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


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  • June 21 – 23, 2022
  • Walpole, ME, USA
  • This course is intended for Neurovascular Release.
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Presented by Kieran Schumaker

Ready for a transformational shift in the way you practice your craft?

In the Manual Neurovascular Release course series, you will learn how to work strategically with the vascular system to release hypertonic muscles that are shortening the myofascial tracks, distorting posture, and limiting movement. You will also learn to free up peripheral nerves, cranial nerves, and dural restrictions to improve structural balance and function.

While learning these techniques, you will improve your sense of layer palpation, you’ll gain new strategic approaches for classic problems, your work will become more subtle and more efficient, and you will find yourself using less physical effort.

In this course, Manual NVR Part 1, we will focus on the neck, head, and upper thorax, including the shoulder girdle and the lungs. We will discuss using these techniques to address persistent issues such as forward head posture, thoracic outlet related nerve symptoms, shoulder injuries, and the discomfort and thoracic movement limitations related to scoliosis.

We will also explore working with vagus nerve tension to lungs, heart, and stomach, phrenic nerve tension, and artery tension to diaphragm.

The manual techniques you will learn in this course series are subtle and precise. Yet they are presented in a context that helps you with body-wide goals for improving structural balance and movement quality. As we work toward these goals, you will also learn how to cultivate your clients’ proprioception and interoception, nervous system regulation, and an appreciation and understanding of how smart and adaptive their body is.

In this context, we will discuss how to sensitively and safely work with trauma response and somatic experience. We will also discuss general cautions and contraindications to consider when you are reviewing medical history, signs, and known diagnoses and when you are planning your way through a session.

For the Manual NVR course series offered in Maine, you will register in two stages:

  1. Register for the live classes portion of the course through the Anatomy Trains site for $700 (Early Bird price $600).
  2. Register for the pre- and post-course mentoring package for $300 directly through Kier. This includes:
  • A one-to-one video call with Kier in preparation for the course.
  • Private fifteen-minute student consultations via Zoom (short mentoring sessions, each focused on one client case, as many as you need, scheduled when you need answers to your questions throughout the year after your course has completed).
  • Student discount on longer 45-minute mentoring sessions via Zoom ($80 instead of $150).
  • A three-month subscription to the NVR Monthly Seminar Series (a total of six hours of live sessions and recordings).
  • Every month there will be one session scheduled at 9 am Pacific time and another approximately two weeks later at 4 pm Pacific time.
    (After the initial three free months, the regular subscription price is $150 per three-month package.)
    Online access to videos documenting all the techniques taught in your live course.
  • For students enrolling in both Part 1 and Part 2 this summer, Kier has provided a bundle price for the post-course mentoring and review videos for both courses. They have also provided a monthly payment option, which you will see if you use the price drop-down menu. Here is the link to register:  

Future study opportunities in this course series:
In Manual NVR Part 2, the second course in the certification series, we will continue working with the torso and work all the way around the pelvis.

In Manual NVR Parts 3 and 4, we will work into the extremities, discussing lower body patterns and upper body patterns, and you will continue learning to address neurovascular restrictions affecting the lungs and other organs.

NVR Part 5 is a practicum focused on assessment and practical application, in which you will be applying all that you have learned in Parts 1-4 while doing full sessions with outside models.

Practitioners earn Anatomy Trains Advanced Certification in Manual Neurovascular Release by taking all five Parts in the Manual NVR course series.

These courses will serve you best if you have a minimum of three years of experience as a massage therapist or a degree in physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, or Chinese medicine. If you have already begun studying cranial, visceral, and/or neural work, this NVR approach will help you to “fill in the gap” on the spectrum of touch between subtle, light-pressure work and the broad, deep touch of classic myofascial work.


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.
DatesJun 21 – 23, 2022
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 price held until May 20th, 2022 / $700 thereafter
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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