You can think of the brain being a little like your car. Your car can operate at many different speeds to handle the conditions it encounters. When it comes to a red light and is stopped, it just idles. The engine is still running, but at a slow speed waiting from an input from you when you depress the gas pedal to get it going again.
The brain works kind of like this too. There are times when it needs to be busy to handle the daily activities, but when there is nothing to do it should be idling. Some brains cannot do this; they have forgotten how to idle.
Imagine coming to a red light in your car, and instead of idling, it is racing — or it stalls. You would get very annoyed with such a car. It would not be much fun to drive. When your brain isn’t idling when it should, it can cause problems.
Synchrony training is all about reminding your brain how to idle, how to rest when it makes sense to do this. Once your brain is able to do this, your experience is one of connection to your core self. People often say they feel deeply rooted in themselves, feeling content and grounded in who they are at a deep level, and feeling in a state of flow. This can be a powerful experience for people, and is almost always something to work into the treatment.
In many ways synchrony training gives you what you would get from having a consistent meditation practice for a year or so. The big advantage of synchrony training over meditation is that the effects felt after years of meditation can be achieved with synchrony training often with one 30 minute session.
What synchrony training does is to adjust the “default mode network” in your brain. The default mode network is what is activated when your brain is idling. Both neurofeedback and meditation will activate this network. Check out the videos to the right to learn more about the benefits of activating the default mode network.
Synchrony training is very beneficial component of any trauma work since people with a trauma history often do not feel grounded in themselves. As they work through the trauma and begin to create a new narrative, synchrony training can be very beneficial in helping them connect with their core selves.
People who are looking to improve performance also will benefit from synchrony training. They will feel very grounded and centered in themselves, and this is a place of resilience and flexibility. The notion of being in a state of “flow” has long been recognized as a necessary condition for top performance. Synchrony training promotes the state of flow.
In summary, synchrony training is a wonderful addition to just about any course of treatment. It helps you connect with a deep core sense of yourself. This helps to ground and center you, which allows you to flexibly adapt to the challenges of daily life.