Manual NVR Part 1: Neck, Upper Thorax, and “Roots of Arms” (distance learning)

$1000 or four monthly payments of $250 (see course details for more)

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  • January 23 – March 5, 2024
  • Online course
  • This course is intended for Neurovascular Release.
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24 hours of class recordings plus 9 required hours of live class within six weeks. (This is Attendance Option B.) Learn techniques and strategies for improving neck and shoulder mobility and upper thoracic movement.

What you will learn

Our focus in this first course in the Manual NVR series will be the neck, head, and upper thorax, including the brachial plexus, shoulder girdle, rib cage, and lungs.

We will work gently and precisely with the vascular system to normalize tone in hypertonic muscles that are shortening the myofascial tracks, distorting posture, and limiting movement.

We will work with restrictions of the cervical plexus, brachial plexus, intercostal nerves, accessory nerve, vagus nerve, phrenic nerve, and dura with the goals of reducing pain and improving structural and functional balance.

You will also:

  • learn or refine your ability to use “general listening” and other assessment methods borrowed from osteopathy
  • use less physical effort
  • become more efficient
  • learn new strategies for classic problems
  • improve your layer palpation and tissue-specific touch
  • grow your ability to meet the needs of sensitively-tuned individuals
  • pace your work to provide integration within the session.

As you add techniques to your tool bag, we will discuss applications and strategies for working with thoracic outlet syndrome, the residual effects of whiplash, jaw issues, problems leading to anterior head shift, shoulder mobility issues, upper body stiffness, hypermobile clients, and scoliosis.

Over time, your clients or patients will notice improved proprioception, interoception, and nervous system regulation, and they will grow in their appreciation for how smart and adaptive their bodies are.

This course is for all licensed manual therapists, including massage therapists, physiotherapists, acupuncturists, and structural integrators.

Distance learning format

five Zoom classes, 20 hours total spread across six weeks

  • Spread out your learning over time. Practice the techniques and strategies you just learned and then return to class the following week with questions.
  • Reduce your travel costs. (If you attend Part 1 in distance learning format, ideally plan to attend Part 2 in person, so that you can receive this work early in your training.)

Attendance Option A:

Participate live from 8 am – 12 pm Pacific Time. Ideal for practitioners in the Americas, Europe, the UK, and Africa.

  • More time live with Kier

    Many opportunities to ask questions during anatomy lectures and while Kier is demonstrating techniques.

  • Receive help while you practice

    Receive guidance and ask questions while you work with your model.

  • Technique review between classes

    Use the time-stamped recordings to review techniques between classes.

Attendance Option B:

Watch the class recordings on your weekend and attend the live Q&A Tuesdays from 5:00 – 6:30 pm Pacific Time. This is Wednesday morning for practitioners in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.

  • Attend live at a time that works for your time zone

    Get more sleep because the Q&A is held in the morning in your time Zone! (The four-hour classes are in the middle of the night for you, so you’ll learn better from the recordings.)

  • Time stamps allow you to plan your practice time

    Watch the anatomy lessons on your own along with the live demos, then replay the demos and follow along with the guided practice segments while you work with your model.

  • Bring your questions to the live Q&A each week

    Bring a model to the live Q&A. Kier will guide you through some practice during this 90-minute mentoring class.

DatesJan 23 – Mar 5, 2024
LocationOnline course
Class Times


Participate live from 8 am – 12 pm Pacific Time. Ideal for practitioners in the Americas, Europe, the UK, and Africa.

Watch recorded classes and attend live Q&A from 5-6:30 pm Tuesdays, Pacific Time (GMT-8)

Teacher(s)Kieran (Kier) Schumaker
Tuition$1000 (option of 4 payments of $250)

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