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The Trager Approach – The movement sends the message!

massageThe Trager approach is a way of learning and teaching through movement. Clients come to absorb a lesson, as opposed to receiving a treatment. The Certified Trager practitioner ( CTP ) uses the hands to communicate a quality of feeling to the nervous system during table work, and guides the person to move with that feeling on their own.

To communicate, certified practitioners use the language of movement and touch throughout the body: gently rocking, swinging, stretching and pressing. They work within the person’s pain free range to provide a sense of how it feels to move freely and painlessly.

Is Trager new?

Trager was created by Dr. Milton Trager and the beginnings of his work began approximately in the late 1920’s when he was just 18years old.
The Trager Institute was developed in Mill Valley California in 1980. Canadian CTP’s are certified through Trager Canada www.trager.ca.

Who benefits?

Anyone experiencing normal ache/pains/stress, stiffness, decreased mobility, Inability to relax, chronic pain, serious conditions including back pain, depression, sports injuries such as tennis elbow and on the job ailments such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Trager responds very well to neuromuscular conditions such as Post Polio Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. Milton worked extensively with Parkinsonian patients with great success. Trager aligns well with many other therapies including Chiropractic and Yoga.

What are Mentastics? Trager for daily living.

This is where The Trager Approach began. These are easy, intuitve, gentle non-invasive movements that play with the weight of any particular part of the body to release held tension/pain etc…as mentioned above. Mentastic movements are taught individually during a Trager session or in group settings. They are a way of extending a Trager tablework session into daily life. These fun movements create a feeling of calm and peaceful connection which is the essence of Trager.

What happens during a Trager Session?

A session takes 1 to 11/2 hours. The receiving person may be partially or fully clothed and lies on a well padded table in a warm comfortable safe environment. The Trager practitioner gently and rhythmically moves the person’s body in such a way that the person actually experiences the possibility of being able to move that freely, effortlessly and gracefully on their own.

How might I feel after a Trager Session?

Most clients express a feeling of deep relaxation and peacefulness and a feeling of being able to move more freely. Often clients recognize right away where their body has released. Others state that Trager helps them become more self aware and accepting of what they are experiencing physically, emotionally or mentally.

Others have stated ” I feel so relaxed, but also energized”. Trager is an accumulative process.


Michelle Godfrey

Michelle Godfrey is a certified Trager Practitioner with Trager Canada. www.trager.ca. She was introduced to The Trager Approach in the early 90’s and became a practitioner in 1999. She has been yoga student since the late 80’s and found Trager through this practice. She became a yoga teacher in early 2002. She also has a background in meditation from that time. She includes chiropractic as an essential part of her health care for 30+ years. She has been a Naturopathic assistant and has been influenced by naturopathic medicine since that time as well.

Michelle loves how all of the above practices positively influence her life and her Trager practice including the development of intuition which she feels is essential in being fully present to another. As active movement is fundamental to Michelle’s life, she is passionate about encouraging others to continue to move with freedom and ease promoting a feeling of agelessness.

Trager practitioners are required to continue education and tutorials to maintain their Trager practitioner status.