Taking living to a higher level

One local woman who has launched a new business in Anoka is hoping people will try something new to awaken their minds.

Mindy Bauer opened her AWAKEN Higher Brain Living Center in downtown Anoka last fall. She is an advanced facilitator for High Brain Living, founded by Wisconsin-based Dr. Michael Cotton.

Mindy Bauer in her AWAKEN Higher Brain Living Center in downtown Anoka. Photo by Mandy Moran Froemming
Mindy Bauer in her AWAKEN Higher Brain Living Center in downtown Anoka. Photo by Mandy Moran Froemming

According to the organization, “Higher Brain Living is a revolutionary gentle touch that consistently and repeatedly creates a surge of energy into the higher brain, loosening the grip of our primal ‘survival’ brain.”

Using this gentle touch technique, Bauer makes contacts on specific areas of the body using gentle pressure, which can be done with the client lying face-down, on their back or sitting up as the sessions progress. She waits several minutes between touches to give the body a chance to respond.

She explains that this in turn stimulates the body to take “salutogenic,” or extremely deep breath, which sends energy to the brain’s prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain, also sometimes called the higher brain, manages executive function, including cognitive behavior, personality, decision making and social behavior.

“The Higher Brain Living program shifts energy out of the lower stress brain into the higher part of the brain that wants to make change,” Bauer said. “Once the higher brain gets energy, it dumps stress out of the body.”

That lower, or most primitive part of the brain’s job is to keep us alive.

Bauer said the lower brain triggers responses like fight, flight or freeze.

And while there are some situations where this is necessary, we are no longer  hunters and gatherers who regularly need to flee or hide from predators.

“It’s not very effective when it comes to dealing with everyday stresses like caring for a sick child or a traffic jam,” Bauer said.

By stimulating the prefrontal cortex, or higher brain, Bauer said people are better able to manage the kinds of stress we are now faced with every day.

The program also follows a guide book that helps clients identify and execute those changes they want to make in the form of resolutions and action steps.

In addition to those extremely deep breaths, during a session many clients bodies’ respond with sporadic, wave-like motions.

The Higher Brain gentle touch sessions are not professed as a treatment for any disease or affliction.

“We don’t say we can cure anything,” Bauer said.

When first introduced to Higher Brain Living, Bauer was battling her own depression. She said she tried everything out there, from anti-depressants that didn’t agree with her to alternative therapies. Some of it was working.

“Life was getting better but I seemed to be on the same merry-go-round,” Bauer said.

At the suggestion of a friend, she attended a Higher Brain Living demonstration.

Bauer said she instantly knew it was for her.

“It just made so much sense to me, the part about the lower brain,” Bauer said. After undergoing sessions, she said people are able to feel less stress and approach challenges from a calmer place, with more clarity. She said it can also help to silence the self-defeating chatter some people experience.

Bauer is a lifelong resident of Ramsey, living very close to where she grew up and she does the accounting for a family business.

The AWAKEN Higher Brain Living Center is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with 45-minute sessions held on the hour both days.

Twice a month, Bauer hosts a live demonstration of the technique on the first Thursday and third Monday of the month, at 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required.

At that time, a two-session trial is offered at a reduced cost. The full program runs 22 sessions.

“But after 10 session if you don’t feel it’s doing for you what you feel it should, I’ll give you all your money back,” Bauer said. Completion of 10 sessions is required for the money-back guarantee.

Once the program is complete, return visits are encouraged for a tune up.

Bauer is hosting an open house 3-7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 8.

The center is located in Suite 208 at 1922 First Ave. S, Anoka. To watch a video and learn more about the method visit www.HigherBrainLivingDowntownAnoka.com.

Mandy Moran Froemming is at [email protected]