chapter  2
The History of Neurotherapy
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Types of neurotherapy and neurofeedback have a surprisingly long his-tory of self-regulating brain work that spans thousands of years with some unexpected origins. Throughout history, humankind has experimented with different methods to help with the complexities of living. The martial arts, yoga, meditation, and prayer have been practiced for millennia. Although no one understood exactly why these exercises helped, they made us feel better and stronger. Now we know these were examples of effective brain selfregulation (Swingle, 2010). In the past, we may have not known the whys or even the hows of what made life work, but slowly people began to discover more and more information about the body. For example, in ancient Egypt, a paper papyrus was discovered with hieroglyphs demonstrating that a hit to the left side of the head would diminish vision and, specifi cally, a blow to the left part of the head would infl uence the right side of the body (Robbins, 2008). We have been trying to understand the brain and its functions from the beginning of time. With all our new advances, Ivey, Ivey, Zalaquett, and Quirk (2009) stated that the “bridge between biological and psychological processes is erasing the old distinction between mind and body, between mind and brain” (p. 44).