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 pain and restoration of mobility throughout the body.
At NEHC Academy, we have established specific protocol groups designed to encompass patterns of conditions based primarily on medical diagnosis, location in the body, and unique aspects of a condition specific to the type of tissue and restrictions involved. 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 Therapists 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.
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 Michigan are now available
Details about our classes:
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 intensive live course is held at our training facilities throughout the world. Students will attend a blend of classroom and practical application working side-by-side with either the creators of VFRT Andrew and Bobbi Jo Weaver or from one of our certified Trainers.
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.
This class will focus on fundamental methods and techniques for using weighted tuning forks for resolution of physical ailments. We cover knowledge and application skills used in our New Earth Vibration Therapy Program with the following training modules.
Fundamentals of Vibration Therapy: This is the prerequisite training for all New Earth Vibration Therapy training. We focus on proper grip, strike, pressure, and placement based on palpation and feedback core skills required for Tuning Fork Vibration Therapy. We also cover the knowledge needed to understand the basic concepts of fluid pressure and tissue dysfunction which is a core fundamental of our therapeutic approach.
Pain Management and Resolution (VFRT) Specialty Area: In this module, we apply our fundamental principles to the application of Vibration Therapy with a focus on rapid pain relief and resolution of single joint mobility restrictions. This specialty area is known as Vibrational Fascia Release Technique (VFRT) with an expectation of relief within one treatment.
Head and Neck Specialty Area: In this module, we apply fundamental principles with a focus on ailments and conditions within the neck and head region caused by fluid pressure and lack of fluid drainage through the neck. We introduce a unique starting protocol known as the “Neck Flush” designed to relieve fluid pressure within the neck prior to focused treatments in targeted areas throughout the head and neck regions.
Health and Beauty Specialty Area: In this module, we apply fundamental principles with a focus on both the head and body for dermatological conditions and tissue volume (fat and fluid) reduction. Dermatology covers a wide range of “beauty” concerns including wrinkles, stretch marks, acne, bags, jowls, smokers lines, laugh lines, deep lines, hair loss, scars, and rashes. We cover principles of “fat reduction” through methods and techniques designed to release both trapped fluids and lipids within the fat cells to reduce tissue circumference.
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.
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 location and lodging details of each event will be listed on the registration page.
Students are required to bring a 128hz weighted tuning fork to class. The tuning fork can be from any manufacturer. You may bring additional tuning forks.
New Requirement: Students are now required to purchase a 15mm and 25mm gem-foot attachments (any crystal type) for the weighted 128hz tuning fork. The gem foot attachments can be purchase from Biosonics.com in the United States or from this link in Europe.
Note: Not all weighted tuning forks are manufactured with the same quality. We have found that tuning forks sold by Biosonics.com and those by the same manufacturer Riverbank Labs have the quality we prefer for our own business and for our VFRT Therapists.
Due to the limited time prior to the class date, there is one payment option for this training with a full payment required at registration.
Payment Option One: A one-time full payment of $900 USD due at registration. No other payments are required.
Refund Policy: All payments are non-refundable, but they can be applied to the next available class for the same trainer.
Additional Costs: There are no additional costs for books or equipment for the class other than the requirement to have a weighted 128hz tuning fork and gem feet available for class which you can purchase on your own prior to class. Please see the Required Equipment section below for more details. We do not charge extra for class manuals, and we do not generally sell products to students during the class.
Since we are holding this class in our home, this event is considered a small private gathering. Bobbi Jo and I will not be wearing masks during our class considering that we live in the location where we are teaching and it would be impossible to completely sterilize our living space and maintain total sterilization throughout the class.
As of June 22nd, all mask and gathering mandates have been lifted.
You may choose to wear a mask during class if you feel it is appropriate. We will be in very close proximity to each other throughout the weekend including placing hands on each other during palpation practice and placements. If you have concerns over spreading germs and viruses through touching surfaces or being inside the minimum social distance, we recommend waiting to attend a class at a time in the future when you are more comfortable.
State Covid-19 Mandates:
As of June 22nd, the mask and gathering mandates have been lifted.
Upon completion of this Intensive Class, students will receive a certification for a VFRT Therapist along with two Specialty Area completion certificates for Head & Neck and Health & Beauty Specialty Areas. The VFRT Certification and two specialty area certificates are part of a larger New Earth Vibration Therapy Master Certification Program.
NEHC Academy may cancel the class due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Michigan is located in a cold-weather climate with unpredictable weather patterns in the winter months (November through March). In the event of a class cancellation, NEHC Academy staff will update all students as soon as possible. All deposits and class payments will be transferred to the next available class for both a cancellation from NEHC Academy or the student. NEHC Academy and New Earth Healing Center LLC are not responsible for any fees incurred by the student for last minute class cancellation.