Roger offers private sessions at Tribe in addition to his upcoming workshop Introduction to the Trager® Approach today from 4-7pm. We sat down to learn about what inspires, influences and informs this community member.
What are some key things you share with people who have never experienced your workshop?
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The principles of Trager give people the skills to achieve a feeling of ease and mental calm in their daily life. In the class setting I guide people into simple and natural movements that cultivate qualities of lightness, lengthening, expansiveness, fluidity, enlivening, relaxation and more… These teachings are learned through ‘process’ rather than a specific set of markers, the work itself is feeling based. Achieving a positive feeling experience is cultivated by either a mind-guided, a body-initiated or mix of cues, questions, prompts. People learn how to shift their attention and intention to a feeling that lessens tension and invites more natural states of being and moving. With a bit of practice people are able to integrate these bodymind skills for a way to dissolve tension before it evolves into compensatory patterns, pain or dis-ease.
I guide people through a ‘process’ of arriving, arriving into the space they are in, and gradually into the space they occupy.., into their own body awareness. Here the conscious mind may have distractions, chatterings, worries and other thoughts… I teach people how to become friends with their own stiffness, achiness, moodiness, tension, and invite them to be open to possibilities of positive feelings, and meaningful self-regulation. People experience a sense of being more connected, grounded and balanced through their own structure.., often accompanied by a sense of mental calmness. It is a fun and simple journey into what can be!
What inspired you to create this workshop?
The inspiration for this workshop comes from years of being with this work, my own self-development and the strong passion to share my experience and knowledge with others. The approach itself is what is unique in Trager, that is to say it shifts the nature of the dialogue we have with ourselves to better reach that place of ease. The more we feel at ease, the more we find ourselves residing there… This is a valuable life lesson.
How has this work influenced your life personally?
This work has had and continues to have profound influences in my personal life. In 1999 I attended an Introductory Workshop in the Trager Approach here in Chicago. That first experience changed my view, and set a new way of sensing and taming to my ‘tension’. This is a limitless natural process.
My life is infused with positive habits that remind and re-invite me into my body. This practice, this way of living more consciously in my body has established a baseline repertoire of positive feeling experiences. For instances I am free to recall a more pleasant feeling experience, a more lively/energetic mood or a sense of overall calm... It is about suggesting possibilities to the bodymind. When I encounter resistance in my life, I am able to pause, stay in my body and better resolve whatever has been presented. The body knows. I teach others how to develop this life skill for themselves.
Milton Trager the developer of this work said that Trager feeds the soul. Trager has helped me through thick and thin times… I have come to rely on the wisdom of my bodymind.
How might others benefit from experiencing your workshop for self-care?
Good question. This work is self-care. In class we practice achieving ‘active relaxation’ that is then easily dove-tailed into daily life activities. Benefits are usually a sense of ease in the body and calm in the mind. With some practice people become more aware of patterns that better serve them at work and in play. My classes help people reconnect, recall or discover anew what it feels like to be comfortable in their body. This process of being more in-touch with yourself is a process of pleasantness and simplicity!
When and where do you offer this work?
Anything else you'd like to share?
My site: http://www.rogerhugheslmt.com/blog
A recent video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gz-LXyTYwqQ
Trager for Daily Life classes website: http://www.tragerfordailylife.com/
Roger Tolle’s website (International Trager Instructor); http://www.rogertolle.net/
United States Trager Association: http://www.tragerus.org/