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The Institute of Integral Health, Inc. 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 work within the Institute and several offer less technical 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 one individual teacher's personal view and interpretation of "The Work". Each  student is brought in under an apprenticeship program. 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", with 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. But.... if your 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 in order to adapt to a new center of 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.   Some Practitioners of The Berry Method® studied directly with Lauren Berry and some now teach these amazing 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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