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MASTER Peak Mental Training™ (which is an acronym for Motivation, Attention, Sensory, Timing, Engagement and Response training) is a multi-dimensional and systemic approach to mental performance training developed by, and only offered at, Bergen Peak Performance.
This unique and powerful training approach utilizes state-of-the-art mental training technology (such as Neuroptimal Neurofeedback, FITLIGHT Training, and MUSE) collaboratively with evidence based approaches such as cognitive-behavioral training and other mind-body-brain disciplines (yoga, EMDR, hypnosis, nutritional support, etc.) to provide an integrative and comprehensive training regiment to achieve optimal mental performance and efficiency.
MASTER Peak Mental Training addresses the sensory (ie- visual, auditory, tactile), cognitive (thought, memory, focus, decision making, etc.) and psychological (fears, emotions, confidence, etc.) perspectives to allow for optimal systemic change to body, mind and brain in order to maximize innate performance potential.
To understand the foundation of the MASTER Peak Mental Training approach, it is necessary to appreciate the complexities of the mental aspects of any type of competitive performance or task execution. Whether we are training a Broadway performer, a competitive athlete, a surgeon executing skills under pressure, a business executive making high stake financial decision in a high stress environment, a public speaker, a first responder, or a student taking a challenging aptitude test, the common denominator is the critical necessity for precision, clear mindedness, acute focus, and the ability to execute complex tasks with accuracy and precision in highly stimulating and stressful environments.
Consider, for example, a typical 10 second basketball play. In that short period of time, the player is expected to recall and execute complicated game strategies while simultaneously utilizing stellar ball handling, passing and shooting skills, while additionally making razor sharp split second decisions (“do I shoot, do I pass?”) while opponents attack, teammates wave, coaches yell, whistles blow, buzzers buzz, lights flash and fans scream!
This type of situation could easily be characterized as a kind of sensory “overload” and often results in a heightened state of body and brain arousal and reactivity. Internal states such as confidence, insecurity, fatigue, fear, and self-esteem also significantly contribute to the complexity of the mental aspects of competitive performance. For an untrained or undisciplined brain, this type of demanding and complicated mental process can easily result in much less than the desired outcome required for success.
These highly complex and multi-faceted performance scenarios have everything to do with brain and mental function: working memory and recall, sustained and divided attention, impulse control and self-regulation, “start up” or ignition states, decision making under stress, visual-spatial-cognitive processing, hand-eye coordination and so on.
MASTER Peal Mental Training at Bergen Peak Performance addresses these precise aspects of mental competitive performance and begins with a comprehensive history, assessment, and personalized training plan outlining multiple strategies and techniques for optimal training.
MASTER Peak Mental Training at Bergen Peak Performance is uniquely designed to provide state of the art mental performance skills training in a supportive yet vigorous environment to help YOU achieve YOUR performance goals.
BERGEN PEAK PERFORMANCE PROUDLY PROVIDES NEUROPTIMAL NEUROFEEDBACK
Neurofeedback, also known as EEG Biofeedback, is a non-invasive, safe and evidence-based training method for improving brain performance and efficiency.
Using a computer with highly specialized software, and based on the long established principles of operant conditioning and positive reinforcement, an individual engages in mental activities while receiving “feedback” (often in the form of audible “beeps”) when the brain is performing optimally. As the brain is repeatedly engaged in this process, it eventually adopts improved patterns of response, regulation, learning and processing.
There is nothing (no electricity, vibration, etc.) transmitted into the brain during neurofeedback; to the contrary, the process of neurofeedback training is completely non-invasive and more akin to engaging in a physical workout routine at a gym that results in increased capabilities through repetition and self-adjustment.
Common benefits of neurofeedback training can include: improved focus, attention and memory, greater impulse control and self-regulation, reduced anxiety, improved sleep, enhanced creativity and ease of learning, improved sensory processing, and stabilization of mood and arousal states.
Neurofeedback is used in peak performance training for athletes and creative and performing artists, high stress business professionals, students, first responders and many others. Neurofeedback can aid in improving response time, decision making, mental clarity, precision and accuracy in complex tasks, improved arousal or “ignition” states, and can forge a link between physical performance/behavior and brain function and internal states.
Commonly used to address the challenges intrinsic to ADD/ADHD, The American Academy of Pediatrics has designated neurofeedback as a Level 1 “best support” intervention for children with such conditions. There exists a plethora of research on the effects and potential benefits of neurofeedback training for ADD/ADHD in both children and adults.
The specific type of neurofeedback provided by Bergen Peak Performance utilizes a state of the art system called NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback. NeurOptimal® is an advanced neuro-technology referred to as Dynamical Neurofedback®. This system uses complex algorithms and the brain’s natural dynamical learning process to powerfully enable the brain to perform with optimal efficiency while naturally maximizing the brain’s innate capabilities of self-regulation, resilience and flexibility. This approach differs from other types of neurofeedback is several important ways. First, NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback does not require a medical or psychiatric diagnosis, as it focuses on innate brain capabilities rather than deficits and is considered a training method rather than a treatment. Second, it does not require expensive and repetitive tests such as QEEGs or Brainmaps. This is because NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback does not attempt to “push” the brain in any specific direction based on protocols determined by a doctor or technician based on databases and comparisons of brains. The human brain is intrinsically flexible and adaptive, and has an inherent ability to self-correct when given the right information. NeurOptimal® is designed to provide the brain with the information it needs to make its own adjustments, resulting in training that is globally effective while remarkably free of unwanted side effects. Developed by clinical psychologists Drs. Valdeane and Susan Brown, founders of Zengar Institute, Inc., NeurOptimal® boasts a long and venerable history with well over three million hours of safe and effective usage over the past 17 years.
BERGEN PEAK PERFORMANCE IS PROUD TO OFFER FITLIGHT® TRAINING: A MULTI-SENSORY COGNITIVE/VISUAL TRAINING SYSTEM
FITLIGHT® training is a revolutionary performance and healthcare training system which uses military grade LED lights, specialized software and a computerized tablet to improve performance in a wide variety of contexts for children and adults in a challenging and fun format! FITLIGHT® training is used in sports training, performing arts training, healthcare and rehabilitation, mental health, and tactical training for military and other responders.
The FITLIGHTS® are programmed in a specific or random sequence for individual or group training exercises. They are then deactivated as per the training routine by either direct impact or proximity with hands, feet, racquets, etc. The sequencing of the lights can also be used to indicate specific drills or patterns to be followed in a certain order or memorized and subsequently repeated or executed as per the specific training exercise. Various measurements and data can be captured during the routine for immediate feedback and analysis for training and performance optimization.
FITLIGHT® training can be used to address or improve: reaction and response time, precision and accuracy of complex tasks, cognitive/visual/spatial processing, sensory processing, working memory, engaged focus and sustained or divided attention, decision making under stress, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skill control and coordination, impulse control and self-regulation, mobility and fluidity of movement, scanning capabilities, speed, agility, stamina and coordination, and desensitization to intense and high sensory performance conditions. Working with FITLIGHT® regularly often improves confidence, motivation and attitude as well. Best of all, the process of using FITLIGHT® is exciting, fun and challenging... providing ideal circumstances for optimal engagement and training outcome.
FITLIGHT® is presently used by the NBA, NFL, NHL, NASCAR and a variety of Olympic athletes. It is gaining in public recognition as world class athletes, such as Stephen Curry of the NBA world champion Golden State Warriors, use FITLIGHT® as an integral part of their regular training regiment and attribute its use to increased success.
Science and medicine have repeatedly demonstrated with evidence based research the abundant benefits of meditation for the body and mind. Incorporating meditation and mindfulness into one’s daily routine and life can enhance overall quality of life as well as improve emotional and physical well being. Although conceptually simple, the actual process of learning to meditate and, subsequently, maintaining a meditation or mindfulness practice in one’s life, is often challenging. There are many different types of meditation, and many different approaches to learn how to meditate and practice mindfulness.
For mental peak performance, the benefits of meditation are virtually limitless. Whether in sports performance, creative or performing arts, business, education, or health, meditation improves mental clarity, focus, memory and results in greater relaxation, self-esteem, motivation and optimism. It enhances creativity, reduces anxiety and increases the relaxation response in the body and mind. Practiced regularly, meditation often leads to improved quality of sleep and overall cognitive functioning. It may even lead to greater longevity. For athletes and high stress professionals specifically, meditation often enhances the ability to work and focus under stress, improves decision making and problem solving, and increases mental strength and resilience.
Contrary to what our highly competitive culture, typically characterized by a “no pain-no gain” philosophy has believed, neuroscience has proven that optimal brain performance occurs in a state of calm, focused, relaxed alertness. Any athlete, musician, performer or high-stress professional knows that peak performance occurs when the mind is free of distraction, ruminating negative thoughts, anxiety, fear or self-doubt. Meditation is a powerful, safe and effective tool to help direct the mind with razor sharp focus and intent, while remaining alert, aware and relaxed. Meditation, in short, produces a state of mental peak performance, optimization and efficiency when practiced correctly and consistently.
At Bergen Peak Performance, we teach and train in a variety of meditation and mindfulness approaches and techniques to help our clients reach their personal mental performance goals. Often, meditation techniques are fused with other types of mental or skill based trainings for maximum results.
Bergen Peak Performance proudly utilizes the MUSE® meditation training system for ease and success of learning. MUSE® is an innovative technology that monitors the practitioner’s brain state and level of “calm” or “activity” during a meditation exercise, enabling on-going audio feedback to support and guide the user towards effective, successful and enjoyable practice. The user wears a headband, which resembles sunglasses but is worn through the midsection of the forehead and around the ears,
with sensors the monitor brain activity. Following each session, the user can track their progress and growth through easy to read charts and graphs. With regular use, the practitioner can consistently reach deeper and more optimal states of relaxation and brain efficiency for mental peak performance.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is commonly used in peak performance training by athletes, creative and performing artists, business professionals and students.
EMDR can be a powerful and effective tool in the reduction of performance, test, audition, interview, and public speaking anxieties, overcoming fears, self-doubt, criticism, and perfectionism, mitigating performance or creative blocks, alleviating “stage fright,” and remediating the damaging psychological impact of injury, error or significant loss for athletes and performers. EMDR has been effectively used in mental training for competition or performance where fear, insecurity, negative thoughts or troublesome past experiences have impinged upon the mind of the performer and interfered with optimal achievement. To the contrary, EMDR can improve self-esteem, confidence, motivation and optimism, and enhance creativity, focus memory, psychological strength and resilience.
EMDR was originally pioneered by clinical psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro in Palo Alto, California in the 1980’s to address the intrusive and painful memories of war veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Notably, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense have designated EMDR to an “A” category list of “strongly recommended” interventions for trauma.
EMDR has safely and effectively been used to address a wide variety of anxieties, phobias, and other conditions and issues, and has been widely accepted as a viable and impactful intervention and brain based training method in mental health and peak performance. Numerous studies have examined and supported the efficacy of EMDR on performance outcome, and specific research has yielded particular EMDR protocols for the application of peak performance training.
EMDR is a completely non-invasive peak performance training method which impacts the multi-dimensional characteristics of memory (specifically, cognition, image, emotion and sensation) and is based in the theories of adaptive learning. During EMDR, the client focuses on thoughts, memories or perceptions that hold negative significance or have had a negative or damaging effect on performance, while simultaneously focusing on bi-lateral (left/right) visual, auditory or tactile stimuli. The client is then asked questions about their reactions and perceptions following this alternating dual-attention; this process is repeated several times. EMDR works directly with the memory networks in the brain and enhances information processing related to the negative thoughts or memories. The result is a reduction in the negative impact of the memory, perception or experience while forging a new and more positive mental perspective. These new perspectives are then incorporated into a more constructive, confident, optimistic, and goal oriented mind-set which optimizes mental focus, performance and achievement.
EMDR cannot be done with individuals with histories of seizure disorders or certain eye/vision related injuries or disorders.
Hypnosis for sports, performance or mental training and well being is completely safe, natural and non-invasive. Hypnosis is commonly used in sports or performance training to alleviate difficult feelings or reactions such as "stage fright" or performance anxiety as well as to increase relaxation, enhance creativity, improve sleep and brain fitness, and improve self-regulation, impulse control, etc. . It is commonly used in sports training to address apprehensions, fears, anxieties or otherwise negative thoughts and associations that interfere with focus, confidence or execution. For example, if an athlete has had an injury, they may be holding onto a fear of becoming reinjured which is impeding their ability to perform optimally and fully execute their skills; a performer may have made an error or forgotten a line during a performance and has since become filled with self-doubt and insecurity; a student or business executive may experience "test anxiety" or public speaking anxiety before an important event that interferes with their ability to focus, effects memory and recall, diminishes confidence or even results in physical complaints such as insomnia or headaches. Equally, hypnosis is used for visualization and mental rehearsal and to enhance overall well-being. It is also used to alleviate phobias or behaviors that are difficult to manage such as smoking, nail biting or weight control. Hypnosis is a natural state of deep relaxation, similar to the state or feeling one experiences just before falling asleep. It is a time when the psyche and body are more relaxed and receptive to suggestions and, therefore, more open to accepting new beliefs, perceptions, or associations. Hypnosis at Bergen Peak Performance is conducted by highly trained and certified professionals.
Almost any area of training at Bergen Peak Performance is built on a solid foundation of the core principles and practices of cognitive and behavioral psychology. We draw on these principles and practices to assist our clients in achieving their goals by empowering them to change or re-align their thoughts, perceptions, beliefs, habits ad patterns of action and behavior with their personal or professional goals and desired outcomes. All of this is done via techniques that enable one to identify, isolate and redirect cognitions (thoughts) that are not useful, and establish more effective and constructive ways of thinking and behaving that will have a greater outcome on performance.
Our cognitive and behavioral training is specifically focused on techniques that are designed to enhance performance by eliminating negative psychological or emotional internal patterns and replacing them with practical, hands-on tools for effective mental self-control. Empirically proven techniques or training mechanisms such cognitive restructuring, cognitive rehearsal, operant conditioning, positive feedback and reinforcement, etc. are taught and utilized to enable our clients to achieve improved mental mastery and functioning. These techniques may be used to eliminate negative self-talk, self-doubt or low self-esteem, to lessen anxiety or worry, to calm states of over arousal which are negatively impacting performance, or to improve focus and working memory by eliminating mental distraction. They can also be used for mental preparation for high-stress performance situations such at athletic competitions, auditions, test-taking, public speaking, decision making, etc.
Studies have shown repeatedly the role that our mental state and thinking process has not only on performance outcome, but quality of life in general. For example, the use of cognitive restructuring combined with cognitive rehearsal has been shown to be highly effective for athletes in executing complex task in their sport (for example, basketball players shooting from the foul line, or baseball players with pitching or hitting accuracy). These same cognitive and behavioral techniques can be utilized, as well, to lessen anxiety, to improve confidence and self-esteem, to improve sleep quality and mental outlook.
At Bergen Peak Performance, we individualize our cognitive and behavioral training to meet the unique needs of each client and the demands of their individual performance.
At Bergen Peak Performance, we firmly believe that nutritional and dietary needs are an integral part of any mental or physical performance training protocol. Whether you are an athlete, a dancer, a student or a business executive, nutrition and sound dietary practices are necessary to be strong, healthy, confident and successful. We offer comprehensive nutritional and dietary counseling provided by a registered master's level dietician. Our approach is characterized by a positive, supportive, natural and intuitive focus balanced with scientific based information and client education. We appreciate that nutritional needs are very individualized and always want to get to know what your goals and needs are and how to best meet them. Our nutritional/dietary counseling is offered for:
-Weight loss or gain for improved physical health and self-esteem
-Special conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, food allergies, ADHD, etc.
-Athletic training and enhancement
-Cognitive / Brain Fitness
-Stress and Sleep Management
-Family Health and Management
-Eating or Body related conditions
Our registered yoga teachers are highly experienced and trained to help our clients bridge the gap between their peak mental training and their body with a variety of yoga techniques specifically designed for athletes, performers, and individuals engaged in high stress occupations or activities. Often, we train the body and the mind vigorously without paying proper attention to what our body needs to relax and recharge for optimal performance. Our unique brand of Yoga for Athleticism and Performance addresses the physical aspects of relaxation, flexibility and stress management while training the mind to "quiet down"-- thus, allowing the practitioner to develop a disciplined and effective yoga practice that can be used to manage stress, maximize focus, and address the physical demands of one's performance. Our Yoga for Athleticism and Performance helps our clients build confidence, achieve greater relaxation and enhance flexibility- both physical and mental! A particular emphasis is on the teaching of physical and mental techniques that are practical and can be used in preparing for or immediately before a performance for increased relaxation, self-mastery, flexibility, confidence and perspective.
Stress Management at Bergen Peak Performance utilizes a multi-sensory and multi-dimensional approach to helping our clients live healthier, more enjoyable and more productive lives. The term “ stress management” refers to a varied field in which physical and mental strategies, practices or approaches enable individuals to manage the stress in their life more effectively which frequently results in improved overall health and well-being. Addressing the ways in which a person thinks about or perceives stress, managing sleep habits, exercise and nutritional needs, relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, yoga, hypnosis, meditation and neurofeedback, and learning how to make better and healthier life style decisions are all part of the stress management training and program at Bergen Peak Performance. We also strive to help our clients identify the roots of their stress and create a training plan that is practical and can be utilized in daily life to lessen the impact of their stress on their physical and emotional states. Often times, clients report improved sleep, weight loss, lower blood pressure, improved memory, focus and productivity, and overall enhancement in their personal and professional relationships when they undergo stress management training.
Sleep specific training is offered to address sleep routines, sleep "hygiene" habits, obstacles, mental "blocks" that impede sleep quality and the impact of stress and anticipatory anxiety on sleep. We utilize guided imagery, creative visualization, meditation, body work including progressive muscle relaxation, movement and yoga, and hypnosis to assist our clients to learn skills to improve and enhance their rest.
We provide support and mental performance training for children, adolescents and adults with ADD or ADHD. These services are determined based on a comprehensive assessment of the history, presentation and ways in which these conditions are impacting the individual's life. Services such as neurofeedback, cognitive/behavioral training, meditation, relaxation and time management skills, combined with academic support or parenting education are often recommended to provide the most comprehensive and effective training strategy.