The Trager® approach is a system of movement re-education and bodywork that promotes health and freedom of movement.

Practitioners seek to create long-term change by introducing new patterns through the experience of new and different movement possibilities. Clients are taught better awareness of their own tension patterns and how to control and release them.


Milton Trager began as a massage therapist who eventually became a doctor in the late 1940s. He treated people based on his original techniques. After studying at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur California, his techniques became more widely recognized. He founded the Trager Institute in 1980.


Trager® practitioners move body parts through their range of motion, releasing the tissue through repetition of the range of motion and gentle rhythmic rocking. This releases habit-formed holding or thought patterns.

Once the range of motion becomes free and light,  the practitioner moves on to the next area of interest. The effects of the work are long-lasting because the techniques require the mind to release habit-formed holding or response patterns that affect muscles or tissues.

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Trager® can help facilitate deep relaxation, increase physical mobility, and increase mental clarity. It is used for health maintenance, rehabilitation, and pain management and relief. 


A level of training that includes every competency component needed to safely and appropriately apply the treatment.


An additional treatment that first requires the practitioners to be trained in an appropriate related discipline.