Free the Wings: Manual Neurovascular Release for the Brachial Plexus and Shoulder Region Live Online Module 2


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  • September 24 – October 1, 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 2: Artery release for the Shoulders and Arms (2 hrs x 2 sessions = 4 hrs total )

Early bird price of $250 held until September 16, 2023 / $300 thereafter!


Sunday, September 24, 2023

12:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Sunday, October 1, 2023

12:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Starting with a tour of the arteries to the shoulder, Kier will explain why the body intelligently limits shoulder movement and adopts “poor” upper thoracic posture and suboptimal scapular position when trying to protect the artery network.

  • Review how the shoulder girdle muscles provide balance within the myofascial network, determining the resting position of the scapula.
  • Understand scapular position from a neurovascular perspective.
  • Learn to release tension in six arteries that supply key muscles within the support network for the shoulder girdle and arms.
  • Understand “frozen shoulder” from a vascular perspective.
  • Learn a neurovascular release sequence that will improve scapular position and free up shoulder movement.
  • Learn and practice pre- and post-tests that will help guide your practice and help educate your client.
  • Understand how to avoid overstretching the vascular network and how to manage an artery release session with a hypermobile client.

In the first session in this module, Kier will present neurovascular release techniques related to the rhomboids, rotator cuff muscles, teres major, latissimus, and shoulder joint capsule. In the second session, they will present techniques related to the pectoralis muscles, biceps brachii, triceps brachii, serratus anterior, and flexor compartment of the forearm. After answering questions about applications, Kier will demonstrate a mini-session for the neck and shoulders that includes techniques from Modules 1 and 2.

Props: In addition to a model (someone who would like to have freer shoulder movement and better upper thoracic posture), you will need a massage table, a stool or chair, and two or three pillows.

For this practice session, choose a model who is not hypermobile, can lie on their side or back, and is not in acute pain. Have your model wear a short-sleeved t-shirt or tank, with or without a bra. (Ideally, if they wear a bra or restrictive garment, it is not too restrictive around the chest.) If you want to feel and see more change during this first practice session, choose a model with one or more of their shoulders medially rotated and anteriorly tilted (protracted) and both shoulders slightly elevated.


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 24 – Oct 1, 2023
LocationOnline course
Class Times

12:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Teacher(s)Kieran (Kier) Schumaker
TuitionEarly bird price of $25 held until September 16, 2023 / $300 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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