Stress is a normal reaction to the demands of everyday life, but unrelenting stress that keeps your body on high alert triggers a cascade of hormones. The stress response begins with the release of epinephrine, then the hypothalamus activates the HPA axis, which is a stress response pathway between the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and adrenal glands. The HPA axis controls levels of cortisol and other stress-related hormones.
Chronic upregulation of the HPA axis and the resulting high levels of cortisol lead to direct physiological changes, including smaller brain size and changes in neural network connectivity. Chronic stress causes problems such as:
Therapies available at Neurovella Brain Spa alleviate stress by promoting relaxation and restoring balance within the HPA axis:
The meditation chair promotes relaxation and relieves multiple negative dimensions of psychological stress. Listening to select musical tones helps your mind let go of stress. Multi-frequency acoustic vibrations are mixed in with the music. You can’t hear the vibrations, but you can feel the energy throughout every tissue in your body, including your posterior, head, and spine, where they eliminate physical tension. The total experience of the chair produces deep relaxation and emotional and physical balance.
Neurovella uses electroencephalography (EEG) to measure brain waves as you respond to tasks on the computer, then maps electrical activity in specific areas of your brain. It also collects cardiovascular information to determine your stress response. The results of brain mapping guide neurofeedback training, which restores balance to brain areas that are either underactive or hyperactive.
Neurofeedback uses a computer program to train your brain. You control movement in a video game using your brainwaves. The game gives you visual feedback in real time, so you’re automatically rewarded for changes in brain activity. Over time, this rewires your brain, promotes resilience, and alleviates stress.
Virtual reality streamed through the Oculus headset enhances relaxation by immersing you in a peaceful environment while listening to guided meditation designed to relieve stress and anxiety. Practicing meditation helps you react in a calmer way to the things in life that trigger your stress.
You may also benefit from adjunctive treatments available at the Neurovella Brain Spa. They offer IV infusions containing optimal doses of nutrients known to alleviate stress. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is another effective option used to stimulate nerves in targeted areas of the brain to promote relaxation.
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