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Manual Neurovascular Release (NVR) Part 1 (distance learning)
Monday, March 21, 2022, 4:00 PM to Monday, May 16, 2022, 8:00 PM PST
Category: National CE Courses

Course Title: Manual Neurovascular Release (NVR) Part 1 (distance learning)
Course Location: online via live Zoom meeting
Course Date(s): five 4-hour classes: March 21, April 4, 18, May 2, 16, 2022
Course Time: Mondays, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Pacific Time (Tuesday mornings in East Asia)
Course Instructor(s): Kieran Schumaker
Organizational Host: Kieran Schumaker | Agile Body Integrative Therapy
Registration Fees: $1000 tuition includes post-course private and small group mentoring in addition to 20 hours class (see course description)
Registration Process: click registration link, then select one payment of $1000 or four monthly payments of $250
Registration/Point of Contact Phone Number: 503-720-7403
IASI CE Credits: 20 CE hours


Course Description: ***Note that this course is the first in the certification pathway for non-SI practitioners. However SI pracitioners are welcome, if the times work better for you (for instance, if you live in Australia, New Zealand, or East Asia). If you follow the certification pathway for SI practitioners you will receive all of the following techniques but distributed throughout NVR-SI Parts 1, 2, and 4.*** Ready for a transformational shift in the way you practice your craft? In Manual NVR Part 1, 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. The $1000 tuition includes small group and private mentoring in addition to the 21 class hours: • 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 been completed). • Online access to videos documenting all the techniques taught in your live course. • 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). One seminar per month is scheduled at 9 am Pacific time and a second seminar two weeks later at 4 pm Pacific time. For the distance learning version of Manual NVR Part 1, there are five 4-hour live online classes instead of three 7-hour in-person classes (20 CE hours instead of 21 CE hours). Classes will be recorded for you to have access to later for review, but please note that you must attend class live in order to receive CE credit. Live attendance is also required if you are on the pathway to certification.

Instructor Bio(s): Kieran Schumaker (they/them) offers advanced training for manual therapists, structural integrators, and movement educators through their Anatomy Trains supported courses in Neurovascular Release.Their practice and their teaching remain strongly grounded in their foundational training as a structural integrator, which distinguishes their work from the neural and vascular manipulation that is taught by osteopaths. With the support and encouragement of Anatomy Trains, Kier has developed their Neurovascular Release (NVR) curriculum into a program that offers three different certification pathways. • Anatomy Trains Certification in Movement-Based Neurovascular Release • Anatomy Trains Advanced Certification in Manual Neurovascular Release • Anatomy Trains Advanced Certification in Manual Neurovascular Release for Structural Integration. A manual practitioner for 23 years, Kier is a Board Certified Structural Integrator, Certified ATSI practitioner, and Certified Teacher of Anatomy Trains Structural Integration. They started studying nerves in 2006 and added arteries to their special interest list in 2010. Now all the myofascial work they practice and teach is nuanced by their understanding of the neurovasculature.