deliberate practice

Deliberate Practice

Have you heard the 10,000 hour “rule” for gaining mastery? I am a bit skeptical of this suggestion because if I am repeating the same thing over and over I am likely to stagnate and actually decline in my skills. Because repetition is a powerful contributor to neuroplasticity we need to be conscious of what […]

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fix or facilitate?

Fix or Facilitate?

Milton Trager embraced the notion of the client being the practitioner, and the practitioner being the “instigator” or facilitator. After many years of problem-solving and fixing in PT, it is a relief to give Trager sessions where I can let go of that continual challenge. Learning that my responsibility is providing space for a client

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holistic focus

Restoring Joy

When a client arrives saying that the focus on her knee (recent joint replacement) has taken all the joy out of her life, it is a reminder to see each client as a whole person, and focus less on the body part. Not being able to walk because of post-surgical pain (in spite of continued

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talking about your work

Say what?

Many bodyworkers struggle to talk about their work with potential referral sources and potential clients, and sometimes even with existing clients. I’m curious about the underlying challenge. Talking with people about practices that aren’t mainstream in our culture is the first challenge. While it is tempting to compare our modality with something people may already

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power of words


Words. Milton used them effectively, and at the same time he often minimized their power. Words have the power to convey thoughts, ideas, concepts, and yes, feeeeelings! I often hear from Trager students and practitioners that they hesitate to use words because it will distract from feeling or disrupt relaxation. Do you agree? What is

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Under The Hood

Have you ever wondered about the underpinnings of the Tragerology presentations? Here’s an “under the hood” view of the three modules related to pedagogy, unveiling how we used educational principles to support your learning. Ahead of this series, we planted a few seeds to pique interest and curiosity. Eileen wrote a blog post on self-directed

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Self-directed learning

Self-directed Learning

I’ve heard Lorimer Moseley speak about learning, mostly in the context of pain science. Much of what he talks about can be applied to self-directed learning in any subject matter. I recall one of Lorimer’s quotes that resonated with me.​      Education isn’t something that happens to you. Learning requires you to do the

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pleasure snacks

Pleasure Snacks

 Yesterday I participated in a webinar related to pain and was delighted to hear the speaker introduce the concept of pleasure snacks. When I think of snacks, I think of something small that is eaten between meals. For me it needs to be easy, convenient and nutritious. My go to is a handful of nuts.

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The Knowledge Iceberg

I first saw the iceberg image in a post by NOI  in their Neuroscience Nuggets series, a regular and witty bit of writing by Lorimer Moseley and/or David Butler. They are writing primarily for an audience of people who work with people in pain, namely Physical Therapists. However, their thoughts are also applicable to us

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