Free the Wings: Manual Neurovascular Release for the Brachial Plexus and Shoulder Region Live Online Module 1


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  • September 17 – 17, 2023
  • Online course
  • This course is intended for Neurovascular Release.
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Free the Wings: Manual Neurovascular Release for the Brachial Plexus and Shoulder Region Webinar Series with Kieran Schumaker

Reposition and free the shoulders and liberate the neck

In this exciting, technique-packed webinar series, Kier will explain common upper-body postural patterns and functional limitations from a neurovascular perspective and teach an important set of manual NVR techniques for releasing the neck and shoulders.

Our focus for the first module is working with the brachial plexus. Module 1 includes an introduction to dural release (working with the fibrous wrapper around the central nervous system) as well as an introduction to the use of manual “listening” and “questioning” — assessment methods borrowed from osteopathy.

For the second module, we focus on arteries that pass through the shoulder region. Module 2 techniques will augment your strategies for working with “frozen shoulder,” suboptimal scapular position, and limited range of shoulder movement.

Who is this seminar series for?

In these webinar sessions, Kier presents palpation and treatment skills for trained and licensed manual therapists with various educational backgrounds and professional identities. However, movement teachers who are not manual therapists, with a developed interoceptive awareness and a solid understanding of musculoskeletal and fascial anatomy in the upper thorax and arms, may safely enjoy practicing with a friend or family member.

All of Kier’s webinars offer a subset of the curriculum taught in the NVR certification programs. What Kier teaches in these modules will be mostly new for those who have taken Manual NVR-SI Part 1, and will be mostly a review for anyone who has taken Manual NVR Part 1. (Students in the Manual NVR certification program will learn almost all of these skills within the 20-hour Manual NVR Part 1 and will continue to hone them in Parts 3, 4, and 5 of the Manual NVR certification program.)

For practitioners who have not previously studied Manual NVR with Kier, this six-hour webinar series will be a rich immersion in Kier’s manual approach to structural bodywork. You will benefit from following along with the recordings just as much as from participating live.

Note: If you cannot attend live, these webinars will be recorded and all registrants will receive access to the recordings for 45 days! 

Free the Wings, Module 1: Brachial Plexus (2 hrs)


Sunday, September 17, 2023

12:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Kier will start with palpation of the nerve pathways into your own arms, then lead you through a practice session on a model that will develop your subtle palpation skills and help you free up the nerves that connect the neck to the arms.

By the end of this webinar, you will:

  • Understand how to locate and free peripheral nerve restrictions.
  • Understand the importance of dural glide.
  • Learn to release artery supply to scalenes in preparation for brachial plexus work.
  • Practice palpation and release of the median, ulnar, radial, brachial musculocutaneous, intercostobrachial, and axillary nerves with five hand positions in the arms.
  • Cultivate your subtle palpation skills.
  • Use your interoception to help you guide your treatment.
  • Learn a routine or method for practicing your new brachial plexus release skills.

Kier will explain how these foundational skills are THE keys to working strategically and efficiently with the central and peripheral nervous system.

Props: In addition to a model (someone who would like to receive neck work), you will need a massage table, a chair or stool, a standard bed pillow, and an extra flat sheet (folded neatly into a small rectangle the size of a book, several centimeters thick).

Choose a model for this guided practice session who does not have acute pain and who is able to lie supine with appropriate bolsters. Have your model wear a short-sleeved t-shirt or tank, with or without a bra.


Kieran Schumaker (they/them) offers advanced training for manual therapists, structural integrators, and movement educators through their courses in Neurovascular Release.

Their practice and teaching remain strongly grounded in their foundational training as an Anatomy Trains Structural Integrator, which distinguishes their work from the neural and vascular manipulation taught by osteopaths and people using an osteopathic approach.

DatesSep 17 – 17, 2023
LocationOnline course
Class Times

12:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Teacher(s)Kieran (Kier) Schumaker
TuitionEarly bird price of $125 held until September 10, 2023 / $150 thereafter
Credits Earned2 CEs NCBTMB, pending; 2 CEs IASI Cat. 1
Cancellation FeeFor cancellations up to 24 hours before the start of the course, full tuition credit to applied towards a future workshop or product. Cancellations within 24 hours before the start of the course, no refunds.

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