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Cereset Offers Hope for Brain Balance and Overall Well-being

Jul 03, 2019 01:51PM ● By Jenn Willhite

When stress piles up, the brain falls out of balance and can wreak havoc on our ability to function on a daily basis, but now there’s a new, noninvasive treatment that is offering hope. It’s called Cereset that’s now available in Carmel.

Founded by Lee Gerdes and also based there, Cereset uses 55,000 engineered musical tones to help the brain reset itself to its natural balance, says owner Brenda Hanning.

“We use an advanced noninvasive technology that supports the brain, which is naturally recovering from the detrimental effects of stress,” she says.

The treatment involves the use of electroencephalography (EEG) sensors to map out the brain’s activity and reflect it back on itself in real time. The brain drives the notes the client hears through a set of headphones and it’s through that reflection of tones that the brain it is able to begin relaxing, making the internal imbalances self-corrective, Hanning says.

“Stress can create imbalances in the brain that can manifest in a host of ways, such as sleep disturbances and insufficient sleep,” Hanning says. “And, when that happens, there are a lot of downstream effects, like lack of focus, poor performance and depression.”

Clients that experience Cereset treatments are initially evaluated to see where they are in their life and what is driving the stress they’re feeling. Rating where they are on a scale, the evaluation helps to show their current situation, how they’re handling stress, as well as what their moods and energy are like.

Once that is done, EEG sensors are used to read the brain waves in real time, so the brain is driving the notes the client is hearing, Hanning further explains. And there are definitely a lot of patterns within the brain waves that reflect what one is experiencing.

“If someone is functioning in ‘fight or flight’, it can correlate to anxiety and sleep issues,” Hanning attests. “If someone is in freeze mode, that can be correlated to depression, being emotionally detached and having a lack of motivation. There are absolutely correlations with life.”

Then, through the continued use of tones, those identified imbalances are neutralized.

The 90-minute Cereset treatment sessions are given over the course of four sessions in four days. Additionally, clients receive a home unit that can be used when needed.

Hanning was first introduced to Cereset in the mid-2000s during her search for an answer to her youngest son’s debilitating anxiety.

Hanning says her son, Nate, struggled with anxiety and panic attacks that were so severe he was unable to stay in school. After exhausting traditional therapies, including medications and psychiatry, Hanning was at her wits end. Employing Google to help in her search for an answer, she came across a new, noninvasive technology that seemed to offer promise. It was called Cereset.

At that time, there were few providers and the closest one was in Chicago. The treatment was still in its infancy at the time, Hanning says, so her son underwent 10, two-hour sessions in the course of five days.

Within three weeks, mom noticed a marked change in her son’s behavior. He was more interactive with family and was able to return to school medicationfree.

“It was an important piece of his puzzle,” Hanning says.

Seeing the progress in her son, Hanning underwent the treatment herself soon after and she was surprised with the results.

“I found I had been carrying around inner angst from the stress over the years,” she says. “The angst went away and I was sleeping at night again. I didn’t realize how much I needed it and had been stuck in a stress state. I was very excited and got my license.”

Hanning obtained her licensing in 2013 and opened the Carmel Cereset franchised location in December 2018. She believes that personally experiencing the treatment has been beneficial in working with clients.

“Everyone’s brain is different, so it helps me be patient with those whose brain needs more time,” she says. “For some, it may take three to six months to see a change, while others may notice a change in one month. Every brain gets its own time and space to do what it needs to do.”

Hanning cautions that those on medication should speak with their medical provider about adjusting dosage or discontinuing the medication.

“Some medicines can be clamping on the brain, so it could be a longer process,” she explains. “It may take longer sessions or more use of the home unit. It is an individual decision. A brain that is not trying to be regulated by medicines is going to response quicker to become more self-regulating on its own. That is what this technology is helping the brain to do.”

As Hanning looks to the future of not only her franchise, but for Cereset as a treatment option, she would love to see it become more mainstream.

“I would love for people to realize this is an option before they turn to medications to regulate their emotions and well-being,” she says.

Location: 160 W. Carmel Dr., Ste. 186, Carmel. For more information, call 317- 922-7588 or visit

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