Berthoud resident Susan McCrossin celebrates 30 years of eradicating learning difficulties through her BIT method

By Shelley Widhalm

The Surveyor

Susan McCrossin of Berthoud discovered the key to eradicating learning difficulties by combining acupressure and muscle testing in a technique she founded in Australia.

McCrossin developed an 80-step process called the Brain Integration Technique, or BIT, a therapeutic treatment focused on renormalizing brain pathways in those with learning difficulties, allergies, and closed-head, sports, and other injuries. The treatment pinpoints stress in the brain that affects learning and relieves the individual stress patterns.

“It’s a wiring problem,” McCrossin said. “All I’m doing is connecting the wiring in the brain.”

McCrossin, who has helped more than 10,000 clients in 30 years, wrote “Breaking the Learning Barrier, Eradicating ADD, ADHS and Dyslexia,” originally published in 2004 and reprinted in 2010. She wanted to share information about a non-drug-based treatment of learning difficulties that reinstates the brain’s normal information-processing and problem-solving mechanisms.

As a student in Australia, McCrossin experienced difficulty in school because of an undiagnosed learning problem — a form of dyslexia stemming from a lack of visual memory needed for memorizing and storing information. She studied for a year in an industrial-design program and then worked in the computer industry as a systems analyst for 11 years, not knowing she had a learning difficulty and her emotional, intuitive and creative side was shut down, leaving only her logical side.

In 1988 McCrossin attended an eight-week personal-growth program in Arizona, where she studied under applied physiologist Richard Utt and found her passion. He taught a chiropractic form of kinesiology that resulted in permanent adjustments, instead of requiring continual treatments, she said.

“I wasn’t passionate about computers,” McCrossin said. “I could do it, and it wasn’t hard for me. I wanted to do something that was important to me. When I found out about this class, this is it, an intuitive hit. Once I felt excited about something, that’s a clue. I wanted to shift consciousness on the planet, that’s my basic vision.”

McCrossin realized after getting worked on through the program that she could rote memorize and visualize words and numbers and she would save a fortune in Post-its.

“In the process of doing this, I discovered I had half of my brain turned off,” McCrossin said.

McCrossin returned to Australia, where she set up a practice to see clients for physical ailments, including children with learning difficulties, finding her techniques helped address their difficulties by opening up the wiring in the brain. Working with a child psychologist she was able to increase the Wechsler Intelligence Scale scores for children, which, until then, were thought to be unchangeable.

She then enrolled in Melbourne’s Swinburne University and received dual degrees in neuroscience and psychology and did a year of honors research, conducting electroencephalogram, or EEG, brain research on the techniques she wanted to further develop.

After graduating McCrossin opened the Crossinology Institute in Melbourne in 1988 and brought it to Boulder 10 years later to serve a wider audience. She moved to Berthoud two years ago. Her BIT technique grew out of an overall philosophy she calls Crossinology, “an interrelated approach bringing together all the energetic healing methods that connect into an individual’s mind and body in order to optimize function in any area,” as stated in the preface of her book.

“I figured my job is to help other people’s kids,” McCrossin said. “The change is dramatic, and they are so much happier. They do well in school, and they can contribute in the community.”

McCrossin uses BIT to help her clients correct the misrouting and improper timing of information being sent to the brain, clearing any blockages along the way and breaking barriers to learning. She uses muscle testing, a form of applied physiology and a biofeedback tool that reveals those blockages in pathways in the brain, and acupressure, involving light pressure from the fingertips applied to precise locations on the body. She calls her technique neuropressure, which she defines as placing pressure on various points that affect brain function.

“We’re using external energy points on the outside of the body to go into specific locations in the brain and wiring it the way it’s supposed to be,” McCrossin said.

McCrossin helps her clients open up both sides of their brain, the gestalt or creative side and the analytical or thinking side, so they can work in coordination with each other. The result is improved learning ability and creativity and the removal of emotional connections to events out of the subconscious.

McCrossin’s technique can be carried out in less than 10 hours, usually over two days, she said, explaining that people from all over the world come see her. She trains practitioners through a four-week program and 60 hours of practice and has trained 100 people in 15 years. She also plans to set up a foundation, the McCrossin Technique Foundation, to provide assistance for those in need to receive the BIT treatment by paying sliding scale fees.

“I like seeing people reach their potential,” McCrossin said. “Nothing makes me happier than seeing people shine.”

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