Manual Neurovascular Release (NVR) Part 1 – Neck, Upper Thorax, and “Roots of Arms”


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  • August 15 – 17, 2021
  • Walpole, ME, USA
  • This course is intended for Neurovascular Release.
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Presented by Kieran Schumaker

Early bird price of $600 still held! 

Note: Students will be directed to purchase additional $300 online preparatory and follow-up supporting material
directly from Agile Body. (Details given upon registration.) If you have questions about this training, you are welcome to
schedule a 1-to-1 with Kier, so that they can meet you and answer your questions.**

Prerequisites: Professional training in massage, physiotherapy, osteopathy, or another form of manual therapy. Massage therapists should have several years of experience in orthopedic or remedial massage.

Max capacity: 12 students

The Manual NVR techniques in Part 1 are for release of the neurovasculature of the neck, chest, and “roots of the arms,” including brachial plexus, dura, vagus and phrenic nerves, internal thoracic artery, vertebral and carotid arteries, and arteries to shoulder muscles and lungs.

Manual therapists who have attended Kier’s NVR Online webinars (introducing a movement-based, self-treatment version of Neurovascular Release) have been eagerly waiting for the return of Kier’s manual NVR courses. Whether you have already experienced those webinars or not, this course will be transformative for your manual practice.

NVR is more than a set of techniques to help you improve functional issues and resolve pain. This work will change the way you use your current skill set of myofascial techniques. It will shed new light on common postural habits and will help you change problematic structural patterns that haven’t responded to other interventions.

In Part 1 of the course series, expect to gain new skills for precisely addressing neck stiffness and restriction related to old whiplash injuries. Improve breathing and shoulder movement. Understand and practice nerve root release and gentle targeted vascular stretches to improve thoracic outlet symptoms and chronic upper thoracic discomfort. If you are already familiar with nerve manipulation but haven’t worked with arteries, the vascular work will surprise and delight you.

If you have questions about which learning pathway you belong in, please schedule a 1-to-1 with Kier, so that they can meet you and answer your questions.

**Preparatory and follow-up details:

You will have early access to the online learning platform where you can watch videos of Kier introducing the relevant anatomy for this course. After completing this live course, the online learning platform will provide you with recordings from the live course, as well as shorter review videos of individual techniques. (This is your online technique library.)

• Online technique video library

• A month of access to free private fifteen-minute Zoom calls for consulting on client

• A group seminar via Zoom meeting for technique and strategy review (will be held at two different times to accommodate people calling in from various time zones)

One of the post-course seminars will be held on September 11, 8-9:30 am Pacific Time (GMT-7). The other option will be determined in August, when the students attending the course will have input regarding the best alternative time.

• Ongoing student pricing for 45-minute private Zoom mentoring sessions

If you have questions about this training, you are welcome to schedule a 1-to-1 with Kier, so that they can meet you and answer your questions.

Kieran Schumaker is a Board Certified Structural Integrator who specializes in freeing myofascial restriction of nerves and vasculature, with the goal of helping clients to enjoy moving with greater comfort, ease, and agility. Their gentle and specific work can resolve longstanding issues with posture and function. They have studied in depth with several masters, and have a deep appreciation of the science and art of manual therapy. Kier is a Certified Teacher of Anatomy Trains Structural Integration and they offer advanced training for manual therapists and structural integrators through their Anatomy Trains supported courses in Neurovascular Release.

Anatomy Trains Covid-19 Compliance Policy for in-person courses, Summer Program in Maine 2021.

Thank you for your interest in attending Anatomy Trains’ inspiring summer program. We have been running infection free manual therapy certification programs in Structural Integration in 2020/21, and our intention is to continue to provide a safe and healthy experience for students, teachers, and all involved, following Maine CDC and DHHS guidelines. Maine currently has the highest percentage of population vaccinated, and the lowest COVID infection rate in the United States. To continue to reduce the risk of infection we are requiring all students to provide proof of vaccination as a prerequisite to attend our 2021 Maine based summer program. 

Further details will be provided upon registration. You may request a copy of our Covid-19 student waiver in advance by emailing

We want you to feel safe and comfortable attending our classes this summer. We have some general guidelines in place to ensure student and community safety as we happily gather again for in-person courses.

  • Anatomy Trains will comply with all local public health guidelines in place at the time of class
  • Anatomy Trains will require proof of vaccination against Covid-19 for all students and teachers
  • Students will be asked to comply with a brief health screening before entering the classroom
  • Persons with confirmed or suspected cases of Covid-19 will not be admitted to the classroom and / or asked to leave and quarantine
  • We reserve the right to implement for further measures to ensure the safety of our staff and participants
  • We reserve the right in our discretion to cancel any event, even if not required by local or national public health authorities
DatesAug 15 – 17, 2021
LocationWalpole, ME, USA
VenueAnatomy Trains Classroom
Address180 Clark's Cove RD
Walpole, ME, USA
Class Times

9:00 am – 5:00 pm each day (1 hr for lunch)

Teacher(s)Kieran (Kier) Schumaker
Tuition$600 early bird / $700
Credits Earned21 CEs NCBTMB; 21 CEs IASI
Cancellation FeeUp to 30 days prior, full refund less $100 admin fee; less than 30 days prior, nonrefundable.
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