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Trager® Certification with George Gottlieb, LMT, Trager® Practitioner and Instructor

george-gottlieb-2.jpgThe Therapeutic Training Center is hosting a Trager® Certification program taught by George Gottlieb, LMT, Trager® Practitioner and Instructor.

Dr. Milton Trager recognized well before contemporary knowledge on neuroplasticity that new information introduced to areas in the unconscious mind, gently and with skill, activates positive neurological changes which improve movement patterns. He referred to his work as psychophysical integration.

Trager® Practitioners work in a calm, cultivated, meditative state, what Dr. Trager called "hook-up."Using the language of touch and movement they promote sensory awareness and ease of movement.

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Trager® sessions include gentle bouncing, stroking, elongations and a variety of playful body movements received in a calming, pleasurable atmosphere. Cumulative in nature, this work promotes ease, physical mobility, and a renewed lasting awareness of agelessness.

A mental, emotional and physical education, Trager® sends clients into the world with the physical efficiency and coordination that leads to effortless movement. Milton Trager called this feeling a place beyond relaxation, a place of peace.

Reasons for Trager® Certification: The Certification Program is expressly designed for students who want to develop Trager® as a primary modality in their practice. It offers highly focused, in-depth training with the exploration, supervision, and feedback necessary for students to establish a successful Trager® practice. Being certified also allows the practitioner to market themselves with a tangible credential. Upon certification, with their permission, the US Trager® Association lists practitioners on its website as part of its referral network.

Trager® Certification Program Calendar (click on the class titles for details)

Dates Class Title CE Hrs
May 4-9, 2020 Level 1 45
Jun 8, 2020 Supervision Day 1 7.5
Jul 27, 2020 Supervision Day 2 7.5
To be scheduled Recommending Tutorial 2
Sep 9-12, 2020
Level 2A & Mentastics 30
Oct 19, 2020 Supervision Day 3 7.5
Dec 2-5, 2020 Level 2B & Mentastics 30
Jan 11, 20201 Supervision Day 4 7.5
To be scheduled Recommending Tutorial 2
Feb 16-20, 2021 Level 3A & Mentastics 37.5
Mar 22, 2021 Supervision Day 5 7.5
Apr 28-1, 2021 Level 3B & Mentastics 30
May 24, 2021 Supervision Day 6 7.5
To be scheduled
Recommending Tutorial 2
To be scheduled Recommending Tutorial 2

Unless otherwise indicated, all classes are 9am - 6pm and 7.5 hours of class.

Recommending Tutorials are scheduled during the Supervision Day prior to the start of the next level. In a "recommending tutorial", students receive feedback and are either recommended to the next level or are given specific tasks to complete to remediate deficiencies in skills and knowledge. Successful completion of these tasks will lead to being recommended to the next level. During the second supervision day for Level 3, each student will sign up for 2 Recommending Tutorials. Students must be approved in each Recommending Tutorial to complete the program to apply to the US Trager Association for certification as a Trager® Practitioner.

Trager® Certification Program Overview

The breakdown of class-time hours is:

Trager Level 1, 2 & 3 and Mentastics
172.5 hours
Supervision Days
45.0 hours
Recommending Tutorials
8.0 hours
     Total in-class clock hours
225.5 hours

For each level, students are required to receive 2 sessions from a Trager® practitioner(s), receive 8 sessions from students or Trager® practitioner(s), and provide 30 practice sessions.

Trager® Certification Program Prerequisites

Prior to applying for the Trager® certification program, applicants need to either:

  • receive a minimum of two sessions from a certified Trager® Practitioner; or,
  • receive one session, and attend an Introductory Workshop; or,
  • receive one session and take 6 hours of Mentastics classes.

Experience has shown that receiving a series of sessions before the Level I training and attending an Introductory Workshop makes the learning process easier. The Practitioner giving the sessions, or the Introductory Workshop Leader, must recommend the applicant to be accepted into the training by signing the back of the application. After obtaining the recommendation, the applicant contacts the Therapeutic Training Center.

  • Students enrolling in this training need to be a licensed professional in one of the following professions: massage, naturopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture, midwifery, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, osteopathy or some form of healthcare practitioner which allows a practitioner to do massage. Students who have just completed their program, but who have yet to become licensed may also apply, if they can show a clear path to licensure. Students from out-of-state and who live in a state that exempts Trager® from any kind of licensure may also apply. Before the end of their program, out-of-state students that are exempted from any kind of licensure must have completed 48 hours of Trager® anatomy training, or an instructor-approved equivalent.
  • Enrolling students need to be physically able to complete classes and homework as assigned.
  • Enrolling students need to have practical resources in place (time, financial, emotional, work, family, etc) to fully participate in these programs and to support the personal development work that often accompanies this training.

Trager® Introductory Class taught by Joseph Rodin can be used to fulfill the Trager® Intro Workshop prerequisite:

Trager® Certification Program Tuition

Tuition $4,990 (includes a $250 deposit due with registration, $100 is non-refundable)

Additional Expenses (estimated) -- 6 Professional Trager® Sessions


There are three payment plans available, please see page 20 of the Trager® Student Handbook.

Students who register for the Trager® Program within 14 calendar days after the last day of their Trager® Introductory class will receive a $100 discount on their deposit.



Location: Seattle Location 2 -- Staybridge Suites (please click on the link for location details--address, driving directions and nearest food and lodging)

For questions about housing and transportation, please email Robbin Blake at info@theratraining.com or 206.853.6875.

Trager®  Program Teacher


George Gottlieb, LMT and Trager® Practitioner and Instructor resides in Seattle, WA. He has been in practice since 1986 and teaching since 2000. The pleasure of studying with Dr. Trager for over 10 years informs his teaching and practice. George's interest in bodywork was sparked when he received Trager® when recovering from a serious accident and was/is part of an ongoing process revolving around maintaining health and heightening awareness. This has led him to study and practice other related fields including exercise, weight training, diet, natural health, Tai Chi, meditation, communication skills and conflict resolution. His strengths as a Trager® Practitioner and Instructor are a delight in the work, the ability to connect, work, and teach from a meditative place, profound respect for the body under his hands, a juncture of kinesthetic understanding and intellectual curiosity, and a love for learning and sharing that which he knows. Prior to his passion for bodywork he worked as a manual laborer in many fields including wilderness fire fighter, merchant seaman, commercial fisherman, timber faller and carpenter. He enjoys working with wood in his shop, backpacking, traveling, reading, and playing with his grandchildren as well as attaining new skills.

Trager® Program Registration and Tuition Payments


  • Click on this link and print out the Trager® Program Application Form.
  • A $250 deposit is required at the time of application, $100 of the deposit is non-refundable. Please make checks out to "Therapeutic Training Center".
  • Mail the filled out registration form and the deposit check to: Therapeutic Training Center, PO Box 66864, Seattle, WA 98166.
  • Upon acceptance, the Therapeutic Training Center will send the student a contract and a copy of the student handbook.
  • Please return the contract back to the Therapeutic Training Center (mail, drop off, or fax) and a copy will be sent to the student.

All Other Payments

  • Regular tuition payments can be made to the Therapeutic Training Center by cash, check or credit card.
  • Students will receive a confirmation of payment amounts and dates along with their contract.
  • Automatic credit card payments: students may choose to set up an automatic credit card payments at any point. Payment may be made with Visa, Mastercard or Discover Card.
  • Phone payments: Call 206-853-6875 to pay. Payment may be made with Visa, Mastercard or Discover Card. A confirmation of payment will be emailed.
  • Mail payments: Mail a check and notate on the memo line, the program the payment is for. Please make checks out to "Therapeutic Training Center" and mail it to: Therapeutic Training Center, PO Box 66864, Seattle, WA 98166.
  • Cash Payments: Call 206-853-6875 to make arrangements to drop off a cash payment.
Trager® Program Documents
Questions About the Trager® Program


  • If you have questions about the content of the Trager® Program or about being a Trager® Practitioner, please contact program teacher George Gottlieb by email at wakesupsmiling@gmail.com.
  • For all other questions (program details, application, payment, logistics, etc.) please email Robbin Blake of the Therapeutic Training Center at info@theratraining.com or call her at (206) 853-6875.