The Trager Approach

The Trager Approach

What Is It?

The Trager Approach is pleasurable and gentle, yet the effects are deep and lasting. Dr. Milton Trager devoted his life to exploring the effects of gentle movement on the nervous system, which he associated with the unconscious mind. His discovery was later called The Trager Approach. Dr. Trager stated, “The mind is the whole thing. That is all that I am interested in. I am convinced that for every physical non-yielding condition, there is a psychic counterpart in the unconscious mind, corresponding exactly to the degree of the physical manifestation.”

Many people seek the Trager session for simple relaxation, personal growth, or for increased feelings of joy and wellness.

What You Can Expect During a Trager Session

You will have an initial conversation with your Trager practitioner to discuss what you would like to get out of your session. Your practitioner will explain how your feedback during the session will contribute to a more effective experience for you. You may be asked to lie on a well-padded table in a safe, comfortable environment. You may choose to be fully clothed at all times during your session.

At the beginning of your session, your practitioner will enter into a state of awareness, similar to meditation. From this place of serenity, your practitioner uses touch and movement to communicate with your body and mind. Your body is supported and gently moved within its pain-free range and natural rhythm. As your body and mind yield to these soft movements, tensions disappear and new movement patterns become possible.


The Trager Approach has been reported to ease or manage a wide range of conditions, including:
Back and neck pain
Everyday aches and pains
Limited movement
Muscle spasms
Poor posture
Physical or emotional trauma
Multiple sclerosis
Cerebral palsy
Post-polio syndrome
Parkinson’s disease
Sports and other injuries
Carpal tunnel syndrome

The Trager Approach is an investment in your well-being. Mary Gudmundson, our Trager practitioner, will show you how the benefits of a Trager session allow for deeper and longer lasting change. She will discuss with you and show you how the Trager Approach can work for you.