Our Noumic Biofeedback Monitor can be used as a Stress Management Device.
Some stress might be good, however, prolonged stress can leads to negative consequences. Mind and Body stress can build up and cause problems; such as, tiredness, mental anxiety, depression, and illness.
This page concentrates on the Natural Remedy for Stress, that is, to develop skills in proper Relaxation. By relaxing well, we bring balance back to the Mind, Body, and Nervous System. This re-balancing, even though temporary, allows the mind and body to re-charge with energy, we feel more refreshed and able to cope.
This page explains ways for using our Noumic Device for Stress Management Relaxation Exercises, and suggests New Stress Reducing Techniques that it enables.
With a Noumic Device it is possible to learn new skills for sustained and progressive Relaxation of the Muscles and Nerves of the body.
Moment by moment, a Noumic Device can show how the Nervous System responds during Relaxation and other Stress Management Exercises.
Our Noumic Device can be used for developing extremely fine control of the hand muscles. This Stress Management Technique teaches people to use their Nervous System differently. People learn to slowly and consistently tense and relax the muscles and nerves of the hand. What is learned can be applied to the whole nervous system, the body, and brain.
Normally, we use our Muscles by sending quick bursts of nerve energy to either tense or relax them. Our Brain is in the habit of working this way; however, it uses up nerve energy fast, and done throughout the day, it can bring stress to the whole nervous system. The purpose of this exercise is, to learn better control of the nervous system; stress build-up within the Nervous System is reduced and the ability to relax improves.
The Stress Management Exercise
Gently hold the Noumic Device. Then, very slowly, taking as long as possible increase your Hand Muscle Tension from gentle holding to fairly firm holding.
But, never squeeze tightly as it will break.
Then, take as long as possible to Relax your Hand Tension from the firm holding back down to gentle holding.
But, do not drop the Device as it will break.
The secret is to take as long as possible, do it slower and slower, and to make smooth and consistent change.
With practice, you feel and learn to control the pure Nerve-force in your hand; that is, Nerve Tension and Relaxation changes that do not actually affect the muscles.
How our Device Helps
As this Stress Management Exercise is practiced, the Noumic Device indicates immediately as it detects hand-tension increasing or decreasing. The device is ultra-sensitive, it can detect the tiniest of pressure changes, and it indicates these either by lights or by sound.
With the information from the Device this Stress Management Exercise can be mastered fairly quickly. But, remember the secret is to make the smallest of changes possible, almost so small that you don't notice yourself.
Psychology research discovered that, there is a changing balance in the general level activity of the nervous system and brain. The general level of activity is either decreasing, we call this relaxation; or increasing, we call it energising. This balance of decrease and increase is happening all the time.
Psychology research also discovered that, the changing balance of nervous system activity is reflected in a changing level of electro-conductivity of the human skin. This phenomena is called the Electro-dermal Activity Response, EDA Response.
The EDA response:-
Skin conductivity reduces as the nervous systems relax.
Skin conductivity increases as the nervous systems energise, or become more tense.
Noumic Device is a highly sensitive EDA skin conductivity monitor. Therefore, during Relaxation or other Stress Management Exercises it can provide feedback information that helps you assess how your Nervous System is responding.
Noumic Device out-puts information either by sound signals, or by coloured light signals.
Each moment, during a Stress Management Exercise, one of three LED lights illuminate. Here is a brief explanation of what these coloured LEDs indicate.
Indicates that, in the last moment, there was more relaxation of the Nervous System; or a reduction in body tension.
If using it to monitor hand-muscle tension, green indicates reducing tension.
Indicates that, in the last moment, there was some increase in tension or energising of the Nervous System; or a reduction in body relaxation.
If using it to monitor hand-muscle tension, red indicates increasing tension.
Indicates that, in the last moment, there was absolutely no change in tension or relaxation of the Nervous System.
If using it to monitor hand-muscle tension, white indicates completely unchanged tension.
Every 2 seconds, during a Stress Management Exercise, one of three sounds is made. Here are samples, and a brief explanation of what the sounds indicate.Down Tone
Indicates that, in the last 2 seconds there was some increase in relaxation of the Nervous System; or a reduction in body tension.Up Tone
Indicates that, in the last 2 seconds there was some increase in tension or energising of the Nervous System; or a reduction in body relaxation.Level Tone
Indicates that, in the last 2 seconds there was absolutely no change in tension or relaxation of the Nervous System.
Noumic Devices indicate whether the nervous system is responding appropriately or inappropriately to Relaxation and Other Stress Reducing Practices. With this information you know if it is best to continue, refine, or adjust what you are doing; and this speeds up the learning process.
People new to relaxation may not be able to feel the affect of Relaxation Practice on their body. The Noumic Device provides evidence showing the nervous system responding. Beginners, and experts alike, can now assess how any Stress Management Technique affects them during each moment.
Body information that changes as a result of some sort of practice is called 'Biofeedback Information.' Psychology research found that, having biofeedback information from devices can speed up the learning process; read more about this on our Biofeedback Page.
Learning Meditation (Mind Self-control) Skills can reduce the occurrence and minimise the affects of Stress. Meditation requires the stopping of everyday thoughts and mental activity and, moving attention away from the physical world and the body-senses.
Looking or listening closely to a device could interfere with the process of Relaxing. However, to use our Noumic Device you do not need to use your body-senses too much.
Holding it comfortably in your hand is quite easy. There are no dials or displays to fix your eyes on, you do not have to listen in a complex way.
In light-mode, there are just 4 coloured lights to see. There is no need to 'fix your eyes' on the lights; just gaze in the general direction and the colour changes indicate the essential information. In sound-mode, there are just 4 different basic sounds.
After using the device for a short while, you begin to know instinctively what its out-put signals mean, and you don't have to think about or analyse its information out-put too much.
We believe that our Device can be used even while trying Meditation and other Deep Relaxation Exercises that require the Mind to be less active and aware. It is portable and self-contained, and its information out-put does not over-load the brain.
For most people, it is only when sleeping that their body and mind relaxes. In our busy non-stop world most people never relax properly while awake! Our inventor wanted to create a tool that helps people to achieve profound relaxation, he believes it has an almost mystical healing and rebalancing affect on the body and mind. Learning profound relaxation is the ultimate Natural Stress Management Technique.
How does our Device Help?
Psychology Research discovered that, when Relaxation Experts achieve Supremely Relaxed States of Mind, the balance of tension and relaxation in their nervous system behaves in an extraordinary way; it completely stops changing.
This graphs shows data from our Device as it was held by an experienced Meditation Teacher, and also connected to a computer to record the data.
The graph shows the electro-dermal resistance (the inverse of Skin Conductivity) as he progressed in a Profound Relaxation Technique - it shows his changing balance of tension and relaxation.
The Relaxation Expert was asked to aim for a supremely relaxed state. He reported achieving this, lasting for approximately half a minute. The data shows an extraordinary 'levelling off,' where skin conductivity completely stopped changing.
This confirms the findings of Psychology Research. When people become super-relaxed, their balance of tension and relaxation completely stops changing.
The Noumic Device's White Light or Level Tone Sound indicates when these special states occur. The Device can be used as a guide helping people to Practice aiming for Profound Relaxation.
While holding the Device, if people relax consistently it begins to indicate extra information. It calculates, and indicates each time a new level in relaxation is achieved.
By indicating 'levels achieved' the Noumic Device is, in affect, a Self-challenge Stress Management Game Device. The Relaxation Levels Achieved function gives a guide to successful and improving Relaxation skills. People new to Relaxation may benefit from having this encouragement, or reward. It may motivate them to practice relaxing the Body and Mind for more than just a few minutes.
More about this function can be found in our User Manual - Levels Achieved web-page.
Beginners and experts in Relaxation for Stress Management may wonder which Technique to try with our Device.
Here, briefly described, are two well-known Stress Reducing Techniques; and, we explain what to expect form our Device as you Practice.
Practice of focusing attention on the Breath.
Doing this Exercise while holding the Device, how would it help?
This Exercise is a good one to practice again and again until you master it. Our Device will help by showing the profound affect it has on your nervous system.
This Stress Management Technique has a similar beneficial affect to the above exercise, but, also energises the Nervous System with a 'Subtle' Energy known as 'Prana,' or 'Chi.'
Here is the exercise:-
Doing this Exercise while holding our Device, what would you expect?
You can use our Device to monitor almost any Stress Management Technique.
You will discover how your body's balance of Tension and Relaxation alters, calms down, or energises.
You might discover which Techniques suit you best! You might discover where and at what time it is best for you to Practice Relaxation.
The inventor hopes that, getting evidence of how the body and nervous system responds will motivate people to persevere with Relaxation Practice, and the negative affects of stress will reduce.
We hope that people interested in Stress Management Techniques will find our Noumic Device interesting. We are not Stress Therapists or professionals.
We believe that having biofeedback information from our Device could significantly assist people in the process of learning relaxation skills.
Biofeedback Professionals are welcome to try our Device, although, with less than 100 remaining we are not in a position to give free samples.
This invention could easily be developed to become a relatively inexpensive Executive Toy for Stress Management.
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