Trager approach

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Trager approach

service mark for a bodywork technique whose purpose is to train patients to develop awareness of movement patterns that relieve pain and promote relaxation. It consists of two components: tablework, in which the practitioner, in a meditative state, uses touch and gentle passive movement to assist the patient in experiencing new movement patterns, and Mentastics, in which the patient is taught a series of movements designed to relieve tension.


A structural integration system developed by an American physician, Milton Trager, which is intended to enhance the interaction between the body and mind, reawakening a sense of “playfulness” in the client. Tragerwork releases deleterious, so-called “holding patterns” allegedly found in muscles through gentle, rocking massage.

Tragerwork therapists use their hands and minds to communicate feelings of lightness and freedom (i.e., “playfulness”) to the client; the aided movement is followed by lessons in mentastics (mental gymnastics) involving dance-like movements, which enhances a sensation of lightness.

Tragering is said to be useful for asthma, autism, depression, emphysema, hypertension, low back pain, migraines, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, polio, neuromuscular diseases, pain, poor posture, sciatica and sports injuries; it is also used to enhance athletic performance by increasing flexibility, mental control, responsiveness and conservation of energy in movement.

Trager approach, founded by Milton Trager, a method of teaching clients to move in the most effortless and intuitive way possible; addresses psychological blocks to free-flowing movement and seeks to remove them to help clients live pain-free and experience release from long-standing patterns of self-imposed physical and mental limitations.
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These questions launched the Trager Approach, the extraordinary work of Milton Trager, a physician who possessed an uncanny ability to help people move with more freedom and ease.
According to Ormyron, who is also an accredited practitioner of the Trager approach called Mentastics, developed by Milton Trager (1908-1997), its major difference from the Feldenkrais method is that the sensory input is massive, yet it doesn't diminish the pleasure of the experience.
They range from active therapies, where the dancer is led in a movement form (Pilates, Yoga, Gyrotonics[R], Body-Mind Centering[R], Alexander Technique[R], or Zena Rommett Floor-Barre Technique[R]) to the passive forms, where a bodyworker treats a dancer by using physical touch (Myofascial Release, The Trager Approach, and Cranio Sacral Therapy).