Have you had to give up activities you love due to pain from an accident, sport, or overuse? Sometimes the pain is only when you make a specific movement so you start holding that body part stiffly and eventually stop making the movement that hurts. For example, maybe you’ve had physical therapy for your injured leg and it is now feeling better. Yet you are still not out of pain. Now you have pain from the hip on the other side and your low back hurts when you sit too long. Even the pain in the leg you injured might flare up from time to time. Perhaps you still do the activities you love, but now you have to take pain medication like ibuprofen or stronger drugs before you start moving.
At first these other pains are slight and you think they will go away on their own. Then they start happening more of the time, but you don’t think going to the doctor is going to help. You just went through a whole ordeal with your original injury and you don’t want to go through all that again. Or maybe you weren’t able to get all the physical therapy you needed for your original injury and it still hurts.
Pain is your body’s way of saying,
“Pay Attention. Something needs to change!”
If you ignore these signals for too long all the little aches become larger as the compensations that your body goes through build upon each other. Everything we have experienced throughout our life gets stored in the body (all our habits of motion, illnesses, emotional traumas, physical injuries, etc.). The way we sit when we are in front of a computer, or while we are driving, may not be a problem for us when we are in our 20s and 30s, but as we age, the ways we hold ourselves can add up. It gets harder to find a comfortable position to sleep in, and you might feel stuck in other areas of your life.
This is especially true if you have been in a serious accident or have had an illness that has affected your movements for a long time. Many forms of bodywork can give you relief from pain for a while, but they may not get to one of the roots of the problem.
Your mind can forget how to move the muscles properly, without pain, easily. It can forget that you have a larger range of motion or that your resting muscle tone can be more relaxed than it is now. It can forget the joy of movement or that you can move easily at any age.
The Trager® Approach is a pleasurable, gentle and effective approach to movement education and mind/body integration. The Trager Approach helps release deep-seated physical and mental patterns and facilitates deep relaxation, increased physical mobility, and mental clarity. The benefits of a Trager session are long-lasting and cumulative, with subsequent sessions allowing for deeper and longer lasting changes.
Many people seek Trager sessions for personal growth or increased feelings of joy and wellness.
The Trager Approach has also been reported to ease or manage a wide range of conditions including:
- back and neck pain
- limited movement
- everyday aches and pains
- muscle spasms
- multiple sclerosis
- physical/emotional trauma
- post-polio syndrome
- cerebral palsy
- sports and other injuries
- Parkinson’s disease
- carpal tunnel syndrome