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What is brainwave entrainment?


The brainwave entrainment is a procedure that synchronise the brain into entering a specific state by using an auditory or visual stimulation, pulses of light, tone or sound. In case of BrainTap, we do this by simulating the rhythms of specific brain wave frequencies known for deep relaxation and heightened states of consciousness. It is the process of reaching deep levels of relaxation and then using guided visualization to form mental images. Visualization it is the primary component of the imagination and is at the core of the human ability to create, innovate and dream. BrainTap Technology can transport you out of a state of stress or fear, and into a new space of inner calm, peace and tranquility. A natural byproduct occurs when the body goes loose and limp, thereby creating the relaxation response – the perfect state for learning or focusing on goals.




How does the BrainTap headset work?


The BrainTap headset is driven by specially encoded guided visualisation audio-sessions that are uniquely encoded with Neuro-Sensory Algorithms (NSAs) to gently guide the user from the wide-awake state into a deeply relaxed optimum learning state. A mini computer inside the BrainTap headset converts the NSA encoded signal embedded within each session, thus guiding the user through the brainwave entrainment process designed specifically for that session. With nearly 700 sessions in more than 50 categories, there’s simply no limit to what you can achieve. The BrainTap headset system works with any smartphone or tablet that can operate Apple or Android apps.




What are the primary brainwave frequencies?


BETA 13-30 Hz: This is the wide-awake alert state where you spend most of your waking life. Beta is your reactionary mind. It is the level of your mind where fears, frustrations and negative emotions are processed. This is also where your strongest filtering system operates. It is called the critical factor. The key purpose in using the BrainTap Headset is to train your mind to get out of this state where stress is dominant. ALPHA 8-13 Hz: This is the frequency most associated with creativity, imagination and flow. Alpha is the intuitive mind. It is also the brain state associated with relaxation, tranquility and daydreaming. Flow thinking, or a state of “inward awareness,” takes place in alpha. It is also known as a super-learning state. THETA 4-8 Hz: This is the breakthrough state where you can reinvent your life. Theta is the inventive mind. It borders on sleep and is a meditative state with access to the other-than-conscious mind where you have higher levels of creativity, learning, and inspiration. It is also the state in which the BrainTap Headset help you to visualize and realize your goals. DELTA 1-4 Hz: This is deep, dreamless sleep. Delta is the unconscious mind. The BrainTap Headset is designed to keep you from falling into this state of sleep. This is why the light and sound patterns of the BrainTap Headset system continue to change throughout the session.




Is BrainTap safe and can everyone use the BrainTap headset?


The BrainTap is absolutley safe. Anyone who is not sensitive to flashing light can benefit from BrainTap headset technology and gain improved memory, great sleep, focus, concentration, and reduced stress. The BrainTap Headset, used in combination with the guided visualization audio-sessions creates a potent tool for creating laser-like focus and enhanced performance.The light intensity on the BrainTap Headset is adjustable, so those who have minor light sensitivity can almost always find a setting that’s right for them. Those diagnosed with light sensitivity seizures should not use the flashing lights in the visor, but can experience the profound benefits of the guided visualization, auriculotherapy and relaxing tones. If you have any of serious medical conditions like epilepsy, seizure disorders, brain injury, or photosensitivity, you should ask your medical professional if light and sound technology is right for you.




What happens during a BrainTap session?


With the BrainTap Headset visor over your closed eyes and headphones over your ears, you are immersed in a perfect mixture of light and sound frequencies. Your eyes will be treated to a beautiful light show while you listen to specially designed music and the guided BrainTap Technology process. This all combines to enhance your experience and invite a higher degree of alpha/theta brainwave activity. Some people may experience colorful geometric patterns while others may lose track of the lights completely. The light and sound pulse rate shifts from wide-awake beta to a dreamy drowsy state of theta as the session progresses. Using the science of frequency following response (FFR), your brainwave activity will follow the pulse rate of the Neuro-Sensory Algorithms. At the same time, your mind rehearses the changes or improvements you desire for your life.




What is frequency following response?


Frequency following response (FFR) is the effect created through synchronised light and sound. It’s how the brain “syncs” to the strobe lights, beats and tones. While your brain follows the frequencies, you experience less inner chatter and improved concentration. After a few weeks of regular use, most people gain a sense of balance and inner calm. Users report feeling serene, focused, and alert even when faced with high-pressure situations.




Why are the lights in the earphones?


The lights in the ears are set to the optimum frequency for creating a delightful feeling of serenity and balance. The earphone lights work by stimulating the ear meridians with gentle frequency pulses - so gentle that they are not visible to the human eye - to soothe, harmonize, calm and balance you.




Why are LEDs used instead of incandescent lights?


Light emitting diodes, also called LEDs, are solid-state devices that convert small amounts of safe electrical energy into light. They can be switched on and off much faster than incandescent lights, producing the crisp strobe-like pulses most effective at inducing the frequency following response needed to guide the user through the brainwave states. For BrainTap, blue LEDs were chosen for their pure, cool, calming color. The operational research showed that users preferred the blue effect through closed eyes more than any other LEDs available. It is important to note that a person who is prone to seizures should not use the light portion of the BrainTap headset system.




How important are the music and tones?


The best brainwave entrainment is auditory as well as visual. Environmental sounds and music have been used for centuries in almost all cultures to create an altered state of consciousness. For example, native tribes used drums, chants, and environmental sounds like wind and rain to provide strong mental pictures and associations. There is a reason we find it relaxing to sit by the ocean and listen to waves crashing to shore or the sound of a stream as it trickles over rocks. These pleasant sounds tend to generate alpha brainwave activity naturally. In today’s frenetic culture, though, we rarely get to enjoy nature’s relaxing effects. For this reason, Dr. Porter has personally encoded each session so that on a daily basis you can get a perfectly synchronised experience similar to that which nature provides. Plus, because the program is encoded into the digital audio file, you can use the BrainTap headset with any of today’s high quality music players, such as the iPod or iPad, to ensure the best possible sound quality. The music you hear on every BrainTap Technology process was composed specifically to complement the alpha/theta brainwave entrainment. The music is designed to create a full 360-degree experience that floods your mind with beautiful images and peaceful thoughts.




What is it like to experience Braintap?


One of the best definitions of the BrainTap experience came to Dr. Porter from a satisfied client, who said, “It feels like my body fell asleep, but my mind stayed awake.” This is because BrainTap generates a natural state, very much like sleep. You are then provided information that you want to apply when you are awake. This is called anchoring your vision to your timeline. It works like writing yourself a sticky note and posting it somewhere to remind you later. Most people who want to make a change in their lives have the best intentions in the world, but the reality is, we get what we rehearse in life, not necessarily what we intend. Through BrainTap, you rehearse the new behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs you want and create in your mind a timeline for success. During a BrainTap session, you visualise new responses to old behavioral triggers. Then, when you encounter the old triggers, you’ll simply “forget to remember by remembering to forget.” As your new responses take hold, you’ll be convinced that you can acquire tobacco-free behaviors, think and act like a naturally thin person, or change any negative, unwanted behavior. It’s that easy!




Why are there sometimes two voices on the BrainTap audios?


When you hear a second voice coming through one side the headphone and then other, it’s not a mistake! This is a technique called “Dual Voice Processing.” Dr. Porter intentionally recorded the sessions in this way to provide your brain a full holographic experience. The second voice moving from right to left and back again is there to stimulate right and left hemisphere balance. It may seem a little disconcerting at first, but don’t worry, your brain will adapt quickly. The good news is, you don’t have to consciously listen to any of the voices, so just relax and let it happen. The sessions that have Dual Voice Processing are marked “DV” and those that don’t will be marked “SV” for single voice.




How does BrainTap produce such amazing results?


The BrainTap system is designed to program behaviors so they become natural, unconscious, and automatic. You know how to drink water. You know which foods are more natural for your body. You know what exercise is. You already have these abilities. Our focus is not to give you these abilities but rather to give you a response to those abilities, thus creating responsibility. In other words, it gives you the access to the abilities you already possess! BrainTap provides the motivation, the determination, and the drive to succeed. It’s a common experience that what the mind thinks about the mind brings about. The BrainTap headset is designed to help you to get into that powerful brain wave state where you can impress upon your mind the results you want in life.




What if I'm afraid of losing control?


Our culture teaches us to strive for control in our lives. However, what we think is control can quickly shift into stress, fear and anxiety. You are actually in more control while you are in the alpha/theta states because you gain discretionary access to your other-than-conscious mind, allowing you to tune into your thoughts, feelings, and emotions on a deeper level. With the help of the BrainTap headset and the audio-sessions you choose, you will gain focus while creating positive habits and behaviors, meaning you finally gain the kind of control you really want.




Is it safe for me to drive after using the BrainTap headset?


Yes, it is safe for you to drive after using the BrainTap Headset. You will likely feel refreshed because you have been on a mental vacation. When you come out of the relaxation state, you will feel positive and recharged, as if your entire being has changed. If you feel a little groggy at first, simply have a refreshing drink of water and take a couple of deep breaths. Most people feel the same as awakening from a nap. DO NOT EVER LISTEN TO A BRAINTAP TECHNOLOGY AUDIO-SESSION WHILE DRIVING.




Can children use the BrainTap headset?


As long as the child can sit still in a chair for 10 or 20 minutes, the BrainTap headset can be of benefit, and there are a variety of sessions geared toward children, tweens and young adults. We have children as young as five years old using the technology before bed and getting great results. The “Accelerated Learning Series” can be used by teens and adults alike.




Can BrainTap technology be used in my business?


All content used in the BrainTap Technology system is protected under International Copyright Law and is owned by Dr. Patrick Porter or the respective content provider. Only those who purchase a BrainTap business location license can you use these copyrighted works for profit in business, and only within the guidelines of their license. If you are interested in becoming a licensee or use the BrainTap technology in your business, please contact Patrick UK business development manager on +44 2034893585 or +44 7445492498.




Why can't I find BrainTap in the App or Play store?


This problem is almost always corrected by making sure you type BrainTap as one word. Some devices will auto correct the word BrainTap to Brain Tap. Be sure there is no space between the words Brain and Tap before you hit the search button. Another issue may be that your device is too old to support the app. If you’re using an older device, such as an iPhone 4, you may need to make sure you have the latest updates installed before searching the store.





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