Trager therapy
Trager therapy


Trager therapy is a form of massage (body work) that involves rhythmic touch and movement exercises. The goal of the treatment is to generate positive feelings that connect mind and body, resulting in relaxation, better mobility, and a clearer mind.

Trager therapy is used for pain, stress, lung disease, muscle rigidity in people with Parkinson disease, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Trager therapy is POSSIBLY SAFE when used appropriately. Side effects have not been reported.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if Trager therapy is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


NatMed Pro rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.
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  • Headache. There is some early evidence that Trager therapy might significantly reduce headache frequency and medication use in people with recurrent headaches.
  • Parkinson disease. There is some evidence that Trager therapy might help reduce muscle rigidity in people with Parkinson disease.
  • Shoulder pain. Developing research suggests that receiving 10 Trager therapy treatments over a 5-week period can reduce ongoing shoulder pain in people who use a wheelchair due to spinal cord injury.
  • Lung disease.
  • Stress.
  • Fatigue.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Trager therapy for these uses.

Dosing & administration

The appropriate or safe use of Trager therapy depends on several factors such as the condition being treated or the person administering the treatment. Be sure to seek and follow relevant directions from your physician or other healthcare professional before using this treatment.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if this treatment interacts with any medicines. Before using this treatment, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods.


Trager therapy involves two aspects. The first aspect is referred to as "table work". The patient lies on a table and the Trager therapy practitioner applies rhythmic movements. Before touching or applying the movements to the patient, the practitioner enters into a meditative state that is referred to as "hook-up". Practitioners believe that this places them in touch with a vibratory energy or life energy or "qi". The second aspect is called "Mentastics". This involves individual movements or "self-care" movements. Patients receive training individually or in groups on how to conduct these movements. has licensed monographs from TRC Healthcare.
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