Balancing Your Brain Can Change Your Life

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 Story by Cheri Hammons


“As a client, I can say with all certainty that the technology that BrainJoy offers is not like any other I have experienced. The session made a significant, positive difference in my outlook on everyday life. I have RLS (restless leg syndrome) and now I can sleep though the night. I am living proof that it works. Thank you, BrainJoy!”

DM, Medford


“I’m so grateful to BrainJoy for the beautiful changes in my 14-year-old son after one full intensive. He sleeps through the night again, went from poor math scores to A’s and has an elevated overall disposition.”

KG, Medford


“I was astonished at the results after going through the BrainJoy experience. The clarity and sense of wellbeing gave me the ability to work at what I consider my maximum potential.”

KF, Medford


Brainwave Optimization™ may sound like something out of a sci-fi novel, but this holistic treatment is making waves, so to speak, as an alternative form of therapy that helps with a wide range of issues such as focus and memory, depression, anxiety and sleep problems.

“I think of brainwave optimization as neurofeedback on steroids for the 21st century,” says Kathleen Kellenbeck of BrainJoy, a Brainwave Optimization™ center in Medford. Kellenbeck is a Master Certified Brainwave Technologist with a 30-year combined background in western and alternative healing, and the medical and high tech industries. She and her husband opened BrainJoy, an affiliate of Brain State Technologies, which is based in Arizona, in 2011 after discovering and using the therapy themselves.

Brainwave Optimization™, simply put, is a high-tech form of sound therapy designed to balance the frequencies of the brain. Electroencephalogram (EEG) sensors are placed in key locations around the head and on the earlobes where they, in real time, measure the activity in the brain. The sensors receive that information and send it to a computer where software translates the data into the sound of healthy brainwaves. The brain resonates with the musical tones to achieve functional balance and harmony.

“The front of the brain, for example, is responsible for executive functions like planning, memory and intellectual interpretation of emotions. If we find the frequencies in charge of sleep disproportionately busy in the front that’s going to cloud your ability to focus,” explains Kellenbeck. “So we’ll target the sleep frequencies in the frontal lobe by generating musical tones based on the information received by the sensors together with instructions we provide to the computer. When the brain hears those sounds it recalibrates.”

As the client lies in a relaxed position, the sounds are played through ear buds. Positive changes in the brain begin developing in response to hearing the sounds. The end result is balance and harmony in the brain.

“The musical tones ‘reset’ the brain to an auto-calibration of sorts. The pitches and rhythms are all unique to the individual, to each session, moment to moment, location to location because the sensors are reading brain activity in real time, 256 times per second, so it’s really customized,” says Kellenbeck.

She cites successes with clients who have suffered everything from traumatic brain injuries and many forms of addiction, to children with learning disabilities and behavior disorders. And this author can attest—as a mother whose baby has not given her a full night’s sleep in nearly a year—that treatment had a positive effect on the new mom brain fog even of the best of us are stricken with.

Treatment is set up as a series of 12 sessions and an assessment. Each session is 90 minutes long, with the first 10 sessions in close succession—two a day for five consecutive days, for example. “We want to have the momentum of one session upon another strengthening the positive changes that are occurring so they can become dominant,” she says.

“The brain registers accumulation of stress as trauma and while our response to a circumstance may be the very best it could be in the moment, the brain can sometimes get stuck in those patterns.” Kellenbeck explains. “One may learn new healthy behaviors but if the brain is out of balance it’s going to be really hard to be consistent with them. Once the brain comes into balance, one has a greater capacity to make healthier choices, have healthier responses, and to be able to see the forest through the trees, really.”

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