Editor’s Note: We spoke with George Rozelle, PhD with the MindSpa Integrative Wellness Center in Sarasota on Bee Ridge Road near I-75. George is a licensed and certified psychologist and neurotherapist who opened MindSpa in 2004. Please call 941-378-9959; visit MindSpaSarasota.com.
Dr. Rozelle, what is biofeedback and how does it help patients?
Biofeedback is a process of attaching sensors to the body to record physiological information and feeding back that information to produce positive physical and psychological changes. Traditional biofeedback involves measuring the autonomic nervous system. It is an excellent tool for developing self-regulation skills. EEG biofeedback is also called neurofeedback. It involves measuring and training brain wave patterns to enhance functioning.
How do you use biofeedback to enhance mental fitness?
I observed over many years that clients getting biofeedback reported a variety of positive changes such as improved mental sharpness. This led me to view my work as a form of brain fitness training. Everything works better when your brain works better.
What are some of the ways you help veterans and first-responders deal with PTSD?
PTSD is a brain that’s stuck in flight or fight mode. When triggered, the emotional brain hijacks the rational brain. We use a reliable form of acoustical neuromodulation to tune into the frequency of the trauma circuit in the brain and disrupt the trauma memory with a neutralizing sound. We apply the same process with first responders and other adults who have suffered trauma.
What have you learned from helping retired NFL football players dealing with head-injury trauma?
Most players who make it to the NFL experience brain hits for many years starting with youth football. It’s the repetitive hits more than the severe hits that create damage over time. We’ve made progress with treatment and it’s important that people dealing with head injuries address the issues directly with hope and determination.
What other clinical services are available at MindSpa?
MindSpa is the home of professionals in many areas including functional medicine, acupuncture, massage therapy, energy therapy, nutritional coaching, cranial sacral therapy, light and color therapy, and more. Our spa services include two floatation tanks, an infrared sauna, and a meditation cave.
What are a few of your favorite childhood memories growing up in Englewood?
I recall night snook fishing and shrimping off the old wooden bridge, fishing in Lemon Bay, Stump Pass, and the Gulf, and fun times with friends. We lived on the bay side of Manasota Key and my father and I converted a boat house into a squash racquet and basketball court. (Note: George Rozelle, Sr. was a popular local teacher and coach who lived to be 103).