Stress Management and Biofeedback Center
What is Biofeedback?
Biofeedback utilizes instruments to measure biological signals from our body such as heartrate, breathing, muscle activity, sweat, and temperature to train important skills such as relaxation or tension reduction. Most of these natural biological signals in our body are ignored until we develop a problem such as stress, anxiety, or pain. Biofeedback can increase awareness to our body's response and improve our ability to regulate emotion and promote wellbeing. Through monitoring our body's reactions and consistent practice we are able to develop more effective responses to stress.
For more info, review the slides on: How Biofeedback Can Help You
- Improve awareness of our mind and body
- Promote relaxation in response to stress
- Decrease tension, pain, or emotional dysregulation
- Improve sleep and overall health
- Reduce anxiety, stress, or depression
Prior to your appointment, you will be asked to complete a few brief forms online about your health and stress related concerns. You will then collaborate with your biofeedback trainer to develop a plan to meet your goals for biofeedback training. Most individuals begin by completing a stress assessment to determine how your body responds to mild stressful situations and a relaxation profile which helps us see which biofeedback techniques may be most helpful for you. The next training sessions (typically 2-4) will focus on developing specific skills for relaxation or tension reduction utilizing one or several of the following techniques:
Biofeedback services are FREE and offered only to currently enrolled USU students. To schedule an appointment, please stop by our main office in TSC Room 306 or give us a call: (435) 797-1012.
ProComp Infiniti by Thought Technology
This system allows us to record breathing, heart rate, muscle activity, sweat, and temperature simultaneously to complete stress and relaxation profiles as well as provide in-depth biofeedback training.
EmWave by HeartMath
Bring your heart, mind, and emotions in balance by monitoring your heart rhythms and finding your optimal breathing rate through Heart Rate Variability training. What is Heart Rate Variability?
Dual Drive by Somatic Vision
Practice relaxation and breathing in this car-racing game to improve your ability to stay calm and concentrate in a fast paced environment.
Relaxation Websites & Apps
The online Stress Management and Wellness Workshop is a 6 part series on stress management delivered by Dr. LuAnn Helms (Psychologist) of Utah State University's Counseling and Psychological Services. Sessions include stress management, breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, imagery and visualization, cognitive behavioral tools and stress management/wellness plans. When watching these workshop videos, you will get the most benefit if you act like you are one of the attendees by fully participating in the activities, answering the questions, and taking notes.
This brochure has been developed to help you practice the skills discussed on the above videos.
Participation in any of the groups may require meeting with a group leader to discuss what you can expect from the group and what is expected of you in the group.