There's science behind your emotional transformation and belief-changes.

What is neuroplasticity?

Brain plasticity, also known as neuroplasticity, is a term that refers to the brain's ability to change and adapt as a result of experience. When people say that the brain possesses plasticity, they are not suggesting that the brain is similar to plastic. Neuro refers to neurons, the nerve cells that are the building blocks of the brain and nervous system, and plasticity refers to the brain's malleability or ability to change.

The human brain is composed of approximately 86 billion neurons. Early researchers believed that neurogenesis, or the creation of new neurons, stopped shortly after birth. Today however, it's understood that the brain possesses the remarkable capacity to reorganize pathways, create new connections, and, in some cases, even create new neurons. This is an exciting frontier and trajectory of thought! One that is a passion of Dahlia Rondeau's, whether working with autism or with anyone who wants to change patterns of thinking or how to emotionally regulate, become more successful or create positive change in their lives.
Since plasticity is ongoing throughout life and involves brain cells other than neurons, including glial and vascular cells, it's important to be or become aware of what we are learning and experiencing throughout our day to day activities and relationships. 

Brain change and growth happens for many reasons, but how?

The first few years of a child's life are a time of rapid brain growth. At birth, every neuron in the cerebral cortex has an estimated 2,500 synapses; by the age of three, this number has grown to a whopping 15,000 synapses per neuron.
The average adult, however, has about half that number of synapses. Why? Because as we gain new experiences, some connections are strengthened while others are eliminated. This process is known as synaptic pruning.
Neurons that are used frequently develop stronger connections and those that are rarely or never used eventually die.

Can you create new neural pathways?

Neural pathways, comprised of neurons connected by dendrites, are created in the brain based on our habits and behaviors. As clients participate in new activities, you are training your brain to create new neural pathways. The pathways get stronger with repetition until the behavior is the new normal. This is exciting!

Some easy ways to change and make new neural pathways:

  • Reduce stress: Make time for leisure activities. Learn relaxation techniques such as meditation. Cut down on unnecessary responsibilities and avoid over-scheduling. 
  • Stimulate your brain: Avoid routine. Enjoy new sensory experiences. Challenge your mind and body with new situations.
  • Exercise: A brisk walk or other cardiovascular workout oxygenates the brain and promotes brain growth factors.
  • Challenge your mind: Tackle puzzles, games and demanding intellectual tasks. Make an effort to learn new information through classes or reading. Very important!
  • Stay healthy: Eat a nutritious diet, get adequate sleep, avoid smoking, and if you use alcohol, drink in moderation.

Because ThetaHealing and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) both access meditative function, and you are setting goals for feeling and expecting new belief systems used in everyday moments during your session, positive outcomes are highly-probable. Neural pathways are being stimulated and created. Coaching on how to follow up through systematic repetition, increases beneficial outcomes of these actions. It's an exciting possibility to know that belief systems and brain systems are changeable and without limits. Create a NEW YOU!

"By developing new connections, even as adults, and pruning away weak ones, the brain is able to adapt to the changing environment. This is where we can actively change how the brain works, and alter what's going on, if we desire to do so."

 -Dahlia Rondeau 

 

To schedule a session for positive change, contact Dahlia at (512) 579-6223. FREE 10-minute phone consultations are available! Thank you.