Diary of A Massage Student
Final class for Quarter 1

You know it's a test day when you can hear the scritch scratch of nail filing while watching sequence videos.

10 min til test time...

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Therapy Thursdays:

Thursday's class for quarter 1 is actually called Ethics and Communication, where we explore and discuss professional ethics, policies, learning and communicating styles, and keeping and maintaining healthy boundries.

It's also the day we each get to look into our souls and express some therapeutic tears.
I love my massage school family. I'm sure our sharing of deep personal values and being REALLY vulnerable is due HUGELY in part to our whole hearted teacher Lisa Nelson.

Lisa went on a much deserved Sabbatical the beginning of November. I'm looking forward to envisioning my practice (yeeep! 9 more months!) with our new teacher Darin but I can feel we plan to hold space for Lisa.

Before she went she left this story, ripe with life wisdom. The story was about a friend of hers that went up into a glider for the first time, this seemingly thin and un-motored toy. Her friend described the experience as strangely silent as she pulled the lever to release them from the plane dragging them. Soaring in the quiet, they looked for updrafts of warm air to ascend higher.
But not to stay there, since the higher you go, the less air there is to breath.

Much of this feels real for me now; as Lisa told the story, we in our training will want to seek out moments of uplift, but we can't stay in these places, otherwise we become unfocused and don't move forward.

And when we experience air sickness/life sickness/school sickness, we need to know when to scoot our butts back and plant our feet.

Quarter 1 is about a week away from being over.
I can feel the light headedness of gaining air and momentum. And I know at some point very soon I'm gonna need to plant my feet...

Warmly, Ashlen

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Diary of a Massage Student:
Week 9

My name is Ashlen, and I'm a Fall student of the Professional Liscensing Program at Discoverypoint. I can't believe it's over half way through my first quarter! The first 8 weeks felt like a blur of terminology and proper body mechanics. How often I've muttered "bolster!" when I've forgotten to remove the it.

It's also a relief to finally feel like my hands aren't two alien creatures when I un-drap and massage my fellow students. This work is hard, but in this community it is rich and worthwhile. I was told I'd get really close with my class and by golly, they were right!

So. If you've ever wondered "what's it like to learn professional massage?" or "how do you keep your hands from hurting?" or "what else goes into this 'healing stuff'?" I hope this provides a window.

The students of Fall 2017 have our sights on next Summer graduation. You are welcome to come along for this soul ride!

Warmly, Ash

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The Trager® Approach

A somatic education practice that helps people experience themselves as healthy and whole

What Is the Trager® Approach?

The Trager Approach is a somatic education practice that helps people experience themselves as healthy and whole. Developed by Dr. Milton Trager, it blends touch, movement, and curiosity to teach clients to feel changes in their tissues and return to this feeling state to effect long-lasting changes.

The benefit of Trager for clients

Trager practitioners learn to read clients’ habitual movement patterns and teach their clients how to shift to more comfortable and efficient ways to move. This supports the clients in developing better function in their day-to-day lives. The  Trager Approach is remarkably effective and has been reported to ease a wide range of conditions. For example, a person with sciatica or Parkinson’s cannot, on their own, return to a normal level of body awareness that allows symptoms to lessen. Trager can remind them what the forgotten quality called “normal” feels like. This is done gently with touch and movement and without pain or discomfort. Once the client learns how to recall that feeling experience, it is possible (given practice) to return to it at will. In this way Trager practitioners help clients release deeply held patterns of tension which can allow discomfort and pain to melt away.

The Feeling...What Makes Trager® Different
Intro To The Trager® Program
How The Trager® Program Works
What Trager® Students Say

The master therapist is real, calm, non-judgemental, intelligent, sensitive, strong yet flexible, supportive, compassionate, empathic, and joyful.

John Barnes

The benefit of Trager for You

Many professional touch therapists have learned the  Trager Approach over the last thirty years. While each experience with Trager is unique, these practitioners all describe a common thread:  Their own work does not necessarily look so different, but it has been transformed.  They find themselves responding more deeply to what they are feeling in the client rather than following a protocol; working more from a place of curiosity; engaging the client as a partner in the healing process; taking much better care of themselves as a practitioner and finding a new level of joy in their work.

Trager Approach
Trager Approach

Trager @ DiscoveryPoint

The Trager Program at DiscoveryPoint is an exciting new way to prepare for certification as a Trager practitioner. This unique 246 hour experiential learning program meets weekly in order to offer participants consistent instructional feedback and support as they learn to facilitate the Trager Approach. Through a combination of classroom instruction, supervised practice, tutorials, and fieldwork, students experience, practice, and develop the knowledge, skills & attitudes central to being a Trager practitioner. Students also learn tools that they can integrate into their current massage or bodywork practices; ones which they can use right away. In addition to tablework and Mentastics®, the Program explores effective and appropriate professional conduct, interaction and communication practices, including client interview and education skills, feedback practices, and session documentation.

Trager Program Educational Goals and Program Calendar

Educational Goals

  1. Enter a relaxed yet highly-focused state of connectedness and facilitate client sessions from this state.
  2. Demonstrate the confident and competent application of tablework and Mentastics® to effectively facilitate, support and empower clients to release somatic holding patterns.
  3. Educate the public about the Trager Approach.
  4. Commit to continued personal and professional growth and development.
  5. Schedule final recommending tutorials and officially apply for Trager certification.

General Program Calendar

The Trager Program meets:

  • Mondays from 10 am to 5 pm, beginning October through mid May
  • Saturday and/or Sunday 10 am to 5 pm once a month

Holidays include Thanksgiving Day weekend and a Winter Holiday break.
Detailed Trager Program Schedule
For more specifics, please call 206.552.6523.

Explore The Possibilities of the Trager Approach

Tuition

Tuition and Program Costs

Tuition $4,920.00

Administrative Fee $30

Additional Costs (estimated):

Massage Table $400-700
Books: $50-100
Supplies: $20-80

DiscoveryPoint accepts cash, checks, Visa and Mastercard, Paypal

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