in the beginning...
The LENS family of feedback systems began in the 1980s with a pair of glasses. Dr. Ochs created them to help clients in his own practice get "unstuck".
At that time, blinking lights and sounds had been integral to the design of the glasses. Colleagues of Dr. Ochs wanted pairs for their own practices. In time, the glasses began to wear out from use and handling which led to the recognition that the lights and sounds were unnecessary to elicit change in their patient's lives. (Some had found them irritating anyway, particularly those with sensory challenges.) That first LENS system had been named Flexyx.
In 2000 LENSWare2 was developed. Paddles at the end of electrode wires both received EEG readings, and returned a variant as feedback to the client's scalp.
In 2014 LENSWare3 was launched. Some features were added, some dropped off. New graphs, which were referred to as "maps", provided more details, user features, and options for practitioners to ponder over.
The simplicity of the EEG LENSWare was overlooked until Dr. Ochs had time to ponder the patterns of the raw EEG in 2016 and 2017. He came to recognize the patterns and what to do about them, to provide the most efficacious "treatments" for client recovery. He used this understanding and technique in his private practice, where clients often felt better after the first treatment; he began tapering treatments after the 3rd or 4th. He taught practitioners how to recognize and use this knowledge in his Advanced LENS trainings in 2018 and 2019.
Development of the Chrysalis began in 2018. With the use of quieter technology and a simplified user interface, the Chrysalis enables Providers to stay attuned to their clients, who commonly become more open during their sessions.
The Chrysalis makes use of fundamental physiological underpinnings Dr. Ochs learned during his years in the world of biofeedback (long before "neurofeedback" was conceived of). Combining modern technology with his unique paradigm, enables the benefits of physiological gains (physical learning) that come from temperature based biofeedback, to also benefit the brain. Chrysalis effects have been experienced throughout the body of which the brain is a part.
What it comes down to is, our physiology is better able to metabolized Chrysalis biofeedback, make lasting use of it and continue to support personal expansion. The core of who we each are is able to emerge and continues to flourish. Thus the Chrysalis enables a beneficial blending of physiology, mood and cognition that propels clients out of their stuck places and into self actualization.
What? Why? Who? How?
VERY FEW PEOPLE have never hit their head in some way or other. When it happens, we rub it and go on, not thinking twice about what may be happening beneath the surface and we tend to forget it occurred unless it bleeds or we get a headache.
Yet what's on the inside can become compromised regardless of whether injuries come from ordinary events like bumping into a cabinet, reaching under a desk or table, playing, falling, (or something that falls on us), a car accident, sports injury, fight, or the target of abuse. The impact on our head or jolt to our body or trauma that won't let go, can affect our subsequent functionality and how we feel. We may never be quite the same again, unless our physiology is a superhero at repairing what got hurt (including the balance of stress hormones which impact blood flow,) the pathways, the vasculature, the tissues and the neurons need to heal.
When the physiology hasn't been a superhero, the Chrysalis offers a solution to injuries that can, or have compromised our lives, even when the compromises are so entrenched a person doesn't remember how they used to be. The Chrysalis enables the systems of our interdependent physiology, including the brain, to heal and enable connectivity to be restored.
How does it work? In addition to increasing blood flow, and the opportunity for nutrients to get where they're supposed to (i.e. the appropriate cells), bottled up toxins and waste can get out. Additionally, the feedback has a gentle interruptive effect which provides internal timing mechanisms a momentary pause, enabling the opportunity to break out of adaption patterns that have gotten locked and don't serve us.
Interrupting what's been locked provides opportunities for lost connections to reestablish, and new ones to develop.
Life gets an ahhhh.
We become clearer, more flexible and more at ease
with the stresses of life.
Our bodies and brains have enormous wisdom;
given the chance,
they are able to heal themselves.