Mia Tischer knows the importance of training. After preparing for races that didn’t go as she planned, the 41-year-old marathon runner made changes to her training regimen and got the results she wanted during the 2010 New York Marathon.
“I had switched up my training methods, adding cross training like yoga, weights and cycling,” said Tischer, who lives in Frankfort with her husband, Larry, and two children. “I personally recognized that the ability to enhance physical performance was possible, so why wasn’t brain training possible?”
With that, she began to research the concept and found Learning Rx, a national brain-training network that provides individual instruction designed to enhance speed, power or function of the brain through rigorous exercise.
“The body responds to intensity, frequency and challenges,” Tischer said. “(When you) increase cardio, your metabolism increases, muscle fibers increase and re-mold. The brain is an organ in your body that is 10 times more compliant. It will respond if approached the same way.”
In 2011, she and her husband opened the Chicago-Naperville Learning Rx at 630 E. Ogden Ave. in Naperville.
“As a culture, we value physical fitness. I want to build a culture of brain fitness,” said Tischer, whose background is in social work and human services. “I am really excited about the opportunity to offer a brain performance enhancement program for those who wish to perform at a higher level or who want to work on a learning struggle.”
Tischer and her team of educators work with students ranging in age from five to 85, providing individualized, one-on-one training at the Naperville location.
“We identify and strengthen the skill behind how students learn unlike tutoring, which reinforces what students must learn,” she said. “We do this through our intense mental exercise programs, which give permanent, measurable and drastic changes in how the brain thinks, reads, remembers and pays attention.”
Michele Gansberg said it works, and that choosing Learning Rx for her son Alex is one of the best parenting decisions she’s made.
“Since joining in June, we have seen many changes in Alex, but what means more to us is that he has seen changes in himself,” said Gansberg, of Lisle. “He has told me he feels more focused now, and I think it’s the one-on-one (training) that (makes him feel) seen and heard, which brings a quicker sense of accomplishment for him.”
Gansberg said that, at school Alex’s reading level improved, and he no longer needs supplemental reading assistance. It also carried over into recreational activities like golf, where improved focus helped his game.
“This is one of the proudest decisions we have made for our son’s future,” the mom said. “This isn’t a third-grade thing or a fourth-grade thing. It’s how we were able to change the way Alex learns forever.”