This 2 1/2 hour DVD shows an integrated treatment using approaches from Trager Psychophysical Integration and Resistance and Release work. The first half-hour is an introduction and explanation of the work by Deane Juhan.
Resistance Release Work derives from the early rehabilitation work of Dr. Milton Trager. Its effects go far beyond relaxation and stress release. It is a method of actively re-coordinating extensive muscle groups, establishing new patterns of posture and movement, freeing restrictions and alleviating discomfort or pain. It is not simply a “treatment,” but a learning. Practitioner and client actively co-create the feel and performance of more synergistic muscular responses to resistance, and together they develop more complete coordination of all the elements that contribute to any stance or gesture. The results are a greater sense of ease and freedom, as well a profound sense of the new strength that better organization provides. The goals are an overall improvement in psycho-physical integration, and a renewed awareness of our internal resources.
Dr. Milton Trager devoted his life to exploring the effects of these gentle movements on the nervous system, which he associated with the unconscious mind. More information about the Trager approach may be found at www.trager.com
Deane Juhan was one of the first students of Dr. Trager, and studied with him for over 15 years. Deane may be best known as the author of Job’s Body: A Handbook for Bodywork – which many consider the essential text on the means, methods, uses, and deeply personal applications of what has come to be known as “bodywork” – a vast, sophisticated series of modalities and techniques that take massage to the level of personal transformation at its greatest expression, profound emotional release and reintegration at its most basic core.
In addition to teaching the Trager Approach, Deane Juhan has developed classes in anatomy and physiology for bodyworkers, and presents them in the US, Canada, Europe and Japan. He currently resides and practices in the San Francisco East Bay area.