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Brainwaves and qEEG Brain Mapping


Why is understanding brainwaves important?

A healthy brain has an optimal speed. To demonstrate, think about your brain speed like shifting gears on a bike. A healthy brain should be able to access these brain speeds/states effortlessly. In fact, qEEG Brain Mapping gives you a visual representation of how your brainwaves are shifting gears. 

For example, if your brain is stuck in high gear for too long you could experience being overwhelmed, anxious, overly stressed, irritable, tension headaches and more. On the contrary, the same is also true for being stuck in low gear. You could experience trouble with motivation, difficulty learning, and processing information, difficulty regulating your moods and more.

As a result, through qEEG brain mapping and understanding your brainwaves and brain speed, this allows our team to see how well your brain is doing in each area: flexibility, processing speed and overall ability to perform.

The Brain and It’s Power

Our brain is a muscle and just like every other muscle in our body if we don’t use it or exercise it, it will weaken or atrophy. On the other hand, just like every other muscle in our body, our brain can be strengthened and trained for optimal performance.

In fact, our brain controls everything in the body physically and mentally.

A healthy brain has an optimal speed. Our brain is electrical and the speed of the electrical energy flowing through the brain is known as our processing speed or brainwaves.  Brainwaves provide a great deal of information on how we are feeling and functioning. Brainwaves breakdown energy by speed and depending on your brains speed we can identify states of distractibility, focus, relaxation, stress, underlying moods, and overall brain function.

What are the brainwave speed/states that you can see and train?

Brainwaves breakdown energy by speed.




Frequency range: 0 Hz to 4 Hz (slowest)

Too much: Brain injuries, learning problems, inability to think, severe ADHD
Too little: Inability to rejuvenate body, inability to revitalize the brain, poor sleep.
Optimal: Immune system, natural healing, restorative/deep sleep




Frequency range: 4 Hz to 8 Hz (slow)

Too much: ADHD, depression, hyperactivity, impulsivity, inattentiveness
Too little: Anxiety, poor emotional awareness, stress
Optimal: Creativity, emotional connection, intuition, relaxation


Brainwaves and qEEG Brain Mapping


Frequency range: 8 Hz to 12 Hz (moderate)

Too much: Daydreaming, inability to focus, too relaxed
Too little: Anxiety, high stress, insomnia, OCD
Optimal: Relaxation




Frequency range: 12 Hz to 40 Hz (high/fast)

Too much: Adrenaline, anxiety, high arousal, inability to relax, stress
Too little: ADHD, daydreaming, depression, poor cognition
Optimal: Conscious focus, memory, problem solving




Frequency range: 40 Hz to 100 Hz (highest)

Too much: Anxiety, high arousal, stress
Too little: ADHD, depression, learning disabilities
Optimal: Binding senses, cognition, information processing, learning, perception, REM sleep



How do you record my brainwaves?

In a non-invasive process called qEEG brain mapping. We are not putting anything inside of your brain or reading your thoughts, we are simply analyzing your brain’s electrical activity for the purposes of neurofeedback training.

With our cutting-edge brain analysis software (qEEG brain mapping), we can identify what areas are over-active and/or under-active, which provides insight to you and our team on the possible cause of your symptoms. 

Once we identify your goals, gather the necessary information from your brain map we will create a customized training program to help to optimize your brain’s performance. We will do that through neurofeedback training.



qEEG Brain Mapping


What is a qEEG Brain Map

A qEEG brain map gives a visual representation of how your brain is functioning and gives you the ability to visually see your unique patterns of mental strengths and weaknesses categorized into executive processing, memory processing, visual processing and more.

When talking about brainwaves and qEEG brain mapping, a qEEG brain map gives us vital information to help identify areas of the brain that may be over-active or under-active. By identifying the areas with abnormal activity, we can predict what type of symptoms or challenges you may be experiencing. For example, if specific brain areas involved in focus and attention are functioning poorly and you have difficulty paying attention, we know exactly where to train to help you regulate more efficiently.


Who should get a qEEG brain map?

Everyone. Whether you are looking to gain insight and understanding around an observable challenge or just looking to optimize your brain’s performance, everyone can get a brain map. While most people have normal brain function, they still have brain imbalances or emotions that affect their daily life.


What is the benefit of understanding how your brain is functioning?

How do you know how far you can go if you don’t know where you are? Think about your brain map as a baseline assessment of your mental performance. Seeing and understanding how your brain is performing gives you insight on the areas you need to improve to reach your overall goals. Brainwaves and qEEG brain mapping are two pieces of the same structure.

Most people find it fascinating and exciting to get their brains mapped. It is a measure of how you feel and function and most people find comfort and validation. Getting a measure on those feelings and challenges and relief that it can be shifted and improved.


What happens during my qEEG assessment?

Brain mapping is a non-invasive process. We are not putting anything inside of your brain, we are simply recording and analyzing your brain’s electrical activity. We place a sensor cap on your head and a little gel in the cap so that we can see what your brain is doing in real-time.

During your assessment, we gather, analyze and edit the data, process your maps, review your results with you and create a game plan for you to start training.


What happens after I have my brain mapped?

After we have completed the brain mapping processes, from there we create a customized neurofeedback training program that boosts the areas of your brain that has too little or too much activity, and areas that are not coordinating at optimal performance.

Over time through the use of neurofeedback sessions, you will train your brain to function optimally, tap into your brain’s peak performance and help you unlock your highest potential.


What is neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback is a non-invasive process by which your brain learns what it needs to do to improve its performance.


What does a neurofeedback session like?

During a neurofeedback session, you can expect to sit in front of a computer screen with a few sensors placed on your scalp for 20-45 mins that monitor your brainwaves.

We will see on the computer screen and get feedback on what your brain is actually doing and compare that to what you’d like it to be doing. There are several ways to receive this feedback, whether through a video brain game, watching a movie or listening to music.

When your brain enters a calmer, focused or the desired state you will be rewarded with positive feedback on the computer screen by the game, movie or music operating smoothly.  If your brainwaves are not firing at the desired speed you will receive negative feedback (the movie pauses, the game stops or music stops). This process is acting as a reward or conditioning system for your brain. With this type of immediate feedback, your brain will learn when something is out of balance and it will also learn what it needs to do to get back on track.

Over time and through repetition your brain will learn exactly what it needs to do to perform more consistently and within an optimal range. Research has shown this to promote lasting structural changes within your brain.

References brainwaves and qEEG brain mapping


Tracy Alston

Tracy Alston

Tracy Alston is a licensed professional counselor, a mental fitness consultant and board certified in Biofeedback and neurofeedback. Tracy is the Founder and CEO of two companies located in Mooresville, N.C., New Mentality, P.C. and Mental Edge Fitness Solutions, Inc. Tracy’s passion is creating strategies and solutions for improving mental health and mental fitness.

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