Brain Integration Technique
Susan McCrossin, AP
Articles & Media
We hope that on this page you find the answers to any questions you have regarding Brain Integration Technique. Please also read our FAQ page, Articles & Media, Research, and check out Susan's book & CD!
Please click on the links below for answers to your questions.
What is Brain Integration Technique (BIT)?
BIT is a cutting-edge technique based on principles of Applied Physiology and acupressure that assesses and corrects learning difficulties in children and adults. BIT specifically relieves stress as it affects aptitude, resilience and performance.
BIT is completely non-invasive, and is suitable for people of all ages. In fact, most of our clients report that BIT is a very soothing and relaxing experience!
BIT has been recommended by neurologists, psychologists and other health professionals because it consistently produces improvements measurable by standard psychological and neurological tests.
The human brain performs extremely complicated electro-magnetic functions and, like any other organ, shows symptoms of stress. Under stress, the brain’s blood supply is redirected for ‘fight’ or ‘flight’ in the body, and the logic center or creative center simply shuts down. With the shutdown, the synchronization of brain function is lost and we just cannot ‘think’ clearly. Then we blame ourselves for not trying harder, or worse, not being intelligent enough, when the true culprit is stress. All too often we learn to ‘switch off’ when we could be welcoming new experiences.
The BIT program can help children and adults to repattern brain activity around such difficulties and use more of their potential.
This treatment helps all kinds of learning difficulties such as attention deficit disorder (ADD) both with and without hyperactivity, sensory integration, dyslexia, poor coordination, closed head traumas and brain injuries, autism and nervous breakdowns. It enhances learning abilities and improves reading, comprehension, spelling and coordination for children as well as for adults.
Children and adults with learning difficulties will often display the following characteristics, among others:
Most treatments involve medication, giving on-going exercises to do indefinitely, purely removing emotional stress, or changing the format of how material is presented to the student. The work we do actually changes the functioning of the brain.
We work with the electromagnetic flow of information in the brain and re-wire this flow internally. This specifically addresses approximately 80 different components involved in learning. For example, we can address the lateral hypothalamic nuclei to ensure correct pupillary dilation.
We are changing the brain function from the inside out, not the outside in. This involves making sure that information comes in through the eyes and ears and is directed to the correct location within the brain with the correct timing. When this is established, function is restored.
Part of this treatment may involve ensuring that the right and left sides of the brain are able to process information simultaneously across the corpus callosum that connects them (as many academic functions require both hemispheres to be active at the same time). A typical person with learning difficulties will have very limited communication through their corpus callosum. An individual may therefore have to rely mostly on one hemisphere for all their processing of information. This can create processing delays, failure to create or retrieve memories, frustration, and loss of self-esteem.
In addition to every aspect of the physiological functions involved in learning, we address the emotional subconscious to remove any relevant blocks to learning as well.
The basic correction program takes approximately eight to twelve hours, an estimate based on the median time for treatment. The length of each person’s program varies because of individual needs. Some people with only one or two areas of deficit may take just six hours to complete the whole program, whereas others with many areas of deficit need more time.
The first session of treatment includes an initial assessment that serves as a benchmark against which to evaluate future change. During this session, we assess the electro-magnetic activity in the brain using muscle monitoring and acupressure. This technique reveals the specific brain areas that need the most attention. At the end of the assessment we can tell the client the probable length of treatment required in her individual case. This session takes one hour.
Subsequent sessions involve correcting the specific brain areas that showed in the assessment. The correction technique involves very light touch on specific acupressure points to re-establish electro-magnetic integrity within the brain. Thus brain functioning is improved, specifically in learning ability, creativity, and physical co-ordination. This is done by pinpointing stress in the brain that affects learning, and relieving these individual stress patterns.
The client may also come in for a 6-8 week post-integration follow-up. This session usually lasts an hour.
The only situation that would require a person to be fully re-integrated would be if he sustained an injury to the head. Other than that, once a person has been integrated, they will not need to be integrated again. Sometimes a client will feel like her brain function has gone 'off-line' again. In this situation, there has usually been an emotional trauma that caused enough stress to block the brain function. We call this 'temporary dis-integration." To remedy this, the BIT practitioner need only to address the emotions surrounding the trauma. The brain function can then come back 'on-line.'
We consistently improve learning ability of the individuals we treat. They are able to read with high comprehension, learn and retain spelling words, understand mathematical concepts, become physically coordinated and modulate their emotional responses. Often, medications are not needed after treatment in the majority of cases. However, while we give our clients the ability to learn, the amount of improvement is still dependent on them participating in school. If there is organic brain damage, there is still improvement but it will be limited depending on the location of the damage. However, even those that were suspected to have damage (i.e. Autistic tendencies), if treated early enough (pre-puberty), often improve significantly enough that the suspected damage is no longer evident.
In a nutshell, we enable the brain to learn within any limitations posed by organic brain damage. However, we do not make the brain learn. That takes studying and perseverance on the part of the client!
Every individual is different. Some people feel different during the treatment, and some do not feel anything until after the integration is entirely complete. The timeframe can range from a few days to a few months. We enable the brain to learn. We cannot make the person learn. Therefore, external variables like family and school dynamics can affect when and how the integration takes hold. It is often the people around the integrated person who notice the changes first!
Susan McCrossin wrote several research papers from her research at the University in Melbourne which involved very sophisticated EEG studies of the brain. We also have extensive clinical experience seeing profound results with many thousands of cases since 1989. Please visit our Research page.
Susan published a book, Breaking the Learning Barrier: Eradicating ADD, ADHD and Dyslexia, which describes the treatment, her research, and includes many testimonials. Please also visit our FAQ page, and read our Articles and Research.
Please call the Learning Enhancement Center at 303-449-1969 to schedule a series of treatments. These sessions can be divided over several weeks, or, for people travelling to us, finished over the course of two or three days. Please also check out our Certified Practitioners page for a list of all certified BIT Practitioners.
LEC is situated on a 100 year-old property in Boulder, Colorado. We have established a comfortable, informal atmosphere, while maintaining a high degree of professionalism and standards. Our intent is to provide a non-clinical and relaxing environment for all of our clients.