Fall 2013 Orientation Times:
Tuesdays 5:10–6:10 pm with Brian Ess
Wednesdays 11:00–12:00 pm with Geoff Lee
Thursdays 11:00 am - 12:00 pm with Barbara Welsch and 1:30–2:30 pm with Tina Tannen
What is Biofeedback Lab?What is biofeedback?
Biofeedback Lab is our ‘relaxation room’ in which you will find 6 individual biofeedback computer stations, a state of the art reclining massage chair, and numerous relaxation items which you can use within the room or in the waiting area by the fountain.
Biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn how to change physiological activity such as brainwaves, heart function, breathing, muscle activity blood pressure, and skin temperature. These instruments rapidly and accurately ‘feed back’ information to the user. The presentation of this information, often in conjunction with changes in thinking, emotions and behavior, supports desired physiological changes. Over time, and with practice, these changes can endure without continued use of an instrument.
How do I get started?
The lab is open weekdays 8-5 Mondays through Fridays. You must attend one orientation session before you are allowed to use the lab. See the orientation times above, and to avoid these times for your own use, once oriented.
Bring your ID to the front desk where it will be held while you are in the lab or until you returned borrowed equipment. Directions for most of the resources are in a binder at the front desk, which may be checked out when you check in. You may use the resources that are not attached to a computer in the waiting area by the fountain or in the reclining massager. Massage time is limited to 20 min. if someone is waiting.
How long does it take to see results?
The skills become effective with practice. The good news is that practicing at home takes only a few minutes each day, and because the exercises feel good, you may find yourself using the skills several times daily. The time to learn any skill varies from person to person and this is also the case with the self-regulation skills. As with anything else, the more you practice the quicker you learn. You should try and use the lab twice weekly, with daily in-home practice of the skills you are working on in the lab.
How often should I come?
You may come as often as you like and should try for twice weekly. Practice the skills you are learning for several days before moving on. PLEASE NOTE: Symptoms of stress and depression can have multiple causes, including environmental, social, emotional and medical. If your symptoms do not improve or if they worsen, please contact the front desk staff who will arrange for you to meet with the counselor on duty or schedule you for a screening (triage) appointment.
You are also welcome to use our massage chair!
Biofeedback Loaded Ipods