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Brain Integration Therapy

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Brain Integration Therapy (BIT) is a holistic, non-invasive, and drug-free therapy that engages the mind+body connection to help the brain create new neural connections and integrate the left and right sides of the brain.

The physical aspect is a combination of :

  • Neuropressure (light touch on the body's energetic meridians)

  • Biofeedback (muscle testing to determine weaknesses present in function)

  • Kinesiology (to locate specific types of imbalances)

  • Gentle touch (to redirect blood flow in the brain)

BIT is based on Western principles of neuroscience, the Chinese meridian system, Japanese acupressure, the Indian Chakra system, and Applied Physiology, a form of energy kinesiology.

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Brain Integration was developed by Charles Krebs, PhD., and Susan McCrossin, AP.

 

Dr. Krebs hypothesizes that Brain Integration Therapy (BIT) helps to improve and organize the brain's electromagnetic processes, increase access to specific brain functions involved in learning, and integrates and synchronizes neural firing in the brain.

 

Studies conducted by Susan McCrossin, A.P. report that BIT works by removing stressors in the mind-body through acupressure to allow optimal communication within the body and increases blood flow to the cerebral cortex, bi-hemisphere, and inter-hemispheric regions, thus, improving learning, emotional regulation, and physical coordination and the resolution of trauma, and increased ability to problem solve.

BIT was developed out of the desire to serve children and adults experiencing difficulties learning and regulating their emotions. However,

 

Clients have noticed a calming of their autonomic nervous systems, enhanced cognitive functioning, an increased capacity to regulate their emotions, and care for themselves to resolve blocks to learning and recovering from psychological trauma.

An increase in physical balance and coordination has also been experienced by clients.

BIT may also support individuals who struggle to access executive functioning, read, and have sensory sensitivity to touch, sound, smell, hearing, and taste.

BIT may support the self-care efforts of individuals with traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

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What Is Brain Integration

Brain Integration Therapy (BIT) is a holistic, non-invasive, and drug-free therapy that engages the mind-body connection to help the brain create new neural connections and integrate the left and right sides of the brain. BIT is based on Western principles of neuroscience, the Chinese meridian system, Japanese acupressure, the Indian Chakra system, and Applied Physiology, a form of energy kinesiology. BIT was developed out of the desire to serve children and adults experiencing difficulties learning and regulating their emotions. However, BIT may be beneficial to all and supports the wellness of the mind-body. Charles Krebs, PhD., and Susan McCrossin, AP developed Brain Integration. Dr. Krebs hypothesizes that Brain Integration Therapy (BIT) helps to improve and organize the brain's electromagnetic processes, increase access to specific brain functions involved in learning, integrates and synchronizes neural firing in the brain. Studies conducted by Susan McCrossin, A.P. report that BIT works by removing stressors in the mind-body through acupressure to allow optimal communication within the body and increases blood flow to the cerebral cortex, bi-hemisphere, and inter-hemispheric regions, thus, improving learning, emotional regulation, and physical coordination. BIT may support the self-care efforts of individuals with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). ​

What are the benefits of Brain Integration Therapy?

The benefits of Brain Integration are numerous. Clients have experienced an improved ability to learn, increased reading comprehension, an enhanced ability to perform and understand mathematics, and a heightened ability to think and problem-solve critically. After experiencing BIT, improvements in both long-term and short-term memory and an increase in coordination, physical balance, and motor function may also occur. Psychologically clients have experienced a release of negative emotions and beliefs and experience healthier perspectives of themselves and others. Some clients feel a new sense of joy, self-love, intrinsic self-worth, and a deep feeling of gratitude and improvement in their interpersonal relationships. Changes may be evident immediately after BIT or may take a few days, weeks, or months to become apparent, but are ongoing. Every person responds differently. Brain Integration may open the brain pathways so that one can process and learn information more optimally, and become aware of new ways to respond to oneself, others, and circumstances. Many factors and stressors can affect one's ability to learn, even after Brain Integration Therapy. Complex trauma, nutritional deficiencies, addictions, and congenital conditions may impact results. Mary recommends consulting a medical doctor and a licensed mental health practitioner for medical advice if needed.

When will I see results, what changes can I expect, and how long do they last?

Results are usually immediate, however, some clients may take longer to notice, as changes can be drastic in nature but can be felt gradually and subtley. The transformation is ongoing and permanent.  ​ Clients have noticed a calming of their autonomic nervous system, enhanced cognitive functioning, an increased capacity to regulate their emotions and care for themselves, and are better able to resolve blocks to learning and recovering from psychological trauma. An increase in physical balance and coordination has also been experienced by clients. BIT may also support individuals who struggle to access executive functioning, and have sensory sensitivity to touch, sound, smell, hearing, and taste. ​ The 80-step Brain Integration protocol can take 8 to 12 hours to complete which covers all aspects of the brain that is involved in learning. A Brain Integration session can last 30 to 120 minutes, or some clients prefer longer sessions, depending on their needs. BIT utilizes light touch on specific Chinese acupressure points and thus is non-invasive. There is a high likelihood that one will experience a relaxation response during the session.

Who is a Candidate for Brain Integration Therapy

Everyone is a candidate for Brain Integration Therapy because it improves cognitive functioning, emotional processing, the ability to learn, solve problems, be more creative, and improve physical coordination and balance.

When will I see results, what changes can I expect, and how long do they last?

In the 1980s, Susan McCrossin, A.P., developed Crossinology® Brain Integration Therapy (BIT) and Dr. Charles Krebs developed the Life Enhancement Acupressure Protocols (LEAP)®. Both systems of Brain Integration Therapy evolved from the work of many doctors and innovators. Early 20th century Dr. Lovette, an orthopedic surgeon, was treating patients with polio and nerve damage when he discovered through muscle testing or biofeedback that certain muscles of the body correlate with specific spinal nerves. The 1920s to 1930s Frank Chapman, O.D., and Charles Owen, O.D. discovered the relationship between sluggish lymphatic flow and disease and developed the neurological-lymphatic reflexes and the idea of massaging the reflexes to free lymph flow to improve symptoms of the disease. 1949 Henry and Florence Kendall studied and systemized Lovette's work and published the book, Muscles: Testing and Function (1949/1993). Dr. George Goodheart studied the work of Lovette, Chapman, and Owen, added the Chinese Acupuncture system, and the Japanese Acupressure system to the body of work, and developed the muscle-meridian-organ-glad matrix, which according to Dr. Kreb's is the basis of Brain Integration Therapy. The 1970s Dr. Sheldon Deal, D.C., was teaching Dr. Goodheart's work to health professionals who inspired Touch for Health by John Tie, D.C., Applied Physiology by Richard Utt, and approximately twenty other healing systems. Richard Utt extended Goodheart's work by correlating the muscle-meridian-organ-glad matrix to emotions, thoughts, and belief systems and developed the Applied Physiology system. The 1980s to Today Susan McCrossin, AP, and Dr. Krebs studied under Richard Utt and learned the Applied Physiology system, and went on to create Crossinology Brain Integration® and the Life Enhancement Acupressure Protocols® respectively which specialize in alleviating learning difficulties and enhancing the overall functioning of the mind and body. Susan McCrossin, AP, established the Learning Enhancement Center in Boulder, Colorado, and currently practices and certifies practitioners to administer Crossinology®. Dr. Krebs is a researcher, educator, and practitioner of the Life Enhancement Acupressure Protocols® in the United States and internationally. Mary Underwood, MA studied under Susan McCrossin, AP, Charles Krebs, Ph.D., and Dawson Church, Ph.D., and combines the concepts of Brain Integration Therapy with the philosophical underpinnings of depth psychology, somatic studies, and trauma research. She aims to research and develop self-care systems for overall wellness and to support the self-healing efforts of those who experience psychological trauma, and learning and relational difficulties.

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