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Level I (6 days)
Level II (6 days)
Level III (5 days)
Level IV (3 days)
Level V: Spirals and Diagonals (3 days)
Level V: Breath (3 days)
Mentastics®: A Path to Peace and Pleasure (1, 2 or 3 days)
Level V: Beyond Self-Care (3 days)

Sidelying (3 day elective)

Movement and Transformation (3, 4, or 5 day elective workshops/retreats)
The Power of the Pelvis
Opening the Heart
Freeing the Voice

Speaking and Listening with the Body Systems (3 days)

Living Your Fullness (7 day elective)
Summer Mentastics Retreat for the Trager community and friends

Professional Development through Personal Transformation
Year long elective training program for Trager Students and Practitioners
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Movement and Transformation

Movement and Transformation is a series of workshops that have been taught for Trager International, and various massage schools and conferences since 1989. The workshops may focus on a specific theme for one 3 day weekend -- The Power of the Pelvis, Opening the Heart, Freeing the Voice -- or may be offered in introductory or longer (5 day) combined formats under the simple title Movement and Transformation.

There are no prerequisites for these classes. They are open to all students and professionals in the bodywork, somatic education, personal growth and holistic health fields. They can serve as one of the prerequisits for the Trager Certification Training Program. They may not be appropriate for persons who are mentally, emotionally, or physically unstable, unless the sponsoring organization can provide the needed support.

In these workshops we engage in pleasurable, playful and profound movement explorations grounded in the principles of Trager Mentastics. Supported by a rich selection of music, and with images from physical anatomy and the body's subtle energy centers, we seek to deepen our relationship to ourselves and our partners -- body, mind and spirit. The hands-on portions of the workshops further develop the themes begun in our personal explorations, and provide inspiration for deepening our professional practices.

Each day begins with 1-2 hours of uninterrupted movement accompanied by recorded music and guided entirely by questions. Each day ends with a trade of a 30-60 minute tablework exploration. In the middle, one or more themes (groundedness, fluidity, compassionate listening, etc.) are developed through demonstration, solo and partner Mentastics explorations, and group discussion.

Table work

In the Power of the Pelvis weekend, we use the principles of Trager Mentastics to focus on how the pelvis, and its associated energies of grounding, sensuality and balance, provides the roots for graceful movement and flowering of consciousness. Emphasis is placed on staying present, and developing fluidity through gentle rhythmic motion. Participants are guided in opening, strengthening and balancing the pelvis through a combination of personal movement explorations, and partner games both on and off the tables.

Class Objectives

  • To learn how to release tension, reduce stress, and build support in the lower body.
  • To palpate and assist freer movement and fuller awareness in a partners' feet, legs and hips.
  • To sense weight, groundedness, fluidity, balance, and freedom of movement in themselves, and in a supine partner.
  • To discover personal movement/awareness truths through open exploration.
  • To begin to be able to find connection, ease stress and access feelings of freedom and peace through simple movements done with awareness.
  • To gain a basic understanding of some of the principles of Trager Movement Education and Mind/Body Integration.
  • To explore how these movement principles bring new depth and lightness to a bodywork practice.
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In the Opening the Heart weekend, we employ movement, sound, visualization and group support to open our Hearts and the associated subtle energies of compassion, healing and sense of oneness (Hook-up). We explore how and why our professional lives put extra demands on the Heart and how to avoid the "bodyworker's hunch". And we practice skills of compassionate listening, kinesthetic observation, and non-invasive touching.

Class Objectives

  • To learn how to release tension, reduce stress, and build balanced support in the upper body.
  • To palpate and assist freer movement and fuller awareness in a partner's hands, arms, shoulders, and ribs.
  • To sense breath, space, ease, elasticity, elongation, and freedom of movement in themselves, and in a supine partner.
  • To develop feeling connection to partners through kinesthetic observation, compassionate listening, and non-invasive touch.
  • To discover personal movement/awareness truths through open exploration.
  • To gain a basic understanding of some of the principles of Trager Movement Education and Mind/Body Integration.
  • To explore how these movement principles bring new depth and lightness to a bodywork practice.
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The Freeing the Voice weekend will use the principles of Trager Mentastics to explore fuller self-expression, with a special focus on the neck, head, face and voice. We seek a stronger connection with our inner Voices through active listening to vibrations inside our bodies, and discover the delights of soft inwardly focused movement and sound combinations. In looking for integrated ways of communicating what we truly feel, we sound into and out of our own bodies and join our voices in communal sounding circles.

Class Objectives

  • To learn how to release tension, reduce stress, and build confidence in the voice and self-expression.
  • To palpate and assist softening of tissue, freer movement and fuller awareness in a partners' neck, face, jaw, and breath.
  • To sense breath, vibration, ease, elongation, and freedom of movement in themselves, and in a supine partner.
  • To explore various relationships between sound vibrations and body movements.
  • To develop ability to perceive different rhythms, pitches, tone qualities in self and others.
  • To discover personal movement/awareness truths through open exploration.
  • To gain a greater understanding of some of the principles of Trager Movement Education and Mind/Body Integration.
  • To explore how these movement principles bring new depth and lightness to a bodywork practice.
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