Quality Learning Connexion Inc. Biofeedback, Counselling, and Hypnosis                       204-253-5157

Winnipeg Manitoba 

Valerie Franco: Certified Biofeedback Specialist, BA, Cert. of Ed., Post Baccalaureate., Masters in NLP,   Accredited Hypnotist,                                           Licensed Spiritual Health Coach

Ron Osthus: Certified Biofeedback Specialist, BFA, Licensed Spiritual Healer (Alliance of Christian Healers)


 Services

Pain Management:  We are deeply committed to the client's relief of chronic pain physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Electro-Acupunture

Stress Reduction

Counselling:  over 40 years of training and experience using a variety of techniques.  For people ages 16 and up, we offer individual therapy for anxiety/panic attacks, depression, phobias, trauma, and abuse (physical, emotional, sexualin a confidential ethically-based setting.  We teach people to be independent and to know how to react to stress in a relaxed fashion.

NLP  (Master's level certification)

Laser (Scalar Wave: cold or low level/soft/healing laser)

Hypnosis (Certified by John Grinder)

EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)

WHEE (Whole Health-Easily and Effectively)

Calahan Technique

Coaching

Smoking Cessation

We are constantly studying and incorporating new techniques we could use to further help the client.  Each client has an individual experience based on their  particular needs.  All sessions are conducted in absolute confidentiality.

Stress Relief

Stress is defined as a nonspecific response of the body to any demand made upon it which results in symptoms such as rise in the blood pressure, release of hormones, quickness of breath, tightening of muscles, perspiration, and increased cardiac activity. Stress is not necessarily negative. Some stress keeps us motivated and alert, while too little stress can create problems. However, too much stress can trigger problems with mental and physical health, particularly over a prolonged period of time.

Any experience that taxes an individual's energy or well-being; stress may be physical, mental, or emotional.

Tension (Psychology): a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense; "he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"; "stress is a vasoconstrictor" (any agent which causes contraction of the muscular walls of the arteries and arterioles, resulting in the narrowing of the blood vessels).

Physics: Force that produces strain on a physical body; "the intensity of stress is expressed in units of force divided by units of area". Mental or physical tension that results from physical, emotional, or chemical causes.

What may be considered "stress relief"?

Anything that relieves mundane stress on a daily basis, such as relaxation, can help. However, Hans Selye, a Hungarian medical scientist, was the first to use the word "stress" in connection with a picture of health wellness. His theory is that when the body reacts to stress, it creates an "alarm" response.

That means that your body is in good shape to react accordingly to any given stressor, hopefully appropriately and effectively in ways that relieve it. If the stress continues, however, an "adaptation" state may result, where we learn to accommodate or bear the symptoms of stress by adjusting to them. This can, more positively, mean creating an increase in our tolerance to frustration and moving back into the alarm state, which relieves the stress, or, negatively, reacting with an accommodating adjustment that (temporarily) alleviates the pain of the stress but becomes a new holding pattern.

If the stress continues even longer, an "exhaustion" state is created that may lead to a considerably weakened system. This alarm / adaptation / exhaustion model fits all forms of stress, whether physical, mental, or emotional. Obviously, reducing stress is a key to well-being. Relaxation helps, but how do we know where stress may be hiding in the adapted or exhausted states physically, mentally, and emotionally.

With the help of the biofeedback system, we can painlessly and non-invasively look at reactions to common stressors and begin to piece the picture together.

Most people find the biofeedback experience relaxing, soothing and beneficial. The benefits of biofeedback may include these possibilities (and many more you may experience):

  • Ability to relax more quickly
  • Deeper state of relaxation during sleep
  • Easier to fall asleep and stay asleep
  • Reduction of stress and hypertension
  • Improved general health
  • Increase in amount of calmness and peacefulness
  • Reduction of anger
  • Less fearfulness
  • Fewer anxiety attacks
  • Amelioration of sorrow
  • Reduction of the depth of depression
  • Heightened muscle mobility
  • Enhanced mental clarity
  • Able to pay attention more consistently
  • Better focus of attention
  • Deeper concentration and enhanced memory
  • Less attention to pain and stressors
  • Less concentration on pain and stressors
  • Fewer feelings of pain and stress
  • Less intense focus on pain and stressors
  • Less intensity of any pain or any stress
  • More able to manage stress and pain

 

 What is a Biofeedback Session?

During a biofeedback session, the client wears wrist and ankle bracelets as well as a head harness.

The sensors / electrodes comfortably read electrical impulses from the body and send the information to the computer which acts as a monitoring device. The biofeedback practitioner is able to educate the client as to what specific areas of the body / mind are most in need of stress reduction and re-education based on the information translated from the biofeedback device to the computer screen.

These data findings allow the client to better understand their reactions to stress and learn how to better control their physiological responses.

During a biofeedback session, the biofeedback practitioner is also able to educate the client as to what specific areas of the body / mind are most in need of stress reduction and re-education based on the information translated from the biofeedback device to the computer screen. While the biofeedback process is completely non-invasive and gentle, this powerful stress management support system allows relaxation and increased ability for the body to heal.

The body is designed to heal itself! The process of biofeedback is not to heal - but to help the body remember the balanced and stress free state. When it is entrained to the healthier patterns of a relaxed state, this process of self-regeneration often happens naturally.

How many sessions are needed?

Biofeedback is an entrainment process. Entrainment is a well studied phenomenon within physics, by which two separate systems, operating at varying frequencies, will settle into a common frequency when situated within one’s field of influence. It may take the body multiple sessions to entrain or “relearn” healthier patterns. Some people respond very quickly, especially those whose lifestyle choices are already aligned with good health.

Others may need more education, training and support around improving nutrition, exercise and / or sleep patterns, or avoiding addictive substances etc. Generally speaking, the longer a client has held certain stress patterns which are causing them pain or illness, the more sessions they may need to begin re-balancing or re-training those patterns and reactions.

Generally, we recommend clients make a commitment to their health by investing in several sessions in order to truly see and feel the results.  Although most clients experience a positive change in the first session, most people need three to five before the new , healthier patterns begin to effect a permanent change.  That is why we recommend that a client purchase a package of five sessions (two hours each).  With that package comes a $50 discount incentive to address your health seriously.

Please call for clarification and more information.