The Trager® Approach is a gentle form of bodywork developed by Milton Trager that re-teaches your body how to move and hold itself naturally and effortlessly, while promoting deep relaxation, increased physical mobility, and mental clarity.
According to Milton Trager, the way of touching in this work is important and not so much the techniques used. The treatment incorporates “listening” to the body, soft touch and manipulating the tissue via light, rhythmic movements that resonate through the body.
The idea is that this type of touch sends messages through the central nervous system to our unconscious mind by which new, positive perceptions, new ways of being can be felt in the body, such as lightness, mobility and freedom.
To obtain a certification in the Trager Approach one should study three core Modules: Mentastics® (a special movement module), Anatomy & Physiology, tutorials and fieldwork.
In the first level of training, the student will learn the full curriculum, how to develop the Trager® touch, and how to give a full Trager session and understand limits and boundaries. The two subsequent levels, and the other requisites of the certification process, serve to deepen the first level qualities learned and to broaden the understanding of everything involved when giving Trager sessions.
Trager practitioners learn to read the client’s habitual movement patterns and to teach them how to easily shift to a more comfortable and efficient way to move through space.
Clients can be treated standing, sitting and lying on a massage table and may remain fully dressed if they wish so. Softness, ease and respectful communication are the guiding principles in Trager sessions and trainings.
If you’d like to know more about Trager bodywork, visit the Trager International website.