Utilizing gentle, non-intrusive, natural movements, The Trager® Approach helps release deep-seated physical and mental patterns and facilitates deep relaxation, increased physical mobility, and mental clarity. These patterns may have developed in response to accidents, illnesses, or any kind of physical or emotional trauma, including the stress of everyday life.
There are two aspects of The Trager® Approach; one in which you, the client, are passive and the other in which you are active. The passive aspect is referred to as the tablework, and the active aspect is called Mentastics®.
A session usually lasts from 60 to 90 minutes. No oils or lotions are used and the client is dressed for their comfort. During the table work session the client is lying on a comfortably padded table. The practitioner moves the client in ways they naturally move, and with a quality of touch and movement such that the recipient experiences the feeling of free and effortless movement. The movements are never forced so that there is no induced pain or discomfort to the client.
This quality of effortless movement is maintained and reinforced by Mentastics®. These are simple, active, self-induced movements, which you, the client, can do on your own, during your daily activities. They have the same intent as the table work in terms of releasing deep-seated patterns. For many people, Mentastics® become a creative way to take care of themselves, while relieving symptoms of stress and tension. Because many of the effects of The Trager® Approach are cumulative, clients often appreciate and will benefit most from a series of sessions.