The TRAGER® Approach
WHAT IS THE TRAGER APPROACH?
The TRAGER Approach
uses gentle, rhythmic movement to pleasurably connect you to your body
and stimulate deep relaxation, improved physical mobility, and mental
calm. As a result you let go of physical and mental blocks, release unneeded
tension, move more easily and effectively, and feel better. This educational
process, developed by Milton Trager, M.D., reaches below your conscious
awareness to the levels that operate your body for you.
Life is movement.
When you are hurt, sick, or stop movement for other reasons, the neural
circuits that operate your body become less effective, through loss of
practice. Too much, too little, or unbalanced muscle tension can result.
Gentle rhythmic movement of your comfortably supported body gives your
functional mind sensory information about where your body parts are and
how they feel and move. Muscle tensions are automatically adjusted and
your mind is calmed as endorphins (natural brain neuropeptides, as in
runner's high) specific to a pleasurable body state are secreted. You
move with more ease and have a better body-mind connection.
-- feel good, move easily --
-- enjoy your body --
-- calm your mind --
-- accept relaxed vitality --
-- release chronic stress --
-- recover from being hurt --
-- connect with yourself --
-- flow in athletics
A single session
usually lasts about an hour and a half. No oils or lotions are used. As
you lie comfortably supported on a cushioned table, a Trager Practitioner
moves you, while listening (feeling) to find your most comfortable rhythm
and range. Each body part is moved and connected. Clients do not undress
fully, but some wear brief clothing to improve access if that is comfortable.
Soft clothing is preferred.
A single session can feel wonderful. Releasing significant holding patterns can be enhanced by a series of sessions and your own Mentastics practice. The positive effects are cumulative.
NOTE: The TRAGER Approach does not involve treating or diagnosing any disease, nor is it a substitute for medical attention. The Trager Approach uses the feeling of comfortable, rhythmic movement to educate your functional mind to release unneeded tension and balance needed tensions. When there is any indication of physical or mental disease, we recommend that a physician be consulted before you receive TRAGER sessions.
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