When Lee Burki’s son, Troy, was a teen, he sustained two sports-related concussions that affected his short-term memory, sleep and concentration. In an attempt to help his son’s recovery, Burki, who has a background in occupational safety and health, began researching options to help him. During his research, he happened upon Brain State Technologies and Brainwave Optimization® (BWO), a product that would change both of their lives.
BWO was created by Lee Gerdes, founder of Brain State Technologies who himself was afflicted with persistent post-concussion symptoms (PPCS) after being attacked. After traditional medical treatments failed him, he then tried mirroring back the middle range frequency patterns in the asymmetrical lobes. Only then did he find relief. This provided him with the inspiration and motivation to further develop the technology in order to help others.
Troy, who by then was in graduate school, underwent the process and finally achieved relief from PPCS. He was able to sleep and concentrate better and complete his degree in sociology.
“It benefitted him to the point that we opened the business,” Burki said.
Troy’s recovery prompted Burki to investigate BWO further, and he underwent training from Brain State Technologies and established Sound Brain to provide the service. As part of the training, Burki underwent the process as well. He continues to use BWO weekly and now uses the BRAINtellect-2 on a daily basis.
The BRAINtellect-2 development was supported by a grant from the US Army Research Office for sleep and performance enhancement. An extension of the BWO technology, the B-2, was also created by Gerdes. B-2 is a wearable headband and wireless tablet that works with four important locations instead of BWO’s 64.
“B-2 is a take-home product to purchase that also supports the brain to relax and improve sleep. It’s for ongoing support and flexibility. People use it as a way to reduce stress by releasing ongoing tension,” Burki said. “It’s a well received wearable tech device for a daily wellness approach to the chaos of life.”
“I just felt calmer, my sleep improved and my personal performance increased,” Burki said. Both father and son are now certified in BWO with Brain State Technologies and have been providing the service at Sound Brain in Gig Harbor since 2010. Sound Brain has grown by word of mouth referrals from people’s positive experiences when they had given up on traditional methods to address their problems.
“The real-time tones are unique to the individual. The entire experience at Sound Brain supports individual uniquenesses and capabilities. With a 15-year background in coaching, I relate particularly well with student athletes. People welcome the deep relaxation and often sleep during the sessions,” Burki said.
BWO harnesses the power of advanced computing technology to create a high-definition Acoustic Brain Mirror ™. This real-time reflection of brainwave activity generates a pattern of music-like tones, which is intended to support and accelerate the brain’s ability to achieve deep states of relaxation, where it can fully let go and reset itself. When the brain resets itself, it can more readily self-optimize to improve well-being and return to a highly capable state.
BWO is not a medical therapy or treatment but a process to self-optimize the brain. Typically, clients complete the BWO process in 10 two-hour sessions over the course of one week. B-2 gives them new options so that people can integrate it with the BWO sessions or use it to accommodate individual schedules and needs.
Please note that Brainwave Optimization and BRAINtellect-2 are not a type of treatment or therapy and are not medical devices or services. Brainwave Optimization and BRAINtellect-2 are not intended to treat, cure, heal or diagnose any medical condition, mental illness or symptom.
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