ALPHA BRAINWAVES (9 – 13Hz)
Brainwaves in this range reflect calm mental activity. These brainwaves are best associated with your subconscious, the things your body does without thinking. Another example would be a meditative or relaxed state.
THETA BRAINWAVES (4 – 8Hz)
These brainwaves usually occur as you drift off to sleep, although they can occur at any time throughout the day. Creative inspiration and memory enhancement are focused at these levels.
ALPHA THETA TRAINING
Alpha-theta training uses neurofeedback to guide people to their deepest levels of consciousness. Once in a deep state, deeper psychological issues, such as depression, addiction, anxiety, and PTSD can more easily be addressed. It can also enhance creativity and promote deep states of relaxation. The training is done with eyes closed and may be enhanced with guided imagery.
A double-blind study on musical performance was published by a noted university in London. Top students from the Royal Conservatory of Music who did alpha-theta training saw readily-identifiable improvements in their musical performance over two months. Five groups with other therapies saw no improvements.
Excessive theta and delta (slow wave activity) is inhibited during training. Theta waves (4-7) can be associated with distractibility or not focusing. Delta waves (0-3) are often associated with sleep states, but in a waking state, can be associated with brain dysfunction. Excessive amounts of delta and theta will interfere with concentration, attention, and create other problems. Alpha-Theta training often targets reducing that activity.