Truth or Fiction? You decide: The Berry Method®

The late Lauren Berry Sr. was exceptionally straightforward whenever anyone asked what he did. “I’m not a healer and I’m not a doctor,” he would say.”Mirka Knaster’s “Discovering The Body’s Wisdom”

Berrywork or Berry Method is considered as one of the most effective type of bodywork.History of Health.


Lauren Berry’s legendary career as a body worker began at an early age when his next-door neighbor, a retired Finnish physician, took an interest in Lauren and showed him several Swedish gymnastics techniques that he could use to help his ailing mother. Over time he counseled and guided Lauren as he continued to help his mother recover and regain her health. It wasn’t long before word spread and people started showing up on his door step eager for him to “work his magic”.

Often Lauren would come home from school to find a house filled with people waiting for him to help them. A number of events and coincidences helped shape and guide a career in bodywork and alternative health that grew to be legendary .

Berry Method® Training

The Institute of Integral Health, Inc. is a non profit teaching corporation that was formed shortly after Lauren’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.

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”.

What Do You Think?

Is that a narrative that I created as a parody based on some events from the Feldenkrais community? Or is it “real” in the sense that someone created a narrative based on their teacher “Lauren Berry.” Make a comment and let me know what you think.

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2 thoughts on “Truth or Fiction? You decide: The Berry Method®

  1. jeff smith

    I had no idea there was a Loren Berry institute or trademark. FYI, in 1975 I had a few sessions with one of his students, who has gone on to become an osteopath and now works in Kaiser’s spinal rehabilitation clinic. To this day, the best and most powerful bodywork I have ever received, beyond chiropractic, rolfing or surgery. Another student became a chiropractor and now teaches his own brand of orthopedic massage. By the time I went to another student, he was now doing Feldenkrais work, not as powerful a bodywork, but luckily I was influenced enough to take the professional training. It was really more about the ATM for me. I don’t believe they train that many people, and the one’s I know of have been practicing effectively for many years. I don’t think they are all about taking over the world and having trainings everywhere like some people we know. If you don’t know what you’re doing as a Loren Berry worker, you could hurt somebody. If you don’t know what you’re doing as a Feldenkkrais practitioner you’re probably pretty harmless.

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