|If you haven’t heard of “biohacking” yet, you will soon. It brings the |
concept of mindfulness to the next level and its development has been
rapid and recent.
Biohacking combines science, biology, and self-experimentation to
optimize health, well-being, and focus. Simply put, it’s a DIY approach to wellness that refers to a wide range of activities including meditation,
yoga, cleanse diets, and more. Once considered new-age and radical,
these practices have risen in popularity.
With more research and investment dollars being spewed into the industry, this health trend is dominating the wellness space and is on the verge of changing the industry. At the forefront of the biohacking community is neuroscience expert Dr. Patrick Porter.
“Biohacking has hit the mainstream and whether you believe in these practices or not, they will undoubtedly impact the health industry…” …
says Dr. Porter, who presented research along with Ariana Huffington
and other notable biohackers last month at the National Biohacking
Conference in Los Angeles. Biohacking has made tremendous advances
in treating conditions like mental health and addiction. Although in the
past, biohacking has received criticism for being unregulated, biohackers argue that’s exactly why it needs to be studied and have close attention
by the public. “It’s all about open access to science and what works for
you. When it comes to health, you are your own best advocate. No one can watch over you better than yourself,” says Porter. Porter’s contribution to biohacking involves research on brainwaves and technology. A pioneer
in this area, Porter has emerged as a leader in the digital health and wellness field. He is the creator of the BrainTap Pro mobile app, a mind-
development tool designed to help users de-stress while achieving
physical, mental, and emotional balance. Using frequency-following
technology as well as guided visualization, the app gives anyone the
ability to achieve the mental state they want in mere minutes (unlike
traditional meditation which can take years to master.) While other apps only focus on one brainwave (such as alpha waves that calm and soothe)
BrainTap is based on the understanding that no complex human task hasonly one brainwave state but rather a symphony of waves working together.
“You can actually trigger neurotransmitter production through brainwave entrainment and this is a game changer for mental and physical health,”
says Dr. Porter.
Unique Brainwave Training Can Help Reduce Stress and Fatigue
By Dr. Patrick K. Porter, Ph.D.
Why do we need to take care of our brains? This is a fundamental question we should all be asking because it’s just not possible to have a genuinely healthy body without a freely functioning nervous system (and because about 70 percent of the nervous system is in the brain, it makes sense that healing the body must start with the brain).
One increasingly popular strategy to revitalize and reboot your mind is brainwave entrainment. Also known as “braintapping,” this method can help people that experience high stress, difficulty sleeping, low energy and other lifestyle challenges, to mentally shift gears, recharge and relax.
Backed by neuroscience and research, training your brainwaves helps guide the brain from an awake, reactionary mind into an intuitive, creative state, and then to a place where super-learning and healing can occur, with the outcome being a heightened state of consciousness with crystal clear focus. The practice creates a symphony of brainwave activity and a feeling of calm focus that’s ideal for learning, productivity, healing and clarity.
Activating the Right Mental States at the Right Time
You can incorporate brainwave training into your daily life – it helps you de-stress while also achieving physical, mental and emotional balance.
Unlike traditional meditation programs, brainwave entrainment’s neuro-algorithms gently and naturally guide the brain through a broad range of brainwave patterns. The result is a complete spectrum of brainwave activity. The restful, rejuvenating effects of even just 10 to 20 minutes of this approach can help balance your nervous system and protect against common stressors of everyday life.
In other words, the strategy trains the brain to be more resilient and creative, activating the right mental states at the right time.
How Does It Work?
The science behind training your brainwaves relies on four key elements that enable the technology to induce brainwave entrainment.
The four areas include:
- Binaural beats: When two different tones, separated in frequency by only a few Hertz, are introduced — one in each ear — the brain perceives a third, unique tone. Binaural beats work by creating this phantom frequency, which the brain then mimics. The process of braintapping has shown to produce a state of calm and concentration in the brain, yielding the full effect of the guided visualization, and resulting in extraordinary levels of performance that would otherwise take years of practice to achieve.
- Guided visualization: In general, the visual imagery process involves setting aside a period for relaxation, during which you contemplate mental images depicting a desired result or goal. Visualization has been studied for decades and is known to have the power to affect mental states, improve physical performance and even heal the body. And when combined with the other elements of braintapping, these effects are increased and optimized.
- 10-cycle holographic music: Another aid to the guided meditation is 10-cycle holographic music, a sonic technology that produces a 360-degree sound environment. In this sonic environment, the visualizations become more real to the mind, helping you take full advantage of the power of the visualizations by creating a more receptive learning state.
- Isochronic tones: Isochronic tones are equal intensity pulses of sound separated by an interval of silence. They turn on and off rapidly, but the speed depends on the desired brain frequency. The discrete nature of isochronic tones makes them particularly easy for the brain to follow.
Turn Your Brainwaves Into a Symphony
The power of the mind should not be underestimated. It’s when you change your mindset –especially if you work to retrain your brainwaves – that you can change your life for the better.
Keep in mind, in many cases, it takes more than a one-and-done approach for us to heal and retrain our brainwaves. But with daily brain entrainment practice, you can create a path of your own destiny so that you can more easily move through life in a connected, more fulfilling way.
About Dr. Patrick Porter:
Dr. Patrick K. Porter, PhD, is an award-winning author, entrepreneur, and speaker. He is the creator of BrainTap Technology™ a company that produces digital tools for health and wellness. BrainTap’s mind development apps and accessories use Creative Visualization and Relaxation to help people overcome stress and insomnia, lose weight, stop smoking, manage pain, accelerate learning, and much more.