Having suffered years of pain in my lower back due to an injury and subsequent numbness in my leg and foot, I started to believe that pain was inevitable. It felt like someone had drawn a box around me in black magic marker, the ceiling always visible. It became such a part of me that I started to change my life around the pain and made choices by it.
And then, I had a moment of freedom from pain. A glimmer of possibility. This feeling of freedom came to me through the hands of a Trager® Practitioner during my first Trager session. It was then I realized I had a choice moving forward: I could either feed the pain or the possibility; the limitation or the freedom.
The Trager® Approach is a form of movement education and mind/body integration that uses gentle rocking and lengthening movements, rather than deep compression, to create easy movement, freedom, and lightness in the body. Easy movements communicate positive sensory signals to the body and mind that release muscle tension and restriction, increase range of motion, increase balance and mobility, and reduce stress. Through hands-on tablework and self-care movements learned during sessions, the Trager Approach helps to support improved function, coordination, and harmony in the body. Because the work is gentle, never engaging resistance or forcing movement, Trager cultivates openness, while facilitating a deep relaxation and mental clarity.
If you are looking for relief from chronic pain, the Trager Approach helps to re-educate the body with gentle movement that supports function and freedom from pain.
If you experience rigidity, instability, or imbalance in movement, Trager sessions increase communication with your nervous system, integrating and coordinating your body as a whole and helping your body feel lighter and movement easier.
If you are looking for ways to enhance your yoga and/or meditation practices, the Trager Approach offers the tools and space to discover a deeper awareness and mind/body connection, while supporting flexibility, posture, and whole body integration.
If you are wanting to increase your athletic performance, Trager helps you learn how to use your body more efficiently and release unneeded tensions and restrictions that are keeping you from reaching (and surpassing!) your goals.
For more information on the history of the Trager Approach, specific benefits, and videos please visit www.amberthunelltrager.com.
Trager sessions are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at Towncrest Natural Health Clinic in Iowa City. Clients can also be seen at my home in Coralville on Tuesdays and weekends.
In the Cedar Rapids area, Trager sessions are available on Thursdays at Table For One Massage and Skin Therapy on Mt. Vernon Road.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Table-For-One-Massage-Skin-Therapy/122186251182427 hide