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Brain integrated therapy effective

Brain integrated therapy effective in improving learning challenges and emotional issues
By Sheila McCoy Staff Writer sheila.mccoy@mcrecord.com

This article first appeared in the Morrison County Record

 

5a4fe7c0bd673.imageSister Carolyn Law with the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls enjoys helping people. As a licensed professional counselor, she’s heard many stories, but she goes beyond the traditional “talk therapy.” She’s also a certified brain integration practitioner.    Often people don’t think about the effect an event or situation can have on a person’s brain — even several years later.

    “I’ve worked with primarily women who have survived childhood abuse. When we have trauma, the brain goes into survival mode and it forgets to come back from that mode to be able to do more complex thinking,” Sister Law said.

 
    The brain integration technique can benefit those suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

    “A gland called the amygdala goes into panic mode and causes the higher functions to shut down, since the body goes into survival mode. By balancing the amygdala, we help the brain calm down so it can use the higher functions,” she said.

    The steps of the brain integration process are related to kinesiology. Through muscle strength testing, Law can often determine whether or not a client’s energy points are fully open to function at full capacity.

    Like Earth with its North and South Poles, people have three polarities that affect their energy balance — front and back, right and left and up and down, she said.  


Brain integration therapy is about restoring the body’s energy and can improve several conditions, such as difficulties with learning, reading, recovering from brain injury and post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). Pictured are Sister Carolyn Law treating Sister Michelle L’Allier.

By Sheila McCoy Staff Writer sheila.mccoy@mcrecord.com
    “If those polarities are switched in the person, the brain has to work harder to get information to where it needs to go,” Sister Law said.

    There may be confusion between the two brain halves to what is right and left. Other times, the brain may send logic information to the brain’s creative side and creative information to the side that focuses more on logic, numbers and analytical information.

    One thing Sister Law has discovered is that the logic side of the brain is not turned on in children who have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

    “When the polarities are switched, the two sides of the brain can’t communicate,” she said.

    In order for learning to occur, the corpus callosum (a band of nerve fibers that separates the cerebral cortex lobes into left and right hemispheres) has to be open so the two can communicate.

    The brain integration technique wasn’t Sister Law’s first time around the concept of working with the body’s energy. When she returned from Latin America after serving as a missionary in Venezuela and Nicaragua, she was exposed to a body-based psychotherapy that worked with the energy of the body. It was very effective in dealing with relationship and emotional issues.

    “I fell in love with that and it helped me so much,” she said.

    After Sister Law opened a private practice, she continued to look for more ways to help her clients. When she came across the brain integration therapy, she recalled how much she had been helped with the energy-focused therapy.

 
    “I realized that if the brain integration technique did what it promotes, it could really make a difference in people’s lives,” she said.

    Since then, she has seen several improvements in many of her clients.

    “I’m really happy with it. Some clients in my practice seemed stuck and at the end of the session, were feeling much better. It’s like rebooting the brain,” she said.

    One client’s ability to retain her memory in regard to numbers, such as math, was greatly improved.

    The brain integration therapy has also helped Sister Law. Previously she struggled with unscrambling word puzzles, but was able to complete the puzzles more easily after her own polarities were straightened and her corpus callosum opened.

    “I also don’t get nearly as tired in meetings. I used to get exhausted in big meetings, getting all that information, but once I was out of the meeting, I was doing well,” she said.

    The brain integration technique can also improve self-esteem, job performance, athletic ability, concentration and more.

    Those who are interested in more information, may call Sister Law at (320) 260-1030 or visit www.carolyn law.com.    


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