The Trager® Approach
A movement-based approach to mind/body integration and movement education developed by Milton Trager M.D. The approach uses hands-on work and self directed movement explorations, helping the body to rediscover ease, comfort, and freedom from restriction, fluidity of function, and increasing the potential for health and well-being.
The Trager Approach is a pleasurable, gentle and effective. It helps release deep-seated physical and mental patterns and facilitates deep relaxation, increased physical mobility, and mental clarity. The benefits of a Trager session are long-lasting and cumulative, with subsequent sessions allowing for deeper and longer lasting changes.
The Practitioner uses touch and movement to communicate with your body and mind the feeling of a freer and easier way of being and moving.
There are two aspects of The Trager Approach. In one aspect of the work, usually referred to as the "table work," you, the client, lie on a well-padded table in a safe, comfortable environment while your body is supported and gently moved within its pain-free range of movement and natural rhythm.
The quality of touch and movement is such that you experience the feeling of moving effortlessly and freely on your own. As your body and mind receive these soft movements, tensions disappear and new movement patterns become possible.
The other aspect of the Trager Approach, called Mentastics, involves instruction in the use of self-care movements. Mentastics is taught both in private sessions and in group classes.
Trager ® has applications in alternative healthcare, wellness, rehabilitation, counseling, and everyday life. Specific applications of this approach can address acute and chronic muscle spasm and holding; neck and back pain; movement restrictions; postural dysfunction; athletic and music performance; injury recovery; neuromuscular diseases; stress management; and personal growth.