It's not just your car that might need a tune-up this winter. Your brain also may benefit from one, and the owners of a business called Ashland Center for Brain Harmony claim they can give you one.
Owners Dan Altman, a former software engineer, and Deborah Josephson, a social worker, say they use sound and software to help people optimize their brains.
The entrepreneurs, who opened their business in February 2011, base their work on the research of Lee Gerdes, author of a book called "Limitless You." Gerdes, owner of an Arizona company called Brain State Technologies, says he began researching ways to optimize brain health in the 1990s to help himself recover from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). His research led to a biofeedback technique that reflects the brain's own sounds back to itself using audible tones.
A two-hour session begins with an assessment of a person's brain-wave patterns conducted by either Altman or Josephson, along with physical and mental-health surveys. The results are then entered into a software program that suggests protocols for optimal brain functioning.
Clients are fitted with electroencephalogram sensors at specific scalp points, and they listen to frequencies through ear buds during seven- to 14-minute intervals.