Your BRIDGE back to being active at every age and stage

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Can Bridging help me?

Not able to be as active as you would like? There are often structural causes that exercise, massage, or chiropractic do not address. Bridging both identifies and addresses these causes and has helped thousands of people at every stage of life from 5 days old to 95 years old to be more active.

What is Bridging?

What do you do?

The Bridging Technique uniquely uses an engineering-based approach to problem-solve the ways your body should move. In just 2-3 sessions you have less pain, are calmer, more confident, and able to be more active! Here are the three steps used in the Bridging Process:

Assess:

Micromovements of the core and limbs are passively assessed for flow and ease of transition. These micromovements form in early life and are foundational to all daily movement skills.

Analyze:

Assessment results and the causes for the micromovement disruption—injury, illness, medical intervention, and early life/birth events—are analyzed to develop an optimal plan to reset affected muscle relationships.

Reset Muscle Memory:

Gentle rocking and microstretches are used to reset muscle coordination. The results are fast and long-lasting!

What does ‘Bridging’ mean?

From an engineering perspective, a bridge structurally connects two separate segments to make them continuous. In an electrical circuit, a bridge is used to convert an unstable electrical current into a continuous one. The Bridging Technique embodies both meanings when resetting movements.

How can I get started?

Step 1
Schedule your appointment
Step 2
Complete our intake information form
Step 3

Dress in comfortable clothing
It does not need to be athletic wear, but should be easy to move in. Expect to take your shoes off to help keep our floors clean, as we play with little ones here.

 
Step 4
In your session you can expect us to:
  • Keep things safe! Our assessment is limited to what you can do, especially if you aren’t mobile or stable.
  • Photograph simple postural positions.
  • Observe how you move.
  • Move your core and limbs passively to assess movement flow, transition, and symmetry.
  • Play, bounce, and dance with little ones as a way to observe and assess their movement.
  • Rock, wiggle and stretch to gently reset muscle memory.
Step 5

After your session

  • (No homework!) Enjoy moving naturally without home exercises.
  • Be active to reinforce the new muscle memory.
  • Follow-up with your next session in 3-5 weeks.

How can I learn more about Bridging and staying active?

YouTube Channel

Bridging Insider features video sessions which cover a wide range of scenarios of how micromovement disrupters are tied to your pain, balance, and anxiety concerns. In each, you will see how Bridging is used to quickly help. Note: There are no sessions with children out of respect for privacy concerns.

Insight and Research Blog

Bridging Insights are discussions about common movement and development issues and their relationship to being physically active. The discussion often ties together perspectives and events which we commonly find impacting our clients.

Research Insights share a variety of new or topical research findings on the relationship of being physically active, and why being active is essential to our physical, emotional, and cognitive health.

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Meet The Team

Cara Lindell

Cara is the founder, of the Bridging Institute and the innovative Bridging® technique.

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Becki
Becki Logan

Becki works with all ages to help them move better and to be active.

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Leslie Teng

Leslie works extensively with the younger crowd, and also enjoys helping adults maintain an active life.

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Lynne Golden

Lynne loves to help people move better and feel better. With her NICU background she loves being able to help get babies off to a great start with their moves.

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Louise Dechovitz

Louise is the practice manager at the Bridging Institute and brings with her a variety of experiences–professionally in consulting, and personally in parenting.

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Franziska Malsy-Murphy

Franziska (Ziska) is the voice on the phone. As our Client Coordinator, she is able to help with your questions and scheduling.

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The Founder’s Story

Cara’s original quest was to help women thrive through strength and balance.

The three key elements to the Bridging story include Cara’s:

For Professionals

How can Bridging help my clients/patients?

Looking for new options to help your patients or clients with pain, balance, calm, and even with learning motor skills? Bridging is a new option for you to consider.

Why should you consider adding Bridging to your practice?

The three aspects of the Bridging process which set it apart from traditional medical perspectives on pain, movement ability, and self-regulation are:

Assessing...

...micromovent flows and transitions in the body. When these foundational basics of movement are stuck or asymmetrical there is often pain, poor movement control and sensory feedback imbalance.

Analyzing...

...why the movements may be suboptimal. A lifelong view of injuries, illness, medical intervention, and birth/early life are all factors which are taken into account.

Resetting...

...muscle memory to quickly and gently restore movement ease, and the postural transitions needed for easy and balanced movement.

There are two ways to add Bridging to your patient/client work:

  1. Learn to do the Bridging Technique yourself

  2. Refer your patients and we can work in tandem to bring faster/greater results.

How to be more engaged with Bridging?

Step 1

Learn what makes Bridging uniquely effective in our two hour Intro course. You gain insights into the history, science, process of Bridging, and a hands on movement to calm and center someone. This course is for anyone wanting a deeper understanding.

Step 2

Learn the full process and application of Bridging from simple to complex cases. This three-month long Basics program is a mix of online and in-person learning with three weekend workshops.

Step 3

Be involved in our professional community with monthly video and case study discussions, and quarterly advanced skills workshops, all of which count toward a Specialist Certification.

How do you learn to do Bridging?

A unique blend of in-person and online education allows you to learn at your own pace, have a support community, and review material when you need a refresher.

  • Intro to Bridging (2 hours)
  • Basics of Bridging (3 months/3 weekends)
  • Certification (12-18 months)
  • Skill building discussions and workshops (monthly/quarterly)

Bridging education incorporates best practices for adult learning in the following ways:

  • Mini-lessons online: Background and theoretical information is presented as mini-lessons online using the online portal, Teachable. Each lesson is approximately 5 minutes long. This makes learning highly effective, yet adaptable to your schedule. You can also review lessons and concepts at any point in time.
  • Observe, do, coach, and experience are the four learning modes for Bridging workshops. Whatever your learning style, there is a segment for you!
  • Weekend practical workshops: These are a mixed format of virtual and in-person with recordings posted from each discussion and demonstration segment. You experience Bridging with your cohort, yet do your case studies via video with our coaching. The confidence you gain, and range of case studies is amazing!
  • Cohort discussions monthly (with the Basics program). This helps you to build confidence by answering questions with your practical application.

Training Options

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  1. Park at the rear/west entrance
  2. Enter the building and turn to the right
  3. Proceed to the end of the hallway. That’s it!