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Trager® Therapy Schools and Careers

The Trager® Approach to bodywork facilitates deep relaxation, increased mobility and clarity.

reclining woman having massage therapy on shoulders

At Trager® therapy schools, students learn how the gentle rocking and rolling movements of the Trager® approach helps release deep-seated physical and mental patterns that can block the body’s natural, free-flowing motion.

With society’s increased focus on wellness and natural healing methods, Trager® therapy is becoming increasingly popular in the marketplace; making today an excellent time to become a Trager® therapist.

Learn more about this fascinating profession by reading the career and education information below.

Career Overview

Trager® therapy sessions generally last from 60 to 90 minutes during which clients remain comfortably clothed. The Trager® Approach involves two aspects: tablework and Mentastics.

  • During the tablework, clients remain passive, with the practitioner providing gentle, non-intrusive bodywork while the client lies on a padded table. The bodywork moves the clients in ways that they would naturally move, giving them a feeling of effortless motion.
  • Mentastics, the active aspect of the Trager® Approach, maintains the quality of effortless motion, with clients doing simple movements on their own as part of a daily self-care routine.

While the effects of the Trager® Approach are cumulative, clients benefit most from a series of sessions.

Training and Education

Specialized Trager® therapy schools and traditional massage therapy colleges offer Trager® therapy training workshops.

What You’ll Study in Trager® Therapy School

Content may vary from program to program; however, you can expect Trager® therapy schools to cover these subjects:

  • Trager® movement education and practice
  • Mentastics
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Body systems
  • Movement and transformation
  • Somatics
  • Ethics for Trager® therapists
  • Professional development

Additionally, Trager® therapy schools require students to complete tutorials and conduct fieldwork, which includes giving and receiving a specified number of Trager® therapy sessions, at the end of each training level.

Average Length of Study

Trager® therapy training takes two to four years to complete. Typically, Trager® therapy schools provide a year-round training curriculum, allowing students to schedule workshops at their convenience and arrange for hands-on practice sessions in between.

Average Tuition

Tuition for professional Trager® therapy training averages $725 to $1,000 per workshop. Depending on the location of the Trager® therapy school, you may also need to cover room and board costs during the workshop period.

Trager® Therapy Certification

Professional certification is available through Trager® therapy schools. Certification demonstrates not only that you have completed a program but that you meet established standards of practice, demonstrate proficiency in your field and maintain your credentials through continuing education.

Learn more about massage therapy certification.

Career Outlook

Massage-oriented professions like Trager® therapy can anticipate a faster than average job growth (around 20% through 2031), according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ current Occupational Outlook Handbook. Among many factors, the increasing popularity of touch therapies and natural self-care remedies will play a prominent role in contributing to the job growth for massage professions in the coming years.

Trager® Therapy Salary

Salaries for massage professions, including those with Trager® therapy training, can vary widely. Take a look at salaries and job growth information for your state here:

Massage Therapists

National data

Median Salary: $49,860

Projected job growth: 20%

10th Percentile: $29,040

25th Percentile: $39,080

75th Percentile: $67,300

90th Percentile: $90,530

Projected job growth: 20%

State data

State Median Salary Bottom 10% Top 10%
Alabama $25,670 $18,780 $56,460
Alaska $127,470 $41,710 $151,400
Arizona $49,920 $29,920 $93,010
Arkansas $38,440 $25,480 $51,800
California $58,920 $30,830 $100,830
Colorado $51,010 $28,640 $72,520
Connecticut $66,140 $33,650 $122,620
Delaware N/A N/A N/A
District of Columbia $50,500 $40,150 $76,340
Florida $46,720 $29,000 $74,130
Georgia $46,720 $19,310 $71,890
Hawaii $61,520 $23,120 $104,050
Idaho $57,220 $31,810 $75,730
Illinois $60,880 $34,370 $95,840
Indiana $49,930 $33,770 $80,470
Iowa $47,450 $31,980 $63,510
Kansas $47,090 $22,280 $68,560
Kentucky $47,110 $23,500 $81,110
Louisiana $35,580 $18,780 $70,300
Maine $44,930 $27,550 $95,250
Maryland $57,860 $35,980 $101,330
Massachusetts $49,740 $35,840 $92,870
Michigan $58,240 $31,410 $87,240
Minnesota $48,600 $43,540 $74,870
Mississippi $45,330 $30,850 $108,440
Missouri $28,730 $23,190 $68,990
Montana $52,260 $22,430 $95,970
Nebraska $55,990 $25,910 $83,000
Nevada $36,010 $18,520 $63,470
New Hampshire $62,400 $40,960 $75,690
New Jersey $48,250 $29,960 $71,190
New Mexico $41,510 $26,080 $67,600
New York $49,350 $34,250 $97,690
North Carolina $55,170 $32,470 $108,330
North Dakota $49,330 $29,500 $80,110
Ohio $47,140 $29,640 $74,060
Oklahoma $47,350 $26,240 $54,080
Oregon $77,080 $34,430 $93,600
Pennsylvania $58,940 $29,170 $95,800
South Carolina $44,500 $17,560 $65,060
South Dakota $41,500 $29,650 $69,540
Tennessee $49,010 $20,450 $65,450
Texas $48,100 $24,290 $76,280
Utah $51,100 $24,420 $83,550
Vermont $80,360 $27,590 $103,760
Virginia $52,870 $25,060 $83,010
Washington $76,290 $39,160 $99,960
West Virginia $48,550 $25,690 $76,130
Wisconsin $47,180 $19,110 $78,990
Wyoming $49,650 $31,150 $53,900

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2022 median salary; projected job growth through 2031. Actual salaries vary depending on location, level of education, years of experience, work environment, and other factors. Salaries may differ even more for those who are self-employed or work part time.

Learn more about massage therapist salaries.

Is a Trager® Therapy Career Right for You?

A Trager® therapy career requires training in the gentle body movements of the practice and Mentastics. Having the self-motivation to complete the fieldwork required to earn Trager® therapy certification and eventually to build a Trager® therapy practice is also essential to this career.

If you are interested in Trager® therapy training, take a closer look at Trager® therapy schools. Then choose the Trager® therapy training program that meets your personal and professional needs.

Sources: Trager.com, Tragerus.org