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Winning With the Right Side of the Brain

Winning With the Right Side of the Brain

by Rayma Ditson-Sommer, Ph.D. 

One of the more important goals for peak performance stems from the research reporting that the execution of sports activity involves shutting down the pre-frontal cortex of the brain to allow the motor cortex to work without interruption. This is a direct result of the knowledge that the right side of the brain is for excellence in performance and the left is for analyzing pre-performance. Therefore, the athlete who continually is thinking about what he/she should be doing is doomed to a less that excellent outcome. By shutting off the right side of the brain and assigning the total task to the left hemisphere the outcome is less than desired. To insure a winning performance mental pre-swim rehearsal is vital. By notifying the brain that certain approaches are to be used the need for analysis in nil. The brain can then focus its direct attention to the swimming itself, by passing the left brain and prefrontal cortex thus adding greatly to the “freedom” of the brain to perform. This skill of redirecting the brain to develop better focus requires a definite learning curve.


Redirecting attention has a definite step-by-step progression. From the frenzy of the meet and the anxious feelings that can accompany it, to a state of being in the “now” or the present, calm, engaged and ready to swim. Immediately after a race the ability to redirect attention is a skill to be learned. It becomes highly important to push yourself into the “NOW” forgetting what was just completed and attend to what is now. One approach to redirect attention for better focus involves looking forward to the next swim. Not thinking about your stroke, who is in the next lane or breathing. Shutting down the prefrontal cortex of the brain by becoming input directed establishes a structure for the brain that involves the motor cortex and allows the motor memory to use all learned previously. When you state a specific goal for your upcoming swim your brain will switch from the emotional limbic system to the goal directed motor memory of the motor cortex putting to work all the practice sessions and hours of work. This approach will “pay off”.

To establish a pre-swim routine you must stimulate your mind by:

1.      Calculate consciously your goals for the present swim. This will signal your pre-frontal cortex that information is coming in to be used soon

2.      By connecting your motor memory with your goals you control your muscles

3.      Quieting any reflex involving “fear paralysis” will support your motor cortex concerning the upcoming swim

4.      These actions will allow you to enter a peaceful state for the coming event

The brain is ready for any challenge. It is sometimes sabotaged by negative thinking, fear and doubt. Using definite structure approaches to peak performance will help you build confidence in your swim. Peak performance requires attention, motivation, practice and self-confidence. Enhance your focus-attention by listing exactly the goals you have set. List exactly what you need to do to reach them, test your abilities, remember the strengths and focusing on improving them.

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Copyright: Rayma Ditson-Sommer, Ph.D., Scottsdale, AZ., July 2012. All rights reserved.



by Rayma Ditson-Sommer, Ph.D.

Age has no influence, in fact, those who have been labeled mentally challenged or “older” can benefit from neuroplasticity challenges. The rest of us can experience training for focus, concentration, logic and the ability to perceive sensory input for skill improvement.

As you read you have serotonin altering the blood flow to various parts or your brain.  The serotonin sets off cascades of impulses and modified electrical vibrations to different parts of the brain.  This encourages brain cells to begin to “hold hands” and communicate to enhance connection to make new neurons for brain plasticity.


The thought has been for years that the brain was “hard wired”.  Research assures us that every experience, every new thought, every movement of our bodies promotes brain growth and that age has no influence

Learning is not only possible but probable. In the right setting much progress can be made to improve short term memory and excite the brain to new heights of communication and socialization.

The secret ingredient to mental learning for brain plasticity revolves around the trust factors we support. We must trust our brains and believe they can change. Reciprocal trust is mandatory when learning any new mental function. We must trust our own brains and our brains must trust us to use its abilities.

One of the more interesting factors in brain plasticity is the need for calmness when asking the brain to function well. To function at your highest level you must maintain a low arousal level. The brain cannot function at its best in stressful situations. Becoming anxious or upset delays the brain connection needed for maximum functional memory.

Vibration plays a vital role in the overall scheme of brain function. Frequency, the language of the body, helps connect the brain for growth. Color, light and sound have frequency and influence the brain/body connections. Brain waves are displayed in frequency; sound frequency and color frequency all merge giving impact to the brain for change. The frequency of movement also plays a role in this combination of stimulation for brain growth.

Learning to use sound color and movement sends an impacted message to the brain to wake up, connect and experience new neuronal growth. Specific training protocols have proven highly effective in developing new neuronal growth in the brain. Proof of such growth can be monitored through PET Scans. New neuronal growth can be traced and measured to trace specific growth in designated areas of the brain.

Many well known psychiatrist and neurology based researcher have preset programs to develop brain-body connections. These programs center around mental exercises, diet, exercise and other well-known approaches to better mental health development. In Phoenix, the OPNET Program has a program for neuronal growth and sensory integration to specifically develop new mental ability in children and adults through the use of light, sound and color frequencies as the base of the program. Through brain stem stimulation, calmness development, attentional focus and self- confidence training exciting results have been recorded.

Because frequency is the language of the brain it becomes an advantage to use neurotechnology of light, sound and color to enhance brain function. The brain has four brain waves, delta alpha beta and theta. All four are used daily to direct the thought processes of the brain to accomplish certain goals. The Vitalink color sound unit has specific programs to develop brain plasticity in designated areas of need. By developing the ability to calmly direct the brain processes, greater function is reached and new neuronal growth is accomplished. By developing emotional strength, self soothing, self enhancement and healing emotions the brain becomes healthier and ready to function at an enhanced level. The Vitalink Training Manual provides step-by-step approached to developing a calm, capable growing brain. Lessons on developing anchors, managing stress, developing better memory and countless approaches to better and more capable brains are easily followed and produce exciting results.

It is important to remember that for four hundred years we have thought that we died with the same brain we were born using. Research has now proven that we have the ability to make new neurons for our brains to keep them young, fluid and useful.

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 Copyright Rayma Ditson-Sommer, Ph.D., July, 2012. All rights reserved.







SportsLink at the Sydney 2000 Olympics


SportsLink at the Sydney 2000 Olympics


by Rayma Ditson-Sommer, Ph.D.


It all started with Klete Keller winning a bronze in the 400-meter freestyle in the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Gary Hall Jr. and Anthony Ervin winning medal after medal until the 50-meter freestyle competition with the greatest swimmers in the world. As the gun went off, Gary and Anthony pulled side-by-side until they set a record winning pace and an upset in a tie for the gold medal.

As the Olympics ended, Rayma Ditson-Sommer, Ph.D., and her Arizona Mental Training Center office in Phoenix had coached athletes to 9 medal standings through the use of neurointegration and neurotechnology light and sound. All training was centered on timing with mental training protocols being included in all aspects of the daily workouts.

The outstanding difference in the approach to the 2000 Olympics training regimen of these medal winners was the daily use of Sportslink light and sound programs based on sports research for each program written by Dr. Ditson-Sommer.

The overall goal was the development of a relaxation response in each athlete with the addition of synchrony training. In this way the door to the zone was easily accessed and the key to this door found through synchrony.

Historically, athletes have used light and sound in various ways. This year’s Olympic athletes used light and sound programs as a daily ‘way of life’ for travel, sleep, focus and performance readiness.

Daily usage involved training sessions in visualization and imagery with an individual protocol for each athlete. GSR biofeedback was used to record data on each individual, giving them reference points for improvement. By the end of the summer, before they left for Sydney, most of these athletes could keep their mental states at a synchronous level ready for competition for as long as thirty minutes at a session. This assured them that they could reach this same level when they wished.

The edge to performance came when the entire group of 13 athletes, sent to the Olympics from the Arizona Mental Training Center, arrived in Sydney with absolutely no jet lag and ready to begin training five days before any other teams. This was accomplished by prior charting of ultradian rhythms finding the trough and peak periods for each athlete. This information was used to designate a certain protocol using the Sportslink light and sound unit session before the trough time began. This practice allowed them to function at peak performance whenever necessary taking in account differing time zones, performance times and designated rest and sleep times in their schedules.

Light and sound programs have been written for many years. Some to provide entertainment, some to stimulate certain mental states. The programs used at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games by different athletes ushered in the first use of this modality with such exciting results. Hopefully this will open the door to more specified program development with the individual user in mind. Such ‘prescriptive’ approaches can do nothing but supplement the positive utilization of this outstanding modality through the use of safe, reliable program development in the future.

Hopefully this is a never-ending story. The athletes are already setting their sights on Athens 2004 and are setting up training times in the Arizona Center. NBA team members are using the Sportslink to improve free throw shooting and NFL players are sitting in their locker rooms before a game stimulating synchronous states of mind for better performances.

Light and sound is a treasure, a gift and a miracle all rolled into one. The same program that brings an athlete a gold medal can enable a child to get better grades. Programs that allow relaxation and rest to the sleepless and anxious can provide mental comfort to children suffering from attachment disorders and post traumatic stress disorders. The greatness of this modality must be recognized and preserved through careful and meaningful use to ensure its presence and forward movement to a complete acceptance by all.

The Sports focus training with light and sound machines is alive and well and is a partner for many who strive for peak performances in their daily lives.

Dr. Rayma Ditson-Sommer is the Director of OPNET, Inc., in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to her responsibilities at the Arizona Mental Training Center, Rayma continues her years of working with learning disabled and hyperactive children. Dr. Ditson-Sommer is a pioneer in the AVS field and can be contacted at: The Arizona Mental Training Center. 2902 East Campbell Avenue. Phoenix, AZ. 85016. Phone: 602/912-0609. Fax: 602/912-9533. Email:

Copyright AVS Journal: Michael Landgraf, Publisher and Rayma Ditson-Sommer, Ph.D., Author. All rights reserved.

Focus Training for Sports

Focus Training for Sports


Changes are occurring in the way athletes prepare, learn and perform in all levels of competition. Coaches are incorporating a mind / body approach. Sports medical professionals are realizing that preparation is for both mind and muscle, that mental practice is as necessary as physically practicing body movements. Athletes realize the power they possess mentally. And by focusing that strength while performing competively nets positive results.

Whether an athlete is pre-Olympian, Olympian or professional, they are contacting Rayma Ditson-Sommer, Ph.D. for their focus training. Since the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Olympians that Dr. Sommer has worked with have won over 40 medals. With the 2012 Olympics about to begin in London that medal count will most assuredly rise.

Dr. Sommer has developed Vibro-Neuro Integration Technology (VIT) combining influences of vibration from sound, color and touch on the mind and body connection. This non-invasive approach utilizes specific color lenses and binaural beats to stimulate the brain for better function in situations of challenge. VIT™ was developed by Rayma Ditson-Sommer, Ph.D. after several years of research. Still in the infancy stage, this modality has proven to be highly effective in areas of learning, personal growth, power over adversity and establishing states of wellbeing. It is important to realize that thoughts are energy and have their own unique vibrations. Thoughts influence our brain and body vibrations and act as building blocks for our minds. We become what we think. The VIT system contains sessions for deep sleep, calmness development, coolness under pressure and many other mental skills to enhance your competitive performance and is extremely useful during active training for directing the brain to the proper brain wave for learning. The VIT focus training system includes six different color lenses (red, yellow, orange, green, blue, violet) and ten binaural beat audio sessions, along with a padded case and excellent owners guide.More information about VIT focus training will be posted in the weeks ahead. 


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