Stress Management and Biofeedback Center
Biofeedback uses instruments and software to measure physiological signals from our body such as heart rate, breathing, muscle activity, sweat, and temperature to assist in learning important skills such as relaxation or tension reduction. Many of these natural signals in our body are ignored until we develop a significant problem such as chronic stress, anxiety, or pain. Biofeedback can help increase awareness to our body's response and, with training, improve our ability to regulate emotions and promote well-being. Through monitoring our body's reactions and with consistent practice we are able to develop effective responses to stress.Biofeedback uses instruments to measure biological signals from our body such as heart rate, breathing, muscle activity, sweat, and temperature to train important skills such as relaxation or tension reduction. Most of these natural signals in our body are ignored until we develop a problem such as stress, anxiety, or pain. Biofeedback can increase awareness to our body's response and improve our ability to regulate emotion and promote wellbeing. Through monitoring our body's reactions and consistent practice we are able to develop effective responses to stress.
NOTE TO ISU INSTRUCTORS
Please contact our staff at least 3-4 weeks in advance if you are interested in having a presentation in your class about biofeedback or if you would like to schedule a tour of the Biofeedback Center (no more than 12 students). Please do not assign your students to complete a biofeedback appointment as part of a class assignment. Our availability for biofeedback training is limited and should be reserved for students interested and needing biofeedback training.
Common Goals of Biofeedback Training
Improve awareness of your mind and body
Promote relaxation in response to stress
Decrease tension, pain, or emotional dysregulation
Improve sleep and overall health
Reduce anxiety, stress, or depression
How to Schedule a Biofeedback Appointment
To initiate biofeedback services you will need to have an assessment and referral appointment in Counseling and Testing Service. Please walk in to 351 Graveley Hall South between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. (7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. during summer) to meet with a counselor briefly to discuss your interest in biofeedback services and the counselor will assist you in making a biofeedback appointment at that time based on available appointments. Biofeedback services are FREE and offered only to currently enrolled ISU students.
What to Expect on Your First Appointment
You will be asked to complete a few brief forms about your health and stress-related concerns. You will then collaborate with your biofeedback trainer to develop a plan to meet your goals for biofeedback training. Most individuals begin by completing a stress assessment to determine how your body responds to mild stressful situations and a relaxation profile which helps us see which biofeedback techniques may be most helpful for you. The next training sessions (typically 2-4) will focus on developing specific skills for relaxation or tension reduction utilizing one or several of the following techniques:
Overview of Relaxation Skills
- Body Scan
- Performance Rehearsal
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation
- STOP – 1-minute Breathing Space
Biofeedback Center Locations
The Stress Management and Biofeedback Center on the Pocatello campus is located next to the Bengal Pharmacy in the Student Health Center. In Idaho Falls, services are provided through Counseling Testing and Career Services in the Bennion Student Union.
University Counseling and Testing Service
Graveley Hall 351
Idaho Falls Campus
Counseling Testing and Career Services
Bennion Student Union - Room 223
Heart Rate Variability Apps
iRelief (for iPhone) $2
Paced Breathing (Android)
My Calm Beat (Android)
Free Online Breath Pacers
A special thanks and recognition to Barbara Morrell, Ph.D. from BYU's Counseling and Psychological Services for her mentorship and resources in making our Stress Management and Biofeedback Center at ISU possible.
Graveley Hall, South Tower, Room 351
Bennion Student Union Building, 2nd Floor, Room 223
Fall/Spring: M-F 8-5
Summer: M-F 7:30-4