This one-of-a-kind training program, ​developed by Roger Tolle, packs the entire Trager® training process, which usually takes 2-3 years, into three 4-month modules with lots of support and mentorship. Over the course of the modules, participants in the program will meet monthly, and get together for occasional practice days, to learn, practice, and ultimately apply for certification as Trager Practitioners. The course provides a total of 252 hours of Continuing Education (CEUs) for massage therapists.

The Trager​®​ Approach to Somatic Movement Education and Therapy, developed by Milton Trager, MD, reminds us of what is possible – lightness, freedom, and ease for body and mind. The approach uses movement and touch to converse with unconscious patterns and facilitate a free, relaxed and enlivened mental attitude, body structure, and movement. You’ll work with both playfulness and respect in reaching clients deeply. And you’ll learn to improve use of your own body and mind to better support your bodywork practice.

The Trager​® Training Program is designed for students in the fields of massage therapy, physical therapy, body-centered psychotherapy, fitness training, yoga, and other somatic practices who want to offer Trager®​ ​as a primary modality in their practice. Each weekend workshop will introduce a wide variety of manual movement facilitation skills, starting from the simple and easy, moving into the robust and the subtle. You will learn specific protocols for practice – supine, prone, side-lying, sitting, standing, walking -- and applications for common client issues. Ethical and effective professional relationships are of utmost importance, and will be discussed and taught in tandem with the techniques. Being certified allows the practitioner to market themselves with a tangible credential. Upon certification, the US Trager Association lists practitioners on its website as part of its referral network, and supports entry into the field of Somatic Movement Education and Therapy.

Program prerequisites:

  1. One day introductory workshop, and receive a professional Trager session

  2. OR receive at least two professional Trager® sessions


Experience has shown that receiving a series of sessions before taking the training makes the learning process easier. It is not necessary to be a massage therapist to enroll in this course, but in some states, including MD and DC, a license to touch is required to practice Trager®​ ​professionally.


For maximum learning, it is recommended that students enroll in the entire training program, and there is a significant reduction in cost for those who do. But it is also possible to enroll in individual workshops, paying for each one separately, as long as prerequisites are met.

Coursework Includes:

  • ​Three class days per month (Friday-Sunday)

  • Optional practice days each month

  • ​Video viewing for review of material taught

  • ​Short writing assignments and self-assessments

  • 30 Logged practice sessions (in each of the 3 modules)

  • 10 sessions received, two of which must be from Trager practitioners (in each of the 3 modules)

  • 8 Individual Tutorials for support and review

  • 2 Recommending Tutorials at completion of all 3 modules. These recommendations plus completion of fieldwork are required to apply to the United States Trager® Association for Certification as a Trager® Practitioner


Expectations of time and resources:

  • Thirty-six classroom days over 12 months

  • Approximately nine additional hours per week to study, write assignments, view videos, schedule tutorials, and to give and receive practice sessions


Costs for the full program:

  • ​Application Fee: $150.00 (paid separately with enrollment)

  • Basic Program cost (includes class tuitions, membership in the United States Trager Association and the Trager International Handbook and Study Manuals)

    • $6,300 if enrolled by July 6, 2021 (this discount is for currently enrolled PMTI students only)

    • $6,450 if enrolled by August 6, 2021

    • ​$6,600 if enrolled after August 6, 2021

    • Additional costs for 10 tutorials and 6 professional sessions (some students may need more) — approximately $1950 paid directly to Practitioners,  and 3 books - $55


Payment plan:

  • Application Fee of $150.00 paid separately with enrollment, plus 12 monthly payments of $578, starting Sept. 1, 2021 (includes 5% simple interest) 

Required Books:

  • Moving Medicine ($20)

  • Mentastics: Movement as a Way to Agelessness ($20)

  • Question of Ease ($15)

  • Trager® Handbook and Study Manuals (included in program cost and delivered online)


For further information about the program, contact: ​

Roger Tolle | 434-227-6934 |​ | ​  

2021-2022 Schedule​ ​

All classes Friday-Sunday, 10:00am - 6:00pm


Level 1 Module   

Sept. 3-5: Level 1A (Foundations, Practice Protocol, Somatic Self-Care, and Supine Tablework) with Roger Tolle and support staff


Oct. 1-3: Level 1B (Principles and Prone Tablework) with Roger Tolle and/or Roger Hughes


Nov 5-7: Level IC (Sidelying Tablework) with Roger Tolle and/or Roger Hughes


Dec. 10-12: Anatomy of Presence, Touch and Movement, Part 1, with Eileen Dickinson


Level 2 Module   

Jan. 7-9: Level 2A, with Roger Tolle and/or Roger Hughes


Feb. 4-6: Level 2B, with Roger Tolle and/or Roger Hughes


Mar. 4-6: Anatomy of Presence, Touch and Movement, Part 2, with Eileen Dickinson


Apr. 8-10: Mentastics: Principles and Practice with Clients and Groups, with Roger Hughes


Level 3 Module   

May 13-15: Level 3A, with Roger Tolle


Jun. 10-12: Level 3B, with Roger Tolle


Jul. 8-10: Reflex Response, with Adrienne Stone


Aug: 12-14, Level 4: Developing a Satisfying Practice, with Roger Tolle

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The Trager® Training Program at PMTI
Taught by Roger Tolle
12-month program begins September 3, 2021