What are MIndPlace Light and Sound stimulation systems?

Light and Sound machines–also known as Audio-Visual Stimulation Systems (AVS) use sophisticated forms of audio and visual technology to help induce a variety of beneficial mental states.


How do MindPlace Light and Sound machines work?

They emit precise patterns of pulsed sound and light, which vary in frequency depending upon the desired result.  For example, slower frequencies are used to relax or nod off, while faster frequencies are associated with a more focused, alert mind state.  And this rhythmic stimulation can also help reduce mental chatter, for those who seek to learn to meditate or to deepen their practice.


Why would I want to use a MindPlace Light and Sound machine?

Audio-Visual stimulation systems have been known to help the following:

  • Reduce insomnia
  • Increase memory
  • Help induce the Relaxation Response
  • Break undesirable states, like anger
  • Meditation aid
  • Visualization – millions of colors possible
  • Induce altered states of awareness


Are Light and Sound machines safe?

The vast majority of people that use Light and Sound machines have no ill-effects. The most commonly mentioned side-effect is feeling a little unusual for a while.

There are specific conditions where Light and Sound machines should only be used with the approval and monitoring of a medical professional:

  • Epilepsy
  • Brain Damage
  • Mental Impairments
  • Visual Photosensitivity
  • Any form of Macular Degeneration
  • Pregnancy
  • Developing Brains (children or teens)
  • Psychoses


What happens during a session with MindPlace Light and Sound machines?

Multi-colored GanzFrame™ stimulation will usually elicit  psychedelic patterns that morph and transport your mind to interesting and transformative spaces.  The Ganzframes react instantly to programmed flashes and deliver a crisp, coordinated waxing and waning geometrical display that wrap your eyes in a spectrum of pure color that is truly aesthetic.


How quickly can I feel the benefits of using MindPlace Light and Sound machines?

The benefits from using Light and Sound machines generally increase over time. Some people experience immediate feelings of calmness and restfulness after their first session. For others, it may take five or ten sessions to see significant improvement.

The changes can be subtle at first. You may notice that your sleeping has improved. Some people start to notice increased energy. You may notice less agitation and better stress control.  Dreams may become more vivid.


Will MindPlace mind machines help me meditate?

Yes, but results will vary from person to person. Audio-Visual Stimulation Systems are tools designed to help coax your mind into a variety of desireable states. Just like with any new tool, it takes time and practice to achieve desired results.


What is Biofeedback?

Biofeedback is the process of learning how to control physiological functions and uses sensors attached to the body to pick up signals from muscle activity, body temperature, heart rhythm, and sweat glands.

Biofeedback has long been accepted as one of the most effective tools available for the development of a calm and mindful awareness, the management of stress and development of focus and concentration. With this simple form of biofeedback, you become more aware of your responses, and learn to change inappropriate reactions so that you are more comfortable and in control.


What is the difference between Biofeedback and Audio-Visual Stimulation?

Biofeedback is based on physiological input – The ThoughtStream™ USB personal Galvanic Skin Response system measures tiny, rapid fluctuations in skin moisture associated with the degree of parasympathetic arousal via a small palm sensor that measures fluctuations in your skin’s electrical resistance (GSR).  When your psychological stress/arousal level increases, skin moisture increases, and ThoughtStream USB can help teach you to change this. In use, it ‘learns’ what sensitivity level works best for you, and “feeds back” this body/mind information to you in several forms of feedback.


Audio-Visual Stimulation (AVS/Light and Sound machines) uses light and sound to guide the brain into different mind states (see above).