How does Trager Massage Work?
Focused on treating discomfort, pain, and reduced function by eliminating muscle tension and unnatural patterns of movement, Trager work uses gentle rhythmical rocking movements to induce a state of relaxation and to help the mind and body achieve a state of balance and integration.
Typical Trager massage sessions last an hour to 90 minutes, during which time clients wear loose-fitting clothing and lie on a padded massage table.
Phase I of Trager work is known as ‘tablework,” during which the practitioner uses gentle rocking and lengthening manipulations to achieve a ‘hook-up’– a state of deep relaxation and connection. Deep states of relaxation in turn facilitate the release of tension and help the body become more flexible with less pain.
In Phase II of the Trager approach, clients receive a set of self-care exercises called “Mentastics,” a term derived from ‘mental gymnastics.’ Practicing at home allows clients to prolong the healing effects of the session and even achieve the ‘hook-up’ experience on their own.
What conditions does Trager Massage treat?
Used alone or as an adjunct to other therapies, Trager massage is effective in people who suffer from:
- Band and neck pain
- Postural problems
- Soft tissue discomfort
- Joint irritation
- Range of motion issues
- Tension headaches
- Sports injuries
- Stress-related disorders
- Emotional imbalances
- Physical or emotional trauma
Benefits of Trager Massage
People who use Trager treatments report the following benefits:
- Decrease or elimination of pain and discomfort
- Higher levels of energy
- Increased mobility
- Improved athletic performance
- Better posture and carriage
- Deeper state of relaxation
- Ease in daily activities