Article by Zoe Macfarlane
I’d never heard of a Neuro Light before I arrived at Phuket Cleanse but within a day, I find myself lying atop a purple blanket, under a copper pyramid with a row of colored crystals hanging overhead and a golden pyramid device attached above me.
A first glance, it seemed like a hippie and a sci-fi nerd had a baby and the Neuro Light was born. The Neuro Light is a unique device created to develop and maintain brain connectivity via neuroplasticity. It’s a brain gym that befittingly complements the physical training you do at Phuket Cleanse, with 80 ‘workouts’ to choose from.
Divided into five preset zones, you can hone in your brain-train areas within the Neuro Light program to peace, cognition, mood, dependency, and exploration. This is further broken down into options such as boosting creativity, calming the mind, letting go of the past, etc. I opted to work on my positivity; it was time to switch things up after a depressing bout of sugar addiction that left me feeling weak in the willpower department.
I slipped on the giant stereo headphones that lay on the bed followed the instruction of a deep breath to relax into the space. It was also suggested to choose an intention to complement the session. Once my eyes were closed, the Neuro Light was booted into action.
Wow. A kaleidoscope unraveled in my mind, the patterns switching frequently from circles to lines, to tiny dots. After a few seconds of flashing fifty shades of grey (the color palette, not the movie), my brain kicked in, and a burst of colors set forth. Amazingly only a white light was flashing, my brain filling in the hues like a mandala coloring in book.
Accompanying the carefully crafted light patterns are binaural beats that balance and harmonize the brain. Tuning into the Theta, Gamma, Delta and Beta waves, the ambient music amplifies the light experience and is attributed to about 40% of the success of this brain trainer.
The Neuro Light is a fascinating machine. It works to adapt the brain through neuroplasticity, providing it with exercise, nutrition, and fresh skills through a pre-programmed series of flickering light and sound. By using this sensory activity, this from-the- future device is able to exercise the brain and to ply it with a new story.
Science used to believe that you couldn’t feed light energy to the brain through the skull but the latest discoveries have proven this to be untrue. Not only that but you can also reach it via the bloodstream into the nasal passages. The concept is so out- there to a regular human like me but this has been proven to not only work but to be safe too.
The music playing through the headphones was more like white noise than a tune, though this varies with the program you choose from. The sounds subtly and harmoniously coordinate with the light and deepen the session. I found myself drifting but alert to the colorful hallucination unfolding before me, yet also calm. I repeated my mantra at the start, figuring it couldn’t hurt to hone in on it a few times. “I have an exciting future ahead.” I’m already positive, see? Twenty-two minutes later and the music wound down and the lights switched off. I felt a little groggy as I came to but I could also acknowledge a serenity that wasn’t present before the session.
It takes 12-24 hours for the cognition to set in and this assimilation just occurs as I carry on with my day as normal, a self-regulatory integration. The proof would be in the breakfast pudding tomorrow, it seemed. The next day, it took me a while to realize the impact of my Neuro Light session. It started with a trip to the beach, which would make anyone but the lobster-sunburnt feel positive but after I showered and I oddly felt like wearing lipstick, unusual in the tropics. I then caught myself glowing with appreciation at being on Phuket, meeting the people I have met so far, even the sweaty bike ride made me beam. My mind was creating a running list of gratitude. By the time I reached Phuket Cleanse I was radiant, people randomly complimenting me. It clicked into place. I was buzzing with positivity. Not just a mild uplift in my mood as I’d been hoping for but a palpable glow in my attitude. I felt so bloody great!
Thanks to the progressive thinking at Phuket Cleanse, not only was I able to boost my mood, it had been included in the stay. And I could do it as many times as I wanted! It’s beneficial to do as many sessions as you can, the affects accumulatory. It’s like a Raw Strength class – you don’t go in, pick up the weights and expect biceps you could balance a drink on, you have to exercise to get that mental six-pack. The Neuro Light speeds up your cerebral training program and for that, sign me up for more!
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