Class Code

B2: Brain Tissue, Nuclei, Fluid & RAS - Fluid Dynamics and Fascia Release of the CNSBrain 2 teaches the form, function, and response mechanisms of the brain's various components and offers hands-on techniques to effectively release many primary restrictions that can affect the whole body. In this class, we will learn different ways to find a primary lesion in the brain, and we will focus a little more on the spinal cord's grey and white matter.


Class Length: 3 days


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Contact Continuing Education (CE) Hours Total: 18 CEUs for massage therapists - NCBTMB Approved Provider # 451238-10

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Alberta massage therapists: Members of the RMTA will receive 15 Continuing Education Credits (CEC) upon the submission of a certificate of completion for each course.


18 hours approved by the Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba, Canada (MTAM)


18 hours approved by the Certified Registered Massage Therapy Association of Alberta, Canada (CRMTA)


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Schedule (subject to change)

Day One:

8:30                                    Registration

9:00 - 11:00                       Introduction, teachers, students, teaching assistants, and facilitator. Teaching material

                                            Review of some Brain level 1 techniques

                                            Reticular formation (RF) / Reticular Alarm System (RAS): the median, medial and lateral column of the RF.

11:00 - 11:15                      Break 

11:15 - 12:30                      Ventricles of the brain: fluid assessment and treatment

                                            Corpus Callosum: assessment and treatment


12:30 - 2:00                        Lunch


2:00 - 3:30                          Anterior Commissure: assessment and treatment

                                            The commissure of the Fornix


3:30 - 3:45                          Break / group discussion


3:45 - 5:30                          Basal Nuclei / Internal Capsule: motor/coordination/balance assessment. Applications in motor deficit, fine motor skills.


Day Two

9:00 - 11:00                        Questions and answers

                                            Thalamus afferents, applications to physical body lesions


11:00 - 11:15                      Break / group discussion


11:15 - 12:30                      Release of the superior, middle, and inferior peduncles of the cerebellum: fascia and fluid approach.


12:30 - 2:00                        Lunch


2:00 - 3:00                          Tissue trauma and hands-on downregulation of the RAS and clinical cases


3:00 - 3:30                          RAS Clinical cases


3:30 - 3:45                          Break / group discussion


3:45 - 5:30                          Finding dominant lesions in the CNS: fascia and fluid approaches.


Day Three:


9:00 - 10:30                        Questions and answers

                                            Release of Spinal Cord tensions: fascia and fluid approach.


10:30 - 10:45                      Break / group discussion


10: 45 - 12:45                     Caudal meningeal attachments of the spinal cord: Filum terminale internum and externum


12:45 - 2:00                        Lunch


2:00 - 3:30                          Cephalic meningeal attachments of the spinal cord: occipital and cervical dural attachments. Foramen Magnum fascial release


                                            Take home Protocol

                                             Final questions and answersB2: Brain Tissue, Nuclei, Fluid & RAS - Fluid Dynamics and Fascia Release of the CNS

                                             Self-Reflection and identification of changes for practitioner’s practice



- By the end of the course participants will be able to correctly demonstrate on a live person how to alleviate physical symptoms of Reticular Alarm System hyperactivity

- By the end of the course participants will be able to correctly assess on a live person fluid dysfunctions of the Ventricles

- By the end of the course participants will be able to correctly demonstrate on a live person how to release dysfunctions of the Corpus Callosum

- By the end of the course participants will be able to correctly demonstrate on a live person how to release dysfunctions of the Anterior Commissure

- By the end of the course participants will be able to correctly assess on a live person fluid dysfunctions of the Internal Capsule

- By the end of the course participants will be able to correctly assess on a live person dysfunctions of the Thalamus

- By the end of the course participants will be able to correctly demonstrate on a live person how to release the peduncles of the Cerebellum

- Based on a fascia and fluid approach participants will be able by the end of the course to correctly design on a live person a proper treatment plan in relation to CNS dysfunctions

- By the end of the course participants will be able to correctly demonstrate on a live person how to release mechanical dysfunctions of the spinal cord

- By the end of the course participants will be able to correctly demonstrate on a live person how to release caudal meningeal attachments of the spinal cord

- By the end of the course participants will be able to correctly demonstrate on a live person how to release cephalic meningeal attachments of the spinal cord.



  • Lecture
  • Study Guide
  • Question & Answer
  • PowerPoint Slides
  • Demonstration
  • Practice sessions
  • Review


B1: Brain Tissue, Nuclei, Fluid & Autonomic Nervous System, plus at least three (3) months of practice after attending B1.

An in-depth advanced study of anatomical terms and concepts is necessary; a study list is provided below.

Anatomical/Physiological Terms

1. The DVD "Dissection of the Brain" and Spinal Cord is a great preparation for the Brain 2 class.

2. Be sure you understand the following words and, as applicable, know precisely where these structures are located in the body.B2: Brain Tissue, Nuclei, Fluid & RAS - Fluid Dynamics and Fascia Release of the CNS

For this class, it is more important to know their 3-dimensional location and relationship with one another, than their classically described physiology.

  • Reticular alarm system: median (raphe nuclei), medial and lateral columns, locus ceruleus, sulcus limitans, rhomboid fossa.
  • Frontal and occipital forceps of the corpus callosum

  • Internal capsule

  • Anterior commissure, medial and lateral olfactory striae, posterior commissure

  • The commissure of the fornix (psalterium or lyre of David)

  • Mamillothalamic tract

  • Posterior limb of the internal capsule, pyramidal decussation, corticospinal tracts

  • Dentate gyrus, gyrus fasciolaris

  • All nuclei of the thalamus, including midline, medial dorsal (MD), all lateral and all ventral, intralaminar nuclei (centromedian, central lateral, parafascicular), etc.

  • Nucleus accumbens, septal nuclei, nucleus basalis (of Meynert), ventral tegmental area (VTA), stria terminalis, stria medullaris

  • Habenular nuclei

  • Vermis, superior, middle, and inferior cerebellar peduncles

  • Vestibular nuclei

  • Periaqueductal gray matter (PAG)

  • Dura, arachnoid, pia, in the brain and spine

  • The spinal cord, foramen magnum, C1, C2, cervical and lumbar enlargements, dorsal and ventral roots, dorsal root (spinal) ganglion, conus medullaris, cauda equina, filum terminale

It will be helpful to read the article "CSF and Lymph: Is Human CSF Reabsorbed by Lymph?" from "Silent Waves, Theory & Practice of Lymph Drainage Therapy", Part 5, Chapter 8.B2: Brain Tissue, Nuclei, Fluid & RAS - Fluid Dynamics and Fascia Release of the CNS

3. You can see this Youtube video for the ascending and descending tracts of the spinal cord

4. Be familiar with the brain structures from each of the following pages of "Netter's Atlas of Human Neuroscience" 1st Edition (and 2nd Edition in parenthesis):

Page 24 (page 35-36): Areas 3, 1, 2, 4, 6 of Brodmann, somatosensory, motor, and premotor cortex
Page 25 (page 37, 47): Anterior commissure
Page 29 (page 38, 46, 50, 63): Denticulate ligament, dentate gyrus, gyrus fasciolaris
Page 30 (page 47): Olfactory bulb, septal nuclei, anterior nuclei of the thalamus, mammillary bodies, indusium griseum, hippocampus, amygdala, stria. terminalis, stria medullaris, habenular nuclei, interpeduncular nucleus
Page 31 (page 48): Frontal and occipital forceps of corpus callosum, medial and lateral longitudinal striae
Page 34 (page 52): Thalamus; all nuclei: midline, medial dorsal (MD), etc.; all lateral, all ventral, and intralaminar nuclei (centromedian, central lateral, parafascicular)
Page 35 (page 54-55): Pulvinar, pineal, inferior and superior colliculi, medial and lateral geniculate bodies, cerebellar peduncles, pyramid, inferior olive, choroid plexus of 4th ventricle
Page 36 (page 56-57): Cerebellum, vermis, paravermis, lingula, central lobule, culmen, declive, folium, tuber, pyramid, uvula, nodule, cerebellar nuclei
Page 38 (page 62): Filum terminale, cauda equina, conus medullaris
Page 39 (page 63): Meninges, nerve rootlets (filaments of a nerve root), and nerve roots
Page 40 (page 64): Meninges, nerve roots
Page 41 (page 65): Have a specific concept of ascending, descending, and bilateral pathways of the spinal cord
Page 44 (page 70-71): Cerebellar peduncles, locus coeruleus, sulcus limitans, tuber cinereum, colliculi, choroid plexus
Page 57-58 (page 96-97): Meninges layer
Page 87 (page 139): Dural sac (black), filum terminale, cauda equina, conus medullaris
Page 169 (page 251): Reticular formation, raphe, PAG
Page 170 (page 252): Thalamus reticular nuclei, reticular Formation
Page 174 (page 256): Cerebellum, vermis, paravermis, lingual, central lobule, culmen, declive, folium, tuber, pyramid, uvula, nodule
Page 175 (page 257): Cerebellar peduncles
Page 176 (page 260): Thalamus projections to the cerebral cortex
Page 191 (page 290): Amygdala, nucleus basalis (of Meynert)
Page 195 (page 298): Superior cerebellar peduncle
Page 206 (page 316): Locus coeruleus
Page 207 (page 317): Raphe nuclei
Page 209 (page 319): Septal nuclei, nucleus basalis (of Meynert)
Page 237 (page 353): Cerebellar peduncles
Page 243 (page 363): Corticobulbar tract
Page 244 (page 364): Corticospinal tract
Page 258 (page 380): Cerebellar nuclei: fastigial, globose, emboliform, dentate, vermis, vestibular nuclei
Page 292-293 (page 417-418): Olfactory bulb, septal nuclei, hippocampus, amygdala, stria terminalis
Page 295 (page 420): Septal nuclei
Page 298 (page 423): Anterior commissure, medial and lateral olfactory striae

Price: $950

Registration Discount: $750

You can receive the discounted price of $750 by using your CHI-Pak or by registering and making a minimum deposit of $200 at a prior CHI class and pay the balance in full 45 days prior to the class start date.
(If the class is not paid in full 45 days before the start of class, the rate automatically goes up to $950)

Repeat: $475


Chikly Health Institute

"I have lived more than half of my life with scoliosis and constant discomfort. After over a decade of chiropractic, physical therapy, and many other forms of relief I met Bruno Chikly. With only three sessions, Bruno was able to take away the pain in my back and straighten my spine in ways I never thought possible. I can actually feel the bones in my spine, like a normal back, whereas before I was not able to at all. Before the work that Bruno did on my back I was seeing a chiropractor about twice a week. Now, I have not seen one in over a month and I have never felt better."

Jojo C, AZ, 20 years old.
Chikly Health Institute

I would like to thank you so much for the brain treatment. It has been gradually taking effect over the past week and a half. I have noticed distinct improvements in memory recall, calculation, and thinking speed. I feel the best I have in quite a few years.  Since my bike accident I have felt quite flat - neither happy or really sad - so having my sense of humor back is also a big is the best help I've had with the cognitive and emotional injuries since at least 7 years ago.

Scott C, DO
Chikly Health Institute

The class was great. Just to think that you could located, feel and then treat such specific parts of the brain was wonderful. Everyone who works with individuals who present with any type of brain damage should take this class. I have used it for all of the children that I work with and it has produced some fantastic changes in a short period of time. I highly recommend B1 for all practitioners.

Mable Sharp
Chikly Health Institute

This is the best class I ever take in 20 years taking all sorts of hands-on seminars.

Robin Walpert
Chikly Health Institute

This is an extraordinary class. Dr Chikly has developed a profound method of releasing trauma from tissue anywhere in the body (including brain trauma). The technique is subtle, gentle and very harmonizing for the client.

Robert H. Weiner
Chikly Health Institute

This course is so important to me that I repeated it in December ’06.

The content is key to healing and Dr. Chikly is key in explaining and demonstrating it.

Dr. Chikly has a special way of communicating the curriculum which is precise and professional while at the same time humorous and personal.

Alaya Chikly is a special and essential addition to the class, providing guided meditations and other less traditional exercises which varied the presentation and opened the minds of the students to new and more expansive ways of perceiving this unique and useful material.

There is no question in my mind that this work is an important part of what I do daily with the people who come to see me for help with a wide variety of health issues. There is no way I would ever give up what I have learned from Dr. Chikly, nor could I envision my practice without it. I am deeply indebted to the Chikly’s for their skill as pedagogs and their care and precision as research scientists. I plan to continue with B2 and future courses which the Chikly’s develop

Jane Shepard, LMT
Chikly Health Institute

B1 was one of the best courses I assisted in my last 17 years. Dr. Chikly covered thoroughly both the structural and the functional anatomy of the brain. It was a solid, precise and fascinating information. I consider this class indispensable to practitioners of any advanced modality. It should be a pre-requirement to high level therapists training. I’m using the many tools learned in B1 in almost all my patients, and being delighted with the results. The functional modifications of the brain are happening at deeper level and faster pace. The techniques learned in B1 classes became true blessings to my little handicapped patients.

Shanna Ringel, DOM, CST-D
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What Condition Causes Scarring/Thickening of Intracranial Meninges Felt at Palpation? Dr Chikly B.
Noninvasive Treatment of Scoliosis: The Spinal Cord. Brain 2 Technique from Bruno Chikly, MD, DO.
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