Carol A. Polevoi, LMFT
Counseling Resource Center
Agoura Hills, CA
Carol Polevoi, LMFT, has been in the mental health field for 27 years with the last 15 as owner and clinical director of the Counseling Resource Center in Agoura Hills. A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist , Ms. Polevoi is a Certified Integrative Body Psychotherapist (IBP) and Teacher and Certified Biofeedback Specialist (CBS), who specializes in cutting-edge body psychotherapy, trauma, stress reduction, and biofeedback. Carol provides support and innovative therapeutic interventions to help clients relieve physical and psychological pain and resolve troublesome behavior patterns. She has an extensive background as a coach, educator, and manager within the corporate world.
5923 Kanan Rd.
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
& Quantum Biofeedback
Stress is a fact of life common to every executive. Throughout the years, there have been various ways of managing it, ranging from deep breathing techniques, exercise, and even high adrenaline, thrill seeking activities (perhaps some of the reasons behind the thrill seeking of Sir Richard Branson).
According to the National Institute on Health and the studies published in major medical journals, stress is said to be the cause of about 87% of all disease.
Quite simply, stress is a biological reaction to mental, emotional, and/or physical stimuli where normal functioning has been compromised by upsetting the body’s equilibrium.
The results are many and may include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Chronic pain
- Elevated heart rate
- Muscle tension
- Depression, anxiety, mood swings, and other mental health disorders
- Hormonal imbalances and endocrine disturbances
So how do we go about not only maintaining our equilibrium but also adjusting it when things become compromised?
There have been constant advancements in stress management and one in particular, biofeedback, has become a highly valuable tool in the battle against stress. This practice has been adopted by doctors, psychologists, dentists, veterinarians, naturopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, nutritionists, and many other professional practitioners.
Some psychotherapists use biofeedback combined with relaxation techniques and mind/body psychotherapy. The concept is that with every thought and feeling, our bodies generate electrical activity in the nervous system. With this understanding, the client learns how they can control their reactions to stress and explore the causes by looking at their thoughts and behaviors.
Specifically, the Quantum biofeedback Indigo device is a non-invasive technology based on quantum physics. The Indigo device is self-monitoring and self- adjusting, measuring the voltage, current, and resistance of the client’s skin responses from the conductive sensors located on straps that are place on the wrists, ankles, and forehead. The body is electric; therefore reactivity in the body can be measured as such.
The device detects and targets very specific stressors in the body and its electrical field. It identifies the reactions to over 10,000 different stress signatures stored in the data base. These are taken from nutritional items, allersodes, toxins, emotional formulas, allergens, and more.
The practitioner gathers information to help the client learn about their state of health and discover the source of stress. They then reeducate the client to manage their reaction to that source.
What would a typical session look like? The practitioner talks with the client to determine what stressors he or she is dealing with. The client then sits in a comfortable chair and Velcro straps with sensors are then placed on the client’s wrists, ankles, and around the forehead. The client is instructed to relax with progressive muscle relaxation, guided visualization, breathe work, or meditation. While the client is relaxing, the practitioner will work with the computer which is hooked up to the Indigo device. After the practitioner gathers the information from the device as to what and where the stresses are showing up in the client’s body, the practioner then discusses with the client ways for them to reduce the stress in their bodies and in their lives.
Sessions are scheduled for one to two hours depending on the goals for the session which are determined by the client and practitioner. Most clients find the biofeedback experience relaxing, soothing, and beneficial. Some clients are so relaxed that they fall asleep during the session.
Medical research shows that the benefits of biofeedback may include the following:
Improved general health and sense of well being
Reduction of pain
Reduction in symptoms of fibromyalgia and migraine headaches
Reduction of stress, tenseness, and nervousness
Ability to relax more quickly
Reduction of depression, anxiety, anger, fear, apprehension, and gloominess
Heightened muscle mobility, coordination, flexibility, and sport performance
Enhanced mental clarity, memory, and improved attention
After a biofeedback session, the client typically feels more relaxed and has more information about dealing with the mental and physical stresses in their lives. With knowledge and understanding, we can empower ourselves to make better choices in changing the patterns that stress our minds and bodies. In the end, reducing stress can create increased productivity and happier lives.
For more information or questions on how the Indigo biofeedback device can help you, contact: Carol A. Polevoi. LMFT #32105