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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the answers to the most common questions our clients have about Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy.

If any further questions arise, please contact us.

We encourage clients to contact their insurance provider for coverage information. Typically, clients pay fees and submit their receipt for reimbursement. Birgit Michels is a member in good standing with the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America #496.

“I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.” – Hafez

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What is Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy?

While massage techniques are used to manually help opening and mobilizing joints, tissues and circulation as an “outside in” approach, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy could also be called Holistic Manual Medicine or Neurodynamics. In this approach the practitioner looks at the wholeness of a person, treating with a subtle touch the underlying cause of the problem and supports the bodies innate intelligence from the “inside out”. It is complementary to the traditional medical approach and can be used safely in acute and chronic conditions. It especially has been proven to be helpful for people whose symptoms have not responded to other methods.

What can I expect in a session? How does it work?

Each treatment usually begins with a personal check-in and a body assessment. Depending on the direction of the session, during the hands-on treatment, you are lying either fully or partially clothed on a massage table.

Often there is a dialogue during a treatment as it supports the process or there can be deep periods of stillness that allow for shifts in body and mind. No two sessions are alike and the “inherent treatment plan” will determine the flow.

What conditions does biodynamic craniosacral therapy address?

Because the nervous system plays a key role in how we heal from various impacts, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy directly and effectively brings it into balance. This approach supports function between structures and the vitality of the body to find coherence and to heal itself.

Complementary to the traditional medical approach Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy can be used safely in acute and chronic conditions. Many people seek out treatment for both, a specific physical issue or ease in case of a more global symptom.

  • Headaches & Concussions
  • Jaw & Dental Issues,
  • Injuries or Complications from Surgery
  • Eye & Ear Complaints, Tinnitus
  • Neck, Back, Spinal Cord Condition, Joint Complaints
  • Organ Dysfunctions and Circulatory Issues

Autoimmune disorders
Rheumatoid Arthritis, Allergies, Thyroid and Neuroendocrine Issues

Nervous System Dysregulation and Trauma
Hormones and Metabolism Disorders (Pituitary Gland), Physiological or Neurological Dysregulation, Indigestion, Brain Fog, Stress and Anxiety, Sleeping Disorders, Chronic Pain or Fatigue and Fibromyalgia

How can I prepare for a biodynamic craniosacral therapy session?

Please wear comfortable clothes without constraints of a belt or jewellery, eat lightly and be ready to rest. Turning off your cell phone while here is highly appreciated, so you can be uninterrupted from your everyday life. Sometimes it can be a good idea to plan for some downtime after a session to allow the subtle benefits of the work to integrate fully. Find your own speed to reconnect with your environment afterwards and increase your water intake as your body requires. Stabilization is important for our nervous system to restore and settle with this new information. This experience might be subtle or it can be truly life-changing.

Are there any conditions for which biodynamic craniosacral therapy should not be used?

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy would not be recommended in a case of severe bleeding disorder or acute brain aneurysm (bulging brain vessel).

Is biodynamic craniosacral therapy safe during pregnancy?

Yes. In fact, the treatment can be of enormous benefit for mum, baby and the birthing process itself in many invisible but powerful ways. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is suitable for people of all ages, including babies, children and the elderly.

What are the benefits of biodynamic craniosacral therapy?

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy treats the underlying causes of stress that can lead to acute & chronic disease.

We often forget that true healing comes from the cellular intelligence within us. This is a pain and drug free way of healing. If you manage to catch yourself early when overwhelmed, with the help of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy fluidity and energy in the body can be restored and move more freely.   

How many biodynamic craniosacral therapy sessions do I need?

A session may last for 60 or 90 minutes. It is important to note that while a single session can have noticeable effects, it often takes multiple sessions to achieve the results you are seeking. The number of treatments for your condition depends on the nature of your healing process and your intention. I am happy to discuss this with you in person.

This work supports vibrant aliveness and may be a great help to enhance and further deepen an optimal quality of life.

Birgit Michels at Bodydynamic is trained to offer resolution and self-regulation for imbalances of patterns in the wholeness of the central nervous system; finally in this process symptoms on a visceral, lymphatic, endocrine and circulatory level magically transmute.

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What People Say About Us

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I’ve had a lot of Craniosacral sessions over the years, and Birgit is by far the best. My energy field expands, and I feel a profound relaxation. Her skill and her love are transmitted through her hands. I’m impressed by the passion that she feels for her work. The other modalities she blends into her treatments become a holistic support for my process of unfolding.

Joe Bally, Certified Advanced Rolfer

When I was looking for a massage therapist, I searched the Net and happened upon Birgit’s website. I read the testimonials and on that basis, made an appointment. Now I want to add my comments so that others will be encouraged to give Birgit a try. My problem had been hip pain, but I got so much more from the treatments inc. relaxation techniques and noticeable improvements in my breathing. Besides that, it feels so good. Almost five years later, I still visit Birgit regularly.

Jean H

Birgit is one of the rare therapists who really listens to you and your body.  Guided by your body needs she works together with you to give you as much healing power as you can possibly take. The unique combination of Birgit’s professionalism, kindness, wisdom and the healing effect the therapy has on my whole body makes me come back over and over again. I have been visiting her now for a year and a half. When I first came to see Birgit, I almost lost any hope to ever heal my neck and shoulder that was bothering me for the last 15 years regardless of therapies I did before. The very first session she showed me that my body can live without pain. And with every following session, my state was only improving.  Every visit to Birgit is filled with warmth and kindness. She gently makes you tap into yourself, increasing your self-awareness and helping being kind to yourself on your journey. It is a very wholesome and unique experience.

Elena Alexeeva, IT Expert

I have a persistent nerve pain condition and have been receiving treatments with Birgit over the past two years. She has an amazing ability to help calm my nervous system and create fluidity in my body. Her intuitive touch feels what my body needs and it allows my body to guide the session. After a treatment, I notice that my holding patterns change and I feel expansive in my body. Birgit has helped me to alleviate the pain I’m experiencing when things are flared up and to help re-center my system. Thank you, Birgit!

Marika Tjebbes, Teacher

Holding more than exceptional technique and experience, the hands and soul of Birgit are blessed with a dedication and healing power I have been very fortunate to discover. Very injured and suffering when I first met her, she came to me with a gentleness and strength I immediately could sense. Without any words spoken, she could feel and intuitively respond to areas of my body that were in need of release. She connects to your body and mind in a whole sense to identify what therapies and knowledge she can bring to you to create space for deep healing. Her diversity and continual exploration of new techniques in her field, enables her to bring the best to the clients table. Her use of imagery and understanding of anatomy offers great tools to connect closely with your body to maintain effects of the treatments."Be good to yourself", is often her last piece of advice, and it is truly to care for your self to have her work her magic on you.

Chantal Beaudoin, Multiple Trauma Accident

Through her hands, Birgit seems to know intuitively how to read the tension and stress in my body and how to relieve the tension. I suffered from numb patches in my back for many years as a result of the high-stress levels I encountered in fast-paced executive roles. Birgit was able to relieve my immediate muscle tension and also taught me how to recognize when stress is creating muscle tension and to use relaxation techniques to minimize the negative effects. Birgit truly understands the inner dynamics of the human body.

Rodney Denno, Eyes wide open, CISSP

Birgit is simply one of the best massage therapists in Canada. I like to work hard and play hard, Birgit's deep tissue therapeutic style keeps my back and neck flexible and pain-free.

Richard Jaffray, Owner, Cactus Club

I have been seeing Birgit for almost 2 years now, and each time the experience has been absolutely wonderful and deeply satisfying. Whether Birgit comes to my office with her mobile table, or I visit her in her studio, I leave each session feeling rejuvenated and peaceful. I've had Birgit provide massages for my staff as well- who rave about being in the hands of such a strong, sensitive, grounded and accomplished healer.

Jason Sugar

Birgit creates an optimal environment for delightful healing of my whole being. Beyond her merely working "hands on" - being in her care is like being in a fluid dance in which she is in attuned conversation with my body. With her gifts of sensitivity and intuition, she listens to preference, resistance and potential. She responds both gently and firmly, with expertise and wisdom. I feel deeply seen and supported. I become more familiar with and loving towards myself. In Birgit's caring and compassionate way, she skillfully invites my body to explore new and different sensations, movement and feelings. From my time with her I leave feeling whole, soft and open to new possibilities. I love being in Birgit's hands!

Judy Cashmore, Nia teacher and mother