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.
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.
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.
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.
The Trager Program meets:
Holidays include Thanksgiving Day weekend and a Winter Holiday break.
Detailed Trager Program Schedule
For more specifics, please call 206.552.6523.
Tuition and Program Costs
Additional Costs (estimated):
Massage Table $400-700
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