustion!
We’ve all been there whether we’re a student during exams, an aspiring entrepreneur or single mom trying to get the kids to school on time.
OMG…I can’t even deal right now…what do I do?
I know I should.
I would if I had the time.
Meditate? I guess I could try but I don’t know how.
If you’ve had conversations with yourself like the one above you’re not alone. Sadly, it’s all too common.
As a journalist on a mission to promote inner peace as part of one's lifestyle, I’ve found it interesting and challenging to encounter a great deal of people who don’t think meditation can help them or who think they are incapable of practicing correctly. This is an unfortunate misconception because everyone can meditate.
Worse yet, there are those who believe it’s some woo-woo knowledge based on folktales and alchemy.
Science is beginning to reveal the physical, mental and emotional benefits of meditation and as the practice moves more and more into the mainstream, the demand for tools that assist with it will grow. A quick search will reveal a ton of good websites and apps where guided meditations are their bread and butter.
But to take it a step further, science has now developed a relatively unheard realm of technology called brainwave entrainment, where a person can listen to audio and receive the benefits of meditation, while bypassing a beginner’s concerns of “Am I doing it right?” or “Is this working?”…common thoughts among novice meditation practitioners…but no longer necessary.
So, let’s drop some knowledge..
What is Brainwave Entrainment?
Brainwave Entrainment is the use of audio or visual stimuli to affect the brain. Through pulses of sound or light the brain responds electrically to rhythmic sensory stimulation.
When the brain is given a stimulus, through the ears, eyes or other senses, it emits an electrical charge. These electrical responses travel throughout the brain to become what you "see and hear".
When the brain is presented with a rhythmic stimulus, such as a drum beat for example, the rhythm is reproduced in the brain in the form of these electrical impulses. If the rhythm becomes fast and consistent enough, it can start to resemble the natural internal rhythms of the brain, called brainwaves. When this happens, the brain responds by synchronizing its own electric cycles to the same rhythm.
Isochronic tones are one type of brainwave entrainment.
What are Isochronic Tones?
Again, isochronic tones are a method of brainwave entrainment that stimulates your brain using audio, which in turn, triggers a complex neurological process.
At its simplest level, an isochronic tone is just a tone that is being turned on and off rapidly. The volume or intensity of the sound goes almost directly from 0 to 100 and back again in an evenly-spaced manner and this creates sharp, distinctive pulses of sound, which leaves a strong impression on the brain.
When you listen to isochronic tones, you will hear small, rapid pulses of sound and as the session progresses, the frequency rate of these pulses change slowly, thereby changing your brainwave patterns and guiding your mind to various useful mental states.
Just a teeny bit of science…I promise.
Your brain is made up of billions of brain cells called neurons. These neurons use electricity to communicate with each other.
The combination of millions of neurons sending signals at once produces a tremendous amount of electrical activity in the brain, which can be detected using sensitive medical equipment.
This electrical activity in the brain is commonly called a brainwave pattern, because of its cyclic, "wave-like" nature.
Why Brainwaves are Important
With the discovery of brainwaves came the discovery that electrical activity in the brain will change depending on what the person is doing. For example, a person taking a nap has far different brainwave patterns than someone playing basketball.
Advancing technology over the past few years equated to more sensitive equipment for researchers. Scientists are using this equipment to bring us closer to figuring out what brainwaves truly mean and with that, what they mean about a person's health and state of mind.
You can tell a lot about a person simply by observing their brainwave patterns. For example, anxious people tend to produce an overabundance of high beta waves while people with ADD/ADHD tend to produce an overabundance of slower alpha/theta brainwaves.
Here’s the kicker.
Researchers have found that not only are brainwaves representative of your mental state, but they can also be stimulated to change a person's mental state, and this in turn can help with a variety of mental issues.
This means we are now able to manipulate deeply rooted thought patterns, emotions or any other mental or cognitive processes through exterior stimulation.
How Isochronic Tones can help you?
When isochronic tones are utilized as a stimulus under specific circumstances, research has shown evidence of beneficial outcomes in a variety of areas.
Here are just a few of the reasons one might use this technology.
Cognition / Attention / Focus: A growing body of research is showing that brainwave stimulation can be an incredibly effective tool to promote attention and focus.
Stress Reduction: Sessions can be designed to be naturally relaxing, to reduce stress and anxiety
Emotional Stability / Mood Support: Decades of neurofeedback research have revealed specific brainwave patterns characteristic of negative moods and overly emotional mental states. Based on this, brainwave entrainment sessions have been developed and recent research is showing it to be a very promising aide in this area.
Study help: can help optimize the brain for studying- users consistently report being more productive and learning more quickly.
Deep Meditation: Using isochronic tones can be likened to a form of "high tech" meditation, where audio is used to guide your mind to the relaxed, focused state experienced during meditation.
In conclusion, if you’re trying to reduce stress levels, achieve more peace of mind, or want to improve your mental performance I would suggest experimenting with isochronic tones.
Hit me up for my personal recommendations or to chat about meditation, isochronic tones or other forms of brainwave entrainment. Peace and Love…and enjoy your life.