Diary of a Massage Student

A wee bit into Quarter 3

There is this sign in the kitchen at my school that has a funny saying about chocolate not asking silly questions, and for the longest time I thought it was implying a family member or significant other being the asker. Today, after what feels like 3 grueling weeks of learning SOAP charting and health intake, I thought; IT'S THE THERAPIST! The sign is talking about me!

What would it be like to listen to my client's ailments or woahs, then respond with chocolate, and not 30 min of question asking and muscle testing?

And yet...what theraputic improvement could I make for my clients if I don't get a clear idea of what may be going on? Perhaps help them to connect the dots for themselves?

I'm getting in my own way. Cringing and worrying away from the very questions I have to ask. Doubting the asking. Doubting MYSELF and my ability to be a therapist.

I have a feeling quarter 3 is going to be owning my own (growing) professional knowledge. Claiming the space I take up in this world. Accepting the ripples in the water from my choices.

Ok. Woah. I need to go process this more. Preferably with chocolate.

Warmly, Ashlen

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Diary of a Massage Student

The End of Quarter Two

Dear Diary,
Here we are, cohort of Fall 2017, in the midst of mid winter break. Where did quarter two go?

Here is a snapshot. In words and pictures (can you match them?)
The time went into getting our hands on muscles, uncovering them and naming them, remembering their actions for tests. The time was filled with study nests for epic anatomy tests, bonding over bones, opening sheep hearts and brains and eyes to make real connections to our learning. It was filled with laughter, wonder, grief, and as many anatomy puns and jokes you could handle. (Heart and Soleus forever will stick with me. Why? Your calf muscles are considered a second heart, their movement pumping blood back to your heart.)

And possibly the most important, we spent this time opening our hearts to each other in each of our most vulnerable, worn down and doubtful learning place.

There are many stories I could tell, but I'll leave here a story of transition:

It was a class with Lisa Nelson, who if you remember was the instigator of our Therapy Thursdays back in quarter 1. When we came into class there was a beautiful red carpet from Afghanistan sitting in the middle of the room. She didn't talk about it till the end. When she did, she told the story of another hand knotted carpet from Persia.
The practice of hand knotting a 6 foot by 5 foot carpet takes months, a circle of carpet makers working together, hundreds of thousands of tiny knots. What happens if a mistake is made in the pattern? Is the knot taken out? The carpet abandoned?
No.
These carpet makers have a mentor that keeps an eye on the progress, and makes suggestions in how to adjust the patten so it fits together, it blends in. Take a closer look. Can you spot the oddity?

This is our work. From here on out, our schooling and learning isn't about studying for tests and filling in the right multiple choice bubble. It's about blending the pieces together. And the mistakes become part of the glorious whole. And we will need to find those who can be our mentors.

Outcome Based Massage! Quarter 3! Here we come! Let the messy learning happen!

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Happy Valentines Day!

It's our Quarter 2 final for MSA comprehensive, which meant knowing details of over 60 muscles. My brain is mush, but I have coffee, and I think I passed.

Have a glorious day!!
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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.

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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 June
  • Saturday and/or Sunday 10 am to 5 pm approximately once a month

Holidays include Thanksgiving Day weekend and a Winter Holiday break.

The Trager Program runs every other year only.
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 $4,900.00

Administrative Fee (non-refundable) $50

Early Bird Discount -$400 if application received at least one month prior to program start.

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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