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The Institute of Integral Health is a non-profit teaching corporation that was formed shortly after Lauren Berry's passing in 1983, initially consisting of seven of his advanced students who had assisted him with his practice and in teaching his classes in the '70s and '80s.

Our present teaching staff includes five of Lauren's students and three of their students who have passed the practitioner's exam and advanced to become qualified as teachers of The Berry Method®. Each teacher works within the Institute and several offer workshops outside the Institute's official schedule.

We have all agreed that by staying and teaching together, we could pass on Lauren's amazing system in a way that would be responsible and not be overly influenced by any individual teacher's personal view and interpretation of "The Work." Each student begins within an apprenticeship format. By staying within this framework, the Institute has responsibly continued to teach Lauren's work.

Although he worked as a registered physical therapist, Lauren's deep understanding of the mechanics of the body came from childhood experiences with a Finnish doctor who practiced "Swedish Gymnastics," via anatomy studying cadavers in a city morgue, and from his later training as a structural engineer. Lauren addressed the muscles, tendons, and ligaments as the "guy wires" of the body. He found that their distortion was often the major contributor to mechanical problems of the spine and extremities. He also believed that everything in the body is innately programmed to self-correct. Should the body's natural center of gravity (located in the pelvic girdle on a line between the fifth lumbar-sacral articulation and a point approximately two inches below the navel) is off-balance, then everything above and below becomes distorted as the body adapts to a new relationship with gravity. This situation interferes with your body's ability to maintain itself.

Therapists who practice The Berry Method® use massage techniques and soft tissue manipulation. Many of these techniques have been around for centuries, such as Swedish Gymnastics. By relieving spasms, correcting distortions, and releasing adhesions in the connective tissue, skeletal muscles, and the smooth muscle of organs, these techniques stimulate the body's natural inclination toward balance and ease in its structure and function. For example, such corrections can quickly restore a knee to full, pain-free mechanical function or relieve back discomfort. Several Practitioners of The Berry Method studied directly with Lauren Berry, and now teach these efficient, effective, and useful techniques to others.

The Berry Method® is a registered trademark of the Institute of Integral Health. The Institute received from Lauren's estate all rights to the late Lauren Berry's videos and books.

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