How long does it take? For most people, BIT takes about 10 hours, and is spread out over several appointments — we will customize it to your schedule. Some people like to have one-hour appointments over a series of weeks, others like to do several long sessions in a row.
One thing to note: the more issues there are in a client, the longer BIT will take. I have worked on children who have difficulty reading, difficulty with listening, are poorly coordinated, have trouble speaking clearly and are highly anxious — and such a child takes longer — usually more like 18-20 hours — than someone who comes to me with fewer issues.
What is the treatment like? There’s a brief initial assessment (about 30 minutes) to establish benchmarks that we’ll revisit at the end of BIT to measure our progress. I’ll get a sense of how long BIT will take for you and give an estimate of hours needed for treatment. In the case of children, I schedule a phone appointment with the parent to discuss the assessment and hours needed — I don’t like to talk about that in front of the child.
Next I work on you by gently touching acupressure points primarily on your head and abdomen. You’ll also be asked to read, move your eyes in certain ways, march in place, and some other things that are fairly easy to do. Most of the work is done sitting at a table or laying down on a massage table.
I try to make the process as low pressure and as fun as possible, especially for kids (many of whom have seen multiple specialists trying to “fix” them, and are sick and tired of it!).
BIT isn't at all hard to do! Kids usually play with small toys or listen to audio books as I work on them. Adults relax, rest, or read a book for the parts where I don’t need them to be actively doing something.
Who Invented BIT? Crossinology BIT was invented by Susan McCrossin, who I studied with directly to receive my certification.
What should I bring to the appointment? Please arrive well-fed and well-hydrated, and bring water and snacks if you’re receiving long or multiple sessions in one day. Bring a book if you’d like.
If your child is receiving treatment, he/she may play with toys (with no batteries or electricity), read, or listen to audio books during sessions.
Is there anything special I need to do after my BIT appointments? You should probably plan on taking it easy for the rest of the day. People are often hungry, tired, or extremely relaxed after an appointment. Parents — this is going to be true for your kids too! Don’t have any big plans for after the session, and anticipate that they might be hungry or tired (or cranky, the way kids can be when they’re tired and hungry!).
How long will it take before I see results after the treatment is completed?
This is highly individual, and depends on each person’s unique makeup and particular issues. Some people see results after one or two sessions. Others may not see results until later.
However, what is always true is the biggest results will be 6 - 12 months AFTER you’ve completed the Brain Integration. This might not make sense at first, so let me try to explain…
This isn’t a perfect analogy, but I think it makes my point:
THE TOOLBOX Let’s say you had a toolbox with old and broken tools. Your hammer was missing a handle, your nails were bent and rusty, and your saw blade had a kink in it. You tried to build a table, but it was slow going and you got frustrated.
Then you got the tools cleaned and fixed up, and into perfect working order. It’s like you had a brand new toolbox! You’re delighted, and you start using your tools right away to build a table. However, you’d still need some time before you could create anything with your new tools — so while there might not be much to show a week after your toolbox was fixed up. But in 6 months, you’d have built a beautiful table and maybe even some chairs. You’d have results that couldn’t have happened with your old toolbox, but it took several months for those results to show up.
My point is that BIT can “rewire” your brain, but tangible results, say improved classroom performance, usually take a few months show up. If your child never learned how to spell “because,” the day after s/he finishes BIT, she still won’t be able to spell it. The data was never input properly, so to speak. But, after BIT, s/he is now able to use her “toolbox” in a way she couldn’t before, and learn how to spell the word.
Having said this, it is not uncommon for parents to tell me that their child jumped several reading levels right after finishing BIT, or was suddenly able to comprehend math they couldn’t understand before. There will be immediate improvements too!
I hear that sometimes kids need have a tutor to catch up in school after they finish BIT — why is that?
To continue the analogy above of the toolbox and the table, BIT fixes the toolbox, but doesn’t build the table for you — in other words, if the data (spelling words, math facts, etc.) wasn’t retained the first time around, that data will still first need to be input.
Sometimes the best way to do that is with a tutor for several months. This is especially true in the upper grades. But, before you get discouraged — remember that learning is different after BIT, it’s easier! People find that their child is ABLE TO LEARN now. It’s going to be easier than in the past, and the catching up stage can be quite rapid.
What is unique about getting BIT treatment with you, Amy Wheeler? There’s a lot of BIT practitioners out there.
In addition to the standard BIT treatment I offer strategies to guide you in making the most of your “new toolbox”. We’ll touch upon this during appointments, but many of my clients also want to book phone consultations to go deeper into specifics.
This is especially important for parents of children receiving treatment. When my clients take a proactive role in their children’s treatment, things speed up, and the results can be even more profound and far-reaching. Many parents end up getting BIT themselves.
Here's some of the kinds of things I talk about. It may sound familiar, but people tell me again and again that the way I talk about it puts a new spin on it, gives them fresh ideas, and takes them deeper!
How you talk to yourself (or to your child), so that you create an environment where BIT’s changes best take root.
Your expectations, what how to use your focus to create the best environment for positive changes.
Strategies to deal with reoccurring “bad moods” or anxiety.
Plus, we will discuss strategies specific to your situation.
What does this do? It provides the best possible environment for the BIT — it’s like putting a flower in a hot house — and the changes we’ve achieved with BIT can flourish and grow.
You can do this is two ways — there are always two complementary 15-minute phone sessions with me when you do the standard BIT. For those who want more extensive support, we will book phone appointments for an additional charge.
“I have seen tremendous progress in my child after going through BIT therapy.”
“He is more engaged in everything and is far more willing to try/do things.”
“It is because of Amy and Brain Integration that my son was able to go to a public middle school and maintain throughout the day.”
“…he is able to memorize now, and it sticks once he learns it…”
“I feel calmer in some vague but significant way.”
“In school, I’m much better at taking tests, and in fact got straight As (these are science classes!) for the first time in a decade.”
“…his reading level jumped three levels overnight, and then continued to rise steadily for the next months.”
What is Brain Integration? Brain Integration Technique (or BIT for short) is an acupressure method which can increase brain functioning & efficiency.
Who is it for? BIT’s especially helpful for kids and adults with labels like: -Dyslexia -Auditory processing issues -Sensory Processing Issues -Poor articulation -Dysgraphia -Poor Coordination / Dyspraxia -ADD/ADHD -High Anxiety -Extreme Separation Anxiety
It's also for people who don’t have any “issue” but just want to maximize how their brain functions. They do BIT because they want to have: -Improved Memory -Improved Organization -Less Anxiety -More Confidence -Better Access to Innate Creativity -Better Able to Work Under Pressure -Better Coordination -Able to Deal Better with Fears, Like Public Speaking
Who Are You and How Did You Become a BIT Practitioner? My name’s Amy Wheeler. I learned about the BIT technique while I was studying Acupuncture, and was immediately intrigued because it combined my interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine with my love of studying how the brain worked and functioned. I decided to try it out and have BIT done on myself and my son.
The results were totally amazing: my memory improved, my reading comprehension got much better, plus I became more coordinated and less anxious! For my son, who was five at the time, I also saw huge gains — the biggest were his coordination improved and his anxiety diminished. It was amazing!
I was so excited I decided I had to learn how to do the method myself. Several years later, in January 2015, I was certified to do the Crossinology Brain Integration Technique. I've also been certified in the advanced coursework for Brain Physiology and Advanced Brain Integration.