Biofeedback Training

What is Biofeedback?

Bio means body, therefore Biofeedback literally means feedback from the body.  Thus, one of the objectives of Biofeedback training is to help a person become more aware of his/her internal environment. 

As a student, you spend most of your day interacting with, and attending to, your external environment as you go about your daily tasks and activities.  As a result, you may not be aware of the “alarm bells” your body may be activating (such as a headache or muscular tension), indicating that you are putting too much pressure on yourself.   These “alarm bells” or “distress signals” are your body’s way of getting you to pay attention and to slow down.  If you do not attend to these distress signals, your body will continue to magnify them until they interfere with your daily activities.

Through regular use of Biofeedback and relaxation techniques, you can become more and more in-tune with your internal environment.  In this way, you can become aware of when you are pushing yourself too much and then take corrective action to reduce that pushing tendency by slowing down, getting more sleep, or taking on fewer responsibilities.  In this way, you can take care of and neutralize your stress symptoms in the early stages – before they neutralize you and you become sick, for example.

What is Stress?

“A particular relationship between the person and the environment that is appraised by the person as taxing or exceeding his or her resources and endangering his or her well-being” (Lazarus & Folkman, 1984).

Experiencing stress for extended periods of time can cause your immune system to become depleted, resulting in vulnerability to illness.

According to Doctor Hans Selye (1982), there are two types of stress:  good stress (eustress), and bad stress (distress).  Good stress is the type of stress you experience when you are preparing for an enjoyable event, such as a wedding, family reunion or fun game.

Bad stress is stress that is associated with factors like a demanding relationship or unrealistic expectations, such as expecting an “A” for every exam.

What instruments will I be hooked up to and what do they do?

You may be hooked up to one, two, or more of the following instruments: