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The Trager approach is a psychophysical technique that aims to free the body of tensions and calm the mind through touch and movement education. The Trager approach involves two aspects: work on the table or chair by the therapist and the client learning simple movements called Mentastics, which he can reproduce at home.
Trager is characterized by flexible, rhythmic movements made up of swinging, vibrations, oscillations, stretching, pulling and rotations. Trager is practiced without force or pressure and in keeping with the client’s pace. Movements seek to produce pleasant, positive sensations for the receiver, thereby favouring deep relaxation of body and mind.
The technique was developed by Milton Trager in the 1950s, and the first Trager Institute was founded in 1979. Today, the approach is taught in more than 20 countries around the world. To practice the Trager approach, therapists must complete the international certification program with the Association Trager Québec.
The Trager approach provides certain benefits such as lessened muscle and joint tensions, improved joint mobility and a profound feeling of calm and relaxation.
More specifically, studies have shown that the Trager approach has a positive impact on people with Parkinson’s Disease. Some may feel less muscle stiffness, one of the symptoms of the disease. People suffering from chronic headaches may see their headaches become less frequent and shorter. The Trager approach may also relieve people struggling with persistent shoulder pain.
First, the therapist greets the client and asks him a few questions to check on his level of health. Treatment will be given lying on a massage table. Trager is performed without oil, so the receiver can choose to remain clothed. The treatment can take place lying on the side or in a seated position for those with reduced mobility.
The therapist then carries out a series of soft and rhythmic movements adapted to each part of the body. These movements, which are similar to rocking, send the body into a state of surrender and deep relaxation. After the session, the client feels great flexibility and a sense of lightness.
If he wishes, the receiver can extend the effects of Trager by learning Mentastics, very simple complementary movements that can be performed at home. Mentastics is taught in individual and group courses.
With its gentle approach, Trager is for everyone. However, the therapist should suspend continued treatment with a client or request medical advice in cases of: unhealed wounds or skin diseases, infectious diseases, recent surgery or injuries, cardiovascular difficulties or cancer.Find a therapist