I personally have been experimenting with binaural beats – both in and out of the float tank – for the past year or so and they have quickly and easily become one of my favourite go-to “hacks” for helping me achieve a desired state of being. From listening to a specific track right before going to sleep which helps put my mind and body in a state of relaxation and recovery to, on the flip-side, listening to a track that helps prime my brain-state for creativity and focus right before I sit down to do some work – like writing this blog! They are also an enjoyable and effective asset to try out and experiment with while in the float tank. For the reasons mentioned above, as well as the sound frequencies can resonate a subtle but noticeable vibration in the tank, water and your body making for quite the unique floating experience!

Heart rate variability: A new study suggests that among those with low HRV (heart-rate variability), brainwave entrainment can increase HRV. Researchers studied individuals ages 20 to 70 and administered alpha brain stimulation. The alpha wave stimulation resulted in greater heart-rate variability. Since a low HRV is associated with early mortality and poor psychological and physical health, efforts made to increase it should be regarded as beneficial.
Proceedings of the 9th Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology – CIM14. Berlin, Germany 2014 http://catarina.udlap.mx/u_dl_a/tales/documentos/lps/gomez_g_j/capitulo_1.html  [14] Universidad Complutense de Madrid. (2006). Proyecto de apoyo a la evaluación psicológica clínica.  Retrieved  from http://pendientedemigracion.ucm.es/info/psclinic/evaluacion/Proyecto  Apoyo  EPC  2006/INSTRUMENTOS EVALUACION/TRASTORNOS  DE ANSIEDAD/EVALUACION  GENERAL  DE  LOS TRASTORNOS  DE  ANSIEDAD/ESCALA  DE  ANSIEDAD ESTADORASGO (STAI)/STAI_P.pdf [15] Universidad Complutense de Madrid. (2006). Proyecto de apoyo a la evaluación psicológica clínica.  Retrieved  from http://pendientedemigracion.ucm.es/info/psclinic/evaluacion/Proyecto  Apoyo  EPC  2006/INSTRUMENTOS EVALUACION/TRASTORNOS  DE ANSIEDAD/EVALUACION  GENERAL  DE  LOS TRASTORNOS  DE  ANSIEDAD/ESCALA  DE  ANSIEDAD ESTADORASGO (STAI)/STAI_F.pdf [16] Hassan, H.,  Murat,  Z.,  Ross, V., & Buniyamin, N. (2012). A  Preliminary  Study  on  the  Effects  of  Music  on  Human Brainwaves. International Conference on Control, Automation and Information Sciences (ICCAIS) [17] Johnson, J., Petsche, H., Richter, P., Von Stein, A., & Fiilz, O.  (1996).  The  Dependence  of  Coherence  Estimates  of Spontaneous EEG on Gender and Music Training. University of California Press.  Annexes: https://www.mediafire.com/?cayel53iabg620d  

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Because the mind and body are a single system, changing our brainwaves and spending more time in harmonious, relaxed, and restorative mind-states also affects our physical health. Physical health then reinforces our mental-state, and a feedback loop of either positive or negative processes becomes established. Research studies have shown beneficial effects of using brainwave entrainment for treating migraine headaches, premenstrual syndrome, and for managing physical pain.
The implications and potential benefits of brainwave entrainment technology are staggering, and a seemingly infinite amount of doors have been opened to be explored.  This technology is highly useful in the self-help/personal development field in a variety of ways.  It can also be used to enhance NLP and hypnosis recordings to make the mind more receptive to suggestion.  Brainwave entrainment can be applied to help people fall asleep, to improve focus and concentration, or to relax.  Recent and modern experiments are also being held to see if brainwave entrainment may help  to treat and/or cure mental “disorders” such as depression or ADD.  One of the most common and popular uses of brainwave entrainment is to effortlessly induce deep meditative states.

The specific benefits and claims from this technology are often disputed and considered scientifically questionable. One problem is that there are few experiments that have utilized brainwave entrainment for the purpose of treating a specific psychological ailment (e.g. insomnia). And the experiments that have been conducted are largely backed by corporations that sell the software; hence it could be speculated that there are conflicts of interest.
Learning: Since performance improves among those with ADHD and cognitive function may be boosted, one may hypothesize that learning would also improve. Those that are struggling to learn as a result of inattentiveness may benefit from stimulation with beta frequencies. Deficits in learning tend to be associated with abnormal or excess slow wave frequencies.
Proceedings of the 9th Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology – CIM14. Berlin, Germany 2014 http://catarina.udlap.mx/u_dl_a/tales/documentos/lps/gomez_g_j/capitulo_1.html [14] Universidad Complutense de Madrid. (2006). Proyecto de apoyo a la evaluación psicológica clínica. Retrieved from http://pendientedemigracion.ucm.es/info/psclinic/evaluacion/Proyecto Apoyo EPC 2006/INSTRUMENTOS EVALUACION/TRASTORNOS DE ANSIEDAD/EVALUACION GENERAL DE LOS TRASTORNOS DE ANSIEDAD/ESCALA DE ANSIEDAD ESTADORASGO (STAI)/STAI_P.pdf [15] Universidad Complutense de Madrid. (2006). Proyecto de apoyo a la evaluación psicológica clínica. Retrieved from http://pendientedemigracion.ucm.es/info/psclinic/evaluacion/Proyecto Apoyo EPC 2006/INSTRUMENTOS EVALUACION/TRASTORNOS DE ANSIEDAD/EVALUACION GENERAL DE LOS TRASTORNOS DE ANSIEDAD/ESCALA DE ANSIEDAD ESTADORASGO (STAI)/STAI_F.pdf [16] Hassan, H., Murat, Z., Ross, V., & Buniyamin, N. (2012). A Preliminary Study on the Effects of Music on Human Brainwaves. International Conference on Control, Automation and Information Sciences (ICCAIS) [17] Johnson, J., Petsche, H., Richter, P., Von Stein, A., & Fiilz, O. (1996). The Dependence of Coherence Estimates of Spontaneous EEG on Gender and Music Training. University of California Press. Annexes: https://www.mediafire.com/?cayel53iabg620d
As bizarre as it may sound, the bacteria in your gut might be contributing to stress. Research has shown that the brain signals to the gut, which is why stress can inflame gastrointestinal symptoms; communication may flow the other way too, from gut to brain. A 2013 UCLA study among 36 healthy women revealed that consuming probiotics in yogurt reduced brain activity in areas that handle emotion, including stress compared to people who consumed yogurt without probiotics or no yogurt at all. This study was small so more research is needed to confirm the results—but considering yogurt is full of calcium and protein in addition to probiotics, you really can't go wrong by adding more of it to your diet.

Joseph Kao, creator of Journey to the Center of the Self, a deep, 30-minute, guided transpersonal meditation, accompanied by music embedded with advanced brainwave entrainment technology and followed by 30 minutes of only the brainwave entrainment music, talks with iAwake’s CEO, John Dupuy, about all that went into the making of this meditation tool masterpiece. Transcending and Including the Little Self John:           One thing I find so remarkable about your guided meditation in Journey to … [Read more...]

An invigorating, brain-sharpening session, this audio starts at 14Hz, a beta feel-good frequency and SR harmonic. It then steps up in six-minute harmonic increments, gradually up to gamma 39Hz, leaving you feeling mentally stimulated and full of energy. A binaural beat track supports the main frequencies for those wearing headphones. Uplifting background music with embedded amplitude modulation provides a further layer of entrainment. Excellent for use as a morning alarm clock, ahead of a big night out, or to inspire those tired trips to the gym.
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