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Cognitive Balance

Fonthill clinic uses NeurOptimal neurofeedback training to help its clients function at their best.
By Scott Leslie
Cognitive Balance

When Maria Ferrara’s two sons were diagnosed with cancer, the Fonthill resident began suffering terrible bouts of stress and anxiety. To make matters worse, she was constantly feeling overwhelmed and even though she was getting plenty of sleep, she still felt fatigued and out of sorts.

“It was very hard for our family, seeing the boys struggling with their cancer diagnosis,” she says. “For years, thinking about the boys’ health and their future was like a daily haunting. It affected my physical and mental health.”

Maria tried conventional methods but nothing seemed to work. Fortunately, she discovered NeurOptimal® – a powerful natural, non-invasive neurofeedback program that trains the brain of individuals who feel they are not functioning at their best and want a drug-free approach to feeling and functioning optimally. After undergoing a few sessions in Waterloo, her health improved substantially. In fact, Maria was so impressed that she decided to launch her own NeurOptimal® clinic in Niagara – opening Cognitive Balance in January of 2016.

As a certified NeurOptimal® neurofeedback trainer, Maria offers training to clients looking for changes on a physical, emotional or mental level. NeurOptimal® is a training system not a treatment. During training sessions, people have reported improvements in symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, ADHD, concussion syndrome, and chemo brain fog. With NeurOptimal®, some athletes have noticed improvement in their physical performance and mental stamina while students have reported an increase in concentration and focus.

During each session, clients are seated comfortably in a chair with a few sensors attached to their head. These sensors feed the electrical patterns from their brain to the NeurOptimal® system, while clients listen to music for 33 minutes. During subsequent sessions, Maria monitors and tracks the client’s progression. Clients typically notice improvements within 10 to 15 sessions. In some cases, it may take longer for the brain to re-train itself and more sessions may be required.
NeurOptimal® neurofeedback has been around for 17 years and is incredibly safe with no side effects. In fact, Maria says some people continue coming in for neurofeedback training on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.

“It’s just like exercising,” she says. “It helps keep your brain and central nervous system in tip-top shape. I’ve witnessed consistent improvements in the people who have come to train with me, and I get great satisfaction from seeing people happy and healthy for the first time in a long time. Seeing their lives transform – and knowing I was able to be a part of that – is amazing.” HWS

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