Rocking to Health
Movement Education & Mind/Body Integration
Have you ever been in an accident? Do you have weak posture? Are you fearful? Perhaps you have developed emotional blockages or experiencing daily stress.
Dr. Milton Trager developed The Trager Approach, a psychophysical integration therapy, to treat his own chronic back pain. He became fascinated by how the body coordinated its patterns of movement in response to chronic pain or injury.
A Trager treatment consists of gentle, rhythmic rocking, and lengthening movements creating a state of deep relaxation and flexibility, which can allow the body and mind to achieve a state of balance and integration.
As the rhythmic motions progress, it is thought that deeper states of relaxation can facilitate the release of unhealthy patterns of tension between mind and body at an unconscious level.
By teaching the mind to unlearn these patterns of “blockage,” the body can also release chronic states of tension and become more flexible with less pain.
Conditions treated with the Trager Approach:
- Back and neck pain
- Joint irritation
- Soft tissue discomfort
- Improving athletic performance
- Physical injuries
- Neurological events (limited or restricted movement like stroke)
- Tension headaches
- Stress-related disorders
- Emotional imbalances
- Postural problems
- Mobility issues
- Pain relief
- Increase physical mobility
- Mental clarity
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Cerebral Palsy
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sports injuries
- Back and leg problems (sciatica)
- Breathing issues (asthma and emphysema)
Two aspects of Trager Therapy:
Table Work: The client lies on a well-padded table in a safe, comfortable environment while your body is supported and gently moved within its pain-free range of movement and natural rhythm. You may choose to be fully clothed, or partially clothed and appropriately draped.
Mentastics: Dr. Trager developed simple, effortless movements to encourage playful exploration of “what could be freer” for your body. Integrating Mentastics into your daily life will allow you to enhance and recall feelings of ease, freedom, flexibility and joy. Mentastics can become part of the way you take care of yourself by relieving stress and tension. Instruction is offered in private sessions or class.
Bonita Cassel is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and has been practicing the Trager Approach since 1985.
For Table Work or Mentastics instruction, please call 610.395.3355