Neuro-Vascular Release FAQ

What is Neurovascular Mobilization?

When considering the whole interconnected matrix of the human body, various “modalities” of bodywork often preference one type of tissue over another (we consider chiropractic to be a mobilizing of bones and massage therapy to be manipulation of muscles – but one cannot manipulate “just” the bones or the muscles without affecting both). With Neurovascular Mobilization, the “layer of tissue” where we direct our focus and intention are the “tubes and strings” that weave themselves throughout the entire body. Another way to put it is while we can never separate one part of ourselves from the whole and work only with that aspect of the body, we can hold particular anatomical models in mind and think about how best to work with that particular “layer” of the human system.

How is the online version different than working in person? What can I expect?

NVR Online is a bit different in that these are remote sessions (via Zoom or Skype). If we have worked together in person, these sessions will be familiar in that we will be doing some movement and postural assessments throughout the sessions to check in on progress or to determine next steps to take. After getting settled and exploring some range of motion, I will guide you through some simple hand contacts and movements. Together we will provide gentle lengthening of the neurovascular tracts that your body has been protecting, and this will naturally allow your body to reorganize, feel more balanced and more mobile.

How many sessions do I need?

Like Structural Integration, remote NVR sessions are ideally explored in a series*. I currently offer a 3 series to start with. (Follow up sessions after the series to check in or explore working further down the system into the legs may be beneficial.)

  • Session 1: Explores Head and Neck and upper ribcage (if time allows). In addition to freeing up your neck, this session helps bring your head back up on top of your body, and it can help to regulate your nervous system. Think of this as gentle “core” work that helps with mood regulation.
  • Session 2: Covers the thorax/ torso/ ribcage. In this session, we explore the ribcage and it’s connection to the back body. This session helps with torso mobility and freedom of breath.
    • Having a foam roller or rolled up yoga mat may be helpful for this session
  • Session 3: Includes the back, pelvis and hips. In this session we explore tension patterns in the large muscles of the back (including low back) as well as in the pelvis and hips. This session may be done on the floor or against a wall utilizing a ball to hold or anchor the muscles in the back.
    • You will need a tennis or lacrosse ball and you will want a yoga mat or padded area of floor if we determine that the floor version is best for your situation.
    • Having a chair with a tall back or a pole or stick (think hiking pole, broomstick or mop handle) will be very helpful for balance if working against the wall.

*Individual sessions are available and can are tailored to your immediate needs.