During our biofeedback session, highly sensitive sensors are placed on your skin (usually neck, finger or ear). These sensors send signals to a monitor, which display a sound, flash of light, or image that represents your heart and breathing rate, blood pressure, skin temperature, or muscle activity.
When you’re under stress, these functions change. Your heart rate speeds up, your muscles tighten, your blood pressure rises, you start to sweat, and your breathing quickens. You can see these stress responses as they happen in real time, and then get immediate feedback as you try to control them.
Several different relaxation exercises are used in biofeedback therapy:
- Deep breathing
- Progressive muscle relaxation
- Guided imagery
- Mindfulness meditation
- All helping you learn to let go of negative emotions