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I found a perfect video to show simply and plainly what a Trager® session might be like. It was created by  Julie Kingston and Harry Dalford, two practitioners in the U.K.

Now I know who I might be visiting if I find myself in the U.K. and in need of a Trager® session! But if you’re looking for a session a little closer to the Charlotte area, check out my website. Trager® is one of the offerings at my practice, just one of the many pathways to Positive Well-Being.

Be Well.

I’m excited to share that I’ve just completed requirements to be a Trager Practitioner. Trager is an approach to psychophysical integration using light, gentle, non-intrusive movements to release deep seated physical and mental patterns that might have developed through poor posture, injuries, emotional traumas, stresses of daily living and poor movement habits.

Milton Trager

I was fortunate to study with instructors who worked directly with Milton Trager and received comprehensive training in three levels of body-focused tablework, the study of anatomy and physiology, as well as creative movement education.  Nearly 350 hours of study, giving sessions, receiving sessions and hands on tutorials have taken a few years and it’s well worth it.  My life is significantly more spacious, expansive and “easeful” as a result of this work.  It has truly informed the way I approach life – now I want to share it with others.

To see an actual Trager session, check out Trager Practitioner Roger Tolle demonstrating what spaciousness is all about:

One of the pathways to Positive Well-Being we explore through my practice is the gentle, non-intrusive process of Trager®: an approach that helps release deep-seated physical and mental patterns and facilitates deep relaxation, increased physical mobility, and mental clarity.

The system was developed by Dr. Milton Trager, a fascinating man who doesn’t exactly blow his own horn. According to his biography on the US Trager Association website, he say of his gift, ” I have this thing and it works…”

Below is an excerpt from that biography, a wonderful story that evokes the picture of this gentle healer as a young boxer! You can read the whole article at the TragerUS website.

Milton Trager

“Born in Chicago, in 1908, with a congenital spinal deformity, Milton Trager overcame a weak and rather sickly childhood through practice and patience, until he achieved the athletic, graceful body of a dancer and gymnast. In his late teens his family had moved to Miami Beach and he was training to be a boxer. His trainer, Mickey Martin, used to give him a rub down after each boxing session. One day, when Mickey was looking particularly tired, young Milton offered to do it on him. The trainer was astonished at what he felt from the young man’s hands. Milton, surprised and encouraged at the result achieved, went home and applied it to his father who had been suffering from sciatica, a chronic complaint that cleared up after two sessions from Milton.”


There is a way of being which is lighter , which is freer.  A way in which work as well as play becomes a dance and living a song. We can learn this way.” – Milton Trager

Utilizing gentle, non-intrusive, natural movements, The Trager® Approach helps release deep-seated physical and mental patterns and facilitates deep relaxation, increased physical mobility, and mental clarity. These patterns may have developed in response to accidents, illnesses, or any kind of physical or emotional trauma, including the stress of everyday life.

There are two aspects of The Trager® Approach; one in which you, the client, are passive and the other in which you are active. The passive aspect is referred to as the tablework, and the active aspect is called Mentastics®.


A typical session usually lasts from 60 to 90 minutes. No oils or lotions are used and the client is dressed for their comfort. During the table work session the client is lying on a comfortably padded table. The practitioner moves the client in ways they naturally move, and with a quality of touch and movement such that the recipient experiences the feeling of free and effortless movement. The movements are never forced so that there is no induced pain or discomfort to the client.

This quality of effortless movement is maintained and reinforced by Mentastics®. These are simple, active, self-induced movements, which you, the client, can do on your own, during your daily activities. They have the same intent as the table work in terms of releasing deep-seated patterns. For many people, Mentastics® become a creative way to take care of themselves, while relieving symptoms of stress and tension. Because many of the effects of The Trager® Approach are cumulative, clients often appreciate and will benefit most from a series of sessions.

Trager is one of the paths to well-being I’m priviledged to offer in my Charlotte, NC practice. To learn more, post a question below, or contact me directly here.  Be well.