Trager approach

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  1. Alternative medical systems
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The Trager approach is a form of movement education and mind/body integration. Proponents claim the Trager Approach helps release deep-seated physical and mental patterns and facilitates deep relaxation, increased physical mobility, and mental clarity. [1] The founder, Milton Trager, called his work Psychophysical Integration. He was an athlete, dancer, and bodybuilder. He began doing bodywork with no training and later worked under a variety of practitioner licenses. Late in life, at Esalen Institute, he was encouraged to begin teaching, which he did for the last 22 years of his life.[2]

At the beginning of a session, the practitioner enters into a state of awareness that Milton Trager termed "hook-up," a state similar to meditation. [2]From this state of mind, the practitioner uses gentle touch and a combination of passive and active movement to teach the body how to move with less effort. [3]


  1. ^ Trivieri, Larry, and John W. Anderson. Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide. Berkeley, Calif: Celestial Arts, 2002.
  2. ^ a b Stillerman, Elaine (2009). Modalities for Massage and Bodywork. Mosby. p. 367-380. ISBN 032305255X. 
  3. ^ Levine, Andrew (1998). The Bodywork and Massage Sourcebook. Lowell House. p. 159-171. ISBN 9780737300987. 

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