When using brainwave entrainment stimulation, the SMR (Sensorimotor Rhythm) frequency range between 12-15Hz has many different potential benefits.
#1 – Reduce feelings of anxiety and stress
When you are experiencing feelings of anxiety and stress, you will usually be producing an elevated amount of higher beta activity, between 20-30Hz or higher. Listening to the SMR frequencies between 12-15Hz can help to reduce those feelings, down to a manageable level at the bottom of the Beta range.
If your anxiety is pretty severe, you may want to try going down even further to low Alpha 8.5Hz, with my Anxiety Relief session. For severe stress, my Stress Relief isochronic tones tracks go down even further to 6.5Hz in Theta.
#2 – Improve mood and feelings of depression
At the other end of the scale, people suffering from depression will usually show an abundance of slower wave brain activity, when studied on an EGG. In that situation, listening to SMR 12-15Hz stimulation can help to increase the speed of brain activity, improving your mood, energy levels, and reducing the feelings of depression.
#3 – Good for when you experience anxiety and depression at the same time
If you're someone who often experiences anxiety and depression, it's not always helpful to increase theta and low alpha activity, because that might bring on feelings of depression. Likewise, if you're feeling depressed, increasing your dominant brainwave activity too high, could potentially bring on anxious feelings.
This is when the SMR range is the best option, because it falls around the middle and can help to bring up people from depression, and or bring someone down from an anxiety episode at the same time, without the worry of triggering the other condition.
#4 – Helps beat insomnia
People with insomnia, are often found to produce a lower than average amount of SMR brainwave activity. Listening to SMR 12-15Hz stimulation during the daytime or early evening will boost your natural SMR levels, and help you to combat insomnia.
#5 – Use as a study aid for increased focus
If you're struggling to focus and feeling a bit tired and unmotivated while studying, you can help boost your concentration and energy levels by increasing Beta activity. The SMR range is right at the bottom of the Beta range, so it's not too intense, and so is ideal for playing in the background and using as a general study aid. If you are looking for something a bit higher for a more intense focus session, try my Study Focus isochronic tones session, which uses frequencies between 14-17Hz.
#6 – Improve well-being and overall health
Athletes and very fit and healthy individuals, usually show higher levels of SMR activity on an EEG. On the flip side, people who are ill with serious medical conditions, will often be found to have much lower SMR levels.
So while I'm not suggesting SMR stimulation is a cure for all illnesses, because there hasn't been enough research in this area yet, there does appear to be a correlation between good health and higher SMR levels, and poor health with lower SMR levels.
New SMR Extended session
My original Sensorimotor Rhythm session is 24 minutes in length. After getting various requests for something longer, I have just released SMR Extended, which is a much longer 3 hour session.
This new longer session follows the same 12-15Hz frequency cycle of the original, but I've also added 6 new background tracks, to give some variety for those who already have the shorter version.
Additional embedded entrainment effects
The tracks with background music, also contain amplitude entrainment effects embedded into the music, for an increased entrainment effect.
To listen to the demos of the new soundtracks and find out more about the new session, check it out here: SMR Extended