The medical advances that save lives – from the youngest premature babies to the eldest amongst us – demand that we advance our therapeutic strategies and skills as well.

Therapists today face an ever-growing challenge of providing effective interventions for children and adults with movement disorder issues, whether from neurodevelopmental delays or complex neuro-orthopedic issues. Standard treatment interventions approach these challenges from a mechanical, behavioral perspective, without addressing the underlying neurological dysfunctions that may be driving delayed or disrupted sensorymotor processing.

When practitioners understand the “Why of the Wiring” of neurological body-brain processing, we can facilitate optimal sensorymotor function.

“Neuro-Ignition for Movement Therapy” is an online class that provides movement educators and therapists with critical information about sensorymotor development, the scientific basis of our integrative interventions, and neuroscience-based approaches that facilitate optimal body-brain functional outcomes, from pediatrics through eldercare.

Practitioners will explore the neurological grounding of autonomic function to enhance self-regulation, learn to identify common wiring disruptions to appropriately tailor their interventions, and acquire important treatment strategies for neurodevelopmental or sensorymotor dysfunction patients of all ages, including the 0-3 population.

All of this derives from a neuroscience-based understanding of the role of self-awareness and self-regulation, in therapist, caregiver AND patient, in the therapeutic process.

This internal, interoceptive presence is the most powerful aspect of the therapeutic intervention, and provides a profound grounding for the complex, reorganizing body-brain movement dynamic. 

The Neurovascular Integration approach transforms and illuminates familiar therapeutic interventions.

By grounding our work in our own secure, autonomic "balance zone" and working from the "why of the wiring," we guide our patients to their own autonomic organization and regulation. This modeling also helps to create an optimal environment for family support and therapeutic success.

Dr. Cathy Holway, PT, DPT

Dr. Cathy Pliscof Holway is an internationally recognized physical therapist, educator, and author in the healthcare field of integrative manual therapies. She has taught and lectured throughout the United States to beginners as well as advanced students.

Course Learning Objectives & Outcomes

Upon completion of this introductory class, students will be able to:

  • describe the critical brainstem wiring for sensorymotor processing
  • recognize common pre- and post-natal wiring disruption events, and adverse plasticization events
  • identify peripheral and central wiring pathways, and corresponding mapping and interpretation circuits in the brain
  • identify three positive engagement strategies to enhance developmental and restorative movement outcomes
  •  identify and utilize the “Landing/Learning” protocol for effective connection, communication and performance outcomes.

Course Curriculum

Biodynamic Neuro-Developmental Process, Part 1

In Section A, Part 1 we will be exploring the biodynamic processes of embryology, and how our first four weeks of gestation create the internal organization of brain tube, yolk ball and vascular field, from which our neurology will evolve.

Biodynamic Neuro-Developmental Process, Part 2

In Section A, Part 2, we will be exploring the beginning brainstem wiring dynamics of cranial nerves and integrative circuits. We will also look at Fetal Autonomic Development, to understand the timing of the Autonomic Nervous System establishing its critical body-brain circuitry.

Body-Brain Mapping and Integrative Pathways

In Section B we explore the body-brain wiring pathways and key integrative circuits that organize our internal function and external movement. We learn about key disruption areas, and how issues such as respiratory insecurity or oralmotor dysfunction can impair proper motor communication and function.

Perceptual Field to Proprioceptive Processes

In Section C we explore Perceptual Field and Proprioceptive processing, as we being establishing our own internal “Balance Zone” and engage our patient’s sensory-motor systems in a secure, reorganizing process.

From Survival Strategies to Thriving Possibilities: “Landing/Learning” Process

In Section D we learn the four steps of the “Landing/Learning Process” that opens new body-brain wiring – and movement outcomes! – from our internal wiring presence and process. Specific clinical situations and common diagnostic challenges are addressed.

Frequently Asked Questions

The videos for each module are about 35 minutes long, and an in-depth pdf accompanies each module. There will be brief 5-10 minute practice sessions with each module. Our integrative zoom calls, one following each video, are an hour long. Furthermore, you will be able to participate in two ½ -hour “co-treatment” zoom sessions.

As you land in your own “Balance Zone” of autonomic agility and facilitate this for your patients, their sensory-motor processing begins to change. Students see these changes after the first sessions.

Our experience has been that this work lends a different grounding and interpretation for patient interaction. Neurovascular Integration is meant to illuminate and transform whatever work you are bringing to your patients. The “Landing/Learning” treatment process is distinctly different from other movement therapy programs.

Yes. Practitioners integrated these treatment protocols into their practices with success.

In the past I have been an approved CE provider for the AOTA and NCBTMB. If you require CEs for this class, that is available through, where I have several classes published that will address your CE needs.

Course material is available to you for one year from purchase, as the material is updated annually.

Refunds are not available for purchased courses. If, after working through the first two sessions, you intend to leave the course process, 50% of your tuition may be applied to other NVI programs (including “Personal Process” treatment sessions).