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What I like to call NeuroStructural Release (NSR), is taught by developer Bruno Chikly, MD, DO as Brain Curriculum through the Upledger Institute. NSR is advanced bodywork that addresses specific structures of the brain and spinal cord. I work by identifying and accessing very precise areas of the brain and spinal cord that hold primary lesions and trauma. This work is designed to release structural and energetic tension patterns that stress the central nervous system. The results that my clients are getting are profound. I'm very excited to be offering this therapy to my clients.


This advanced work offers new techniques to address very specific structures of the brain and spinal cord, along with pathologies related to the central nervous system, such as closed-head injuries, brain surgery, whiplash, headaches, dyslexia, cerebral palsy, cognitive behavioral dysfunctions, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease.




I work by first identifying and accessing very precise areas of neurological tissues that hold primary lesions and trauma through hands-on techniques. There are techniques to help release restrictions in more than 20 brain nuclei, including the corpus callosum, fornix, thalamus, amygdala, hippocampus, hypothalamus, and substantia nigra. Additional techniques are used to address the ventricular fluid system; lateral, 3rd and 4th ventricles; and central canal of the spine.


There are also methods for dealing with tissue trauma, cellular fear and general unresolved nerve/nervous tension.


I work with the form, function and response mechanisms of the brain's various components and offer hands-on techniques to effectively release many primary restrictions that can affect the whole body.


I am able to help:

  • down regulate main components of the reticular alarm system (RAS) in the body, including techniques for the median, medial and lateral columns.
  • release specific mechanical restrictions in the ventricular system, including inter- and intraventricular dysfunctions.
  • address restrictions and dysfunctions in areas such as the locus ceruleus, choroid plexus, commisure of fornix, anterior commisure, internal capsule corticobulbar and corticospinal pathways, thalamic nuclei (including reticular nuclei, vermis, and cerebellar peduncles), and inferior olivary nuclei, etc.
  • improve mobility of the brain and spinal cord, and release dysfunctions in the layers of the dura, arachnoid and pia mater.
  • identify and clear restrictions of the brain and spinal cord by freeing and releasing the cauda equina/filum terminale, spinal cord nerve roots and foramen magnum area.
  • facilitate the release of main ascending and descending pathways as well as gray matter dysfunctions of the spinal cord.
  • facilitate the release of the six- and three-layered cortex of the Central Nervous System.




When the central nervous system and its related neurological structures are clear of restrictions and adhesions, your body can better function so life is more enjoyable.


Some of the things clients have reported experiencing are:

  • better clarity of mind
  • improved focus and concentration
  • less distractions
  • better out look on life
  • happier
  • less depression
  • more glow and sparkle in their eyes
  • improved behavior and temperament
  • improved eye-hand coordination
  • improved gait (walk)
  • better balance
  • better grades in school
  • less tremors (Parkinson's)
  • sleep better and less nightmares
  • quick recovery and healing of concussions
  • decreased muscle tension
  • improved chiropractic adjustments
  • and more energy.




A NeuroStructural Release session is generally about 60 to 90 minutes in length. The practitioner palpates the body’s neurological tissues, brain and spinal cord using a light touch to evaluate the motility of the brian nuclei and cortices, nerve tracts, membranes and movement of the cerebral spinal fluid and other related structures. Then through light touch to the body’s tissues and bones the restrictions are removed, allowing the body to come into balance. Sometimes deep-seated emotions or memories from a past trauma are released. The client is supported in a safe and caring environment to allow these to be released completely.




A single session is very relaxing although is usually not enough to fully address a client’s situation. Each individual’s needs are different and unique to themselves. For most people who want to experience the full benefits of NeuroStructural Release, I recommend a session every week for three weeks and then once every four to six weeks or as needed for ‘tune-up’ and maintenance. For more specific therapeutic purposes or more serious cases NeuroStructural Release should be received on an ongoing basis, at least once a week if not more frequently until the body is able to hold the neurological structures in proper alignment. Because of its gentleness it can be received on a daily basis when working with more severe situations and can easily be combined with other modalities, such as CranioSacral Therapy and Lymphatic Drainage.

Julie McKay Covert, CST-D, NCTMB, BFRP

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