Brain Integration Technique (or BIT for short) is a non-invasive technique that uses acupressure to maximize brain function. Using acupressure points, I access various parts of the brain and make sure that they are working optimally. For the standard BIT procedure, I check 80 or more points in the brain, starting from the Limbic System and working up.
BIT can help a wide range of people. I've seen it be exceptionally effective for adults or kids with labels such as ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, or for people who have auditory or sensory processing issues, or issues with coordination. I've also seen it make a big different with anxiety, .
About a third of my clients are adults who want to maximize how their brain functions. They do BIT because they want to have better memory or organizational skills, or to diminish anxiety, or gain better access to their creativity, especially under pressure.
My name is Amy Wheeler. While I was studying Eastern Medicine and Acupuncture, I learned of this technique, which combined my interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine with my love of studying how the brain worked and functioned. I decided to have it done on myself and my son.
For me the results were amazing: my memory improved, my reading comprehension got much better, and I became more coordinated and much 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 went from severe to normal. It was so great!
After such significant results, I decided I had to learn to do the method myself! A few years later, in January 2015, I was trained and certified in Crossinology Brain Integration Technique. I'm also certified in the advanced coursework for Brain Physiology and Advanced BIT.
I currently work out of my home in Echo Park in Los Angeles.
I’m available between 10 am – 2 pm Monday-Saturday. Other hours are available by special arrangement. Weekends tend to be my busiest times, so if you're available during the week, you'll probably be able to get an appointment sooner.
For most people, BIT takes 8-12 hours and is spread out over several sessions. After a brief initial assessment, I will work on you, gently touching acupressure points primarily on your head and abdomen. For most of the treatment you will be lying on a massage table or sitting at a table. I'll ask you to read, move your eyes in certain ways, march in place, and some other things that are fairly easy to do. BIT isn't hard at all! Kids usually play with small toys or listen to audio books while I work on them.
Crossinolgy BIT was invented by Susan McCrossin, who I studied with directly to receive the certification to perform the treatment. To see her website (it's more extensive than mine and includes a few videos), go to crossinology.com.
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 music or audio books during their sessions.
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!).
No. BIT isn't a therapy where you need to keep coming back to remain balanced. Once you've completed the protocol, you're done. Having said that, you need to complete the protocol to see full benefits--for most people, that'll be about 8 hours in total.
From the BIT perspective, one aspect of learning difficulties is that sensory input (such as visual, auditory, or touch) is not able to flow into the brain efficiently, or is distorted once it comes in. If you can’t see or hear effortlessly, it makes it difficult to learn easily! Interestingly, your vision or hearing can be "normal" on vision and hearing tests, yet unbalanced by BIT standards.
Here’s an example: I worked on a boy who had perfect vision but who had trouble moving his eye muscles. This impacted his ability to move his eyes back-and-forth across a page to read books, do math problems, etc. Once BIT was completed, looking at letters was effortless and schoolwork became much easier.
Another example is the child who is so oversensitive to sound that sitting in a classroom--with the scratch of pencils, rustling of papers, and other ambient sounds--is overwhelming. Such a child can't filter out the unimportant sounds to focus on the important sounds--in this case, the voice of the teacher. BIT helps to balance such sensory over-sensitivities, so input can come into the brain in a more balanced way. Then the child can filter out all but the relevant sounds.