We have all heard of the term “coaching.” Coaching refers to a form of learning where a person, or the coach, helps someone else to develop new thinking, self-development, create learning and promote focused action in ways that benefit them. It is often associated with sports or physical fitness. Brain coaching is not terribly different.
The truth is, the brain needs regular fitness – or exercise – to stay healthy. Just as any person might have trouble running a marathon after being idle for several years, their brain might have difficulty learning something new if a person has failed to keep his or her brain in good shape. Brain fitness can make a huge difference between staying lucid and being unable to remember your home address when you are in advanced years of age.
Just as people have personal trainers to keep their bodies physically fit, brain coaches exist to help keep people’s minds sharp.
Brain coaching is an approach rooted in neuroscience, which is the study of the brain and the nervous system. Putting the latest insights on how the brain works, brain coaching amplifies the practices and principles of coaching to make them more powerful, transformational and positive for the person being coached.
Brain coaching involves one-on-one sessions with devoted and well-trained advocates who work with you to find the best ways to enhance your brain and its many different functions. A brain coach can help you to enhance your memory, think faster, solve problems more effectively as well as encouraging you to eat better, exercise more, and stress less. He/she will be like a cheerleader who excites you to learn how you can boost your brain performance, and then assisting you – step by step – to get there.
Just like your heart, your skin, and your knees are different body parts that can age slower or faster depending on your lifestyle choices and how well you take care of them, your brain is an organ that can age slower or faster depending on your lifestyle choices and how well you take care of it. The results of fast aging brain is memory loss, sluggish thinking, and lack of zest for life – in your 40s and 50s – and early dementia in your 60s and 70s. At NeuroGrow Brain Fitness Center, our brain coaches employ neuroscience-based strategies that are shown to be effective for improving the biology of your brain so that it stays sharp and strong at any age.
Based on our published research in respected peer-reviewed scientific journals, our brain coaching has proven to help patients gain better memory, better executive function, and better sleep. Their scores on neurocognitive evaluation demonstrate marked improvements in specific aspects of their performance.
Brain Coaching Benefits
Just like regular physical exercise improves the fitness of your heart and make you feel stronger when you have to climb stairs, brain coaching improves the fitness of your brain your brain so that you can function better at home and at work. Brain coaching helps you remember things like to-do lists and names more easily as well as improve communication skills by enabling you to find the best words to communicate most effectively. Some forms of brain training can reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 29 percent.
Brain Neuroplasticity and Brain Coaching
Brain Coaching works because of the neuroplasticity that exists in the human brain. Amazingly, the human brain has the capacity to grow over time, resulting in the ability to add new synapses between neurons. You can even grow and incorporate new brain cells, rearrange the layout of your cortex (the part of your brain for complex thinking capacity), expand blood circulation, and even increase your processing capacity.
With brain coaching, you can change your brain’s structure, helping it to grow with daily exercise. Targeted brain games, that are designed specifically for you based on the results of your baseline cognitive testing, can help you to transform your brain.
NeuroGrow Brain Coaching
Our brain coaching is part of our brain fitness program, which consists of a comprehensive brain health assessment followed by a series of specific interventions that have been designed to optimize your overall cognitive performance and brain health. It has been shown to produce remarkable results in those with mild cognitive impairment, memory loss, and post-concussive syndrome.
Patients initially undergo a neurological evaluation to determine the reversible causes for brain atrophy and cognitive deficits, followed by a few tests. Then treatment sessions take place to help enhance their cognitive function, improve their sleep and reduce their stress, to name a few benefits.
From meditation training to nutrition information and tailored brain training and neurofeedback, our brain fitness program strives to help patients achieve their desired peak brain performance – based on their personal goals and the results of their baseline testing (which shows their strengths and weaknesses).
NeuroGrow Brain Coaches
The brain coaches at NeuroGrow Brain Fitness Center have expertise in neuroscience and are trained by Dr. Majid Fotuhi, who is a nationally recognized author in the field of brain performance and neuroplasticity. Dr. Fotuhi has 25 years of research, clinical work and neuroscience teaching under his belt at Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins, in addition to his literature published in scientific peer-reviewed articles. All coaches also must complete Dr. Fotuhi’s one month training and 5 hour certification exams in order to have the honor of working with patients.
Having a brain coach as a personal trainer reaps many benefits. It can be difficult to stay on track with change and growth if you do it solo. By attending regular appointments with a brain coach, you are more likely to stay on track and push yourself harder, reaping the amazing benefits of results.
If you would like to improve your brain performance or learn more about our Brain Fitness Program or brain coaching, please visit NeuroGrow.com.
This article was written by Ms. Courtney Cosby and edited by Dr. Majid Fotuhi.