Today’s light and sound machine is the technological result of humanity’s awareness that outside stimulation affects our mental, emotional and physical state of mind. Thousands of years ago our ancestors experienced the flickering flames of campfires, sensing the calming effects created by those soothing flames. The same can be said for drumbeats. Rhythmic drumbeats can be sootheing or calming then as the beats quicken, a more energetic sensation occurs. A light and sound machine is a non-invasive method for brainwave focus training. So how did a light and sound machine grow out of this awareness?
In 1924 proof that flickering light and audio beat stimulation affected mental states occurred when a German psychiatrist, Hans Burger, published images depicting human brainwave activity. From Hans Burger’s discovery of these ‘wavy’ electrical lines emerged the new scientific field of electroencephalography. The wavy-line images published by Hans Burger are easy to visualize. Imagine you are looking out over a mountain range with various peaks and valleys. Scrunch that skyline together, do some mental magic as you see little separation between the highest and lowest levels. That image is what human brainwaves look like when in our everyday waking state: the Beta brainwave frequency state. As you gradually relax, like when experiencing an Alpha program on a light and sound machine, that skyline image begins to transform. The wavy lines of our brainwaves become further separated, more distinct. Then as we enter sleep, slipping through the Theta brainwave state and into Delta, the sleep state, those brainwave lines show peaks and valleys at their highest and lowest points. The next few years saw the electroencephalography field grow as researchers, including W. Gray Walter, combined electronic strobes to electroencephalograph (EEG) machines. Then in 1949 the Tuposcope was introduced. This marked the first time EEG researchers could track Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta brainwave frequency patterns, enabling hospitals to compile patient EEG’s. By 1955 hundreds of hospitals became involved with electroencephalography.
Equipped with the ability to observe human brainwave patterns, several researchers in the late 50′s and early 60′s began to study Zen and Yoga meditative practices. During the Zen and Yoga sessions researchers realized the practitioners were capable of accessing both alpha and theta brainwave states. The results of these studies were made available by researchers including M.A. Wanger of the University of California at Los Angeles; B.K. Bagchi of the University of Michigan School of Medicine; and B.K. Anand of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. The non-chemical use of producing altered states soon followed with Alpha EEG feedback researchers like Dr. Joe Kamiya of Langley-Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute in San Francisco being credited for initiating the biofeedback age. Left / right brain synchronization, brainwave hemispheric crosstalk, light and sound stimulation and EEG training protocols continued to be investigated by such researchers as Jack Schwarz and Richard Townsend. It was in 1974 that the first patent for a light and sound machine was granted. The patent-holder, Seymour Charas, was a New York City College scientist. He never did mass produce his light and sound machine.
Microelectronics went through major changes in the 80′s as devices were becoming smaller and more readily available. Machines containing programs generating light and sound frequencies began to appear among researchers. Marchal Gilula, M.D., of Life Energies Research Institute of Coconut Grove, Florida, conducted a clinical research study on Multiple Afferent Sensory Stimulation (MASS). This study showed that light and sound (MASS) instrumentation caused an 80% subject response of achieving deep sensations of complete mind and body relaxation.
Then came mass production of light and sound machines, available to the general public, and the publicized success of those that use a light and sound machine acquiring deep states of relaxation through brainwave focus. A light and sound machine is a competitive edge in sports for peak competive performance, in academics for learning and assimilating new information, in business for creativity, mental clarity and insight, and for everyday people just trying to make a good thing better. Brainmachines.com has sponsored brainwave focus training programs utilizing a light and sound machine in the educational, medical, business and law enforcement communities. Participants involved with the focus training programs all enjoyed the experience, the ability to relax and focus, and today many own a light and sound machine for personal use.
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