In-office appointments are now available with appropriate physical distancing measures in place. Daily, weekly or monthly system rentals are also available. Contact us for a free phone/online consultation.

Fight, flight, freeze – what does it all mean?

I talk to clients all the time about the fight, flight, freeze response.  People who come to see me are almost always dealing with symptoms related to anxiety.  What that looks like in their lives is that their brain won’t shut off, there can be 10 things going on in their mind at once, and they overthink things, which means that small things often become big things.  They often have difficulty sleeping and focusing and react to daily stresses more emotionally than they would like, or, they shut down in the face of stressful events.  Physically, they tell me they feel tight in their body and they may have heart palpitations and/or feel like they have butterflies in their stomach much of the time. 

These are all signs of the nervous system being out of balance or “stuck” in the fight, flight, freeze or fawn response.  Here’s an excellent graphic showing what happens when our system is stuck in one of these responses.

Fight, Flight, Freeze & Fawn. image credit: Sydney Addictions Recovery

When our system is stuck, we literally don’t have the capacity to get to that “window of tolerance” shown in the centre of the graphic.  That’s because the limbic system, which all about alerting us to danger, high emotions and fight or flight, is running the show and the front of the brain, the cerebral cortex, which is the reasoning, problem-solving part of the brain has gone off-line.

As the next graphic shows, our system goes into “survival mode”, so it’s no wonder that we can’t calm ourselves down! 

Brain structures involved in fight/flight/freeze/fawn survival mode reactions

The goal then becomes to calm the nervous system down so that our frontal cortex can come back on-line and our window of tolerance, the zone where we can think rationally, make decisions from a calm place and not feel overwhelmed or withdrawn, can expand.

One way of calming the nervous system is through NeurOptimal®.  What it does is interrupt the flight, flight, freeze response at an electrical level, not at a thinking level, hundreds of times during a session, and over time the nervous system gets “unstuck”. The result is that the frequency, intensity and/or duration of some or all of the symptoms that clients have been experiencing come down. 

That’s when the magic happens! The “window of tolerance” gets bigger and problem-solving the daily stresses that come our way gets much easier. 

Once that window of tolerance has opened again, how do we keep it open and expanding even more?  Come back to our blog soon for the answer!

Navigating Stress and Uncertainty During COVID-19

I was very happy to be a featured speaker on Jacqueline Richards’ Destress, Dessert and Learn series to talk about how to navigate stress and uncertainty during COVID-19. Here is the focus of my talk:

Navigating the Stress and Uncertainty of COVID-19

As we continue to move through the COVID-19 pandemic, the clients I work with as a Neurofeedback, Brain Training practioner, are finding that their anxiety is increasing and they are having more difficulty coping.  Overall, I hear that more and more people are finding themselves more tired and stressed than usual.  Best-selling author Brené Brown says our bodies can’t deal with the pandemic in the same way we weather other crises.  Our bodies are built to respond to sudden or short term crises with an adrenaline response, a surge of energy or a super-coping response.  However, this pandemic requires that we be in a new and unfamiliar response for a long period of time and we need different coping mechanisms to weather this storm. 

Three benefits you’ll take away from this session are:

  • What happens when our nervous systems become overloaded
  • What are some tools that most of us can use to stay more steady and cope with the pandemic longer term
  • What does Neurofeedback offer when coping becomes more difficult  

COVID-19 Interim Policy

Covid-19 Policy and Procedures

Update June 1, 2020

As Ontario begins to relax restrictions in the province, we continue to offer our weekly and monthly system rentals. We are also beginning to offer in-office sessions with appropriate physical distancing. Please call or book online for more details.

In-Person Client COVID-19 Screening:

In order to maintain the safety of our clients, we ask that you refrain from booking an in-person session if you answer yes to any of the following questions:

  • Have you had close contact with anyone with acute respiratory Illness or travelled outside of Ontario, with the exception of the Gatineau area, in the past 14 days? 
  • Do you have a confirmed case of COVID-19 or have you had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19? 
  • Do you have any of the following symptoms?:
    1. Unexplained fatigue/malaise/muscle aches (myalgias)    
    2. Fever 
    3. New onset of cough 
    4. Worsening chronic cough 
    5. Shortness of breath 
    6. Difficulty breathing 
    7. Sore throat 
    8. Difficulty swallowing 
    9. Decrease or loss of sense of taste or smell 
    10. Chills 
    11. New onset headaches
    12. Nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain 
    13. Pink eye (conjunctivitis) 
    14. Runny nose/nasal congestion without other known cause 

COVID-19 Precautions at 2Beinflow

We are asking each client to follow these protocols for in-office sessions:

  • Bring your own set of earbuds to use during the session
  • Use of the weighted blanket and weighted frog have been suspended at this time. You may want to bring your own additional layer to make sure you are warm enough during a session
  • When you arrive for your session, please wait outside and we will open the door to the office so that you don’t have to touch any door handles
  • Upon entering the office, remove your shoes, wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water and dry them using the single-use hand towels provided. To the extent possible, please refrain from using the washroom other than to wash your hands.
  • Proceed directly to the Neurofeedback chair for your session
  • After the session, please wait until the office doors have been opened so that you can exit without touching any door handles

We will follow these protocols:

  • We are using single-use coverings on the Neurofeedback chair so that clients don’t need to touch it
  • The sink and taps are sanitized between each client. If the toilet is used, all surfaces will be sanitized following use
  • Sensors and earbuds (if you can’t bring your own) are thoroughly sanitized with alcohol between every client (this is a standard practice not related to the outbreak).

Update March 18th

We have made the difficult decision to suspend in-house sessions indefinitely, to be re-evaluated according to guidance from the Ontario Ministry of Health. If you would like to rent a system or, if you would like to know more about this type of Neurofeedback for the future, don’t hesitate to send an email to or call 613-327-8840 to book a free phone/online consultation.

Update March 16th

We have all been inundated with information and warnings about COVID-19.  We are aware that the uncertainty in this time can feel like a big shift in our daily lives, and that it is important to meet the current uncertainty with care and concern. Here is what our operational plans will be at the 2Beinflow office to take steps to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19.

We are asking you to do your part, as we do ours, and we believe that with these precautions there is an extremely low risk of infection.  Please read and follow the precautions, and of course, make the decision that is right for you.

We are following advice sent out by the Ontario Ministry of Health, and will be updating this page as new information arises.