Beta – 14Hz (cycles per second) and upwards
Beta is the alert, working, concentrating state. This is where we spend most of our day time. In normal day-to-day awake state we are at about 16-30 Hz frequency. When we are under stress or under pressure the brain frequency goes way up to 40Hz or as high as 100 Hz. That is why, when we get stressed we are not able to think clearly, and we don’t perform at our peak. It is very important to get stress out of our lives. Doctors all over the world agree that in over 80% of dis-ease is caused by stress. When we do get sick, the doctors send us to bed to relax, so that healing can take place. Children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD and ADHD) are spending most of their day-to-day time in Alpha and Theta state. They struggle to reach the Beta state which would enable them to concentrate and express themselves properly. This is the main reason why they don’t do well in school where in fact – they are all very wise. No wonder they are so clever as we get that when spending time in Alpha or Theta states. Guiding Sounds can stimulate your brain to reach the Beta state. Research has shown that it can be used to help with ADD and ADHD kids and also simply to kick start your day. It’s completely safe and you could stop needing a coffee to get your body energized and awake.
Alpha – 8 to 13.9 Hz
Men and women have different dominant sides of the brain, that is why in general, women are more creative, emotional and intuitive (right brain dominancy) and men are more analytical (left brain dominancy). In Alpha state, we slow down the brain cycles and become very relaxed. That is when you are letting go of your ego, letting your body relax truly. The Alpha state is the desired state of most meditators and it could take you 6-12 months to achieve with everyday training. The tricky part is to get yourself to Alpha while having your brain hemispheres balanced. When they are balanced in Alpha state, your brain releases Endorphin (natural pain control hormone) and Serotonin (the feel good hormone – natural anti depressant) which enables you to come out of depression and to let stress fade away without the use of any medication. When in Alpha state we use our whole mind instead of only the dominant side, which enables us to think much better, to be creative in the same time, memory improves and your problem solving ability is at it’s peak. Half hour spent in Alpha results in you feeling relaxed, stress free and literally smarter. There are also numerous positive health effects like rapid recovery, healing, enhancing your immune system, better sleeping, peaceful feelings, warm hands and feet, a sense of well-being, improved academic performance, increased productivity in the workplace, reduced anxiety, etc.
Theta – 4 to 7.9Hz
We are all familiar with The Theta state. That is when you wake up in the morning but still not fully awake, when you feel your bed absolutely irresistible; that elusive state when you just want to sleep in. To reach Theta state with meditation, it takes about 10-15 years of everyday training. In Theta, brain suppresses the production of Cortisol, which is an important factor for aging, stressing and our immune system. In contrast, brain produces catecholamines which is vital for learning and memory retention. Theta state is commonly referred to as the dream or “twilight” state. Memory development is enhanced in this state and access to unconscious material, potential change in behaviour, intuition, sudden insight and creative ideas are increased. Theta is where Psychologist takes you when dealing with repressed memories. It also improves your sleeping patterns. It’s a mysterious, elusive state of mind that comes with many mental and emotional health benefits.
Delta – 0.1 to 3.9Hz
Delta is the dreamless sleep state. Usually kids sleep in very deep delta, and adults in a very light delta state. When in deep Delta state, the brain produces Human Growth Hormone, which builds bone, muscle, tissue, hair, gives us energy and slows down the ageing process. One of the sessions specifically developed for Fibromyalgia gets us down to just below 1 Hz. In this deep delta state, the brain floods the body with endorphins which relieve pain without the need for pain killers and you can be pain-free for up to a few days