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Professional Training >> Mentastics

Dates and Times:

February 21-23, 2020

Class runs generally from 8:30-12:30 & 2:00-6:00


Na Lima O Ka La Massage & The Trager Approach®, 96 S. Union Street, Burlington Vermont 05401

Instructor: Roger Tolle

Assistant: Laura Lynn Giubardo

Contact Info:

Laura Lynn Giubardo


Cost: $495 

This class is part of the Trager Practitioner Certification program. There will be a Level 1 Trager Training in 2020 as well!

Registration Details:

Early bird discount $450 if registered by Nov 30th 2019.

Mail $100 deposit to Laura Lynn Giubardo at 96 S. Union Burlington VT 05401

Call Laura Lynn Giubardo at 808-268-5294 or email her at for affordable housing options.


Meaningful movement practices for self-care, self-development, and for our work with clients - this is Mentastics. Dr. Milton Trager coined the term for a whole field of practices that grow out of the fertile soil of sensory presence. Today, aspects of Mentastics interface with many other disciplines.

In this class, each morning focuses on principles of natural human movement, movement that enhances the sense of freedom, softness, ease, groundedness, and connection. Afternoons challenge you to deepen your personal practice while connecting more meaningfully with others, both on and off the table. 

Trager classes provide CE credits for bodyworkers and massage therapists. This class is open to professionals and students in movement education, mindfulness, yoga and wellness training.

 Class Content:

Day 1, Gravity and Levity

Explore and Apply Sensory Presence, Feel Suspension, Feel Weight, Find and Facilitate Freedom

Day 2, Fascia and Fluids - Listening To The Liquid Body

Sustain Curiosity, Take out the Slack, Feel for Fluidity, Wash Out the Fascial Sweater

Day 3, Intake to Integration in Context of Mind/Body Medicine

Listen to the Unconscious, Work with Imagery, Reframe Client Expectations, Manage Symptoms with Movement Education

Roger Tolle Since 1989, Instructor Roger Tolle, has taught the Trager® Approach to hundreds of students in 16 countries on five continents. Classes include introductory through advanced professional levels of the Trager Certification Training Program, workshops on movement and presence for bodyworkers, specially designed programs for conferences and schools, and a popular series of workshops in Movement and Transformation. He travels to teach from his home in Charlottesville, VA. On his website,, you can watch videos, listen to podcasts, see his schedule, buy cards, and download articles. 

Laura Lynn Giubardo is a Certified Trager® Practitioner and Tutor. She has been doing bodywork for over 35 years, working on over 20,000 bodies. As a Massage Therapist, body worker, yoga student, mother of seven, and a spiritual seeker from the church of Kindness, her journey in bodywork began as a 19 year old on the big Island of Hawaii. She moved to Vermont in 2014 and now has a thriving Massage & Trager® practice at 96 S. Union St. assisting clients from all walks of life.


A unique, neuromuscular approach to re-patterning through movement Trager education principles, Mentastics is also a set of self guided mental and physical exercises that form a passive, individualized component of Trager work sessions, which are used to link the mind and body for optimal performance.

The Trager® Approach is a health enhancing system of movement therapy that consists of dancelike movements intended to evoke sensations of freedom and lightness.

This CE course stands alone and also serves as a requirement for Certification in the Trager® Approach. You’ll deepen your experience of Movement Mentastics through demonstrations and supervised practice. Trager® is a valuable approach for anyone who wants to elevate awareness in themselves and their clients.


  • Learn a system of dance like movements to facilitate greater ease in yourself and your clients.

  • Mentastics have been likened to ancient, formless tai chi and chi gung, according to Master Huang.

  • Increase your awareness.

  • Deepen skills at helping others re-connect to their body.

  • Deepen your capacity to live in presence in work and in life.


While the following beneficial effects have been reported, Trager is not a substitute for traditional medical care:

  • Improved balance and decreased spasticity

  • Dissolution of internalized effects of trauma in the body

  • Greater ease and joy of movement with decrease of pain

  • Deeper feelings of personal integration and peace and decreased anxiety


By the end of this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Know, practice and show others a series of dance like movements to facilitate greater ease.

  • Learn to create and discover movements for yourself and others based on Mentastics Principles.

Earlier Event: February 12
Level I
Later Event: March 6
Level V