What is Vibrational Fascia Release Technique?

Vibrational Fascia Release Technique(TM)

VFRT uses the 128hz weighted tuning fork together with distinct core skills of palpation, grip, strike, placement, and pressure against the skin for rapid relief of musculoskeletal-based pain and restoration of mobility throughout the body.

At NEHC Academy, we have established specific protocol groups designed to encompass patterns of Musculo-skeletal pain and mobility resolution of the head, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, back, hips, legs, and feet. We primarily focus on releasing pressurized fluid pockets and calcification in the soft tissue to affect rapid resolution chronic and acute injuries, disorders, diseases, strains, sprains, pain, and malfunction.

Each protocol group includes a step-by-step starting process, healer logic, and application of core skills to relieve most conditions within a single session. Some protocol groups may only include using healer logic and knowledge gained within the other protocol groups to work directly on the area of pain and restriction.

A Focus on Fascia and Fluid Pressure

VFRT focuses mainly on the soft “connective” tissue of the body where pain and restriction is a result of collagen fascia fibers and pressurized fluids working together to press against pain receptors, pinch or compress nerve bundles, reduce blood flow, and prevent the lymphatic system from removing fluids from these enclosed “interstitial” spaces. We use a combination of vibration and compression from the tuning fork to directly affect the collagen fascia fibers and compressed fluids where the restriction either “releases” or “resolves” completely to return a restricted area back to normal function.

Fundamentals and Critical Core Skills

In our Intensive classes, we use our hands to feel or palpate the skin to identify exact locations to place the tuning fork with each strike, and we continue to monitor the status of each placement with our feedback hand. The combination of vibration and compression of the fascia provides immediate changes which can be felt by both the therapist and client. Through training and experience, our VFRT practitioners use their Fundamentals and Critical Core Skills and established methods and protocols to bring about immediate changes sometimes not possible with typical hand-based bodywork and manual manipulation. Recent Fascia Research studies have determined the need for both stretching and vibrating the cells of the body to cause a change to the current operating condition. Tuning forks provide both properties of change, and VFRT combines skill and knowledge for a new way of thinking when it comes to healing the body through fascia and fluids. We conducted additional research and clinical studies to determine the common dysfunction of fluid pressure within membranes throughout the body. We have identified physiological processes, research studies, and engineering physics to explain why this method of tuning fork vibration therapy works to relieve pain and dysfunction on a rapid basis. You can read some of our articles here

What is not a part of VFRT?

Since we use a form of vibration to affect fascia and fluids, VFRT bridges a gap across multiple healing modalities. The sound healing community uses various weighted and un-weighted tuning forks either in the air or pressed against the body for a specific healing purpose. Sound healer methods range from only sounds emitted into the air by vibrating instruments to a combination of unweighted tuning forks and techniques used off the body in the energy field. Energy healers use a hands-on or hands-off method to work with electro-magnetic energy through various methods to heal the body with the energy system of meridians and chakras. Some sound and energy healing modalities focus on healing a person’s emotions which is thought to be connected to a physical ailment.

Bodyworkers focus on using hands and various devices to change the structure of fascia in multiple layers from the superficial layer down to deep fascia surrounding the muscle layers. Bodyworkers learn about musculo-skeletal systems and use specific methods to increase range of motion across joints and within muscle groups. Most chiropractors focus on moving the bones back into alignment using established protocols and methods.

In VFRT, we primarily focus on the superficial fascia layer just underneath the skin. This area is sometimes referenced as the “dermis” layer between the outer epidermis and the musculo-skeletal layer. It is within this superficial layer where we find the greatest restrictions and pressurization of the interstitial plasma fluids coming from the cardiovascular system. Although some fluid pressure and fascial restrictions can reside within the muscle groups, we have found success with most resolved conditions within the outer superficial layer. Through our method of moving interstitial fluids out of a pressurized space with hands or tuning forks, these fluids move across known muscle groups indicating a more global location in the superficial fascia layer stretching across the entire body.

We only use the weighted tuning fork for the purpose of providing physical vibration to the cells and tissue of the body. VFRT focuses on the physical vibration aspect instead of on the energy and emotion approach to healing. Tuning fork vibration is a form of mechanical energy which follows the laws of physics separate from the laws of other types of energy such as electro-magnetic or electrical (electron) flow. We work on areas of the body where we feel for specific tissue properties underneath the skin. Our therapists can identify patterns in tissue density to recognize normal fascia without pressurized fluid pockets. VFRT Therapists are trained to identify placement locations established through known patterns or identified through palpation. We do not work on the body’s energy system or on established meridians and acu-points.

VFRT does not include the organs and systems located in the thorax and abdomen and conditions associated with the contents of the skull. 

We do not work directly on the bones as an established standard for VFRT. The weighted 128hz tuning fork has been named the OTTO 128 by practitioners and tuning fork suppliers throughout the sound healing community. The term OTTO stands for “Osteophonic” meaning to focus on the vibration within the bone structure. The underlying concept of osteophonics is due to the physics of vibration travel specific to the dense nature of a bone. However, physics of sound also states the dynamics of vibration will remain inside of the bone since the soft tissue outside the bone differs greatly in density. Since VFRT focuses on the soft tissue, we place our tuning fork directly on the fascia layer so the vibration does not get trapped within the density of the bone structure.

Our VFRT methods are very specific to physical ailments, so we do not focus on conditions based on mental health diagnoses and stress-related disorders. However, certain protocols and methods might have an affect on the overall health and condition of a client where the resolution of a physical ailment can aid in resolving a mental health condition.

VFRT is performed in a traditional massage-style bed, but our clients are fully clothed and receive treatments from a sitting position or laying down (face down or up). Our sessions do not focus on relaxation as the main goal, so our clients are fully awake and participate in the feedback process as we identify and release the restrictions associated with pain and mobility. 

Class dates in Indiana are now available

Details about our classes:

Length:

Our live classes are 3 days in length usually over a weekend.

Typical hours are: Friday (8am to 5pm); Saturday, (8am to 5pm); and Sunday, (8am to 4pm)

Class Type: This is a 3-day live course held at our NEHC Academy Training Facility in LaGrange, Indiana. Students will attend a blend of classroom and practical application working side-by-side with Andrew and Bobbi Jo throughout the entire weekend. The outcome of this class is a completion certificate awarded after successfully passing a knowledge-based assessment.

 

Pre-requisites:

There are no pre-requisites for this class. Students do not need any prior knowledge of weighted tuning forks. We do not provide any materials for pre-learning prior to the Intensive.

 

Content:

This class will focus on fundamental methods, techniques, and protocols for musculoskeletal-based rapid pain relief and reduction of mobility restrictions primarily using weighted tuning forks for resolution. This area of focus is known as Vibrational Fascia Release Technique (VFRT) which was developed at New Earth Healing Center LLC. 

Areas of Focus: Musculo-skeletal pain and mobility resolution of the head, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, back, hips, legs, and feet. We primarily focus on releasing pressurized fluid pockets and calcification in the soft tissue to affect rapid resolution chronic and acute injuries, disorders, diseases, strains, sprains, pain, and malfunction.

Basic Anatomy, Physiology, and Physics: We will cover some basic concepts of science associated with the physical response of the tuning fork, general musculo-skeletal anatomy, and physics of mechanical vibration. Prior knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and physics is not required for this class. 

In the classroom, students will be able to practice methods and techniques on other students throughout the weekend with the guidance of Andrew and Bobbi Jo Weaver. Our curriculum consists of a combination of knowledge, concepts, and skills with a variation between classroom work and practical application. We do not focus on “paint-by-numbers” application of putting the tuning fork in specific locations but rather rely on the knowledge and skills to apply in unique clinical situations. 

NEHC Academy has the right to modify any part of training based on the needs of the class.

 

Travel:

All costs for travel and lodging are the responsibility of the student. Class ends at 4pm on Sunday, so please schedule your return flight accordingly.

Location: The NEHC Academy Training Facility are located in our New Earth Healing Center in LaGrange, Indiana. The physical address is 2575 N State Rd 9, LaGrange, IN 46761

Lodging: There are several popular brand hotels in nearby Sturgis, Michigan at the intersection of the Interstate 80/90 Indiana Toll Road (Exit 121) and State Road 9 just South of the Indiana/Michigan state line. These hotels are with 5 miles of our Facility. We have personally stayed at the Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, and Super 8 hotels. We enjoyed our stay at the Holiday Inn Express with their updated and modern style within the rooms. We did not like the Super 8 hotel and do not recommend this location for our students. 

We are in the heart of Amish country within LaGrange county, and Shipshewana is only 10 miles to the West on State Road 5. Shipshewana has several luxury hotels which are still reasonably priced. However, the town hosts several large events and conventions so rooms might be limited especially during the Summer months. We recommend the Van Buren Hotel, Farmstead Inn & Conference Center, and the Blue Gate Garden Inn. The Blue Gate is well known in Shipshewana with a Performing Arts Center next to the Inn and a very large restaurant and Amish bakery in the center of town. This small town is known to be packed with visitors during the Summer months due to the largest outdoor flea market in the Midwest region. 

Food: We will serve lunch all three days. If you have food allergy or dietary concerns, we recommend you bring your own food and we can keep it in our refrigerator. Snacks and hot/cold drinks will be available throughout the day. 

 

Required equipment:

There is no required equipment or tools for this class. We have recently changed our required equipment policy. Students are no longer required to bring tuning forks and gem foot attachments to class, and we ask for these items not to be brought to class. NEHC Academy will provide the necessary equipment and tools during class. 

We do not sell tuning forks and attachments, so the equipment and tools used during class will not be available for sale during class. For this class, we will be using a weighted 128hz tuning fork along with the 15mm and 25mm gem foot attachments. We purchased our tuning forks and gem foot attachments from Biosonics.com, and we believe in the quality of the tuning forks from this supplier. 

 

Payment Options:

Class Tuition: One-time full payment of $1200 USD due at registration. No other payments are required. Students must register and complete payment no later than Midnight EST two days prior to the class start date. 

Early Bird Discount: One-time full payment of $900 USD (a 25% savings) due at registration. No other payments are required. Students must register and complete payment no later than Midnight EST two calendar weeks (14 days) prior to the class start date. 

Refund Policy: All payments are non-refundable but transferrable to the next VFRT class (live or online). 

Additional Costs: There are no additional costs for books or equipment for the class.  We do not charge extra for class manuals, and we generally do not sell products to students during the class.

Payment Type: Our payment portal uses PayPal, but you do not need a PayPal account to make a payment. PayPal allows for guest payments using most major credit cards. We do not accept mailed checks or cash payments.

 

Certification:

Upon completion of this Intensive Class, students will receive a certification of completion for the VFRT Specialty Area. The VFRT Certification can be applied to a New Earth Vibration Therapy Master Certification Program. 

 

Cancellation Policy:

Upon completion of this Intensive Class, students will receive a certification of completion for the VFRT Specialty Area. The VFRT Certification can be applied to a New Earth Vibration Therapy Master Certification Program. 

Class dates in Indiana are now available