Welcome. My name is Oly (they/them) and I’m a licensed heilpraktiker, biodynamic craniosacral therapist and NADA trained acupuncturist. I live and have a praxis in Berlin where I offer different modalities of embodied therapies. Over the past decade I realized the need for myself and others in my queer community to have spaces and practices for healing. Since then, my focus has been to learn tools to help people feel at home and centered in their bodies. As a trans person, my praxis is open to all individuals who treat queer spaces with respect.
What is Cranio?
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy is a touch based therapy that can help people to process unresolved stories and tension held in the body. It is an embodiment practice in which I use gentle hand holds and verbal communication to help clients become aware of their physical and emotional states. Through the process of bringing attention to one's sensations, the nervous system can begin to settle. Stress and the conditioning of our lives is held differently in everybody, but each body needs nurturing on a felt level in order to process and heal from those experiences. Through slowing down and co-regulating into the present, I aim to provide the grounds for clients to expand their capacity to feel into what arises. From here one can become more connected to their emotions, relieve tension from patterns of chronic stress or pain, or simply expand the endless exploration of a sensing body. Through this work I hope to offer individuals a space that encourages them to find more experiences of safety, pleasure and connection in their lives.
An article detailing the complex origins of craniosacral therapy, written by Susan Graffo, can be accessed here.
What is NADA Acupuncture?
NADA is a 3-5 point ear acupuncture treatment originally developed in NYC in the 1970's to treat addiction. Due to the low cost and high effectivity of the treatment, it was widely implemented by BiPOC groups such as the Black Panthers and Young Lords to treat and support their communities affected by the opiate crisis. Since then, it has expanded globally to treat others affected by PTSD and anyone seeking relief from the adveristies of life. Stimulating the vagus nerve, it can support the regulation of the nervous system which allows for the reduction of anxiety and stress, relief of pain and the improvement of sleep. I open my praxis every Tuesday and Wednesday as a community clinic to offer this treatment.
In order to book an appointment, please use my booking site located here.
What to expect
An initial craniosacral treatment is 75 minutes long, in which I take time to learn about my client and their history. This is followed by a hands-on session where the client is fully clothed while laying on a massage table. Following treatments are 60 minutes long.
The acupuncture clinic is in a group setting where clients are seated in chairs that can recline. Up to 5 needles are placed in each ear and they stay in for 30-40 minutes. Please leave an hour for the total treatment.
If you need to cancel your appointment, please inform me as soon as possible so that I have time to offer your session to another client. If you cancel your treatment less than 24 hours before your session, you will need to pay the full session cost.
Heilpraktiker treatments can be covered through public insurance if you have the "Heilpraktikerzusatzversicherung" (additional Heilpraktiker insurance). This costs an additional 20€ per month and covers up to 2,000€ in treatments per year. Additionally, private health insurances cover 80% of Heilpraktiker treatments. For those who have access to neither, I have a sliding scale in hopes to make this care more accessible.
The cost of my treatments depends on the client's access to financial resources. The following costs are specifically for craniosacral therapy. Please see below for acupuncture.
70€ - Solidarity rate
This is for individuals who have expendable income* and access to financial security. Examples of this are individuals who either have personal savings, comfortable income, inheritance, or own property and who do not need to worry about covering their basic needs.
60€ - Middle rate
This is for people who have access to expendable income but have to prioritize what they spend it on. Examples of this are people who may not have savings, but can cover their basic needs and afford to go out or purchase non-necessities.
45€ - Reduced rate
This is for individuals who have little or no access to expendable income, as an option for people who identify as BiPOC and for Social Welfare recipients.
*Expendable income is defined as the funds that are used after covering one's basic needs. Examples of this is money used for cafes, restaurants, clubs, holidays, accessory clothing and goods.
10-20€ - NADA Ear Acupuncture
The cost of a treatment at my community acupuncture clinic is based on a sliding scale of 10 - 20€.