Located in Comox Valley, BC, and travels to Victoria, BC
Healing through movement is Michelle’s passion turned career. She has years of experience as a Registered Nurse and Kinesiologist and is now happily practicing as an Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® practitioner in Cumberland, BC (www.michellemark.ca) and is also proud to offer an accessible online movement library (www.movementRX.com)
Following the birth of her third child in 2014, Michelle's clients were mainly Pre and Postnatal women, which eventually led to her discovery of the Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement®. Initially intending to help postpartum women recover, she completed the basic training in 2017. Michelle then shifted her focus away from fitness and onto recovery. She aimed to help postpartum women improve their body awareness, decrease symptoms of incontinence, and decrease pelvic pain and instability by introducing them to the Hypopressives technique, and the Anat Baniel Method®.
Her journey has continued and in 2018 she completed the Anti-Aging and Vitality program and expanded her adult practice to include students suffering from pain, recovering from injuries, struggling with a limiting diagnosis', athletes, and those proactively looking for easier and more efficient ways to move.
In 2018, she also completed the advanced ABM NeuroMovement® training to work with children with diverse needs and has personally witnessed the transformational potency of ABM in her own children. More than half of her private practice is now comprised of pediatric clients with diagnosis' ranging from CP, Down Syndrome, Autism, ADHD, GDD, Apraxia, Dyslexia, and various genetic conditions.
When she is not working, Michelle can be found running, mountain biking, and swimming both competitively and for leisure.
Michelle is based in Cumberland, BC on Vancouver island. She sees clients in person and online. She travels to Victoria several times a year for intensives by request. She loves to travel and is open to lesson requests around the globe.
Registered Kinesiologist, BCAK
Bachelor of Human Kinetics, UBC
Bachelor of Nursing, U of Calgary
ABM NeuroMovement® practitioner
Hypopressives level 1 and 2 instructor
Bellies Inc. trainer
Fit4two pre and postnatal fitness specialist
Pilates mat level 1 instructor
What Michelle's Clients are Saying
My wife recommended I go see Michelle for a number of chronic injuries that I have been struggling to manage.
Michelle put me at ease instantly, and thoroughly explained how she approaches healing and gained my trust within minutes.
Results were slow to come, but she stressed patience and doing less where I had always tried to do more.
It has been 5 weeks since my last session with her, and I am now seeing the results she told me would come... patience, persistence and focus have allowed me to find a better way to move... I am enjoying continuing to implement what she was able to teach me in only a few visits.
Thanks Michelle, it has been a real pleasure to work with you.
Kevin, Victoria - BC
Reoccurring Neck Pain
I had no idea what ABM was until I met Michelle. I have reoccurring neck pain. It's usually triggered by stress and it manifests itself in incredible pain that radiates from between my shoulder blades through my upper neck and usually leads to a migraine that can take up to a week to settle down, and required time off work and bed rest. Up until now my only relief came from chiropractic adjustments which involved aggressive deep tissue manipulation followed by an aggressive adjustment. I will admit that it would eventually heal but it would take a minimum of 4 days for the pain to subside. I was pleasantly surprised when I first went to Michelle with this issue, she was very gentle, they were small micro movements that brought incredible awareness to how I was moving and where I was blocked. It was these tiny gentle movements that brought almost instant relief, and by the next morning the pain and tension were distant memories. Michelle has a very calm and gentle way of discovering the blockage that is causing pain and a very natural approach to bringing awareness to the body while it makes new connections and finds freedom in movement. Whenever I have been to see Michelle I am always left feeling lighter and my body seems to move with greater ease. I will continue to see Michelle and would recommend this practice to anyone, as I believe every body can benefit from ABM.
Jennifer, Victoria - BC
Child Birth Recovery
I have had the pleasure of working with Michelle in my pursuit to better health after the birth of my second child.
I initially became connected with her as a way to kick start my fitness goals. She introduced me to the world of hypopressives followed by her work as an ABM practitioner which I found to be quite miraculous. Michelle is easy going, friendly and is always committed to supporting and assisting her clients to a higher level of wellbeing. Michelle is inspiring to me in the way that she is always searching for other ways to help people when the traditional methods fall short. If you get a chance to work with her, you won't look back. I highly recommend her group FS classes.
AJ, Victoria - BC