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Tragerwork

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.
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Manipulative Body-Based Methods: Includes massage (Swedish, lymphatic, neuromuscular, reflexology), bodywork (Rolfing, polarity and cranio-sacral therapy), as well as postural programs that focus on relationships between the musculoskeletal system and body movement (Alexander Technique, Trager Approach and Feldenkrais Method)
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).