What is Bridging®?

Step into a new view of your professional world where so much more is possible.

Step into a new level of understanding of the links between development, physical regulation, learning, emotional regulation, behavior and pain perceptions.

The physics relationships in a person’s body related to movement and regulation of temperature, volume and flows necessary for survival are at the heart of the Bridging® technique. We use movement to restore these elementary relationships that normally develop early on in life to get people back on track physically and developmentally.

By learning the Physics principles we are all based upon, you will transform your thinking about how to help people facing physical, mental, and even emotional challenges to move forward and thrive. Improving the most basic movement relationships in the body supports unimaginable changes in all aspects of how we function.

Whether you want to learn a new tool to help your patients or better understand a technique that could relieve frustration for yourself or a loved one, we have a level of learning for you.

“Bridging® is a unique way to look at human movement. It is very scientifically based yet hands-on, not theoretical. I like that.”

Amanda B.(Bridging Certification Level 1 Intern)

“Bridging® is facilitating micro-movements that are very subtle but they help to integrate reflexes in the body and various movements that have diminished because of illness, trauma or other life events. It almost seems like the technique isn’t doing that much when you experience it because it is light touch, but it is restoring your body to how it was in utero.  Changes are amazing.”

Stacy S. PT student (Bridging Regulation and Movement workshop)

The Story behind Bridging®

Her quest was to help women thrive through strength and balance. The journey took Bridging® Technique founder Cara Lindell to so much more!

Her power systems engineering expertise applied to human function revealed an entirely new perspective on movement, development, regulation and well-being. Most amazingly this physics-based perspective quickly resets the body to its natural movements and developmental patterns enabling a realm of changes — changes never before thought possible.

The Science behind Bridging®

The physics relationships related to movement and regulation of the temperature, volume and flows necessary for survival are at the heart of the Bridging® technique. We use movement to restore these elementary relationships that normally develop early in life to get people back on track physically and developmentally.

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Imagine being able to help your patient, loved one or even yourself overcome physical or developmental challenges. Imagine being able to help them do more, be more. Take the first step on a journey to open yourself up to a new perspective and learn more about a physics-based technique designed to reset the body to its natural movements and developmental patterns. You will find the missing link to enable changes you either gave up on or didn’t think possible.

The Science of Bridging®

We humans are an engineering marvel! In our simplest version we are a complex set of interwoven relationships involving the:

  • Physical structural elements (bones, skin, muscles, vessels, organs, etc.);
  • Ability of these structural elements to be moved and independently function;
  • Ability to move in unison with each other.

How amazing is it that all our discrete systems with their varied physical constructs and properties can successfully work as a whole!

The science tying all of these physical systems together is Physics, which is the focus of the Bridging® technique.

Key Physics Principles

Key Physics principles revolve around regulation and the need for stable structures in order to support movement. The three aspects enabling regulation are the pressure, temperature and volume of the structure. These change with position, gravity and age.

The basic concept behind Bridging® is we physically support the organization and regulation of the body’s structure using subtle movements to organize the intra- and inter-system regulation. As regulation changes, the entire system shifts to a more efficient level of function.

Many specific principles of Physics are on display in the body, including:

  • Statics and Dynamics;
  • Fluids (regulation and dynamics);
  • Structural, Mechanical and Material properties;
  • Thermodynamics;
  • Acoustical;
  • Signal Theory;
  • Transmission Properties.

These are just some of the principles of Physics embedded in and changed by Bridging®.  Although we do not go into the mathematical details in our courses, we do discuss and apply the concepts.

Developmental Sequences Matter Immensely

The other aspect of science embedded in the Bridging® technique is the recognition that the Physics of our bodies change from conception to birth through growth and life with the overarching goal of survival.

Just as code is the basis of computer programming, the tiniest movements learned in the first months of life are the foundational code to how we move at any age.

In the Bridging® technique we assess and work with the fundamental micro-movements; these must be present at all stages of life. We explore common ways the movements may be interfered with during prenatal development, birth, growth, injury, illness, and trauma.

There is an order to the way the body grows and develops with key functions emerging at different developmental stages. Using Bridging® we provide a ‘time-out’ where the missed skills can be inserted and re-integrated. Miraculously even prenatal and birth-related movement gaps can be restored.

Sensory System Re-Integration

An important aspect to all of the early movement development is the integration with guiding sensory systems — auditory, vestibular, visual and proprioceptive. These sensory systems tightly react to guide us to react safely in our environment. Many factors, including injury, trauma, and health procedures can disrupt sensory motor integration. Bridging® enables you to re-weave movement and sensory reactions back together.

The Bridging® technique creates a pathway to restore any disrupted relationships from any point in time, even if they happened at birth. It also provides a framework to re-assemble developmental glitches occurring from genetic or environmental causes.

Putting People Back Together!

So many science principles yet the courses take a functional rather than theoretical perspective. You learn the relevant principles and how they affect movement, regulation and development. Best of all, you learn how to apply Bridging® to put these in better working order!

“Bridging® is something that could be utilized for the patients you just don’t seem to be able to help. If I’ve tried all of the things that I know and the patient isn’t improving, this is the missing piece that enables you to help a lot of people. It assists you. It is not threatening at all. It is just another really good technique that you can utilize.”

Deb B.Physical Therapist and recent Bridging certification graduate

“In my line of work we go through training and education. You graduate and think you have all the tools you need to help someone. What I have found in practice is that there are patients or situation where these tools didn’t work. Bridging® provides the missing link to help.”

Deb B.PT (Bridging Specialist Level 1)