The Trager Approach is named after its creator, Dr. Milton Trager. It is an approach to creating ease and harmony between body and mind for increased freedom in movement.  

Movement is patterned, due to the way our nervous system functions, for efficiency. Changing those patterns involves more than just learning a new movement pattern. It actually involves learning new movement “thoughts,” since it is our underlying thoughts that create our ultimate movements. Milton said that “for every tight muscle there is a tight thought.” He taught his students that those thoughts were ultimately what we wanted to reach and change in order for our intentions to create shift for our clients/patients.

The Trager® Approach helps release deep-seated physical and mental patterns and facilitates deep relaxation, increased mobility and mental clarity. Many people seek 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 pain
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • PAIN OF ANY KIND: Physical & emotional traumas; Neck pain; Pain from automobile accidents
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Everyday aches & pains
  • Limited movement
  • Long-held emotional trauma
  • Muscle spasms
  • Neuralgia
  • Sports & other injuries
  • Stress

The Trager® Approach is a movement re-education approach that invites the body to remember how to move more freely, easily and effortlessly so that old patterns can be ‘re-programmed’ by finding what is softer, freer and easier.

There are two aspects to this approach, one is on the table where you are moved by the practitioner, the other is off the table where you are guided to remember that feeling in your own movements. This is truly artful work that has the potential to change your body, your mind and your life!

The movement aspect, “Mentastics®,” can be a simple shifting of weight or it can transform into a beautiful and almost dance-like series of movements that free your body and connect your mind to the present moment. It is transforming and entrancing and simply healing. It can be done in a group or individually. If you would like to bring this ‘moving meditation’ practice to your group, send me an email or call to schedule a time.

Contact me to set up your appointment or understand more about The Trager® Approach.


  • It's been a long time since I first stepped foot in Madelana's office for my first Trager® Session (two offices ago!) What brought me there was an excruciating pain in my piriformis muscle caused by over-use due to running. I had experienced many physical discomforts resulting from rigorous marathon training, but because I had ignored my body's signals and continued to run and exercise, I was literally stopped dead in my tracks. Seeking medical attention first, the notion of physical therapy three times a week for two hour time blocks was not conducive to the schedule of a full-time working single mother of two. I had to seek alternative options. Having been a yoga student of Madelana's for many years, I felt very comfortable speaking to her about my condition. That began my education of the Trager® Approach. It's not like massage or deep tissue contact, but how I understand it is a movement of energy that has been so deeply stored in every tissue, every fibre, every cell within our bodies. What I quickly realized -- as well as believed and accepted -- is that these physical pains I was experiencing were merely a result of deep-seeded emotions and old patterns I've been hanging on to for a very long time. Through regular Trager® sessions with Madelana, she has been able to shift these energies with sometimes just a touch, no movement at all, and other times, by applying a little stronger pressure. Her technique varies session to session based on what my body tells her it needs. She is patient, attentive, and extremely talented. This is God't gift to her and she shares it unconditionally. Regarding my physical discomforts, they come and go, but one of the most valuable things I've learned through my continued sessions with Madelana is how amazingly powerful the mind truly is. I am blessed for every experience I have with her.– Christiane


Click here! for a link to some great videos about The Trager® Approach.

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I am a certified Trager® Approach Practitioner. We are intensively trained in this work and finding a certified practitioner is in your best interests with this work as we follow rigorous standards to develop and maintain our skills.

“Trager”, “Mentastics”, and the Dancing Cloud Logo are registered service marks of Trager International, which licenses their use in the USA to the United States Trager Association.

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