Upcoming Events



4th International Meeting of the Mexican Society for Bio and Neurofeedback- Neuropsychophysiology: a translational approach
September 20th – 22nd, 2018 – National Autonomous University of Mexico in Queretaro City

Feeling overwhelmed and collapsed or feeling tall? We are usually totally unaware how our posture and movement patterns affect others and ourselves. The workshop integrates research of the effect of posture on health with strategies posture wearable biofeedback device training and breathing. The workshop overviews how posture and movement impacts health and illness, communicates to others and ourselves and how our digital environment impacts posture. Participants will experience the effect of posture changes on physical strength and emotional memory recall and dynamic body movement. It includes the use of wearable biofeedback device with a cell phone app, UpRight, to identify situations which cause slouching (e.g., fatigue, negative/hopeless thinking or mechanical movements) and breathing strategies to inhibit activation of the fight flight responses in daily movements. Outlined are strategies to reduce depression, back and shoulder discomfort.

Posture Symposium
Oct 8th – 9th 2018 – Renaissance Convention Center, Aruba (featuring Erik Peper)

Western Association of Biofeedback and Neuroscience 44th Annual Conference- Stand Tall, Don’t Slouch. How Posture Feedback and Breathing Can Improve Health

The Science of Healing With Biofeedback
Sept 13th 6:30 – 9:30 P.M. San Francisco, CA

Take a deep dive into the cutting edge of biofeedback research and practice with Erik Peper, PhD, a pioneering researcher and professor in biofeedback and the psychophysiology of healing. Biofeedback is a tool to explore and expand the mind/body/emotion connections. Discussed are some applications and options by which biofeedback can optimize health and productivity. Tonight, we will be exploring:
· Making the unaware aware, the undocumented documented.
· Learn how breathing improves health and math performance
· Experience how posture impacts strength and mood
· Observe how muscle biofeedback allows a person to become aware of body tensions

Masterclass on Biofeedback and Somatic Feedback for Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, Stress and Chronic Pain 
Jan 15th – 18th, 2019 Bengaluru, India (featuring Erik Peper and Annette Booiman)

Workshop 1 – Integrating biofeedback and somatic feedback with self-healing skills to resolve chronic disorders from test anxiety to severe chronic pain

The workshop focuses upon Integrating biofeedback and somatic feedback with self-healing skills embedded within an evolutionary developmental perspective. The components include assessing the person from a holistic perspective (e.g., diet, movement, internal self-talk, social support, and circadian patterns) and identifying the chained behaviour. The workshop includes assessment of dysfunctional respiration and motor patterns, training in effortless breathing with scalene/trapezius and transverse abdominis SEMG, respiratory strain gauges and blood volume pulse. The somatic biofeedback includes movement patterns, visual and kinaesthetic imagery, touch, cognitive and postural strategies to reduce dysfunctional patterns and optimise health. Participants will learn to recognise and experience subtle dysfunctional illness promoting patterns such as those triggered by the startle response and defence reaction, breath holding, gasping, absence of pelvic floor movement, and hyperventilation. Applications of this integrated approach has been demonstrated to reverse numerous illnesses such as vulvodynia, test anxiety, epilepsy and eczema. The workshop includes self-practice, physiological monitoring, demonstrations and strategies to teach clients

Workshop 2 – Posture and Movement Corrections using EMG Biofeedback, Wearable Device and Smartphone App

We are usually totally unaware how our posture and breathing patterns affect others and ourselves. Collapsed or slouching posture has been associated with negative health outcomes such as pain, depression and overall stress ratings as well as declines in general health, emotional well-being and energy/fatigue levels. The workshop overviews how breathing and posture communicates to others and affects ourselves. The workshop includes somatic practices by which participants experience the effect of posture changes on physical strength and emotional memory recall as well as breathing changes to affect math performance. Using respiration and posture feedback from a wearable biofeedback device with a cell phone app, UpRight, participants experience immediate feedback each time they slouch at work and at home and learns to identify situations which cause slouching (e.g., fatigue, negative/hopeless thinking or stress. The posture feedback is combined with breathing, SEMG and HRV training with cognitive restructuring to enhance health and performance. Discussed are detailed protocols how to use breathing and posture and pattern to reduce depression, anxiety, test performance, headaches, back and shoulder discomfort. The EMG or other biofeedback signals will guide the activities and give more information about the advantages of a good posture and movements, exercises and attention. This demonstration will include how to use the posture trainer, explain differences between training programs, and how to properly choose a training program. Additionally, the effective usage of the Upright posture trainer in a clinical setting would be demonstrated.

Workshop 3 – Prevention and management of Work Related Stress and Musculoskeletal Disorders

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSD or repetitive strain injuries) and stress annually cost businesses approximately $7 billion in treatment and lost work time. An estimated 80 percent of employees polled who work with computers report some discomfort. Without help, these symptoms may progress into disabling illness. This course teaches practitioners how to prevent computer-related WRMSD and presents a comprehensive approach, covering workstation ergonomics, corporate culture, work environment, individual work style, work/rest patterns and psychophysiological predisposition. This systems perspective promotes developing kinaesthetic awareness, learning skills to reduce tension, optimising ergonomics, training in efficient intermittent rest periods, and practicing movement and strengthening exercises. An emphasis is placed on utilising surface EMG to take the guesswork out of assessment, monitoring, and training while working with either individuals or groups. This experiential course covers prevention and treatment strategies. The use of respiration biofeedback and other modalities (temp, SEMG, SCL, HRV) for stress management and for reducing pain, panic, anxiety and increasing performance would be covered.

Holistic Health Lecture Series
Mondays Sept 10th, 2018, Oct 15th, 2018, and Dec 12, 2018, 7:00 – 8:15 P.M. – San Francisco State University, SCI 101

9/10/18 Vision and health for life through self-healing

Healing of chronic diseases may be possible. Learn how you can improve your vision and how a holistic perspective may provide solutions for a variety of physical and visual disorders often considered beyond medical help.

Meir Schneider, Ph.D., L.M.T. healed himself of congenital blindness and developed an original holistic approach to health. In 2007 Meir was honored by Israel, named as one of the “Top Ten Most Inspirational Israelis” worldwide. In 2010 he was honored by then San Francisco Mayor, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, with a Certificate of Honor for his tireless efforts and a lifetime dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with both visual and physical limitations. He is the author of Vision for Life and Awakening your power of self-healing.

10/15/18 Healing from paralysis

In 2009, after experiencing a traumatic fall, which shattered two of his neck vertebrae, Madhu used his knowledge of sound, energy (chi), and the healing power of the voice to completely recover from an injury that should have kept him wheelchair-bound for life. He shares the techniques he used to heal and transform himself.

Madhu Anziani is a sound healer, musician, and a qi gong practitioner who used the power of sound, his voice and an energetic perspective to heal from tetraplegia (paralysis affecting all four limbs).

12/10/18 Posture, Body Presence and Peace – Learn about the Alexander Technique

Alexander Technique is a time-honored method to improve posture, breath and movement. Alexander students learn how to use the mind to stop tension habits, gaining more freedom and control in life. Research shows that the technique helps with low back pain, knee osteoarthritis and performance anxiety. Come to this lecture and learn a few skills to free your neck and move with more ease.

Elyse Shafarman, MA, AmSAT Certified Alexander Technique Teacher, teaches Alexander Technique at American Conservatory Theater’s acclaimed Masters of Fine Arts Program, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre and San Francisco State University’s Institute for Holistic Health Studies. She maintains a private teaching practice in San Francisco and Berkeley. You can learn more about her offerings at www.bodyproject.us