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History of pista

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the PISTA Institute stands as a beacon of innovation in the realms of psychology, neuroscience, and sound technology. Comprising of scientists and vibrational engineers, its primary goal is to pioneer alternative approaches to address neurological disorders, steering clear of reliance on traditional medications and conventional talk therapy.


The institute delves into the profound impact of sound and bilateral movement on the human brain, meticulously studying how specific frequencies can be harnessed to seamlessly integrate into daily tasks and navigate challenging situations. Over four decades of dedicated research, PISTA has amassed a wealth of evidence from diverse age groups and populations.


PISTA employs a diverse array of stimuli to facilitate memory processing, offering relief from stress, pain, fears, and maladaptive behaviors. This transformative technique not only uncovers inner strength but also empowers individuals to cope with psychosocial stress.


The methodology is rooted in the neuroscience of sound processing, particularly the therapeutic benefits of binaural beats—a phenomenon first discovered by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove in 1839 and expanded upon by Gerald Oster in the 1970s.



Ever since PISTA was used for the first time in 1983,

Nova Palm Foundation, an NGO based in Hong Kong, has created different sound files of music and rhythm as stimuli, and also Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to promote wellbeing. For therapeutic purposes, the sound files are composed of two tones which the brain combines and alters into a single tone during auditory processing. The frequency of this single tone varies according to what psychological state individuals would like their brains to achieve.

In 1997,

PISTA SKI emerged under the guidance of Françoise Béguin, a distinguished professional skier. Armed with a wealth of experience, Françoise Béguin brought her expertise to the forefront as a national graduate of ENSA, the prestigious School of Ski and Mountaineering in Chamonix. With an impressive 25-year tenure as a ski instructor at ESF and the distinction of being a former world champion in Speed Skiing, Françoise Béguin's formidable credentials have significantly contributed to the evolution of PISTA SKI.

In 2000,

the PISTA Institute began with a mission to stimulate the mind, create new neural pathways, and address emotional pains and fear-triggering thoughts. Professionals from various healthcare disciplines developed methods for mind retraining, including a 24/7 buddy system. Since then, research has focused on applying sound and light frequencies to treat neurological disorders, with continuous development of methodologies for behavior modification.

To date, the PISTA Institute remains actively engaged in advancing its research endeavors, delving deeper into the integration of sports such as ping pong, skiing, and walking/running. The selection of these specific sports is grounded in the unique frequencies and stimulation they generate during active participation.


The institute recognizes the significance of studying these sports as they provide a rich environment for exploring the profound impact of physical activity on individuals.


By focusing on ping pong, skiing, and walking/running, PISTA aims to unravel the intricate relationship between sport engagement and the cognitive, emotional, and physiological responses that contribute to overall well-being.

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