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Thu, Jan 09


Blueberry Gardens Healing Center

Somatic Foundations of the Trager® Approach

Somatic movement experience is at the heart of Dr. Milton Trager’s life's work - teaching new, positive body experiences through informed, intuitive touch and movement. This 4-day course sets the stage for the full 18-month Training Program.

Somatic Foundations of the Trager® Approach
Somatic Foundations of the Trager® Approach

Time & Location

Jan 09, 2025, 10:30 AM EST – Jan 12, 2025, 4:30 PM EST

Blueberry Gardens Healing Center, 237 Ashton Rd, Ashton, MD 20861, USA

About the event

Somatic Foundations of the Trager® Approach

Somatic movement experience is at the heart of Dr. Milton Trager’s remarkable life work, teaching new, positive body experiences through informed, intuitive touch and movement. The remarkable potency in his enveloping hands was often described as “light as a dancing cloud.” Those of us who studied with him and applied his Approach to working with a wide variety of clients in different settings discovered that behind the apparent simplicity was an integrated application of essential somatic movement principles.

He coined the term “Mentastics” (contraction of mental and gymnastics) to refer to a wide variety of movement and awareness processes, explorations, and movement experiments at the heart of his work. These have informed, structured and given meaning to the practices of thousands of students around the world since 1975.

Those who spent years studying with Dr. Trager, including Master Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist Roger Tolle, recognized a body of work in which every touch provides both safety and meaningful challenges to unconscious habits, where a wide variety of innovative movement coaching invites clients step by step into new, more playful and functional life patterns, and where movement discomfort dissolves as the body’s simple, natural, graceful design takes over. At the heart of this work is the joy of coming from a deeply peaceful inner state while leaning into aliveness and connection in all interactions. Roger brings an enthusiasm and passion from 40 years in private practice and teaching the Trager® Certification Training Program in 16 countries on 5 continents.

This class focuses on the somatic movement foundations of Trager’s touch, movement and presence through integrated practice of the essential principles, including:

  • Fully embodied presence
  • Softness in attention, intention, contact and movement
  • Weight - sensing lightness and groundedness
  • Fluidity in tissue and movement patterning
  • Balancing floating in the sweet center with playing at the edges
  • Artful transitions in speed, size, density, intensity
  • Taking out the slack in the three-dimensional biotensegral web
  • Integrating meaningful movement into both professional and personal life activities
  • Connecting to ourselves, our partners, the earth, and to the life forces of the universe

The class also introduces the benefits of studying the Trager® Approach

  • Replacing restrictive movement habits with natural, graceful movement patterns.
  • Reframing daily self-care exercises as opportunities for mindful embodiment and self-development.
  • Equipping participants with practices to better navigate stress and cultivate resilience.
  • Integrating somatic practices into spiritual exploration and creative expression.
  • Addressing the somatic dimensions of trauma, depression, and anxiety, offering pathways to healing and transformation.
  • Enriching both professional and personal relationships (platonic and intimate) through embodied presence and attuned connection.

The 2025 Training Program begins with Somatic Foundations of the Trager® Approach

This 4-day course sets the stage for the whole 18 month Training Program. It is offered with stand-alone registration and includes 24 hours of training:

Thursday, January 9th - 10:30-1:00 / 2:30-5:30

Friday, January 10th - 9:30-1:00 / 2:30-5:30

Saturday, January 11th - 9:30-1:00 / 2:30-5:30

Sunday, January 12th - 9:30-1:00 / 2:30-4:30

Cost: $660*

*Early Bird registration: $599

(Early Bird and Regular Registration both include $100 deposit)

Class is open to everyone!​

24 CE hours credit for professional bodyworkers. 

The Trager® Professional Certification Training: Mentastics is the title recognized by NCBTMB.

If the participant registers by the end of this class with a non-refundable deposit of $150 for the whole program and pays the $100 Student Membership fee to the USTA, it counts as the required Mentastics class in the program.


  • Earlybird: Somatic Foundations

    Sale ends: Dec 06, 11:59 PM EST

    Early bird price valid until December 6, 2024.

  • Somatic Foundations of Trager®

    Goes on sale: Dec 07, 12:00 AM EST



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