Biofeedback utilizes instruments to measure biological signals from our body such as heartrate, breathing, muscle activity, sweat, and temperature to train important skills such as relaxation or tension reduction. Most of these natural biological signals in our body are ignored until we develop a problem such as stress, anxiety, or pain. Biofeedback can increase awareness to our body's response and improve our ability to regulate emotion and promote wellbeing. Through monitoring our body's reactions and consistent practice we are able to develop effective responses to stress.
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How Biofeedback Training Can Help You!
NOTE TO ISU INSTRUCTORS
Please contact our staff at least 3-4 weeks in advance if you are interested in scheduling a tour of the Biofeedback Center or would like us to present on stress management for your class. Please do not assign your students to complete a biofeedback appointment as our availability for biofeedback training is limited.
Common Goals of Biofeedback Training
Improve awareness of our mind and body
Promote relaxation in response to stress
Decrease tension, pain, or emotional dysregulation
Improve sleep and overall health
Reduce anxiety, stress, or depression
What to Expect on Your First Appointment
You will be asked to complete a few brief forms about your health and stress related concerns. You will then collaborate with your biofeedback trainer to develop a plan to meet your goals for biofeedback training. Most individuals begin by completing a stress assessment to determine how your body responds to mild stressful situations and a relaxation profile which helps us see which biofeedback techniques may be most helpful for you. The next training sessions (typically 2-4) will focus on developing specific skills for relaxation or tension reduction utilizing one or several of the following techniques:
Biofeedback Center Locations
The Stress Management and Biofeedback Center on the Pocatello campus is located next to the Bengal Pharmacy in the Student Health Center. In Idaho Falls, services are provided through Counseling Testing and Career Services in the Bennion Student Union. Biofeedback services are FREE and offered only to currently enrolled ISU students. To schedule an appointment, please stop by our main offices or give us a call.
University Counseling and Testing Service
Idaho Falls Campus
Counseling Testing and Career Services
Bennion Student Union - Room 223
Practice relaxation skills by playing our interactive biofeedback games. All games use a sensor that gently clips to your ear that measures heart rhythms that are regulated by your breathing. All of these games are available at our self-directed Relaxation Station in the waiting room of the Counseling and Testing Services on the third floor of Graveley Hall.
EmWave by HeartMath
Bring your heart, mind, and emotions in balance by monitoring your heart rhythms and finding your optimal breathing rate.
Relaxing Rhythms by Wild Divine
Learn from Zen Masters as they guide you through relaxation exercises designed to uncover your body's natural ability to decompress from the demands of daily living.
Dual Drive by Somatic Vision
Practice relaxation and breathing in this car-racing game to improve your ability to stay calm and concentrate in a fast paced environment.
Heart Rate Variability Apps
What is HRV?
iRelief (for iPhone) $2
Paced Breathing (Android)
My Calm Beat (Android)
Free Online Breath Pacers
A special thanks and recognition to Barbara Morrell Ph.D. from BYU's Counseling and Psychological Services for her mentorship and resources in making our Biofeedback Center at ISU possible!