You will find three computerized biofeedback games in the Mind Spa: Relaxing Rhythms, Passage and Wisdom Quest, and emWave. Attach the sensors to your fingertips, and make a harp play, juggle balls with your laughter, meditate to open doors - all with the set of your mind and breathing. When you have mastered these techniques, you can use these new abilities of yours to relax, stay focused and centered in your everyday life.
What is biofeedback? "Biofeedback is a type of complementary and alternative medicine called mind-body therapy. It's designed to enable you - in mind-over-matter fashion - to use your thoughts and will to control your body.
Biofeedback is based on the idea, confirmed by scientific studies, that people have the innate potential to influence with their minds many of the automatic, involuntary functions of their bodies." www.mayoclinic.com/health/biofeedback/SA00083.
Learn effective breathing and meditation exercises lead by experts in health and wellness, and practice these exercises as you receive personal, real-time feedback on-screen. See and feel results from the very first step, in as little as fifteen minutes. Achieve a new level of well-being that reduces stress, promotes better sleep, better relationships, and a more balanced and healthy lifestyle. Want to know more?
Guided Meditations: Passage and Wisdom Quest
Learn with expert guided meditation mentors, who will walk you, step-by-step, through deep breathing exercises, guided meditations, and an inspirational journey towards taking control of your own stress, relaxation, health, and happiness. These amazing biofeedback training modules are based on the work that comes from years of proven experience in mind/body applications, and will provide you with hours of inspiration and motivation as you head down the path toward greater health and happiness in your life. Want to know more?
It turns out that we live our lives more so between heartbeats than because of them. EmWave PC is a biofeedback program that allows you to not only monitor your heart rate, it conditions you to manage your heart rhythm. Using EmWave PC regularly will allow you to develop confidence in your ability to manage any task more efficiently by teaching you how to flow. Want to know more?
Dual Drive Biofeedback Game
Learn to stay relaxed and focused during the stresses of daily life. Dual Drive Pro teaches relaxation and stress reduction techniques you can use during stressful situations or to wind down at the end of the day. Learning to stay relaxed while racing a car cross country can help you stay focused and relaxed while managing stressful situations in your daily life.
Mindfulness Meditation with Tara Brach, Ph.D
This program is a 9-step training in mindfulness meditation with one of the United States’ preeminent meditation teachers. This experience is for both beginners and advanced practitioners and allows you to track your progress and improvement. It offers the “Mindfulness Meter,” a new feature which lets you instantly see your state of mindfulness. You’ll receive this feedback during the session and a general evaluation at the end of the session. To know more:
mPower is an individualized, interactive program that provides skills for coping with stress and emotional distress. The program guides you through a series of self-assessment and goal-setting exercises to provide a personalized training for your unique needs.
The focus is on five powerful personal effectivness skills. Each module within the Five COre Personal Effectiveness Skills includes several subtopics that provide practical informaiton and specific descriptions and examples of skills. The subtopics incorporate interactive exercises called tools that give practice applying the skills and personalizing them for the user's individual goals and circumstances.
People in the Pacific Northwest can be particularly vulnerable to Seasonal Affective Disorder, due to our northern latitude. It is the shorter days (not the grey winter sky) that is primarily responsible for the light deprivation that can trigger SAD.
Increasing your exposure to both natural and indoor light can be very effective in treating SAD. The Mind Spa includes a desktop light therapy unit. Students may also check out small, portable blue therapy lights or desktop lights like the one in the Mind Spa for two weeks at a time from CAPS. Therapy lights are also available for check-out at Student Health Services and the Valley Library circulation desk. Want to know more?
Select one of three automated programs of alternating massage modes which target different areas of your back. Or, customize your massage. You can position the massage rollers to target a specific spot.
Regular massage in high-end massage chairs puts the mind and body at ease by soothing sore muscles, relieving stress, and prompting the body to release endorphins which relieve tension and improve mood.
Create a tranquil atmosphere by listening to music that is more than just relaxation; instructional CDs offer guided relaxation exercise, mindfulness meditation, and more:
Negative ions are odorless, tasteless, and invisible molecules that we inhale in abundance in some places - think mountains, waterfalls, and beaches. Once they reach our bloodstream, negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that improve mood, relieve stress, and boost daytime energy.
Plug in the negative ion generator (located behind the massage chair), and attach the wrist strap to close the circuit and increase the generator's effectiveness. Want to know more?
Be comfortable as you focus and meditate. The handcrafted, traditional meditation Zafu cushion will mold your shape into a relaxing and comfortable position as you focus and meditate.