Neuroshaping can be defined as the use of methods that have demonstrable and lasting impact on the brain (and the nervous system in general) with the purpose of increasing desired experiences, states or skills. These methods include low-tech approaches such as meditation  and high-tech approaches such as biofeedback and neurofeedback. We invite you to explore with us the possibilities of meditation, biofeedback and neurofeedback for creating the conditions for optimal attention, improved self-regulation and greater equanimity.

Meditation is a family of practices that affect mind and body through the cultivation of specific types of attention. Meditation is a low-tech approach to neuroshaping that requires no equipment and can be practiced anywhere and at any time and can generalize 24/7. Buddhist meditation practices that inform our approach include Theravada insight meditation and Zen practices. 

Biofeedback and neurofeedback are technologies that provide a window into what is going on in the body and the mind. By using the information that these technologies provide, it is possible to enhance self-awareness and to affect basic functions once thought to be outside of personal control. These empowering technologies have documented benefits in treating a variety of physical and mental problems.

In addition to their role as therapeutic modalities, biofeedback and neurofeedback have historically been used to optimize functioning and as adjuncts to meditation. The relationship of meditation to these technologies, particularly neurofeedback, is explored in depth on the blog, neuroshaping.net

The Neuroshaping Program offered by Dr. Alan McAllister, Psychologist, and his team integrates meditation, biofeedback and neurofeedback to address neurodevelopmental issues, clinical problems and optimal performance objectives. The program is flexible and founded on supportive and compassionate listening, mindfulness and mind-body awareness. According to the wishes of the client, the program incorporates elements from the three core treatment modalities–meditation, biofeedback and neurofeedback–along with other evidence-based modalities such cognitive-behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), metacognitive therapy, hypnosis and focusing techniques to achieve maximal effectiveness.

A typical progression through the program begins with a meeting with Dr. McAllister to get acquainted, identify goals, outline the program and introduce the team providing the services. Assessments may include self-report measures, measurement of bodily responses and brain mapping (qEEG) as preparation for treatment. Meditation practice is recommended to establish a base for the program. Throughout clients’ involvement, issues in the their lives and ways of coping are explored and appropriate evidence-based treatment modalities are employed, including biofeedback and neurofeedback, to enhance functioning.

The client’s meditation practice is guided by instruction from Dr. McAllister and from The Attentive Mind Workbook: Self-healing through meditation, which he published in 2012. Starting with just a few minutes a day, clients are encouraged to build proficiency in basic focusing skills by working with the breath, eventually opening up to their experiences with an unbiased and clearly comprehending mind and opening up to others with a kind and loving heart.