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MENTASTICS – 1 DAY (public)
September 16, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm$190.00
Mentastics: Somatic Movement Explorations to Potentiate Touch
Focusing on the power of softness, support of weight, and the presence of waves, we’ll expand our inner and outer landscape, learn to live and work pain free, and inspire and assist our clients. The morning focuses on principles of natural human movement that enhances the sense of freedom, softness, ease, groundedness, and connection. The afternoon invites you to deepen your personal practice while connecting more meaningfully with others, both on and off the table.
What are Mentastics
Meaningful movement practices for self-care, self-development, and for our work with clients. Dr. Trager coined the word “Mentastics” as a contraction of “mental” and “gymnastics”. The term refers to a whole field of practices that grow out of the fertile soil of sensory presence and mindful movement. Mentastics are a process of movement exploration and mind/body development characterized by an open, curious state of mind and used to explore and integrate lighter, freer, more peaceful ways of being. Sessions include individualized, mindful, somatic movement practices called Mentastics®. These support on-going well being, enhance the benefits of Trager Sessions and teach clients how to integrate the principles into their daily life.
Instructor: Roger Tolle RSMT, CTP, Trager Practitioner since 1985, teaches throughout the US and Europe. His background includes a B.A. in Theater and Movement, fifteen years as a professional dancer, extensive study with Dr. Milton Trager, Continuum, Body Mind Centering, Gyrotonics, and Yoga.
“My particular fascination at this time is in using the time I spend with my client in Mentastics as a time to enhance my own personal growth…as a spiritual practice, even. By pausing repeatedly to return to simple presence with nothing added, a state Dr. Trager referred to as Hook-up, I may continually cleanse my mind of worry, attachment and striving, and rid my body of tension and fatigue. As an added benefit, my pauses also serve my clients’ need for the time and space necessary to integrate their new feeling experiences.”
Milton Trager, MD, who became aware of the basic principles at the age of 18, spent over 50 years refining this unique approach to somatic movement therapy and bodywork.
What is Trager®? Trager is a unique, neuromuscular approach to bodywork and movement re-patterning. The tablework consists of deep, fluid rocking movements (oscillations) of muscles and joints combined with compression and gentle traction. This feeds into the nervous system resulting in dramatic muscular relaxation, along with feelings of lightness, freedom, and flexibility. The client is also shown simple exercises called mentastics which help integrate the profound changes in the body.