Benefits

Scientific Rationale

Our goal is to train the mind and improve the structure and function of the brain.

The modalities taught at the Center are effective because they induce structural and functional changes in the brain ~ changes attributable to a what is known as neuroplasticity. These result in a dramatic reduction in the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, and an increase in the levels of the so-called, “pleasure-inducing neuropeptides,” such as β endorphin, serotonin, oxytocin, testosterone, and dopamine (the neuropeptide associated with pleasure).

Dr. Richard Davidson has demonstrated, by using fMRI technology and other methods, that  “If we become more mindful of our everyday activities, we can learn well-being and become happier.” Indeed, a recent study out of Davidson’s lab at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of  Washington, Madison, on compassion meditation ~ the type of meditative modalities we offer at the Center ~ demonstrated that just 30 minutes of practice a day over the course of two weeks was enough to produce a change in behavior and in brain function. In addition to the neuro-hormonal modulation, there is an increase of blood flow to the left upper cortex (the analytical section of the brain), and equilibration of the brain waves as seen by electroencephalography."

EEG Stabilization

Those who have availed themselves of our services report an enhanced ability to cope with the following conditions.

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Menopausal syndrome
  • High blood pressure
  • Migraines
  • Muscle tension

  • Digestive disorders
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalogia
  • Insomnia

Psychological and Psychosocial Benefits

Those who have availed themselves of our services report an enhanced ability to cope with the following conditions.

  • Intimacy dynamics
  • LGBT concerns
  • Death of a loved one
  • Economic hardships
  • Panic attacks
  • Anger
  • Issues at work
  • Depressed libido
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Clinical depression
  • PTSD
  • Bi-polar disorders
  • Digestive disorders
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalogia
  • Insomnia

Life-Coping Issues

  • Identify priorities
  • Modify spending habits
  • Improve academic performance
  • Improve relationhips

  • Set and achieve goals
  • Organize their lives
  • Be more productive
  • Attain self-confidence

Those who have availed themselves of Dr. Casellas’s Life Coaching report an enhanced ability to identify and set goals to resolve unsettled issues.

Physical and Physiological Benefits

Richard Davidson

Taken together, those who have availed themselves of our training report that the mindfulness interventions they have learned have helped them with:

  • Information processing
  • Managing their clinical depression and other psychological disorders
  • Heal from PTSD and C-PTSD
  • Cope with pain that does not respond to medication (for example fibromyalgia)
  • Attentiveness
  • Memory recall (both long- and sort-term memory)
  • Problem solving ability
  • Cognitive control (the ability to focus on a specific goal or task and keep it in mind while resisting distractions, the very abilities harmed by multitasking.)
  • Improves working memory
  • Impulse control
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Creative insight
  • Empathy
  • Ability to see a project through to its end
  • Vigilance
  • Lessening inflammation
  • Controlling their hypertension to the point where they no longer have to take medication