The Trager is the innovative approach to movement education, created and developed over a period of 65 years by Milton Trager.
There are two aspects of this therapy, one in which the patient is passive and the other in which the patient is active. The passive aspect is usually referred to as the Tablework and the active aspect is called Mentastics.
Milton Trager first encouraged his principles at the age of 18. He then spent the next 50 years as a lay practioner and then later a medical doctor. With a long and successful career as a therapist behind him. Milton Trager embarked on a new venture at teaching his work at an age when most others are thinking of retirement.
Using gentle non intrusive natural movements, the Trager approach helps release deep-seated physical and mental clarity. These patterns may have developed in response to accidents or any kind of physical or emotional trauma. One of the most potent aspects of this method is the ability to recall the feeling of deep relaxation and how it feels to move freely.
A session usually lasts 60-90 minutes. No oils or lotions are used and the patient is usually dressed for comfort.
During the table work session, the patient is passive and lying on a padded table. The practitioner moves the patient in ways they naturally move and with a quality of touch and movement such that the recipient experiences the feeling of moving that effortlessly and freely on his/her own.
The quality effortless movement is maintained and reinforced by Mentastics. These are simple, active, self induced movements which the patient can do on their own during daily activities.