Welcome to Brain Awakening

Where we can give you the clarity to move forward with our Brainwave Optimization process. Our goal is to empower you to; be, think, feel, and live in a way that you never thought was possible.

What is Brainwave Optimization® ?

Brainwave Optimization® is a computer-facilitated way to bring you into a uniquely deep state of relaxation through the power of your own brain. A deeply relaxed brain helps you achieve a variety of goals related to well-being, recovery, or performance optimization. Brainwave Optimization® promotes deep relaxation, meditative calm, self-balancing and dynamic brain flexibility.

Brainwave Optimization® acts as a catalyst to support the brain to optimize itself, to move itself naturally in its own way, its own time and on its own terms. Brainwave Optimization® facilitates the brain to adjust its own brainwave activity in order to balance itself.

Helping your brain to help itself release “stuck” brainwave activity allows the brain to function better and do what it is designed to do, to assist the body in healing itself. When the brain is functioning more optimally, your entire being will benefit.

This revolutionary Brainwave Optimization® process is uniquely valuable in that it supports one’s own brain to do its own work, unlike any other approach that has come before.

  • How It Works

  • Who Can It Help?

  • FAQ's

  • Evaluation

  • Translation Recalibration

  • Balanced Brain

imbalancesBrainwave Optimization® begins with an an evaluation of the individual’s brain patterns. Performing an evaluation is a straightforward process which involves no more than connecting one end of a set of sensors to a computer, then placing the other end on the individual’s head in a variety of different locations in order to detect the energy patterns of the brain.

Brain activity is manifested in electromagnetic energy which can be measured. The energy is measured with tiny detection devices placed on the head. These brain energy detection devices are sophisticated sensors which contain a computer chip capable of picking up the tiny current of the brain in an entirely non-invasive manner. The brainwaves detected are replicated in a variety of colorful waveforms on a computer screen.

Through a process that takes approximately one and half hours, data is collected from the brain and then analyzed. The result is an evaluation which identifies where brainwave functioning is out of balance and produces a blueprint for the next steps. Having a look at the functioning of your own brain is an opportunity that most people find enlightening and encouraging.

 

recalibration

The Foundation Series has been proven to be one of the best methods to assist the brain in creating new neuro-pathways. During the first few sessions, the brain will allow newly created pathways to dominate for a period of time – 24 to 48 hours – and then the older more established pathway will usually return.  It is closer to the end of the series that the brain patterns have had an opportunity to gain dominance and  the newly created pathway have an opportunity to extend itself more fully and more quickly than in the beginning.

When working with adults, we typically do  7 – 2 hour sessions.  You can choose to do 1 or 2 sessions each day with the intention of completing the series within 4 – 10 days.

When working with children we spread 12 one hour sessions over 3 week period.  Ideally, we would like to do 4 or 5 sessions in a row and then have a gap before continuing with more sessions.  This of course is just a starting point depending on the client and availability.

Brain is Optimized

For thousands of years, people have sought to bring their own brain into balance by enabling it to become its own mirror through meditation. Brainwave Optimization® takes a step beyond moving towards relaxation and self-regulation. We simply create a “mirror effect” by showing the brain itself in an optimized state. The brain’s own balanced and harmonized wave patterns are fed back to itself so that it can observe itself in a balanced state. The areas that are out of balance then begin to work toward the healthy, balanced state.  It is much like if you were to hold two tuning forks side by side: one will begin to match the vibration of the other.
How is the brain shown itself? The brain runs on voltages of electricity. A brainwave is electromagnetic energy which can be broken down into frequencies. Higher frequencies have more cycles per second and are represented in sound as higher notes on a musical scale. To feed the brain’s own optimal wave patterns back to it non-invasively, we place stereo headphones in the ears. As soon as the brain picks up on the sounds that are transmitted to it, changes in the neural network begin to occur.

Brain is Balanced

When the brain is balanced, it is working in an integrated fashion, free of internal conflict between its regions. Each area of the brain is active as it needs to be in support of the activity of the other areas. This means we are firing on all cylinders, with both the feeling and thinking aspects of our brain functioning harmoniously.

It’s when we are firing on all cylinders that we begin to catch a glimpse of our limitless potential. This is because we think faster and more effectively, are more intuitive, feel more deeply, and put all our energy into acting creatively instead of reacting defensively. The brain is experiencing itself as optimized, which ramps up our ability to be what we were born to be.

  • “I am experiencing a daily joy I never knew before.”
  • “I no longer feel the want, need or desire to drink.”
  • “I slept through the night for the first time in 20 years.”
  • “My child moved from depressed and anxious to a straight A student.”
  • “I was stuck in my career. I was finally able to think clearly and make good decisions about the future.”

 

balanceBrain Is Balanced

When the brain is balanced it is working in an integrated fashion, free of internal conflict between its regions. Each area of the brain is active as it needs to be in support of the activity of the other areas. It means we are firing on all cylinders with both the feeling and thinking aspects of our brain functioning harmoniously.

It’s when we are firing on all cylinders that we begin to catch a glimpse of our limitless potential. This is because we think faster and more effectively, are more intuitive, feel more deeply, and put all our energy into acting creatively instead of reacting defensively. The brain is experiencing itself as optimized, which ramps up our ability to be what we were born to be.

  • “I am experiencing a daily joy I never knew before.”
  • “I no longer feel the want, need or desire to drink.”
  • “I slept through the night for the first time in 20 years.”
  • “My child moved from depressed and anxious to a straight A student.”
  • “I was stuck in my career. I was finally able to think clearly and make good decisions about the future.”

 

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  • If you’re tired of feeling alone and hopeless or you’re just not performing at the highest level you can, take action now. Don’t waste another day mourning the past or dreading the future.
  • The potential and possibilities of a balanced brain are limitless.  It’s time to get back to living life to the fullest.  This revolutionary new process is empowering people to embrace their strengths and celebrate their lives like never before and can help you to restore your personal well-being in a matter of weeks!
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  • Anxiety

  • Sleep

  • Depression

  • Addiction

  • Concussion

  • Learning Challanges

Anxiety

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders which cause nervousness, fear, apprehension and worrying. It is the number one reason clients seek out Brainwave Optimization®.

These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious impact on daily life.

People often experience a general state of worry or fear before confronting something challenging such as a test, examination, recital, or interview. These feelings are easily justified and considered normal. Anxiety is considered a problem when symptoms interfere with a person’s ability to sleep or otherwise function. Generally speaking, anxiety occurs when a reaction is out of proportion with what might be normally expected in a situation.

Anxiety disorders can be classified into several more specific types. Some examples are panic, phobia, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Anxiety disorders may be caused by environmental factors, medical factors, genetics, brain chemistry, substance abuse or a combination of these. It is most commonly triggered by the stress in our lives.

Usually anxiety is a response to outside forces, but it is possible that we make ourselves anxious with “negative self-talk” – a habit of always telling ourselves the worst will happen.

Through the process of deep relaxation the brain will bring itself into balance, and our clients begin to feel a sense of calm and well being. The worries and fear simply fall away.

People with anxiety disorders present a variety of physical symptoms in addition to non-physical symptoms which characterize the disorders, such as excessive, unrealistic worrying.  Many of these symptoms are similar to those exhibited by a person suffering general illness, heart attack or stroke, and this tends to further increase anxiety. The following is a list of physical symptoms associated with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD):

  • Trembling
  • Churning stomach
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Backache
  • Heart palpitations
  • Numbness or “pins and needles” in arms, hands or legs
  • Sweating/flushing
  • Restlessness
  • Easily tired
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Frequent urination
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep
  • Being easily startled

Sleep

Insomnia is not just the inability to fall asleep; it can also be expressed in difficulties staying asleep. Even when you are sleeping for enough hours each night, you may not be getting appropriate restful sleep that is vital for your body and brain. A healthy night of sleep typically consists of several 90 minute cycles where the different lobes of the brain pass through stages of low and high activity. When these cycles are interrupted it is not possible to function at optimal levels.

Everyone can suffer from sleep deprivation here and there in life. This is normal and is not a big concern to long-term health unless it persists for an extended period of time. If you have had troubles falling asleep, staying asleep, or you do not feel well rested for a period of time that is longer than a month, you should consider ways to improve your sleep.

Evidence from research shows that insomnia can affect many mental, emotional and physical functions. Alongside the more obvious effects on attention, memory and physical ability, research has shown that lack of restful sleep increases risk of illness, infection, heart disease, and high blood pressure. And don’t be fooled- it is not only children who get cranky when they don’t get the sleep that they need. Emotional problems from sleep issues are going to take their toll on your personal and social life as well.

There are several ways to treat insomnia. Medications, including over-the-counter drugs such as melatonin, all have side effects. These should only be used on a temporary basis (especially prescription drugs) and these should never be mixed with alcohol. Other ways to help sleep patterns include exercise, yoga, medication, and avoiding alcohol and caffeine.

There is another powerful option as well. A clinical research study involving Brainwave Optimization® (recently published in “Brain & Behavior”) showed significant decreases in insomnia in ALL participants! Yes, 100% of the patients reported lower levels of insomnia after sessions, as well as in a one-month follow-up. That is not a number often seen in scientific journals.

Also, although this was not published in the article, after the study all participants in the control group who did not previously receive sessions were given sessions. Of that group the results were the same: 100% of them showed significant improvements in sleep.

Clinic Study – http://www.news-medical.net/news/20110701/First-ever-clinical-study-using-Brainwave-Optimization-technology-to-treat-insomnia.aspx

Depression

Depression is not a sign of weakness.  It is a result of an imbalance in the brain. Depression refers to a persistent sad mood and/or loss of interest or pleasure in most activities.

Some symptoms include the following:

  • Apathy about things, people or activities that were once satisfying
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Restlessness or decreased activity noticeable to others
  • Loss of energy or feeling tired all the time
  • Difficulty in concentrating or making decisions
  • Feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt
  • Haunting thoughts of death or suicide

Life includes problems we don’t anticipate or enjoy, and these problems can sometimes trigger depression.  But sometimes depression seems to sneak up on us out of nowhere.  We also know that for some people at certain times, depression can actually trigger creativity.  Throughout history, many masters in various fields (music, art, science) have been depressive types of individuals, using depression to prepare their brains to be in a more creative state.  The good news is there is another way to enhance creativity and get out of the state of depression at the same time.

What about medications?  Pharmaceuticals used to treat depression work on the entire brain when actually only a small part of the brain may need to be tuned up in the depressed person.  Thus, drugs for depression may create side effects which are new problems to the individual user, and one problem is simply replaced by another.

In many cases, after their Brainwave Optimization® clients have reported to be happier and more productive in their lives.

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12.2% of Canadian adults will experience a depressive disorder in their lifetime. Of those who develop depression/anxiety, only a fraction of those sufferers will actually seek treatment. This can become an enormous burden for the sufferer as well as for their friends and family.

Addiction

There is more and more research across the world today reporting what addiction communities have been saying all along. According to the American Society for Addiction Medicine, “Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.”  Dysfunction in these circuits can lead to the pathological pursuit of reward and/or relief by substance use and other compulsive and often self-destructive behaviors.

The Society formally changed their definition of addiction to acknowledge that brain function is the root cause of addictions.

Whether it’s alcohol, drugs, shopping, eating, gambling or sex, an individual’s need for a particular substance is driven by brain function. Addictions are not a result of bad behavior. They are a craving that comes directly from an imbalanced brain that is seeking the substance or the action to balance itself out.

“Addiction is about a lot more than people behaving badly,” says Dr. Michael M. Miller of the American Society for Addiction Medicine.

My hope is that this important announcement from the addictions community will help more people understand the reality behind addictions and point them in the direction of help that gets at the root cause: brain function. We know there are many more people we can help. It isn’t about willpower; it’s about brain power – changing the way the brain functions.

At Brain Awakening we have had many clients who has seen dramatic, life-changing results in just a few short weeks. We use a non-invasive technology and provide a non-judgmental and stress-free approach designed expressly for people of all ages. The results are highly positive and many

Concussion

Traumatic Brain Injury

If you are searching the terms “traumatic brain injury”, “traumatic head injury”, or “TBA”, and you live near Calgary Alberta, you might be interested in reading this.

Physical Trauma to the Brain

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBA) can be from a severe head injury or the effects of a stroke. A concussion, multiple concussions or a severe whiplash can also cause brain injury.

If you played contact sports such as football, boxing or even soccer (passing the ball with your head over and over), hit your head or were in a car accident, you could have a brain injury.

A very common head injury is the trauma of being born.

A traumatic brain injury can be one of the most frustrating conditions a person has to deal with. A person can have compromised motor skills, speech, confusion, foggy brain, memory loss, difficulty with understanding, anxiety depression, rage, blurred vision, memory loss, insomnia, noise and light sensitivity, ringing in the ears and headaches.

When the brain suffers a concussion, it needs to heal itself. This is actually how healing works in general! Even a broken bone has to heal itself. A doctor might set it back in place to facilitate this and provide medication to alleviate pain or swelling, but the bone must heal itself over time. Brainwave Optimization® is an aid that facilitates the brain to heal itself after an injury. In our experiences with BWO in Calgary, we have seen many people experience improvements from long-term issues they had all but given up on treating after experiencing a concussion.

Learning Challanges

Does Your Child Struggle with Learning Difficulties?

With Brainwave Optimization®, Every Child Can Learn

Do you have a child who cannot focus or concentrate‚ who is easily distracted, discouraged by challenges, and/or easily frustrated?  Are you worried about your child being on medication for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or other mainstream medical practices?  Is your child not achieving his or her potential in school or extracurricular activities? If so, then Brainwave Optimization® may be for your child!

Unfortunately, society has labeled virtually all attention problems as ADD or ADHD.  Having these kinds of labels can limit us to believe a certain objective is beyond our reach.  It may also lead others to limit opportunities because it may be perceived that a person diagnosed with ADD/ADHD may not be able to complete certain tasks or fulfill a specific role.

An individual diagnosed with ADD/ADHD may experience their mind wandering frequently, drifting off to a noise outside, or thinking about dinner while in the middle of an important conversation.  The brain simply does not have the neurons firing in networks with sufficient strength to maintain focus.

With Brainwave Optimization® our goal is to have the client’s brain come into a deep state of relaxation.  When the brain relaxes it can reset itself and heal itself.  It then has an opportunity to function at its peak performance and allow the brain to remove or reduce many of the symptoms that your child faces.

Why Brainwave Optimization® Works for Children

It is a fact that children are one-third of our population but all of our future. We are proud to say that approximately 30% of our clients are children.  We offer a warm and friendly environment to ensure clients and their families enjoy a comfortable experience.  When we follow-up up with parents we see that Brainwave Optimization® has improved the lives and futures of their children.  Parents often comment that this would not have been possible had they not taken a chance on Brainwave Optimization®.

It is becoming clear that for most children, the traditional mainstream medical interventions do not have impressive results in helping with these labels.

At Brain Awakening we have had many clients report improvements in many of the areas that they struggle in.   It doesn’t matter what the “label” is; the concern is the same: the brainwaves are out of balance.

Does this work on children?

Yes. In fact I have worked with children as young as 16 months old. Depending on age, sessions for children are generally shorter and less frequent. We encourage parents to have some activities or books that their child may enjoy while they are having sessions (no video games). When working with children, we spread 12 one hour sessions over a period of 3 or 4 weeks. Ideally, we would like to do 3 to 4 sessions in a row and then have a 3 or 4 day gap. This, of course, is just a starting point.

Can I achieve the same results at home with one of the brain modification products currently available commercially?

While there are numerous brainwave modification paraphernalia available to the home-user, take-home binaural beat technology (products like Hemi-sync and Holo-sync, to name a few) are by far the most popular. These are mass-marketed CDs, products that force the brain into pre-programmed frequencies pre-set by the device manufacturer. These types of products are considered brain “entrainment” devices, and results vary from good to neutral to negative.

This is not the same technology as Brainwave Optimization®. The critical difference is that entrainment products are a one-size-fits-all approach. Brainwave Optimization®, on the other hand, is individually tailored to suit your specific brain. With Brainwave Optimization®, your progress will be monitored and the methodologies adjusted so that you can achieve your own personal goals within a safe environment.

Do people experience any negative side effects from Brainwave Optimization®?

We have not seen negative side effects from Brainwave Optimization®.  In fact I like to think in terms of side benefits. People who experience Brainwave Optimization® (and those around them) notice changes. Typically, those changes are toward more effectiveness, not less. Clients report that things like focus, memory, concentration and a sense of happiness and well-being increase. Brainwave Optimization® is about having your brain learn to relax and self-regulate. 

Who can benefit from Brainwave Optimization®?

Brainwave Optimization® is for individuals who wish to make a life change from the inside-out. It is for those who believe they have inner resources that, if accessed, can provide them with a path that meets their own unique needs and goals.

Trauma and chronic stress can lead the brain to become “stuck,” and individuals with such history are especially likely to benefit from gaining a deep state of relaxation. When the brain deeply relaxes and resets itself, it can self-optimize to improve health, wellness and well-being. It may also allow recovery, overall functionality and even increase one’s performance abilities.

It is not a treatment or therapy for medically defined disease or psychological disorders, and it is not a way to diagnose diseases or disorders.

Can medications have an impact on my sessions/do I need to stop taking my mediation?

Everything we do has the potential to influence the brain’s tendency to optimize itself. Some medications tend to directly affect the brain and can be a competing influence. Other activities such as drinking alcohol, using recreational drugs and even poor diet can have an effect on your brain.

Everyone has different choices or options. At one extreme some people like to remove (as much as possible) external influences before and after the sessions. On the other extreme some people say, “I am just going to see what happens”. You are the owner of your own unique brain and you know the most about your own needs and sensitivities. We can support you in making the decisions that are best for you and support you through the Brainwave Optimization® process.

Do you guarantee results?

Through our follow-up process and feedback we have found that roughly 87% of clients report favorable results. However, we cannot guarantee how each person will respond or exactly what will change for them. Every brain is unique, like a fingerprint, so we cannot tell you exactly what your specific results will be, and as such, we cannot make any guarantees.

Will my results stick? Is it forever?

We cannot guarantee exactly how long your results will last. It really depends on what you have dealt with in the past and what you are dealing with in the future. Most of our clients come in for 8 to 12 visits and that is all they need, but we also have some clients who will come in for another intensive or “tune-ups” every once in a while. If a client experiences a new trauma after coming in for their initial set of sessions they may find it necessary to come for further sessions.

Is this scientifically proven?

Since 2011, the innovative approach developed by Brain State Technologies has been evaluated in research studies at Wake Forest School of Medicine related to a variety of specific health objectives. This research has been supported by independent (non-commercial) sources totaling over $2.5 million dollars, including grants from the Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Inc., the United States Department of Defense Special Operations Command and the United States Army Research Office. Further information on this research is available at Wakehealth.edu

This research has resulted in peer-reviewed presentations accepted at 14 major academic and scientific conferences since 2012 and five published full-length manuscripts.

Why can I not have alcohol during sessions or for 3 or more weeks after?

Everything we do has the potential to influence the brain’s tendency to optimize itself.   Alcohol and recreational/illegal drugs dramatically affect the brain and can slow down the brain’s response time. Because your brain will be working hard to return to a healthy functioning state, it is our recommendation that you refrain for 3 to 6 weeks. The choice is yours.

I have tried all kinds of medication and therapies…

Many who find their way to Brainwave Optimization® do so after years of searching and frustration in working to overcome life challenges. Regardless of the life trauma or behavioral difficulties you have endured, they have created an imprint on the brain. This self-reflection process supports the brain to bring itself to a deeply relaxed state. From this state, the brain tends to reorganize its own rhythms, on its own terms. The simple answer is- our system works.

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My Fogging Brain Prevented Me from Reading My Emails

“I’m very happy with the results of the treatment. I’m trying to get my Dad to have it done as well. 😉

It didn’t fix all of my health issues, but it really helped with my racing thoughts and crazy anxiety and my ability to actually feel happiness. The difference in that was like night and day.

It been 4 months since my sessions and I think the rest of my problems are slowing getting better as time goes on, now that my head is right!! I’ve actually been reading a book every 2 weeks since the treatment ended, whereas for a year and a half before that (since my fog and symptoms started) I was barely able to read my emails.

I will definitely be back for more when I have some extra money and I will continue to recommend it to everyone I know!

Thanks Glenna”

Nicole - 27 years old - Calgary, Alberta
After a Few Brainwave Optimization Sessions my Chronic Headaches Disappeared

“For years I have had headaches at least once or twice a week. I would rate these headaches at an 8 or 9 on a scale from 1-10, and they would last all day. Just over two months ago my mother got really sick and it was a very stressful time in my life. This stress triggered full on headaches every day, all day. This lasted for six weeks, day after day. I went to my doctor and he sent me for a brain scan. He said the brain scan was normal and he could not see any reason for my headaches. After another 2 weeks I went online and found Glenna Reid, owner of Brain Awakening. After the first Brainwave Optimization session I noticed that I felt better. On day two I had a headache so bad that I couldn’t stop crying. On the third day I was headache free. Each day after that I would wake up in the morning and wait for the headache to be there, but it never came. My husband and friends would ask how I was doing and how my headache was that day. I would stop, notice and say ‘no headache’. The pain in my neck was totally gone. After 60 days of daily headaches, I have now been headache free for 7 days. I also noticed that I am sleeping soundly, I wake rested, and have so much more energy during the day.

I am truly grateful for meeting Glenna and the contribution she has made to me, my family and my life.

My brain feels awakened!!

Glenna, I am so HAPPY that my brain feels awakened, and that I continue to see and feel balance and harmony. I am very grateful to Yvea for suggesting that I come to see you as it has made me a better person. Thank you.”

CH - 45 years old - Calgary, Alberta
Brad Overcome Brain Injury with Brainwave Optimization: “The First thing I Noticed was that my Head Felt Clearer.”

 

The inspiring story of an athlete who reclaimed his life and his passion after brain injury threatened to take it all away.

“I am a senior, and my mind and body was not feeling like I knew it could.  My past life had been a more chaotic experience involving an addict for years.  Although there is no blame here, this lifestyle was not normal and I had learned many survival skills.

I went to recovery for many years and learned a new way of life.  I also became a true believer in holistic medicine.  I made many changes in my life.  My life was pretty healthy and I was blessed in many areas.

The past year I started feeling different, and I was not maintaining the health I had attained.  One of my holistic healers knew of Glenna Reid and suggested that my brain was just stuck and needed rearranging.  I still seemed to have the flight /freeze reaction to small issues in life.  I was using the same reaction as I had to large and difficult issues in my life in the past.  I had tried to use the tools that worked before to balance my life but they were not working, and I became stressed, anxious, and depressed.  I had trouble sleeping through the night and never felt rested.  My attention and focus were totally out of balance.

I did not know anything about Brainwave Optimization except for what I had just researched on Glenna’s site.  I had no expectations, but I was very willing to try.

I saw Glenna January 2013.  I arrived to my appointment anxious, my brain going everywhere, and feeling depressed.  I got my new vehicle in some ice ruts, gunned it without any thought and ran into a large pole.  Glenna could hear the bang from inside her home.  We laughed about it later.

I enjoyed the sessions; I started to relax immediately and feel better.  The first thing I noticed was that my head felt clearer.  It was like brushing my teeth- my head had a cool, clear feeling, the fog lifted.  I started to sleep through the night and that has just continued to get better.  I feel rested and more at peace.  My anxiety that I felt each morning when I woke just went away.  My days are more filled with a sense of calm instead of the mental chatter.  My depression has lifted and I feel more alive.

I am very happy with the results three months later. I feel so much better.  I would recommend Brain Wave Optimization with Glenna.”

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Such a Powerful and Inspirational Story of Recovery from Major Brain Concussion

“Well, I thought I would let the group know where Brainwave Optimization has taken me on a personal level. As a few of you know I dealt with an extreme head injury almost 4 years ago by being hit by a car on my road bike while training for an ironman triathlon. This accident sidelined me for so many years before I found Brainwave Optimization. I did not think I would ever race a triathlon again or even live a normal life by the way I felt day after day after the accident.”

“I am happy to tell you on March 3, 2013 I competed and completed the toughest triathlon on this planet, and it was even tougher on this day due to the water conditions. The Escape From Alcatraz triathlon is a swim, bike, run race that takes place in San Francisco, California. It happens once per year and is so popular that you have to put your name in a lottery to get in each year. The swim portion is jumping off a boat with 2,000 other athletes just outside Alcatraz Island. If you have ever been to Alcatraz Island, just picture swimming from there to the main land. Now on this day, picture 6 foot swells and a current that takes you towards the Golden Gate Bridge before you know it. Oh yeah, and water temperatures of 52 degrees. It does not get any easier once the swim is done, but at least you are not going to drown on land.

This is a very tough race without a brain injury.

If it was not for Brainwave Optimization, there is no possible way I could have done this race last Sunday. I could not have put the training in need to complete it. This technology is more amazing than people really know. I know that this is only the start, and as my brain heals it will get better and better. Keep up the great work out there people- you never know where this will take someone. It took me to a place at times I never thought I would get to.”

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18 Year Old Struggling with OCD Asked for Brainwave Optimization for Christmas

“My son wants brain training for Christmas. When I asked what he wanted he asked for this. I thought I should tell you why.”

My son has autism and struggles with O.C.D (obsessive compulsive disorder). We first experienced Brainwave Optimization in Richmond BC with remarkable results. My son had to repeat simple things (like sitting down) over and over again. He felt trapped and emotionally overwhelmed. Simple things like getting dressed would and could take hours as he had to repeatedly put things on and off. We tried many medications with little to no results. I was very worried for his safety as he would repeatedly say he wanted to die, a very scary place to be for a parent. The first time he went to the brain training he got up and sat down at least 20 times, but he settled and started to relax. It was amazing to see him completely relax, and he would often fall asleep during the sessions. The last session, he walked in and sat down, did the session and got up, no repeats. The gentleman running the training commented on it and my son got a big smile on his face, went back, sat down, got up, laughing the whole time. He made eye contact and was happy. It was the best feeling a parent can have. Believe me, nothing is better in this world. It was the best money I ever spent.

His O.C.D. has presented itself again, and even though it won’t fit under the tree, it will probably be the present he will love the most.”

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Brainwave Optimization Offered Teenager Relief from Major Anxiety, Depression and ADHD

“Prior to Brainwave Optimization, Samantha suffered from major anxiety, depression and ADHD combined type.  Samantha had several traumatic events occur within a short time frame.  Her mother and sister were injured in a serious car accident, her family moved to a new city and she was socially bullied at the new school she attended for two years.  Samantha’s anxiety and depression got so bad she wasn’t able to attend school, and she was frequently sick with headaches and stomach aches.  Her skin had broken out in an extremely bad case of acne.  She was withdrawn and very rarely smiled, unless she had friends around to distract her.  Her appetite decreased to a point where her counselor and teachers expressed concern…

She was hospitalized for a week due to her depression and anxiety in October  2011.  Samantha was on medication from September 2011 until May 2012 when we had her try Brainwave Optimization.  We were already trying medications and therapy. We even had to put her in a special school that focused on emotional and mental illnesses instead of regular curriculum. However, we weren’t noticing any improvements.  One day I was so frustrated and tired of seeing no change or ‘a light at the end of the tunnel’, so to speak, I decided to Google “ways to help my teenage daughter”.  That’s when I discovered Brain Awakening with Glenna Reid.

The next day I called and talked with Glenna at length.  I have to admit I was a little skeptical- who wouldn’t be?  I mean, no doctor I spoke to even heard of it, much less recommended it, but I was desperate for some hope for my daughter.  When I weighed the options of how much treatments were versus how much I’d like to see my daughter happy and functioning again the choice was easy.  I had nothing to lose and everything to gain.  I’m so happy and thrilled that we took a chance.  We feel like we have our daughter back.  She is happy and excited about her future whereas before she didn’t see one.  She’s sleeping better and we’ve notice her skin has cleared up.  She is less impulsive and she seems more at ease and comfortable.  She’s able to sit still for longer, and one of the best things we’ve noticed is that she wants to be around people and not hiding out in her bedroom.

Samantha says she just feels happy and calmer.  She says she doesn’t feel depressed anymore, listens to happier music and enjoys spending time with her sisters and family.

Samantha’s sisters say the she is a difference person; she doesn’t spend as much time on the phone or in her room.  They like that their big sister likes to spend time outside playing with them.  She is just so much happier.”

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Samantha Hansen - 15 years old - Lethbridge, AB
Brainwave Optimization Offered Relief from Migraine Headaches

“I was first made aware of the Brainwave Optimization intensive from my close friend Lars Gustafsson. He actually begged me to go because of my migraine headaches I’ve had for over 30 years. Even after working with the Headache Assessment clinic at the Foothills Hospital for a few years nothing had changed.

So after a consultation with Glenna I began a 1 week intensive. My initial reaction was ‘Ok, this is different’, but I went on and completed the sessions. That was in December of 2011. Fast forward to today, May 2012. I was talking with my wife and suddenly realized that I hadn’t had a headache in months. I hadn’t noticed any drastic changes in the way I felt and really never gave it a second thought until now.

I knew deep down that there had to be a better way than prescription drugs and was glad I met Glenna Reid.

Thanks very much for being so supportive and professional.”

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Rick Gildart - 53 years young - Calgary, AB
I am Happy to Report that My Midterm Marks are All in the 80's, Which Exceeds Expectations

“Brainwave Optimization is something that I had really never heard about before my father’s family friend mentioned it to me. It seemed a particularly abstract concept at first, but after trying it for myself I am convinced of its benefits. Through a process of audio stimuli and controlled mediation, my concentration has improved quite dramatically. It helped me channel my own inner strength, and to filter out the negative voices in my mind that prevented me from realizing my goals. It assisted me in being able to channel my concentration and channel the full strength in my own mind to realize my full potential. This was done with my own effort and the assistance of Brainwave Optimization.

Prior to Brainwave Optimization I was not able to hold down a job and I was failing in school.  Now I am happy to report that my midterm marks are all in the 80’s, which exceeds expectations.

I would highly recommend it as a therapy for anyone struggling with concentration problems and issues and performance anxieties as I was.”

Dan L - Age 19 - Calgary, Alberta
Recovery After a Brain Trauma

“On Nov. 7 2011, I started Brainwave optimization with Glenna Reid in Calgary Alberta. Two and a half years ago I was out for a training ride on my road bike getting ready for Ironman Triathlon Arizona in November of 2009.   That dream soon ended as I was hit from behind by a car and the impact sent me hard to the ground striking my head on the pavement and cracking my helmet in half.  I have not been able to race since due to post concussion.  I spent many months off work and a lot of time in bed watching the world spin around me….

My life had changed so much that I really did not know who I was any more.  Little did I know that even though I returned to my feet after a few minutes, I would suffer with a head injury for over 2 years.  All the medical testing came up with no objective results, but I knew there was way more going on than the medical profession could find.  Once I realized that I would have to seek the help I needed on my own  I discovered Brainwave Optimization.  Feeling this could be one of the last chances I had at getting better I booked the sessions of Brainwave Optimization with Glenna Reid. After researching this procedure for a month I felt this could be a very promising procedure to get me back to normal.  After the first day of Brain Training I felt results. I slept great that night and my hunger was under control.  As the sessions went on my head became clearer and clearer and my energy level improved very fast.  When I returned to work the following week, I found my concentration was better and I was more productive in my job.  It has been four weeks since Brainwave Optimization and I only feel better and better each week as Glenna described would happen.  One of the biggest improvements is in my ability to train at the intensity I once trained at before the accident.  I am looking forward to being able to complete a triathlon and compete in road bike races in 2012 thanks to Brainwave Optimization.  Thanks Glenna for the amazing work you do to help restore people back to a normal.”

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Brad Fehr - Edmonton, Alberta
I Am Just Calm

“WOW! I’m sleeping SOOOO much better- really well now. I’m thrilled. Before Brainwave Optimization, I know that by now I would have been freaking out about the upcoming live shows, and instead, I’m just calm. I can feel a little bit of anxiety now and then if I think about it, but I’m just focusing on getting the things done that I need to, and that consumes most of my time- not the fear and the worry.

So, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for the brain training and fitting me in when you did, Glenna!”

Monica - Artist - Edmonton
Teenager Overcomes Depression, Anxiety and Anger

When Kate (not her actual name) came to me, her mother was desperate.  Kate was 19 and had been suffering from depression for a year and a half.  Any of the medications prescribed to her just made things worst.  She had a racing mind and could not sleep.  This was impacting her self confidence, attention and focus and she had an issue with anger.  Now just after 10 sessions her mother says:

“Kate is feeling much better in the past week.  Anxiety is gone.  It is amazing!

She does not have to run away from herself and go out aimlessly trying to keep herself busy in order deal with her internal chaos.  Instead, she is staying home and has been sleeping really well without medication.  It’s as if her body is catching up with the sleep she has been deprived of for the last year and a half.  There is less anger now. Overall, she looks rested and at peace.”

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Kate
Andrew's Personal Experience of Brainwave Optimization

Brainwave Optimization is a very sophisticated process of balancing the hemispheres of the brain and bringing the brain waves into a normalized healthy pattern.  What I learned from reading the book from the fellow who designed the program, as well as going through the process, was when something happens to us, be it a trauma or any kind of event (even getting really busy), our brains can get out of whack and rather than naturally coming back is just stays there.  This process is super powerful for bringing it right back.  It is very sophisticated as I said…

They really work a lot with people with ADD, post traumatic stress, anger issues, addictions, sleeping difficulties and all this stuff.  Like really way out there, and I was thinking that I’m not like that. But then as I started to go out and do my kayaking and do some hiking I noticed that with all that has been going on in the last ten years with Procoach, my brain just didn’t stop.  I can be sitting down but not peaceful, you know what I mean.  So I thought this would be interesting and I am always exploring.  I did 10 sessions; it was fantastic. Better sleep instantly, even though I have never had troubles sleeping. But now, right there and sleeping, way less anxiety for sure, much more clarity, clear thinking, more peaceful, happier, more relaxed. And the most interesting outcome of doing this- my daughter completely stopped acting out.  This kind of tells you about the stress that I was carrying and how it affects the people around me, like waves around me- it was stunning.  You ask my wife what happened as a result of brain training and she would say ‘I don’t know, but I am really, really, really glad that he did it.’ … It was very successful for me.  It was very cool.”

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Andrew Barber-Starkey - Founder of Procoach Success System
Lars' Personal Experience with Brainwave Optimization

“I went to see Glenna Reid (www.brainawakening.ca) here in Calgary for the 1 week Brainwave Optimization intensive at the end of April, 2011. I had received an incredible testimonial from Susan Kenney, one of our BodyMind Nutritionists, of how these sessions had helped her end the decade long journey with intense migraines and vertigo.

 

Going into these sessions I had already been practicing meditation for almost a decade, journeyed through countless books, courses, and coaches in search of the keys to inner stillness and contentment. In the glimpses of experiencing these two states using nutrition and all aspects of work in Body, Mind and Spirit, I experienced ever increasing joy and fulfillment in life.

After the first session with Glenna my mind was completely still. I was driving around after the session thinking to myself ‘Where are all my busy thoughts?’ It was as if I was in the middle of a weekend long silence retreat… except I was in my car driving.

By the middle of the week I was sleeping deeply, had a complete shift in my awareness, and from waking to going to sleep was completely present and content with life.

I initially thought this ‘may wear off’, but instead it got stronger with each passing day. The ‘reset’ that I experienced created a clear mind that was no longer cluttered and revved. Instead of having too many thoughts hitting my mind all the time, now I experience, for the first time in my life, a still and quiet mind.

Throughout the BodyMind Nutrition program, and as all of our teachers here at The BodyMind Institute also teach, if we have a ‘happy gut, we have a happy mind’. In doing all the parts to create a balanced, healthy gut, body and mind, I still felt there was a missing key with the mind, something perhaps that technology or a special meditation process or teaching could offer a solution to. I know I have found one of these ‘super keys’, which is why I wanted to share this with you.

My experience with the Brainwave Optimization is something I feel everyone must experience at least once. For me it was like hitting the ‘reset’ button for my mind, and now I can effortlessly feel the continuous state of inner peace and joy that I know you and everyone you know desires.

Give yourself the gift of this experience; it is a gift of a lifetime!

Thank you Lee for bring this to the world!”

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Lars Gustafsson - Founder: BodyMind Institute
I Wanted to Quit Smoking, Depression was also a Problem

“I’m amazed at how well Brainwave Optimization has worked for me. I wanted to quit smoking and depression was also a problem, but I didn’t really think that could be helped. Over the last 6 years I had gone from being a fairly quick marathon runner who absolutely loved the healthy lifestyle, a man fully engaged in the addiction recovery movement with 10 years sobriety, to a two pack a day relapsing, lazy mess! I had tried to quit many times, twice with hypnosis, with two different brands of anti-depressants from my doctor and countless attempts at starting an exercise program. Obviously I was still trying but I’m sure you can understand my despair. After meeting Glenna Reid through a series of very fluky coincidences, I thought, ‘Maybe there is a God after all’… and signed up for an ‘intensive’. After just a few sessions the shift in me was so dramatic, it’s like I never smoked at all. Now, after a few months, I’m enjoying a ‘clean and sober’ healthy lifestyle again and moving forward, not backward, with my life. Thank you!!!”

Tom
Changed my Perspective in Self-Confidence and Improved my Performance

Egbeyemi began Brainwave Optimization in April of 2007 in Calgary for anxiety and depression issues. The end result also had benefits in his martial arts training.

“All I could say was ‘wow’. It was right before a match. When I competed, I was tired but my body just kept going. All those self-defeating thoughts, I was catching myself, and just doing what I had already seen myself doing,” said Egbeyemi. “After that match, I was totally convinced that this was what I wanted to do. Not only did it change my perspective and how I felt in terms of myself and my own self-confidence, but my performance improvement was mind blowing.”

Egbeyemi
After the Brainwave Optimization, I Noticed an Amazing Shift in my Attitude

“Prior to taking the Brainwave Optimization process at Brain Awakening, I was in a huge rut with my job. Even though I liked the kind of work I was doing, I was finding myself continually annoyed by my boss and colleagues. I wasn’t producing the kind of results I wanted to produce and was becoming increasingly disillusioned with myself and the environment at work. I tried very hard to come up with solutions to this problem and seemed to just keep hitting a brick wall. My stress level was escalating and I was becoming worried about my health.

After the Brainwave Optimization, I noticed an amazing shift in my attitude. I began to see my boss from a whole new perspective. We started working together as partners and coming up with solutions together. I am no longer weighed down with worry and stress. My energy level is now much higher and I’m very happy with the results I’m producing. It feels as if I’m in a brand new job, at a brand new company, with a brand new boss!”

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Wilbur - VP Sales and Customer Support - Calgary, Alberta
I Saw that the Weight Issue was just a Sabotage of the Real Me Hiding Under all those Layers!! I'm Back!!

“Hi Glenna, I had a fabulous weekend. I came into this training expecting and looking for that BIG change. I figured being honest and open was critical to resolving and moving on. My re-rated self? Material things just don’t matter anymore. The weight issue I figure is more centered on being ‘healthy’; I believe that will fall into place now. I saw that the weight issue is just a sabotage of the real me hiding under all those layers!!…I’m back!!

I will say I am a 10 out of 10 for happy and am expecting a 10.5 real soon!  I feel I am sleeping more peacefully, not really remembering dreaming but I am aware of falling asleep.  A few final words on that- I love my life, the people in it and my job/store.  I am very thankful for hearing about Brain Awakening, and the rest, as they say, is history.”

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Joanie - Store Owner
Brainwave Optimization has Helped with my Depression

“Brainwave Optimization has helped with my depression. It has come back, but only mildly and hasn’t stayed for long. In the past, when it started it was a steady slow increase in severity until I would finally go back to my doctor and go back on medication. I quit the medication one month before training and haven’t even considered going back to the doctor for depression medication.

I am also doing better with focus. I finished the writings for my first book two months ago. Managed to focus 20 hours a week for almost 6 months on pure creative thought and now I have something to show for it. I’m working on the illustrations for the book now. Overall, I now feel that I am productive and happy with my life. Thank you!!!”

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Susan - Business Owner
I had a Miraculous Healing Experience

“I feel great! Much more relaxed. I use to feel that I was fighting a stupor, now I feel relaxed and alive. I also had a miraculous healing on my right shoulder/arm. I have had this pain in my shoulder for over 10 years. I thought it was just something that I had to live with. Now it is gone!!! WOW!!”

Susan D - Scottsdale, Arizona

I heard about Glenna from my sister and her husband who had treatments with her and they were very impressed! My family even noticed a difference in them. I have an 8 year old boy that started worrying over everything… mostly at bedtime. When he was 3 he got lost in a store, prior to that he had no fear and after that event his personality totally changed. My sister thought that this change would be wants called a trauma to the brain.  He is a happy kid except that he is sensitive and worries a lot!

We have just finished sessions and wow, what a change.  My son now drops off peacefully to sleep every single night, the worry is gone.  Prior to BrainWave Optimization (BWO) he hated sports because he was scared of getting hurt, now you should see him play ball!!!  If his team was losing he would get very mad and angry and everyone knew it.  Now he is a very good loser and sometimes even get in and makes some jokes about himself.  Prior to BWO he would pout and whine a lot if he didn’t get his way, now he is more accepting and the whining is gone.

Even his teacher has noticed a big improvement! ! !  She says he talks more sensibly than he used to.

Jack is such a different boy! I am so so so thankful! !  Glenna, you have no idea how thankful we are! !

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Jack's mother

I truly enjoyed my Brain Optimization sessions. I did wait until 19 days after the sessions to have a glass of wine and I am really happy to let you know that I am in my 29th day as a NON-SMOKER!!!  I still get a few cravings, but so far, so good.  I seem to wake up more than usual while sleeping, but maybe that will change.  I am very happy with the results thus far, so thank you.  I know it won’t be my last session.

Deb

Doing sessions with Glenna has been an interesting experience. I am now much more aware of what I say and how I say it to people. I catch myself starting to say things in a non-trusting or dramatic way and I stop to rethink/rephrase. I give people the benefits of the doubt now. I am not as excitable and think things through much better.

I find that I am eating less, able to put the plate away before empty it and recognizing and listening to the fact that I am full and that I don’t need to eat anything more.

Sleeping is not perfect but it is much better.  I wake in the morning with a smile on my face rather than a frown.

I have a much better relationship with my daughter.  I visited her for a week just after I finished my sessions and she even called me when I get home to commit on how the visit was much different than in the past. I am better able to listen before responding and gain a better understanding of her needs.

Rita
BWO helped me overcome anxiety, depression and improved my sleep

My mind is much quieter, and my thoughts aren’t so all over the place all the time. I am better able to control my emotions and have a serious conversation without instantaneously crying.

Overall, I am elated with my results! I am now sleeping more than 3 hours in a row, I haven’t done this for years. Yes, I still get nights where I don’t sleep well but now that I know what feeling more rested is like I appreciate it even more as I feel so horrible on those rarer days that I don’t sleep. My mind is much quieter, and my thoughts aren’t so all over the place all the time. I am better able to control my emotions and have a serious conversation without instantaneously crying. Before, I hadn’t been able to control the tears, I never wanted to cry yet they would just start rolling and as a result I felt weak and avoid conversations. I still have times where I am tired or have low motivation, but I am working on working through those days. In the end, I feel a sense of lightness and calm, and for that I am thankful.
Thank you for taking me on as a client, I appreciate the work we accomplished together and I look forward to seeing how I continue to progress!
Cheers,
MG
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MG - Vernon
My Fogging Brain Prevented Me from Reading My Emails

“I’m very happy with the results of the treatment. I’m trying to get my Dad to have it done as well. 😉

It didn’t fix all of my health issues, but it really helped with my racing thoughts and crazy anxiety and my ability to actually feel happiness. The difference in that was like night and day.

It been 4 months since my sessions and I think the rest of my problems are slowing getting better as time goes on, now that my head is right!! I’ve actually been reading a book every 2 weeks since the treatment ended, whereas for a year and a half before that (since my fog and symptoms started) I was barely able to read my emails.

I will definitely be back for more when I have some extra money and I will continue to recommend it to everyone I know!

Thanks Glenna”

Nicole - 27 years old - Calgary, Alberta
I Am Just Calm

“WOW! I’m sleeping SOOOO much better- really well now. I’m thrilled. Before Brainwave Optimization, I know that by now I would have been freaking out about the upcoming live shows, and instead, I’m just calm. I can feel a little bit of anxiety now and then if I think about it, but I’m just focusing on getting the things done that I need to, and that consumes most of my time- not the fear and the worry.

So, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for the brain training and fitting me in when you did, Glenna!”

Monica - Artist - Edmonton
Teenager Overcomes Depression, Anxiety and Anger

When Kate (not her actual name) came to me, her mother was desperate.  Kate was 19 and had been suffering from depression for a year and a half.  Any of the medications prescribed to her just made things worst.  She had a racing mind and could not sleep.  This was impacting her self confidence, attention and focus and she had an issue with anger.  Now just after 10 sessions her mother says:

“Kate is feeling much better in the past week.  Anxiety is gone.  It is amazing!

She does not have to run away from herself and go out aimlessly trying to keep herself busy in order deal with her internal chaos.  Instead, she is staying home and has been sleeping really well without medication.  It’s as if her body is catching up with the sleep she has been deprived of for the last year and a half.  There is less anger now. Overall, she looks rested and at peace.”

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Kate
Changed my Perspective in Self-Confidence and Improved my Performance

Egbeyemi began Brainwave Optimization in April of 2007 in Calgary for anxiety and depression issues. The end result also had benefits in his martial arts training.

“All I could say was ‘wow’. It was right before a match. When I competed, I was tired but my body just kept going. All those self-defeating thoughts, I was catching myself, and just doing what I had already seen myself doing,” said Egbeyemi. “After that match, I was totally convinced that this was what I wanted to do. Not only did it change my perspective and how I felt in terms of myself and my own self-confidence, but my performance improvement was mind blowing.”

Egbeyemi

I heard about Glenna from my sister and her husband who had treatments with her and they were very impressed! My family even noticed a difference in them. I have an 8 year old boy that started worrying over everything… mostly at bedtime. When he was 3 he got lost in a store, prior to that he had no fear and after that event his personality totally changed. My sister thought that this change would be wants called a trauma to the brain.  He is a happy kid except that he is sensitive and worries a lot!

We have just finished sessions and wow, what a change.  My son now drops off peacefully to sleep every single night, the worry is gone.  Prior to BrainWave Optimization (BWO) he hated sports because he was scared of getting hurt, now you should see him play ball!!!  If his team was losing he would get very mad and angry and everyone knew it.  Now he is a very good loser and sometimes even get in and makes some jokes about himself.  Prior to BWO he would pout and whine a lot if he didn’t get his way, now he is more accepting and the whining is gone.

Even his teacher has noticed a big improvement! ! !  She says he talks more sensibly than he used to.

Jack is such a different boy! I am so so so thankful! !  Glenna, you have no idea how thankful we are! !

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Jack's mother
BWO helped me overcome anxiety, depression and improved my sleep

My mind is much quieter, and my thoughts aren’t so all over the place all the time. I am better able to control my emotions and have a serious conversation without instantaneously crying.

Overall, I am elated with my results! I am now sleeping more than 3 hours in a row, I haven’t done this for years. Yes, I still get nights where I don’t sleep well but now that I know what feeling more rested is like I appreciate it even more as I feel so horrible on those rarer days that I don’t sleep. My mind is much quieter, and my thoughts aren’t so all over the place all the time. I am better able to control my emotions and have a serious conversation without instantaneously crying. Before, I hadn’t been able to control the tears, I never wanted to cry yet they would just start rolling and as a result I felt weak and avoid conversations. I still have times where I am tired or have low motivation, but I am working on working through those days. In the end, I feel a sense of lightness and calm, and for that I am thankful.
Thank you for taking me on as a client, I appreciate the work we accomplished together and I look forward to seeing how I continue to progress!
Cheers,
MG
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MG - Vernon
I Saw that the Weight Issue was just a Sabotage of the Real Me Hiding Under all those Layers!! I'm Back!!

“Hi Glenna, I had a fabulous weekend. I came into this training expecting and looking for that BIG change. I figured being honest and open was critical to resolving and moving on. My re-rated self? Material things just don’t matter anymore. The weight issue I figure is more centered on being ‘healthy’; I believe that will fall into place now. I saw that the weight issue is just a sabotage of the real me hiding under all those layers!!…I’m back!!

I will say I am a 10 out of 10 for happy and am expecting a 10.5 real soon!  I feel I am sleeping more peacefully, not really remembering dreaming but I am aware of falling asleep.  A few final words on that- I love my life, the people in it and my job/store.  I am very thankful for hearing about Brain Awakening, and the rest, as they say, is history.”

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Joanie - Store Owner
I had a Miraculous Healing Experience

“I feel great! Much more relaxed. I use to feel that I was fighting a stupor, now I feel relaxed and alive. I also had a miraculous healing on my right shoulder/arm. I have had this pain in my shoulder for over 10 years. I thought it was just something that I had to live with. Now it is gone!!! WOW!!”

Susan D - Scottsdale, Arizona
BWO helped me overcome anxiety, depression and improved my sleep

My mind is much quieter, and my thoughts aren’t so all over the place all the time. I am better able to control my emotions and have a serious conversation without instantaneously crying.

Overall, I am elated with my results! I am now sleeping more than 3 hours in a row, I haven’t done this for years. Yes, I still get nights where I don’t sleep well but now that I know what feeling more rested is like I appreciate it even more as I feel so horrible on those rarer days that I don’t sleep. My mind is much quieter, and my thoughts aren’t so all over the place all the time. I am better able to control my emotions and have a serious conversation without instantaneously crying. Before, I hadn’t been able to control the tears, I never wanted to cry yet they would just start rolling and as a result I felt weak and avoid conversations. I still have times where I am tired or have low motivation, but I am working on working through those days. In the end, I feel a sense of lightness and calm, and for that I am thankful.
Thank you for taking me on as a client, I appreciate the work we accomplished together and I look forward to seeing how I continue to progress!
Cheers,
MG
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MG - Vernon
Brainwave Optimization Offered Teenager Relief from Major Anxiety, Depression and ADHD

“Prior to Brainwave Optimization, Samantha suffered from major anxiety, depression and ADHD combined type.  Samantha had several traumatic events occur within a short time frame.  Her mother and sister were injured in a serious car accident, her family moved to a new city and she was socially bullied at the new school she attended for two years.  Samantha’s anxiety and depression got so bad she wasn’t able to attend school, and she was frequently sick with headaches and stomach aches.  Her skin had broken out in an extremely bad case of acne.  She was withdrawn and very rarely smiled, unless she had friends around to distract her.  Her appetite decreased to a point where her counselor and teachers expressed concern…

She was hospitalized for a week due to her depression and anxiety in October  2011.  Samantha was on medication from September 2011 until May 2012 when we had her try Brainwave Optimization.  We were already trying medications and therapy. We even had to put her in a special school that focused on emotional and mental illnesses instead of regular curriculum. However, we weren’t noticing any improvements.  One day I was so frustrated and tired of seeing no change or ‘a light at the end of the tunnel’, so to speak, I decided to Google “ways to help my teenage daughter”.  That’s when I discovered Brain Awakening with Glenna Reid.

The next day I called and talked with Glenna at length.  I have to admit I was a little skeptical- who wouldn’t be?  I mean, no doctor I spoke to even heard of it, much less recommended it, but I was desperate for some hope for my daughter.  When I weighed the options of how much treatments were versus how much I’d like to see my daughter happy and functioning again the choice was easy.  I had nothing to lose and everything to gain.  I’m so happy and thrilled that we took a chance.  We feel like we have our daughter back.  She is happy and excited about her future whereas before she didn’t see one.  She’s sleeping better and we’ve notice her skin has cleared up.  She is less impulsive and she seems more at ease and comfortable.  She’s able to sit still for longer, and one of the best things we’ve noticed is that she wants to be around people and not hiding out in her bedroom.

Samantha says she just feels happy and calmer.  She says she doesn’t feel depressed anymore, listens to happier music and enjoys spending time with her sisters and family.

Samantha’s sisters say the she is a difference person; she doesn’t spend as much time on the phone or in her room.  They like that their big sister likes to spend time outside playing with them.  She is just so much happier.”

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Samantha Hansen - 15 years old - Lethbridge, AB
Andrew's Personal Experience of Brainwave Optimization

Brainwave Optimization is a very sophisticated process of balancing the hemispheres of the brain and bringing the brain waves into a normalized healthy pattern.  What I learned from reading the book from the fellow who designed the program, as well as going through the process, was when something happens to us, be it a trauma or any kind of event (even getting really busy), our brains can get out of whack and rather than naturally coming back is just stays there.  This process is super powerful for bringing it right back.  It is very sophisticated as I said…

They really work a lot with people with ADD, post traumatic stress, anger issues, addictions, sleeping difficulties and all this stuff.  Like really way out there, and I was thinking that I’m not like that. But then as I started to go out and do my kayaking and do some hiking I noticed that with all that has been going on in the last ten years with Procoach, my brain just didn’t stop.  I can be sitting down but not peaceful, you know what I mean.  So I thought this would be interesting and I am always exploring.  I did 10 sessions; it was fantastic. Better sleep instantly, even though I have never had troubles sleeping. But now, right there and sleeping, way less anxiety for sure, much more clarity, clear thinking, more peaceful, happier, more relaxed. And the most interesting outcome of doing this- my daughter completely stopped acting out.  This kind of tells you about the stress that I was carrying and how it affects the people around me, like waves around me- it was stunning.  You ask my wife what happened as a result of brain training and she would say ‘I don’t know, but I am really, really, really glad that he did it.’ … It was very successful for me.  It was very cool.”

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Andrew Barber-Starkey - Founder of Procoach Success System
After the Brainwave Optimization, I Noticed an Amazing Shift in my Attitude

“Prior to taking the Brainwave Optimization process at Brain Awakening, I was in a huge rut with my job. Even though I liked the kind of work I was doing, I was finding myself continually annoyed by my boss and colleagues. I wasn’t producing the kind of results I wanted to produce and was becoming increasingly disillusioned with myself and the environment at work. I tried very hard to come up with solutions to this problem and seemed to just keep hitting a brick wall. My stress level was escalating and I was becoming worried about my health.

After the Brainwave Optimization, I noticed an amazing shift in my attitude. I began to see my boss from a whole new perspective. We started working together as partners and coming up with solutions together. I am no longer weighed down with worry and stress. My energy level is now much higher and I’m very happy with the results I’m producing. It feels as if I’m in a brand new job, at a brand new company, with a brand new boss!”

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Wilbur - VP Sales and Customer Support - Calgary, Alberta
Brainwave Optimization has Helped with my Depression

“Brainwave Optimization has helped with my depression. It has come back, but only mildly and hasn’t stayed for long. In the past, when it started it was a steady slow increase in severity until I would finally go back to my doctor and go back on medication. I quit the medication one month before training and haven’t even considered going back to the doctor for depression medication.

I am also doing better with focus. I finished the writings for my first book two months ago. Managed to focus 20 hours a week for almost 6 months on pure creative thought and now I have something to show for it. I’m working on the illustrations for the book now. Overall, I now feel that I am productive and happy with my life. Thank you!!!”

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Susan - Business Owner

Doing sessions with Glenna has been an interesting experience. I am now much more aware of what I say and how I say it to people. I catch myself starting to say things in a non-trusting or dramatic way and I stop to rethink/rephrase. I give people the benefits of the doubt now. I am not as excitable and think things through much better.

I find that I am eating less, able to put the plate away before empty it and recognizing and listening to the fact that I am full and that I don’t need to eat anything more.

Sleeping is not perfect but it is much better.  I wake in the morning with a smile on my face rather than a frown.

I have a much better relationship with my daughter.  I visited her for a week just after I finished my sessions and she even called me when I get home to commit on how the visit was much different than in the past. I am better able to listen before responding and gain a better understanding of her needs.

Rita
BWO helped me overcome anxiety, depression and improved my sleep

My mind is much quieter, and my thoughts aren’t so all over the place all the time. I am better able to control my emotions and have a serious conversation without instantaneously crying.

Overall, I am elated with my results! I am now sleeping more than 3 hours in a row, I haven’t done this for years. Yes, I still get nights where I don’t sleep well but now that I know what feeling more rested is like I appreciate it even more as I feel so horrible on those rarer days that I don’t sleep. My mind is much quieter, and my thoughts aren’t so all over the place all the time. I am better able to control my emotions and have a serious conversation without instantaneously crying. Before, I hadn’t been able to control the tears, I never wanted to cry yet they would just start rolling and as a result I felt weak and avoid conversations. I still have times where I am tired or have low motivation, but I am working on working through those days. In the end, I feel a sense of lightness and calm, and for that I am thankful.
Thank you for taking me on as a client, I appreciate the work we accomplished together and I look forward to seeing how I continue to progress!
Cheers,
MG
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MG - Vernon
I Wanted to Quit Smoking, Depression was also a Problem

“I’m amazed at how well Brainwave Optimization has worked for me. I wanted to quit smoking and depression was also a problem, but I didn’t really think that could be helped. Over the last 6 years I had gone from being a fairly quick marathon runner who absolutely loved the healthy lifestyle, a man fully engaged in the addiction recovery movement with 10 years sobriety, to a two pack a day relapsing, lazy mess! I had tried to quit many times, twice with hypnosis, with two different brands of anti-depressants from my doctor and countless attempts at starting an exercise program. Obviously I was still trying but I’m sure you can understand my despair. After meeting Glenna Reid through a series of very fluky coincidences, I thought, ‘Maybe there is a God after all’… and signed up for an ‘intensive’. After just a few sessions the shift in me was so dramatic, it’s like I never smoked at all. Now, after a few months, I’m enjoying a ‘clean and sober’ healthy lifestyle again and moving forward, not backward, with my life. Thank you!!!”

Tom
I Saw that the Weight Issue was just a Sabotage of the Real Me Hiding Under all those Layers!! I'm Back!!

“Hi Glenna, I had a fabulous weekend. I came into this training expecting and looking for that BIG change. I figured being honest and open was critical to resolving and moving on. My re-rated self? Material things just don’t matter anymore. The weight issue I figure is more centered on being ‘healthy’; I believe that will fall into place now. I saw that the weight issue is just a sabotage of the real me hiding under all those layers!!…I’m back!!

I will say I am a 10 out of 10 for happy and am expecting a 10.5 real soon!  I feel I am sleeping more peacefully, not really remembering dreaming but I am aware of falling asleep.  A few final words on that- I love my life, the people in it and my job/store.  I am very thankful for hearing about Brain Awakening, and the rest, as they say, is history.”

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Joanie - Store Owner

I truly enjoyed my Brain Optimization sessions. I did wait until 19 days after the sessions to have a glass of wine and I am really happy to let you know that I am in my 29th day as a NON-SMOKER!!!  I still get a few cravings, but so far, so good.  I seem to wake up more than usual while sleeping, but maybe that will change.  I am very happy with the results thus far, so thank you.  I know it won’t be my last session.

Deb
Brad Overcome Brain Injury with Brainwave Optimization: “The First thing I Noticed was that my Head Felt Clearer.”

 

The inspiring story of an athlete who reclaimed his life and his passion after brain injury threatened to take it all away.

“I am a senior, and my mind and body was not feeling like I knew it could.  My past life had been a more chaotic experience involving an addict for years.  Although there is no blame here, this lifestyle was not normal and I had learned many survival skills.

I went to recovery for many years and learned a new way of life.  I also became a true believer in holistic medicine.  I made many changes in my life.  My life was pretty healthy and I was blessed in many areas.

The past year I started feeling different, and I was not maintaining the health I had attained.  One of my holistic healers knew of Glenna Reid and suggested that my brain was just stuck and needed rearranging.  I still seemed to have the flight /freeze reaction to small issues in life.  I was using the same reaction as I had to large and difficult issues in my life in the past.  I had tried to use the tools that worked before to balance my life but they were not working, and I became stressed, anxious, and depressed.  I had trouble sleeping through the night and never felt rested.  My attention and focus were totally out of balance.

I did not know anything about Brainwave Optimization except for what I had just researched on Glenna’s site.  I had no expectations, but I was very willing to try.

I saw Glenna January 2013.  I arrived to my appointment anxious, my brain going everywhere, and feeling depressed.  I got my new vehicle in some ice ruts, gunned it without any thought and ran into a large pole.  Glenna could hear the bang from inside her home.  We laughed about it later.

I enjoyed the sessions; I started to relax immediately and feel better.  The first thing I noticed was that my head felt clearer.  It was like brushing my teeth- my head had a cool, clear feeling, the fog lifted.  I started to sleep through the night and that has just continued to get better.  I feel rested and more at peace.  My anxiety that I felt each morning when I woke just went away.  My days are more filled with a sense of calm instead of the mental chatter.  My depression has lifted and I feel more alive.

I am very happy with the results three months later. I feel so much better.  I would recommend Brain Wave Optimization with Glenna.”

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Brad
Such a Powerful and Inspirational Story of Recovery from Major Brain Concussion

“Well, I thought I would let the group know where Brainwave Optimization has taken me on a personal level. As a few of you know I dealt with an extreme head injury almost 4 years ago by being hit by a car on my road bike while training for an ironman triathlon. This accident sidelined me for so many years before I found Brainwave Optimization. I did not think I would ever race a triathlon again or even live a normal life by the way I felt day after day after the accident.”

“I am happy to tell you on March 3, 2013 I competed and completed the toughest triathlon on this planet, and it was even tougher on this day due to the water conditions. The Escape From Alcatraz triathlon is a swim, bike, run race that takes place in San Francisco, California. It happens once per year and is so popular that you have to put your name in a lottery to get in each year. The swim portion is jumping off a boat with 2,000 other athletes just outside Alcatraz Island. If you have ever been to Alcatraz Island, just picture swimming from there to the main land. Now on this day, picture 6 foot swells and a current that takes you towards the Golden Gate Bridge before you know it. Oh yeah, and water temperatures of 52 degrees. It does not get any easier once the swim is done, but at least you are not going to drown on land.

This is a very tough race without a brain injury.

If it was not for Brainwave Optimization, there is no possible way I could have done this race last Sunday. I could not have put the training in need to complete it. This technology is more amazing than people really know. I know that this is only the start, and as my brain heals it will get better and better. Keep up the great work out there people- you never know where this will take someone. It took me to a place at times I never thought I would get to.”

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Story of Recovery
Recovery After a Brain Trauma

“On Nov. 7 2011, I started Brainwave optimization with Glenna Reid in Calgary Alberta. Two and a half years ago I was out for a training ride on my road bike getting ready for Ironman Triathlon Arizona in November of 2009.   That dream soon ended as I was hit from behind by a car and the impact sent me hard to the ground striking my head on the pavement and cracking my helmet in half.  I have not been able to race since due to post concussion.  I spent many months off work and a lot of time in bed watching the world spin around me….

My life had changed so much that I really did not know who I was any more.  Little did I know that even though I returned to my feet after a few minutes, I would suffer with a head injury for over 2 years.  All the medical testing came up with no objective results, but I knew there was way more going on than the medical profession could find.  Once I realized that I would have to seek the help I needed on my own  I discovered Brainwave Optimization.  Feeling this could be one of the last chances I had at getting better I booked the sessions of Brainwave Optimization with Glenna Reid. After researching this procedure for a month I felt this could be a very promising procedure to get me back to normal.  After the first day of Brain Training I felt results. I slept great that night and my hunger was under control.  As the sessions went on my head became clearer and clearer and my energy level improved very fast.  When I returned to work the following week, I found my concentration was better and I was more productive in my job.  It has been four weeks since Brainwave Optimization and I only feel better and better each week as Glenna described would happen.  One of the biggest improvements is in my ability to train at the intensity I once trained at before the accident.  I am looking forward to being able to complete a triathlon and compete in road bike races in 2012 thanks to Brainwave Optimization.  Thanks Glenna for the amazing work you do to help restore people back to a normal.”

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Brad Fehr - Edmonton, Alberta
Lars' Personal Experience with Brainwave Optimization

“I went to see Glenna Reid (www.brainawakening.ca) here in Calgary for the 1 week Brainwave Optimization intensive at the end of April, 2011. I had received an incredible testimonial from Susan Kenney, one of our BodyMind Nutritionists, of how these sessions had helped her end the decade long journey with intense migraines and vertigo.

 

Going into these sessions I had already been practicing meditation for almost a decade, journeyed through countless books, courses, and coaches in search of the keys to inner stillness and contentment. In the glimpses of experiencing these two states using nutrition and all aspects of work in Body, Mind and Spirit, I experienced ever increasing joy and fulfillment in life.

After the first session with Glenna my mind was completely still. I was driving around after the session thinking to myself ‘Where are all my busy thoughts?’ It was as if I was in the middle of a weekend long silence retreat… except I was in my car driving.

By the middle of the week I was sleeping deeply, had a complete shift in my awareness, and from waking to going to sleep was completely present and content with life.

I initially thought this ‘may wear off’, but instead it got stronger with each passing day. The ‘reset’ that I experienced created a clear mind that was no longer cluttered and revved. Instead of having too many thoughts hitting my mind all the time, now I experience, for the first time in my life, a still and quiet mind.

Throughout the BodyMind Nutrition program, and as all of our teachers here at The BodyMind Institute also teach, if we have a ‘happy gut, we have a happy mind’. In doing all the parts to create a balanced, healthy gut, body and mind, I still felt there was a missing key with the mind, something perhaps that technology or a special meditation process or teaching could offer a solution to. I know I have found one of these ‘super keys’, which is why I wanted to share this with you.

My experience with the Brainwave Optimization is something I feel everyone must experience at least once. For me it was like hitting the ‘reset’ button for my mind, and now I can effortlessly feel the continuous state of inner peace and joy that I know you and everyone you know desires.

Give yourself the gift of this experience; it is a gift of a lifetime!

Thank you Lee for bring this to the world!”

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Lars Gustafsson - Founder: BodyMind Institute
18 Year Old Struggling with OCD Asked for Brainwave Optimization for Christmas

“My son wants brain training for Christmas. When I asked what he wanted he asked for this. I thought I should tell you why.”

My son has autism and struggles with O.C.D (obsessive compulsive disorder). We first experienced Brainwave Optimization in Richmond BC with remarkable results. My son had to repeat simple things (like sitting down) over and over again. He felt trapped and emotionally overwhelmed. Simple things like getting dressed would and could take hours as he had to repeatedly put things on and off. We tried many medications with little to no results. I was very worried for his safety as he would repeatedly say he wanted to die, a very scary place to be for a parent. The first time he went to the brain training he got up and sat down at least 20 times, but he settled and started to relax. It was amazing to see him completely relax, and he would often fall asleep during the sessions. The last session, he walked in and sat down, did the session and got up, no repeats. The gentleman running the training commented on it and my son got a big smile on his face, went back, sat down, got up, laughing the whole time. He made eye contact and was happy. It was the best feeling a parent can have. Believe me, nothing is better in this world. It was the best money I ever spent.

His O.C.D. has presented itself again, and even though it won’t fit under the tree, it will probably be the present he will love the most.”

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My Child Struggles with OCD
I am Happy to Report that My Midterm Marks are All in the 80's, Which Exceeds Expectations

“Brainwave Optimization is something that I had really never heard about before my father’s family friend mentioned it to me. It seemed a particularly abstract concept at first, but after trying it for myself I am convinced of its benefits. Through a process of audio stimuli and controlled mediation, my concentration has improved quite dramatically. It helped me channel my own inner strength, and to filter out the negative voices in my mind that prevented me from realizing my goals. It assisted me in being able to channel my concentration and channel the full strength in my own mind to realize my full potential. This was done with my own effort and the assistance of Brainwave Optimization.

Prior to Brainwave Optimization I was not able to hold down a job and I was failing in school.  Now I am happy to report that my midterm marks are all in the 80’s, which exceeds expectations.

I would highly recommend it as a therapy for anyone struggling with concentration problems and issues and performance anxieties as I was.”

Dan L - Age 19 - Calgary, Alberta
After a Few Brainwave Optimization Sessions my Chronic Headaches Disappeared

“For years I have had headaches at least once or twice a week. I would rate these headaches at an 8 or 9 on a scale from 1-10, and they would last all day. Just over two months ago my mother got really sick and it was a very stressful time in my life. This stress triggered full on headaches every day, all day. This lasted for six weeks, day after day. I went to my doctor and he sent me for a brain scan. He said the brain scan was normal and he could not see any reason for my headaches. After another 2 weeks I went online and found Glenna Reid, owner of Brain Awakening. After the first Brainwave Optimization session I noticed that I felt better. On day two I had a headache so bad that I couldn’t stop crying. On the third day I was headache free. Each day after that I would wake up in the morning and wait for the headache to be there, but it never came. My husband and friends would ask how I was doing and how my headache was that day. I would stop, notice and say ‘no headache’. The pain in my neck was totally gone. After 60 days of daily headaches, I have now been headache free for 7 days. I also noticed that I am sleeping soundly, I wake rested, and have so much more energy during the day.

I am truly grateful for meeting Glenna and the contribution she has made to me, my family and my life.

My brain feels awakened!!

Glenna, I am so HAPPY that my brain feels awakened, and that I continue to see and feel balance and harmony. I am very grateful to Yvea for suggesting that I come to see you as it has made me a better person. Thank you.”

CH - 45 years old - Calgary, Alberta
Brainwave Optimization Offered Relief from Migraine Headaches

“I was first made aware of the Brainwave Optimization intensive from my close friend Lars Gustafsson. He actually begged me to go because of my migraine headaches I’ve had for over 30 years. Even after working with the Headache Assessment clinic at the Foothills Hospital for a few years nothing had changed.

So after a consultation with Glenna I began a 1 week intensive. My initial reaction was ‘Ok, this is different’, but I went on and completed the sessions. That was in December of 2011. Fast forward to today, May 2012. I was talking with my wife and suddenly realized that I hadn’t had a headache in months. I hadn’t noticed any drastic changes in the way I felt and really never gave it a second thought until now.

I knew deep down that there had to be a better way than prescription drugs and was glad I met Glenna Reid.

Thanks very much for being so supportive and professional.”

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Rick Gildart - 53 years young - Calgary, AB
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Former National Football League Quarterback, Bubby Brister, shares about his life-changing Brainwave Optimization® experience at Brain State Technologies® Brainwave Optimization Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. This story originally aired on Channel 12 News Phoenix AZ.

 

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Lee Gerdes is Founder and CEO of Brain State Technologies® which conceptually began in 2000 as he dealt with his own trauma experience. The company was incorporated in 2004 as Brain State Technologies.

The world headquarters is based in Scottsdale, Arizona in the Scottsdale Airpark technology hub and in what is known as “The Scottsdale Cure Corridor” where both emerging and well known medical research and technology are all blossoming. The Scottsdale facility includes a technology research and development center, an information technology management center, an education center and the only corporately owned Brainwave Optimization client service center.

Brain State Technologies supports an international network of providers with over 175 locations in 20 countries plus a number of privately operated licenses which are used only for family members. New providers are being added every month. Licensees receive all hardware, software and ongoing tech support services required to launch a certified operation.

Brain State Technologies has collaborated with Wake Forest School of Medicine Department of Neurology since 2011 to conduct research funded by independent third parties and consulted with other leading educational research centers as well. The company was also awarded a grant (2014-2015) from the United States Army Research Office to develop technology for regulation of circadian rhythm for health and performance.

Lee Gerdes is Founder and CEO of Brain State Technologies® which conceptually began in 2000 as he dealt with his own trauma experience. The company was incorporated in 2004 as Brain State Technologies.

The world headquarters is based in Scottsdale, Arizona in the Scottsdale Airpark technology hub and in what is known as “The Scottsdale Cure Corridor” where both emerging and well known medical research and technology are all blossoming. The Scottsdale facility includes a technology research and development center, an information technology management center, an education center and the only corporately owned Brainwave Optimization client service center.

Brain State Technologies supports an international network of providers with over 175 locations in 20 countries plus a number of privately operated licenses which are used only for family members. New providers are being added every month. Licensees receive all hardware, software and ongoing tech support services required to launch a certified operation.

Brain State Technologies has collaborated with Wake Forest School of Medicine Department of Neurology since 2011 to conduct research funded by independent third parties and consulted with other leading educational research centers as well. The company was also awarded a grant (2014-2015) from the United States Army Research Office to develop technology for regulation of circadian rhythm for health and performance.

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Why Sleep Matters – with Brainwave Optimization
08/25/2016

Why Sleep Matters – with Brainwave Optimization

There’s an old saying in neuroscience: neurons that fire together wire together. This means that the more you run a neuro-circuit in your brain, the stronger that circuit becomes. This is why, to quote another old saying, practice makes perfect. The more you practice piano or try to speak a new language, the stronger those circuits get.
The ability to learn is about more than just building and strengthening neural connections. Even more important is our ability to break down the old ones. It is called “synaptic pruning.”

Here’s how it works. 

Imagine that your brain is a garden, except instead of growing flowers, fruits, and vegetables, you grow synaptic connections between neurons.

“Glial cells” are the gardeners of your brain—they act to speed up signals between certain neurons. But other glial cells are the waste removers, pulling up weeds, killing pests, raking up dead leaves. Your brain’s pruning gardeners are called “microglial cells.” They prune your synaptic connections.
Have you ever felt like your brain is full? Maybe you’ve felt this way when starting a new job, or when deep in a project.

When you learn lots of new things, your brain builds connections, but they are inefficient, ad hoc connections. Your brain needs to prune a lot of those connections away and build more streamlined, efficient pathways. Your brain does that when you sleep.

When you get into the deep restorative sleep, your brain turns into an office administrator. It sifts and sorts, deleting any clutter and filing important memories for future use.

When you wake up from a good night’s rest and are able to think clearly and quickly, it is because all the pruning and pathway-efficiency that took place overnight has left you with lots of room to take in and synthesize new information—in other words, to learn.

Thinking with a sleep-deprived brain is like hacking your way through a dense jungle with a machete. The jungle is overgrown, and the trek slow going and exhausting.

Even more important, you actually have some control over what your brain decides to delete while you sleep. It’s the synaptic connections you don’t use that get marked for recycling. The ones you do use are the ones that get watered and oxygenated. So be mindful of what you’re thinking about.

If you spend too much time reading theories about the end of Game of Thrones and very little on your job, guess which synapses are going to get marked for recycling?

If you’re in a fight with someone at work and devote your time to thinking about how to get even with them, and not about that big project, you’re going to wind up a synaptic superstar at revenge plots, but a poor innovator.
To take advantage of your brain’s natural gardening system, simply think about the things that are important to you. Before you go to sleep at night, make an effort to intentionally remind your brain of what is important to you.

Treating Lyme Disease Naturally with Brainwave Optimization Calgary
08/18/2016

Treating Lyme Disease Naturally with Brainwave Optimization Calgary

In this article, you will learn about supporting your Lyme disease treatment regimen with Brainwave Optimization®.

Lyme disease became nationally notifiable in 2009, with surveillance data provided by every province and territory through the National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (NNDSS).  The statuses show that in 2012, 338 probable and confirmed cases were reported by 8 provinces. 

Given that in the last 9 months, in my office alone, I have worked with 8 clients who are suffering from the effects of Lyme disease, I would suggest that the numbers provided by the NNDSS are low. No matter what the figures are, we do know that the number of affected individuals is growing, as well as that a person can get Lyme disease if he or she lives in Alberta.

What is Lyme Disease?

Caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi, Lyme disease is traditionally viewed as primarily being a tick-borne illness. Typically, after a bite occurs and the tick is safely removed, only some swelling and minor itching remain. If the tick was carrying Lyme, however, other symptoms will begin to appear.

The most iconic indication of Lyme is the “bullseye” rash that spreads around the bite like a target. Some individuals never see a rash, though, so don’t let that be your only indication! Other initial symptoms of Lyme include flu like aches and pains.

If it is not treated right away, Lyme disease can progress into more chronic conditions like arthritis, sore muscles and joints, memory problems, headaches, numbness or weakness, and severe fatigue.  Lyme disease is a rather serious concern, and tick bites should be first avoided, and then monitored closely if prevention fails.

How can Brainwave Optimization help with Lyme disease?

I have now worked with 8 clients suffering from the effects of Lyme disease. Although the symptoms and treatment plans of every client vary, they all have one thing in common.  They want to get well again.

As a result of the debilitating effects of Lyme disease – including the stress of prolonged treatments and worry of never getting better – the nervous systems of my clients are in a fixed state of survival.

When a person experiences acute or prolonged stress, illness, or trauma, his or her Sympathetic Nervous System (excitatory, fight or flight mode) can lose its flexibility to bounce back to its normal relaxed state once the stressful event is gone. 

When this happens, the Sympathetic Nervous System brain waves become dominant and are strongly out of proportion when compared to the Parasympathetic Nervous System waves (rest and digest mode). This condition would indicate that the person has now become “stuck” in the excitatory, fight or flight mode. Physical expression of this unhealthy state includes: tight and knotted muscles, digestion shutdown, crippling anxiety, and lack of a feeling of safety, which may cause the individual to react more irritably. One’s sense of well-being and how he or she views situations may be dramatically altered from normal, often causing the individual to become hypervigilant and potentially overreact to stimuli. As well, one’s immune system is on hyperdrive, causing what appears to be perpetual infection. His or her body begins to view foods, medicines, and natural supplements as dangerous. Additionally, allergies and worsening symptoms start to appear, reinforcing the person’s belief that there is “danger” in the room and nothing is safe. 

The flip side: Your Parasympathetic Nervous System

Imagine the horror of continuing to remain in an acute stressful state. While some people may stay in the fight or flight mode, others may get so terrified that they just freeze or shutdown

When a person experiences an acute stressor in life they may become paralyzed like a deer in the headlights. This can also occur at the end of a long battle on the sympathetic nervous system side of things, such as after the prolonged stress of what seems to be a losing battle with illness.   

This “freeze” state may lead to a numb, depressed condition in response to life. Very predictably, all of the opposite symptoms from those described above with the “excite, fight or flight” response occur. The person’s heart rate and blood pressure drop, and their energy levels plummet. They seem morose and withdraw from society.  When faced with challenges from work, life, sports, or other activities that they used to handle with skill, grace, and ease, these formerly achievable activities now cause them to shutdown. The person who is stuck in this Parasympathetic Nervous System dominance pattern may be prone to substance abuse, and may act out aggressively socially in an effort to get himself out of his stuck state of emotional numbness. 

Of course, everyone is unique in how their system copes with being stuck in either Sympathetic or Parasympathetic mode. 

Nothing in my experience can more effectively repair the ANS (autonomic nervous system) and calm the sympathetic nervous system than the combination of Brainwave Optimization and whatever healing practices you are already doing. Brainwave Optimization enables one’s brain to realize what needs to be done, allowing it to then self-correct the “stuck” condition.

Getting your body “unstuck” starts with Brainwave Optimization, followed by addressing the many issues and damage that existed before and during your stuck period. It is often the case that underneath your stuck condition, you are essentially well. The struggle can be over. 

After years of struggling, my clients report that they have never felt better than after their Brainwave Optimization sessions.

Below is a before and after picture of a client’s brainwaves

Client A – Right Dominance – Fight/Flight

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Client B – Left Dominance – Freeze/Immobility State

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How Can I Overcome My Fear And Anxiety?
08/11/2016

How Can I Overcome My Fear And Anxiety?

Fear can be a predominant, motivating factor behind many of the choices that we make during our lives. Instead of having a clear idea of what we want and making decisions that will move us in that direction, which will most likely involve some risk and discomfort, we all too often make fear-based decisions that limit us and our happiness. While these choices allow us to avoid uncomfortable, anxious feelings, they do not usually end up providing any real opportunity for growth or forward movement toward our goals. 

Remember, well-being is the ability to effectively & flexibly respond to the full range of situations that may arise in both natural and social environments, as well as one’s own signals. Rhythm patterns (including rhythms for arousal) shift flexibly when we are doing and performing well. Stress and trauma can affect our arousal system, and we may get “stuck” in one mode or the other.  A stuck arousal system can compromise well-being and create a risk for adverse behaviors. Brainwave Optimization® is a way to help the brain deeply relax and become “unstuck.”

Your Brain Is Wired To Be Fearful

Fear is produced when your amygdala, a primitive part of the brain’s limbic system involved in the processing and expression of emotion, kicks in, doing its job to ensure your survival. Your brain is constantly scanning the environment for signs of danger, ready to activate reflexes to keep you safe. Your body responds to anything your brain sees as a threat with an instant reaction of fight or flight.  What I am seeing with my clients is that this automatic survival mechanisms is in a stuck state or always turned on.  For many of us, our bodies react to common occurrences, such as a traffic jam, a work deadline, or an argument with a partner, as life-threatening events.

Stress is a normal bodily response which isn’t necessarily bad in itself. The problem arises when your brain sounds the alarm for every little thing that happens, and stress becomes an almost constant state of being. As a chronic condition, stress has serious negative, lasting consequences for your mind and body.

Your Brain Responds To Uncertainty With Fear

Studies show that even a small amount of uncertainty can cause increased activity in the amygdala. As the level of ambiguity and amygdala activity escalates, the part of the brain involved in response to rewards shows decreased functioning.

Your brain doesn’t merely prefer certainty over ambiguity. It craves it and will pursue the feeling of being right every time. When you feel right, your brain is happy – even if it’s just an illusion. How many of you can relate?!

Making Friends With Fear

Your brain’s innate desire for certainty in an increasingly uncertain world can allow anxiety to surpass depression, allowing it to become the most prevalent health issue. In order to calm our amygdala down and reduce fear, we have to transform our relationship with it from adversarial to accepting. 

Becoming more mindful, getting comfortable with uncertainty, and even welcoming our feelings, encourages us to “get comfortable with, begin to relax with, lean into whatever the experience may be.” This is where Brainwave Optimization Calgary comes into play.  Getting comfortable with uncertainty is often easier said than done. When your brain is in a stuck pattern, it becomes your go to response.  With Brainwave Optimization, we facilitate your brain to bring it back into balance. A balanced brain can now deal with life’s uncertainty much more effectively.

Can I Overcome Depression without medications?
08/05/2016

Can I Overcome Depression without medications?

Today I was working with a client and all of a sudden she had tears running down her cheeks and she was smiling. I asked her what was going on and she said “all of a sudden in the middle of my visualization I saw myself giving me a big hug. It felt so good to just be hugged.” Up until then it was really hard for her to love herself. She felt worthless, depressed and sad. She now tells me that she can’t even imagine how she felt only 5 days earlier. The sadness is completely gone.

It is our birthright to enjoy ourselves and find all of the pleasure in our lives. Pleasure loves company and delights in being discovered. I know I often forget about really enjoying my life. I get consumed by work and by all that I need to do, and I forget to have fun! We only have one life, and a finite amount of moments! Take the time to love yourself. Find even a few minutes each day to really take pleasure in yourself and the people around you. Pleasure can be so elusive that we often miss it. Take a moment to notice that you are surrounded by pleasure. Make a mental note of it and embrace the moment.

However, if you are a person who struggles with severe or prolonged stress (trauma), your brain will begin to view every situation as a stressful, negative experience.  The lack of flexibility in the brain/body starts a snowball effect; the more stress the brain & body accumulate, the stronger the stress reaction, and stronger stress reactions cause more stress to accumulate.  Sooner or later, this person will be “stuck” in a stress response even when there are fewer stressors in their life!

The brain and body only have a finite amount of resources.  Being stuck in a state of constantly heightened activation and vigilance is incredibly exhausting and draining.  Stress accumulation has been shown to damage the neurological, cardiovascular, metabolic, immune, reproductive, and other systems, and has been implicated in diseases ranging from lupus and joint pain to cancer!

A stuck arousal system can compromise one’s well-being and create a risk for adverse behaviors. Brainwave Optimization® is a way to help the brain deeply relax and become “unstuck.”

Impact of Brainwave Optimization and Bad Habits
01/14/2016

Impact of Brainwave Optimization and Bad Habits

Habits: good and bad, we all have them. Our good habits serve us well. Our bad habits hold us back, create more stress in our lives and make us miserable in the long run. Consciously choosing to replace something we know we shouldn’t do with something good for us is a wonderful thing—especially if it advances our health.

In order to turn bad habits into good ones, identify them. On a sheet of paper, list your bad habits. This is important because it raises your awareness. Bad habits attack when self-esteem is low. They often give us temporary pleasure, but usually make things worse. Being aware of a bad habit helps you to stop doing it. (If you can’t think of any bad habits, ask your spouse or a close friend!)

To the right of your bad habit, think of an alternative behaviour to each one and write it down. Next to your replacement habit, list some of the positive emotions or feelings that would result by substituting the good for the bad.

Exercise is a great tool to help you break bad habits. Exercise makes you feel better about yourself, which reinforces the benefits of exercising and makes you more likely to exercise again. As you become healthier and fitter, you’ll also become more productive and less likely to resume those old, bad habits.

Be easy on yourself as you make small changes in your life a little at a time. Breaking bad habits takes time and discipline.

Have you ever wondered why it so difficult to stop these habits, and why information similar to that above is so daunting.  Have you ever wondered why it so difficult to stop these habits, even as they threaten our health, jeopardize our relationships and corrode our spirits?

Have you ever wondered why Brainwave Optimization has such amazing results when working with people who are dealing with addictions?

If you have answered yes to one or both of the above questions then you will want to listen to this video with Gabor Mate.  He explains in very easy to understand language about the impact of trauma and brain imbalances in addicts which results in them not being able to choose a healthier life.  It is not until the trauma is release can an addict let go of the draw to drug, alcohol, food, whatever the drug of choose is.

http://youtu.be/BpHiFqXCYKc

At Brain Awakening, Calgary our Brainwave Optimization sessions have been very successful in assisting our clients to let go of the past.  A balanced brain does not require intervention (ie addictive behaviors) to feel good.  It just feels good.

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