Basically, Mind State Conditioning is accomplished using electrodes, at specific points on the skull, which sense brain energy activity. Through interaction with a computer, that brain energy turns into sound energy when the brain energy exits in an optimized brain pattern. This optimized pattern is a signal to encourage the brain, using computer graphics and other sound encouragements.
A holistic foundation
Every brain, like every person, is unique. Still, the consciousness of all people includes many realms - physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. All of these realms have been considered together as the basis for Mind State Conditioning. Mind State Conditioning does more than simply treat a diagnosis or symptom; it deals with the entire person. The founder, Lee Gerdes, has a background in math, physics, psychology, and theology and has brought all these disciplines together in providing Mind State Conditioning.
The medical model
The allopathic medical community runs tests for physical functioning or tests for mental functioning. These tests enable the medical professional to diagnose a problem or disease of the individual patient. The diagnosis then allows the medical professional to prescribe a medication for alleviation of the diagnosed problem or disease. When a medication is prescribed to work on the brain, the entire brain is affected. This means that any medication to affect the brain, affects the entire brain even though only certain functioning of the brain needs the medication.
Additionally, allopathic medicine will often treat the symptom of a problem and not its source. Of course if that treatment is successful and the symptom disappears, there is relief for the patient. It doesn't mean, however, that the pathology won't reoccur since the source isn't always treated.
The psychological model
There are many psychological models practiced to deal with personal problems and needs. Some of the psychological models are based on in-depth questionnaires and interviews with the patient. The information collected in the questionnaires and interviews is compared to standardized results which are regarded as "normal" and a diagnosis is made. Talk therapy and/or behavioral models are established to assist the patient in changing their perspectives in order to alleviate the diagnosed problem(s).
Unfortunately, the psychological model doesn't include the possibility that the diagnoses and recommended therapy could be based on activating a stimulus which is actually the basis of the problem and not the solution. Talking about a traumatic event may be an example where remembering the event can actually strengthen the pathology it has caused. Also, the psychological model requires the brain to change from out-side-in based on talking and/or behavior therapy. Thus, change can happen but often requires a long time - months and years - and is as ultimately costly as it is time consuming.
Standard neurofeedback models
Some neuro-feedback methods are based on a Quantitative Electroencephalographic Analysis (QEEG). Using a QEEG, the neurofeedback provider compares the brain waves of the client to a normative data base of other brain waves and irregularities are noted for neurofeedback training. QEEG assessment can take many hours and cost $250 to $1200. The problem with a QEEG is the basic assumption that the data base of brain waves is helpful to establish a normal or healthy brain wave pattern for an individual. Can I compare my brain wave patterns to many others and determine if I am normal and where my abnormalities exist?
Some neuro-feedback providers will train for 30 to 40 minutes 2 to 3 times per week. This often requires 40 to 100 sessions to complete a training process. Benefits are sometimes not seen for 20 sessions or more and when seen may be subtle in nature.
Mind State Conditioning model
Mind State Conditioning is a technology based approach to assist an individual in self-optimization by balancing and harmonizing their brain wave patterns. Mind State Conditioning stresses total individuality in a holistic context whereby algorithms are applied to an individual brain wave pattern along with the subject analysis of the individual to assist in the determination of a brain training plan. Nothing from the outside is used as normative to compare to the individual to determine abnormalities.
Mind State Conditioning understands the brain to be like a finger print - totally unique. We also understand that interviews can be beneficial in helping to isolate areas of our brains where the brain wave ratios provide answers for training the brain. Mind State Conditioning is consistent in dealing with brain state, not brain content. Comparing brain wave frequency ratios at major points across the scalp allows us a standardized way to affirm basic brain balance. This means that we create a personalized training plan, tailored to the brain frequency ratios and desires of the individual. We then use client feedback to fine tune the training session exercises as the training progresses to more completely satisfy the desired changes of the client. Mind State Conditioning uses internal brain wave patterns, client self assessment, and client input to create a brain balanced and harmonized for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual optimization.
The efficiency of Mind State Conditioning which incorporates visualization, deep relaxation, optimum performance, and targeted solution training has been helpful for over 4,000 people to eliminate or drastically reduce their pathologies. A Mind State Conditioning training session usually lasts about 1 ½ to 2 hours. Sessions are often done every day, or even multiple times per day, for the first part of training. And, training is always geared toward brain balance and harmony with an emphasis toward achievement of client objectives. Usually clients recognize benefits in the first one to three sessions, and require 5 to 30 sessions to make the benefits permanent with dominant neural-networks.