Fight or Flight
The Virtual Reality Therapy includes “biofeedback” which allows the therapist and client to see how they are physiologically responding to stress by monitoring heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tension, blood flow and even brainwaves through the various phases of flight. The therapist uses the biofeedback monitors to make patients aware of their reactions during the virtual flight and ultimately teach them how to better control these responses.
Biofeedback is extremely effective in teaching the benefits of “abdominal breathing” because it gives a true understanding of the body’s response to proper breathing and how proper breathing can actually relax the body. The client is therefore taught a breathing technique (deep belly breathing at a rate of 5-7 breaths per minute) that synchronizes respiration with heartbeat to produce sinus arrhythmia, a state which reduces the feeling of anxiety. Once the correct breathing pattern is learned it can be practiced in conjunction with the virtual reality experience and then ultimately during an actual flight.
How I work
Sessions will begin at the office and slowly incorporate “in-vivo” exposure, which is, placing the client in real life scenarios such as going to the airport listening to aircraft taking off and landing and eventually getting on a real flight with me, your therapist. My goal is to provide you with the opportunity to eventually enjoy being in the sky as much as I do!