I found Trager during my search for massage methods that were kind to the therapist's body.
I had been suffering with arm pain for years by this point. My pain developed from massaging, but it was later that I recognized it was also from working as a waitress years earlier. This ended up being a key factor. The patterns I had developed from holding a tray with my left hand, surfaced very clearly once I began to use my hands a lot more when massaging.
I attended my first Trager Intro Workshop not really knowing what it was but when I left, I felt hopeful again! I was given permission to focus on myself that day. I had spent years focused on the person on the table only, developing more and more pain for myself. Please don't misunderstand, as an MT, of course we focus on the client, but I ONLY focused on the client. I pushed through the pain because that's what I thought the client needed me to do in order for them to feel better! There were times that I remember feeling angry at my clients for needing me. That's how depleted I was, I had nothing to give. I didn't last very long doing things this way. I began looking for another career within 5 years of graduating massage school.
I did eventually find my way back to a healthy body and I thank God for finding Trager everyday. It helped me to notice many holding patterns that were creating the pain that I was experiencing. I may still have a sore muscle, an ache or a spasm, but it doesn't take over my life anymore. Through my awareness and gentle movement, I have the tools to move beyond it. I wish a similar experience for you.
You can only pass on what you have developed in yourself.
Now, it is such a pleasure to share what has helped me so deeply. My love of dance, mindful movement and feeling good have fueled my passion for this work for over 15 years now! I would not be a massage therapy instructor or any kind of bodyworker if it were not for finding this sophisticated approach.
"Receiving a Trager session from Linda MacConnell is one treat that I hope does not become a “rare treat”. Linda’s positive manner throughout the session is contagious. As I relaxed into her confident hands, I could feel my muscles becoming freer and my mood brightening as I relaxed and became totally present. Linda had just enough communication to make sure she was giving me the session that I needed at that time.
I felt great for several days after the session and with that great feeling, I felt the gentle reminder to relax myself throughout the day. I am looking forward to my next Trager session with Linda.
Thank you, Linda." GH
Intro Workshop Testimonials
“Loved it, would do it again.”
“I loved the course- great instructors, great class size, appreciated the table exchange work, especially the hands-on provided by the instructors.”
“Linda MacConnell has very good energy. She held my attention throughout the class.”
“Clear communication & demonstration, individual hands on attention, answered ALL questions.”
“Made me feel relaxed. Very good instructor!”
“Great at explanations and allowing us time to feel and understand.”
“Very personable and informative”
“Linda’s sense of humor was helpful. Her respect and description of Dr. Trager was inspiring.”
“Clearly loves this work and it shows in her approach.”