The Brain Center

Retraining the Mind

Neurofeedback, cranial electro-stimulation, heart rate variability, and other techniques provide patients with science-based ways to calm their brains and begin the deeper work of treatment sooner.

How Does This Help?

These machines support a positive feedback loop between positive emotions and good physical health. We need to teach ourselves how our brains and bodies work; being in control of ourselves requires becoming familiar with our inner world and accurately identifying what scares, upsets, or delights us.

The “WHY of Biofeedback” has been incorporated into Rio Retreat Center’s Monday psychoeducational lecture. There has been a big response from workshop participants using the Brain Center and discovering its many benefits.


  • CES (cranial electro-stimulation) – Stimulates alpha waves, increases oxygen and blood flow to the brain
  • HRV – (heart rate variability) – Reduces stress, develops self-awareness of internal reactions
  • Chi Machine – Benefits the heart and lungs, increases lymphatic flow and improves the immune system
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You can be fully in charge of your life only if you can acknowledge the reality of your body, in all its visceral dimensions.

Bessel A. van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score