Arlington, VA (PRWEB) December 18, 2013
Cynde Margritz suffered a head injury when she was five. As an after-effect, she fought severe anxiety and ADD to varying degrees for nearly 40 years. Her story is told by freelancer Amanda Long in the Washington Post Magazine:
"By the time I was in second grade, I had severe anxiety, almost agoraphobia. I would only go to school if the neighbor boy would hold my hand in class. My mother was a teacher, so it was really embarrassing. They started paying me an allowance, a quarter, every day to go to school. In college, I paced at the back of the classroom. I don't know if it was to keep my brain activated or relieve my anxiety. The biggest thing was getting my brain going and motivated [to do] what I wanted to get done in my life."
Margritz found help with neurofeedback:
At the insistence of her biomedical engineer husband, Margritz tried neurofeedback. That was in 2000, when Cynde was working at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The use of neurofeedback, a type of biofeedback, began with NASA's discovery of a fundamental brain rhythm involved in relaxation. NASA uses the process to help its pilots remain calm, alert and highly efficient in stressful conditions.
With the help of neurofeedback, the brain fog that Margritz had lived with since her early playground injury lifted. The feeling was so compelling that she decided she’d like to do this for other people and began to pursue neurofeedback professionally in 2005, studying with many of the field’s pioneers.
In 2006, she set up shop in Arlington, Virginia, working part-time and sharing an office with another technician. Her greatest challenge: not many people had heard of neurofeedback. So she went back to her old stomping grounds at NASA to find clients, taking her equipment with her once a week to conduct "brain day." From NASA, she expanded her practice to other government employees and to the general public.
Today, about half of Margritz's clients at PeakNeurofitness are government employees in the technical or science-related agencies seeking to get a competitive edge in their careers. The other 50% of Peak Neurofitness’ clients are children and adults with neurological problems such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and brain injuries.
The most common symptoms Peak Neurofitness works with are attention problems, short term memory loss,anxiety, negative mood, irritability, headaches, reading difficulties, sleep. Solid science and research support results in these areas. She also works with those who wish to excel whether it be at life, academics, sports, or performing arts.
About Cynde Margritz:
Cynde Margritz founded Peak Neurofitness, LLC, in 2006. At her office in Arlington, Virginia, she has treated clients from NASA, the Federal Aviation Agency, the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, the White House, the Department of State, and other government agencies. Also, Margritz works with young athletes who have suffered concussions from football, cheerleading, and field hockey. The practice also trains clients from around the globe via the internet and remote training hardware.
Margritz currently serves as the CEO of Peak Neurofitness. Her background includes research in the areas of biophysics and cellular communication, program management, and international negotiation for NASA. She is also the developer of several educational programs to get kids excited about math, science, and nutrition, including Kids Kitchen Safari and SpaceJazz in partnership with Weekly Reader. She has an M.S. in Biology from Penn State University.