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> What is the Chrysalis?
The Chrysalis is an extraordinary feedback system, as unique as the EEG LENS systems was to the field of the neurofeedback operant conditioning model.
The Chrysalis uses highly responsive modern technology to provide passive skin temperature biofeedback. The Chrysalis device is small, light, battery powered and conveniently portable; it interfaces with the Chrysalis Pro application on an iPhone or iPad using BLE. The user interface of the Chrysalis is far simpler than prior generations; it requires very little training.
The simplicity enables session focus presence with each client and attuning to their responsiveness, rather than of attending to either hardware or software. Mastery comes from hands on use, beginning with oneself.
We often think in terms of our “nervous system” as the driving force behind everything and the system that becomes dysregulated when we become challenged and dysfuncitonal.
Dysregulation from stress and traumas (physical & emotional), toxins and/or deficiencies) can impact our entirety and cause it to become dysregulated due to the interrelationships and interdependencies between our physiological systems.
Dysregulation can show up as illness (chronic, acute, autoimmune), pain, inflammation, weight gain, mood, instability (emotional & physical), foggy thinking, ruminations, impulsiveness, obsessiveness, explosiveness, inability to focus, fear, anger. You name it. Our systems are brilliantly designed but any of them can become compromised and stuck in cycles of adaptation and impact the others depending on it to do its jobs well.
Chrysalis feedback provides subtle information to our inner feedback loops that enables our systems to reregulate themselves.
> Who Uses Chrysalis
Licensed Healthcare Providers who want to help clients interested in moving beyond what holds them back in their life.
> The PolyVagal Theory Connection
Our trauma specialist recognized the Chrysalis affects people in the context of the Polyvagal theory. Clients eased out of fight, flight and frozen states (whether chronic or acute) into the ventral vagal state where they feel safe. From their inner feeling of safety, they develop more clarity and ease with the stresses of life. The quiet of the ventral vagal state allows for the opportunity of self-healing and for one's essence to gain the light of day. (Read more.)
> The Chrysalis Feedback
As with all LENS systems, feedback to the receiver is directly integral to their own physiological activity in that moment. Feedback from all LENS systems is received passively, and not through a process of training.
With the EEG LENS systems, receivers are asked to sit quietly with their eyes closed. (This minimizes muscle movements artifacts from obscuring the raw EEG data.)
With Chrysalis, receivers may engage in active conversation during feedback. (Artifacts are not relevant to its feedback.)
The shifts that occur from Chrysalis feedback, continue to develop over the minutes, hours and days that follow as the person's system spontaneously seeks stasis.
We have many internal feedback mechanisms that drive our physiology and keep us humming along. If they become compromised, we become challenged i.e., we don't function as well as we otherwise would. Symptoms may appear as inability to focus, difficult moods,temperament, attitude, health, pain and behaviorally. People can become "stuck" in a cyclical looping pattern which keeps them off balance. This can play out as ruminating thoughts, obsessive actions, moods we can't shake lose, emotional pain that doesn't progress to resolution, or habits that don't serve us. These happen when our connectivity is compromised - something in our system is stuck.
Chrysalis feedback. provides the opportunity for our inner mechanisms to notice something unexpected; something beyond the stuck looping. In that moment of recognition, problematic looping patterns within the physiology have the chance to step outside the looping pattern, make different choices (i.e. change horses midstream or get off the merry-go-round).
The unexpected nature of this type of feedback enables dysfunctional activities to ease out of their well-worn grooves to enable more productive pathways.
Chrysalis feedback is generally imperceptible, although those with high self awareness may notice sensations of blood flow shifts such as warming, tingles, pulses and the like.
The Chrysalis Effect manifests as clients experience being more awake in their life. Commonly people get off their treadmills. They feel peacefully quiet inside. They may simultaneously feel energized. They find what they've been procrastinating about, no longer feels insurmountable and that which had them gripped into a particular behavior, loses its hold. They're able to pursue more, with more ease. Each in their own way returns to successive sessions with enthusiasm about feeling more capable, less stressed, more able to flow in stressful situations, surprised at the cessation of troubling behaviors, more able and ready to move ahead, develop new skills and explore their interests.
> The Chrysalis Effect
We refer to the impact as the Chrysalis Effect; it can be subtle and begin below the level of consciousness until the person's awareness grows. Clients often exhibit observable softening of the muscles around their eyes and mouth. Sometimes there's more vibrancy in their faces, more resonance in the voices, more range of motion when they move. Sometimes they mention tightness or pain has eased. They sometimes sigh and express relief. The effects "bloom" and expand over time. Some occur within minutes, some in the hours that follow, some in the days and weeks to come. These "changes" feel natural as they are always in the direction of the person's inner being.
Chrysalis effects build upon themselves as people move toward improved self hood - they experience the richness of their inner world deepening and an expansion of their life force.
One client (who’d been receiving LENS treatments in another state for depression and suicidal thoughts) had said of the LENS (EEG): their suicidal thoughts moved to the back burner. When the Chrysalis feedback was experienced, the suicidal thoughts stopped - they were no longer on the burner at all. They expressed it this ways:
"The LENS saved my life;
Chrysalis gave me my life."
Another who'd received LENS treatments in the past, returned to the provider in the midst of an extremely stressful divorce process. After the first Chrysalis session, they found themselves much more able to cope with the stresses. Returning at the next session, they emphatically claimed:
"the Chrysalis is exponentially more effective than the LENS"
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> How do people respond to the Chrysalis?
Generally people experience a sense of relief, a sense of lightness and relaxation. They feel quieter internally. Although they don’t always have words to describe it, they say they like the way they feel, They become more productive and better able to manage the stresses in their life. For some, pain slips away. They return with excitement and the urge to share what they noticed had shifted for them. As they move forward in their lives, they experience a deeper place inside.
Providers find clients more open during their sessions -; they feel safer.
The "Relaxation Response" is often observed first.
Providers describe client shifts into the ventral vagal state.
Providers find, clients go farther than they had with the EEG LENS.
Most clients prefer the way they feel from Chrysalis, though occasionally, a client prefers the stronger edge of the EEG LENS,
While we share the commonality of our humanity, we are each unique. The ways in which Chrysalis affects people, is as varied as they are - it goes beyond our looks, character, taste and the way we think, to how challenges came to be, where they got stuck physically and how they've manifested in our lives.
Most often, people respond readily with very little feedback. Some have stronger "defenses" and it takes more time. For some, it's their self awareness that's slower to come around, not their responsiveness to the feedback.
Providers may notice changes in a clients face, voice, posture, expressiveness, range of motion, and/or mood and demeanor that they are not yet aware of. They also notice what clients talk about and how they talk about it, becomes more expansive.
Coworkers, friends, and family members, may notice changes in their behavior and find them easier to get along with. They may notice they're more focused and productive.
Chrysalis effects can be quite subtle. As our challenges dissipate, we feel more "right" inside. What had been challenging becomes a memory, just as the sensation or obstacle of pain becomes a memory when it stops.
Some times the changes that occur are recognized in hindsight. When life gets easier, it feels natural. It is natural. The changes are integral to who we are. Sometimes it's only in looking back that we realize what's different and how far we've come. We refer to that as the rear view mirror effect.
In matters of pain, their resolution play out in a variety of ways. For some, pain dissipate fairly quickly, Others require more repetition to reach and support the tissues involved to help them heal at a deeper level. Sometimes a long forgotten issue will percolate that hadn't fully resolved. Relief can be slower and/or returns because of degenerative issues such as cartilage loss. At times, pain comes from chronic living situations such as posture at a computer or the stresses within the household or from a job. What we find is that as gains take hold, people find new solutions to what’s not working in their lives.
While Chrysalis opens the door that enables our system to reregulate itself, when nutrients are deficient, rather than a matter of transport, they need to be addressed to correct dysfunctions their absence creates.
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride's Gut and Physiology Syndrome book, provides a comprehensive look at the interplay of our physiological systems, the significance of fundamental nutrients on our well being, the harm that comes from foods devoid of nutrient density (and the toxins they contain) and the relationships of our microbiome on our being.
The physiology book was preceded by Gut and Psychology Syndrome by many years. Her recommended protocol created world wide attention about the influences of nutrition on psychological issues, tho the reach is far greater than those diagnosis focus.
Her books are not about supplementing with or that. They're about understanding the needs of our bodies and nourishing them accordingly.
OC = Operant Conditioning feedback
ANS = Autonomic Nervous System
CNS - Central Nervous System
Chrysalis & OC biofeedback
Is there stimulation?
Brain Waves Frequencies/Amp
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> Distinctions of Chrysalis from OC Biofeedback systems
Unlike operant condition (OC) style temperature feedback systems, Chrysalis feedback is passive. Its effects occur spontaneously when the physiology releases areas that are blocked/stuck. There is no process of training.
Most people don’t notice any sensation from the feedback, although some experience sensations of blood flow shifts such as warming, tingles or pulses.
Biofeedback systems began emerging in the 1960s. There purpose was to help people become better at self-regulating. The systems of the day used operant conditioning techniques; some of them involved muscle tension training, some used temperature.
Unlike other forms of feedback such as EMG or EEG, our physiology learns from temperature feedback. Those who were able to stick with the old technology and the arduous process, eventually experienced benefits.
Len combined his "repair" paradigm, that's enabled by "interrupting" what's stuck, with his appreciation for temperature feedback to create an extraordinary feedback system thanks to modern technology's ability to readily detects changes and fluctuations in skin temperature.
> Distinctions between Chrysalis and EEG LENS
The distinctions between the LENS EEG systems and the broader sweeping new generation, Chrysalis, lies in the effects, the conveniences of use, the technology used and what’s being measured.
EEG LENS' focus is restricted to brain waves. Chrysalis feedback has a systemic scope, reaching beyond the brain to our whole being.
With Chrysalis, people experience "repair" on many levels. As their physiology becomes better regulated, the bite of traumas lose their grip, objectivity grows, the relationship to stresses and obstacles lighten as their outlook brightens. Awareness and cognition increase, consciousness expands, improvements in physical comfort increases and their inner sense of life deepens,
The Chrysalis interface was designed for simplicity; it enables the provider and client to spend the time connecting throughout the process: before, during and after the feedback.
Chrysalis feedback involves a more direct mechanism which is not only simpler to work with, it's free of the EEG amplifier obstacles:
+ sensor placements do not involve gel or paste
+ sensor placements do not require placement exactness
+ the Chrysalis interface is intuitive and simple to operate
+ a Chrysalis session takes moments to set up
+ the sensors are easy to work with and quick to put in place
+ the benefits of feedback are not focused on brain waves
+ temperature feedback directly effects and optimizes blood flow with all that it implies
EEG technology's focus on brain wave frequencies is limited in scope and requires several things to line up just right to obtain good EEG readings:
- electrical impedance (time is used to get good electrode connections)
- the use of prep gel and conductive paste to connect electrodes can be a nuisance (unpleasant for providers to use and for clients to have in their hair)
- interference (sources of electrical noise can occur from fans, heaters, water coolers, electronics, an outlet, activity on the other side of the wall (such as a printer, copier, other equipment, A/C, refrigerator, etc)
- electrode wires are thin and fragile; they tangle easily
- earlobes are typically used for ground and reference placements; some clients find them very uncomfortable
- muscle artifacts from eye or other movements obliterate the EEG readings
Years ago it was discovered, that when the electrodes of the EEG LENS were placed off the head (using the variant BodyLENS), the frequency distribution looked the same on the body as those of the scalp. Although it had some affect on pain with long treatments, it brings into question: what is the EEG amplifier actually picking up and what is it doing with it?
Many people find brain waves very interesting and/or important to their work. Providers focus on affecting them and in the use of OC, of controlling them. Some use their EEG LENS with functional placements in mind in an effort to directly affect the frequencies at specific brain locations, though that's not what the system was created or designed for. (This leads to the question of functional vs repair physiology which is explained below.)
Although the EEG LENS was clinically seen to have some affect on blood flow, the Chrysalis system using temperature feedback was designed to directly affect and optimize it, Improvements in blood flow enables the inherent knowledge and wisdom of our physiology, the opportunity to optimize itself toward better regulation.
You might wonder, if the physiology has the inherent ability and knowledge, why isn’t it already functioning optimally? The answer is essentially rooted in the influences of trauma whether due to abuse, environment, deficits in nutrition, abundance of toxins, etc.
When the physiology doesn’t have the nutrients it needs, it adapts as optimally as it can. That works until it doesn’t. The adaptations may not sustain health and well being, especially when toxins are involved.
When we are traumatized, the interdependence of our physiology sets a cascade of self-protective activities in motion. Once it does, it may not know how to restore itself, or may not be able to. When traumas stay stuck in the physiology, the protection of the ANS can turn to strangulation and keep our systems from flowing through their interdependent dances; i.e., what's meant to flow from one to the other, may not be able to.
> Distinctions between the LENS and OC
Fundamental distinctions between the systems, lie in the premises of the two paradigms which drive their feedback.
Operant Conditioning (OC):
. Initially a quantitative EEG (qEEG) map is created by affixing all electrodes around the head and using a "mapping" application to check the EEG at each location simultaneously. The results are analyzed and typically compared to a database of normalcy to determine what needs to be corrected.
. A course of serially focused treatments then targets “functional” areas of the brain defined to be responsible for each dysfunction.
. The mechanism of OC feedback uses thresholds and/or inhibits meant to encourage the functional physiology of the area being targeted in the brain to change its behavior.
. The client/patient sits at a computer screen which provides visual feedback dependent upon whether their brain is functioning according to the thresholds and/or inhibits that were set.
= The LENS systems’ conversely seek to relieve causal source(s) that prevent the “functional” physiology from functioning properly. The LENS type feedback process is referred to as "repair" oriented.
= Odds are high that the causal source of a dysfunction is distinct from the defined "functional" area from which they are stemming. Easing the obstructed areas out of their gripped states to enable the functional physiology to do its work, contrasts with OC's behavior modification techniques.
= Neither EEG LENS or Chrysalis use thresholds or inhibits in their feedback mechanisms. Instead, obstacles clear spontaneously when what's stuck is relieved, and changes occur according to the wisdom and ability of the physiology itself.
> Repair Physiology vs Functional Physiology
All of the LENS feedback systems involve a unique approach to providing feedback which is based on enabling the physiology to “repair”. Compromised physiology prevents appropriate connectivity. Once connectivity is restored, people's challenges tend to resolve. (The physiology is able to do what it's designed and intended to do.)
In contrast, operant conditioning (OC) focuses on the anatomically defined areas within the brain, which is referred to as “functional” physiology.
Simply put, when pathways to the functional areas are blocked, connections cannot be properly made. Those blocks fuel dysfunctions just as a dam blocks the flow of water and traffic jams and crashes prevents the drivers from getting where they were headed.
Although none of the LENS systems focus on “functional” physiology, some providers make use of them that way because they are rooted in operant conditioning's way of viewing dysfunctions. Some EEG LENS users focus on brain wave frequencies with the goal of directly affecting them.
While brain waves help us understand the challenges and dysfunctions a person has (such as those indicative of sleep when a person is trying to read, process what they hear, take a test, drive, function at their job), the more important question is whether the problematic brain waves are caused by the area of functionality or whether they're a manifestation of a problem elsewhere?
For example, sitting in backed up traffic is not likely to be the “fault” of the driver directly in front of us. The source of the back up may be so far ahead that it isn’t visible from where we're waiting
When functional areas of the brain are not up to par, the blocked areas need help. When the connectivity is compromised, functionality suffers. An example is the suppression of hyperactivity using inhibits. The suppression doesn’t resolve what’s causing all that extra energy to be dammed up that can’t flow properly.
> Regulation / Integration
Therapists find clients become more regulated from Chrysalis feedback. They become less reactive and more productive. As blood flow and connectivity improve, a sense of well being expands throughout which can manifests in seemingly unrelated ways.
People become clearer and move into who they actually are once what's been holding them back gives way. The progression of feeling more one's self is inherently natural.
Some clients don't recognize their own changes as such; they may refer to changes going on in their life, but do so incidentally. They'll report feeling better but whether they connect it to Chrysalis varies from person to person..
Our physiology is constantly in flux, adjusting, producing, transporting, processing and seeking homeostasis. Generally we're not aware of the ongoing balancing act of healing, protecting and renewing ourselves.
Our inner and outer worlds are involved in an ongoing dance of managing and adapting to our environment, what we do, what we think, what we consume, what's absorbed and eliminated. Even our bones and teeth are at play repairing and replenishing.
Neurotransmitters, hormones, enzymes, nutrients, etc
get created, absorbed, moved around, recycled and eliminated.
Connectivity is impacted by the quality of this dance and
blood flow is a fundamental part of it.
Good connectivity is paramount to optimal functioning.
Unlike feedback from EMG and EEG, our physiology learns from skin temperature feedback. That is, skin temperature feedback provides the opportunity for biological gains. That learning is BIO-plasticity.
We don't generally hear or think about bio-plasticity. We tend to take our physiology for granted and when it breaks down, we're mystified and even resentful.
Neurosciences have brought "neuro" plasticity into our mainstream culture where the brain is king at the very throne of intelligence and self regulation, overshadowing the other forms of intelligence.
The neuro focus is one aspect of our whole being and complicated as neurons, their firing and connectivity are, they are one type of cell that dances with many others within our system. The brain has interdependence with other physiological systems to function well, including the circulatory, endocrine and digestive systems.
Much of our interdependent physiological systems depend on and compete for resources including nutrients. Production of hormones and neurotransmitters for example, can become obstructed by the lack of nutrient building blocks. When the producing systems can't do their work, the dependent systems can't do theirs either. These shortfalls compromise our physiology's relationships. The adaptations that follow burden our health and well being.
We depend on our biology to support our physiology and it's constant dance of interplay. Keeping it safe and fueling it with the nutrients is requires is significant to our well being.
> The effect of traumas on physiology
Our endocrine system releases stress hormones when we feel unsafe. The hormones set forth a cascade of physiological responses such as infusing our large muscles with blood to support our ability to fight or flee so we can protect ourselves and loved ones. To enable the flight or flee, the blood supply in our brain and other organs is compromised.
When emergencies are temporary and the tiger stops chasing us, i.e. when the environment becomes safe again, our systems can generally bounce back. But if we never feel safe again because something that happened was extreme or the stresses are constant or prevalent enough that our systems doesn't get the chance?
Modern life has become a constant source of stress and for many, their physiology doesn't get the opportunity to recover. They don't bounce back, stress hormones don't clear, and blood flow to our brain and viscera remains compromised. In time the constriction of our blood vessels forget how to relax. We feel foggy headed and experience log jams in our bodies. Dysfunctions take many forms.
When we are unable prevent the threat of danger it's traumatizing. When life continues to feel unsafe, our autonomic nervous system (ANS) can become "stuck" and even obliterate our recognition of safety when we are safe.
Without the building blocks that are designed to be available in our blood, our interdependent physiological systems can't do their jobs. The systems begin to limp along and adapt in sub-optimal ways. (Consider what happens when a foot hurts - typically we end up with a sore hip or back too, because we adjust our gate to minimize the pain in our foot.)
When people live in a high-alert state, they don’t sleep well, tend to have digestive issues, don’t think clearly, can’t focus or concentrate well, feel fearful and anxious and/or depressed. Their actions and behaviors may be erratic, impulsive, obsessive, explosive, addictive and the like. Their thoughts, feelings and actions are tied to their internal stress.
While some people are able to maintain internal quiet with practices such as meditation, tai chi, yoga, breathing techniques, creative activities or sports/exercise, not everyone is tuned in, in those ways, may not know how or may not feel physically able. Such practices take focused dedication to maintain and can take a long time before they have an overall and sustaining effect on one's biology.
Traumas lodged in our physiology, disrupt connectivity and lead to dysfunctions. At times, just thinking of/imagining something stressful can be enough to create inner tightness, and even compromised breathing.
> Looping (stuck patterns of behavior) / interrupting what's stuck
All day every day the brain filters and decides what’s important to pay attention to and what to let pass. Filtering occurs in our physiology involving what comes in through our sensory systems.
The receptors in the skin enable the Chrysalis feedback to subtly reach our internal systems, such that it's neither dismissed nor overwhelming. The feedback enables what’s been stuck to re-regulate and become reintegrated.
An example of pattern behavior:
Imagine yourself walking down a flight of stairs. Generally stairs are uniformly spaced and enable us to develop a rhythm as we step from one to the next. We feel safe in our rhythm and don't give much thought to it; (Our mind is free to drift to other things because the stepping doesn’t require our conscious attention. Our bodies know where to place our feet.
Unless the steps are wet or we have to be mindful of what we're carrying or we’re physically challenged, stairs require deliberate awareness just as walking over rough uneven terrain does.
Now imagine coming to the bottom and the semi conscious anticipation of stepping off the last step before walking on to whatever's next. If that last step is slightly shorter/shallower, it catches more of our conscious attention, waking us out of the repetitive pattern of our steps and the familiar.
The shorter step breaks the pattern; it's unexpected. The disrupted rhythm gives us a moment of pause bringing us more fully into the present and sometimes leading to interesting thoughts or experiences we may not have otherwise had.
Though the rhythm that builds with stairs or runners and other athletes is not a problem in and of itself, and if it were necessary to circumvent obstacles in the path, generally that wouldn't be a problem either. but it gives some insight into the nature of our not so conscious patterns that sometimes become yoked.
When people are stuck in patterns like washing their hands or checking that the door is locked, or the lens with which they see and interact in the world leaves them feeling fearful, angry and lonely, it can be indicative of dysfunctional stuck behaviors that keep the person from embracing life.
We believe in the inherent intelligence of our physiology and that when given the opportunity, it can overcome and move toward optimal functioning. The opportunity comes from unimpeded pathways, which is at the root of the “repair” physiology paradigm.
> Why was the Chrysalis developed?
Creating a biofeedback system that provides the “LENS effect” was a dream of Len’s for many years. As a recognized pioneer in the biofeedback field, he's continued to hold great respect for the reach biofeedback has, which goes beyond that of neurofeedback's.
Len finds brain wave information generally misunderstood. Most of the time, EEG data represents a manifestation of what is compromised. This is to say, an area of the brain exhibiting dysfunction, is not likely to be where a problem lies. Chrysalis enables dysfunctions to be addressed at their source, providing the opportunity for self-repair, including one's particular physiological challenges and improvements of clarity, mood and competency. (When the noise in our head quiets, we are in a better place to make life enhancing decision in lieu of living reactively.)
Neurofeedback gained popularity as technology became digitized and the public's awareness of neurosciences expanded. Corporate funding enabled new systems to make the most of the technology, and used images of neurons and conceptualized inner workings of our brains. Over time, the interactive displays of operant conditioning feedback systems became more and more engaging, and the websites present a face of hopefulness and promise.
Operant conditioning processes can take quite a bit of time before changes are realized. Those who are not challenged sitting at a display concentrating to get their brain to do the "right" thing may enjoy the process. Many tho, struggle with it; their heads are too noisy or they are restless and are challenged to concentrate.
by providing the opportunity to relieve what's stuck,
the implicated restlessness and noise reduce.
The ability to concentrate (etc) occurs naturally
as the system reregulates
without playing any tricks with the brain.
> Microvasculature blood flow -
It is said, we have approximately 30 trillion cells. They are grouped and categorized according to their functions and their physiological systems.
About 70% of our cells are red blood cells. Tasked with transporting oxygen and nutrients to cells dependent on their requirements. and ushering out unwanted gases such as carbon dioxide by transporting it to the lungs for expulsion by our breath, red blood cells play a vital role in the workings of our physicality.
Our circulatory system is far more expansive than the veins and arteries that have been named. Our red blood cells are transported through an expansive network of microvasculature not typically seen in images of anatomy.
Gunther von Hagens' "Body World" exhibits and books gifted the world the opportunity of seeing what our actual internal anatomy is like.(His inventive technique of plastination preserves biological tissue specimens; some exhibit the density of the microvasculature.)
When the walls of the microvasculature become traumatized and constricted, they stiffen. This of course disrupts blood flow and therefore the transportation of nutrients and waste. Clinically, Chrysalis feedback appears to help the walls become more flexible again, which enables improved blood flow.
> Is there "stimulation" from the feedback?
None of the LENS systems provide stimulation. If a person feels stimulated, it is a response generated within their own system.
> What about brain waves? (frequencies and amplitude)
Neurofeedback focuses on brain waves, distinguishing them one from another by their frequencies and intensity (amplitude).
Operant conditioning systems train the brain using reinforcements of thresholds and inhibits to instill the desired brain waves.
When EEG LENS is used, frequencies and amplitudes are found to spontaneously restore when the area(s) causing the disturbance(s) release. Finding and working with them is a clinical skill. These are the areas responsible for suppression and/or over-activity which are at the root of dysfunction; their release leads to improved functioning and appropriate variability.
fuel for thought
Alpha is considered the wave of relaxation, yet when alpha dominates in the front of the brain it's related to anxiety.
Slower waves indicative of sleep, become problematic if they dominate when a person is trying to take a test, or study, or read, or drive, or do their job (for example). Often times, those areas in the front of the brain are also suppressed.
What's the connection?
From the EEG LENS point of view, when an area of the brain is suppressed, or overly active, it's being impacted by another area of the physiology. The area causing the impact upon the "functional physiology" is where the help is needed. (Releasing what's yoked, enables the physiology to self repair and lead to the restoration of functionality.)
While brain waves may be indicative of whether the brain’s physiology is humming along or not, the question is: are the “troubled” brain waves directly related to/caused by, the physical area of functionality of concern?
The premise behind LENS systems is, troubled frequencies may be (and generally are) a result of a problem elsewhere i.e. the manifestation of a different, perhaps "stuck" physiological problem. (This can be likened to sitting in backed-up traffic. Odds are the traffic congestion isn’t the fault of the driver just ahead, but more likely due to a problem so far ahead that the source of it isn’t visible.)
In this context, it becomes clear that the manifestations of dysfunctions can become confused by the actual source of them. In this way, problematic brain wave frequencies are the results of the problem, not the problem itself, and the functional physiology is not particularly likely to be where the problem resides.
When functional areas of the brain are not up to par, it’s the blocked, the stuck areas that are in need of help because when connectivity is compromised, functionality suffers. Quieting hyperactivity with inhibits doesn’t resolve what’s causing the buildup of extra energy. The boiling-over point from being dammed up elsewhere disrupts connectivity.
> What about thresholds and inhibits?
Thresholds and inhibits are used by operant conditioning (OC) to encourage the brain to change its brain waves. The process involves specific sensor placement on the scalp over the functional area exhibiting the dysfunction.
The OC approach is to encourage specific brain waves to change - the intention of changing them is to create improvements in the lacking functionality. Fundamentally, it’s a process of behavior modification.
When there are multiple dysfunctions, each dysfunction is treated sequentially over time using OC systems. The treatments involve long periods of concentration while the brain is asked to do the “right” thing. Often months go by before changes are realized.
To receive the feedback, a computer screen is typically set up to provide visual cues so the user knows when they are in the zone – the cue provided by the system provides a process of reinforcement. (The brain gains the "feedback" kudo, when the brain waves are in step with the inhibit or threshold that's been set by the provider.)
Inhibits are used to quiet activity
Thresholds are used to encourage activity
> Who is Len Ochs?
You'll find Len’s name sprinkled around the internet mostly because of the hundreds of LENS providers who gratefully reference him on their website. He is a recognized pioneer in the field of biofeedback and practiced as a psychologist for 40+ years, simultaneously maintaining his license in 5 states. He began inventing out of the box systems as a boy and hasn't stopped.
His unusual vision led him to make significant contributions beyond equipment. For example, with his penchant for improving blood flow, one year early in his career as a psychologist, he ran a university's suicidal hotline. He trained 200 RAs in how to use thought to improve blood flow. The goal was to teach callers how to calm their (flight or flight) sympathetic nervous system. The RAs fielded the hotline calls and lead callers through the techniques. That year, there were no suicides for the first time in 10 years,
As neuroscience was developing in the 70s and digital technology became available, it paved the way for the new-fangled feedback. that emerged out of biofeedback, isolating its focus on the brain.
Len trained on a leading neurofeedback system of the day; he worked with it for 15 years, creating and analyzing the qEEG maps of his patients. and providing them with operant conditioning feedback sessions. He disliked the length of time and ardor his patients endured during the sessions. This sensibility fueled a new approach to helping clients with an entirely different paradigm.
His version of feedback, provided more efficient outcomes.
The dysfunctions that were helped included depression, anxiety, seizure issues, mood and learning challenges, head injuries and strokes.
Len's first LENS system was named Flexyx; it launched in 1985.
Although his feedback delivery has evolved with the technology, his focus of interrupting what's stuck has remained key throughout his systems. With each generation, how to improve upon it has grown.
Len' has maintained his reverence for the effects of blood flow.
improves blood flow;
improved blood flow enables the physiology to repair itself.
The opportunity for repair is enhanced by the easing of
dysfunctional looping patterns when the physiology is "stuck".
honors our entirety rather than focus on the brain.
We are not an assemblage of isolated parts;
We are comprised of many systems working as a whole,
full of interplay and inter-dependencies.
Over the years, Len has enjoyed the many providers that have kept in touch. Occasionally a patient from years ago looks him up and sends a message of gratitude. Providers too send expressions of gratitude for the tool they still use. They say they don’t want to retire because the work feels too vital. Some describe what the system has done for them personally and for their family. A few still have the original, Flexyx and many still use LENSware2.
Now with the Chrysalis, past LENS providers are finding a new level of inspiration and awe for what it offers them and their clients. They especially love seeing their clients advance beyond what the (EEG) LENS had provided them. (And they really like not having to use the gel and paste!)
goes beyond symptomatic improvements.
People are connecting to their humanity.
and expanding at their core.
Chrysalis is Len's legacy.
> Len’s own evolution (post years of EEG LENS)
After years of EEG LENS treatments and explorations of other modalities, Len’s own evolution has kicked into high gear after a lifetime of challenges that began with a head injury at birth.
Most of his life he’s had to work extra hard to compensate for not being so good with sequencing, organizing, tracking and most matters involving numbers. His lack of skills left him vulnerable to others who took advantage of him.
He too has found Chrysalis reaches farther and deeper into his core, enhancing his regulation and giving him a sense of clarity he hadn't had before. He's expanding with new found ease and a deeper sense of his own humanity.
Len uses Chrysalis with clients;
he loves watching them gain a new lease on life.
He encourages providers
looking to make profound differences in the lives of their patients and clients to consider Chrysalis use.