Marianna Frantz, CTP, LMT

Massage/Bodywork Practice

Suggested Readings


 Reiki: Hawayo Takata's Story by Helen J. Haberly. 1990. ISBN -10: 09441350604 The most authoritative book available on Reiki, Mrs. Takata's own story is told simply and powerfully by her student and friend, Helen J. Haberly, a Reiki Master whose years of experience with this healing energy qualify her as a respected Elder in this ancient tradition.


PilatesStyleArticle.pdf A Pilates Style Article in Adobe PDF format by Sharon Liao. March/April 2013. This recent article not only describes the TRAGER Approach well, but also describes how Pilates instructors are incorporating it in their work with clients.

Trager Menstatics: Movement as a Way to Agelessness by Milton Trager, MD. 1989. ISBN -10: 0882680676. Milton Trager's concept of self care (mental gymnastics) is so user friendly that a client can integrate these movements into daily life easily.

Moving Medicine: The Life and Work of Milton Trager, MD by Jack Liskin. 1996.  ISBN - 10: 0882681966. Milton Trager developed his concepts rhythmic harmonization and mentastics out of his experiences with acrobatics, boxing, and massage. The resulting Trager approach is primarily a mental process, but it also involves such physical elements as touching, stroking, and feeling. Liskin gives us a lively picture of Trager, his supportive wives Marcie and Emily, and his method and how it grew.


 Sense Relaxation--Below Your Mind, by Bernard Gunther. l968. ASIN: B0006BVJCQ. Subliminal isometrics to help you let go, feel free.


 Job's Body by Deane Juhan. 2003. ISBN - 10: 1581770995. An excellent guide to understanding the details of anatomy in a dynamic form from a movement therapist view.

 The Body Has Its Reasons: Self-Awareness Through Conscious Movement by Therese Bertherat and Carol Bernstein. 1989. ISBN - 10: 0892812982. In this revolutionary and highly readable book, Thérèse Bertherat and Carol Bernstein shatter myths about traditional exercise and health. They introduce movement that is based on a profound self-awareness, freeing us from our limiting attitudes about ourselves and our bodies.

"The Magic Of Touch" . Article in Newsweek, April 6, l998, by Anne Underwood. A weekly massage may seem an indulgence, but new research suggests it can have major health benefits.  Dr. Tiffany Field, founder of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami's School of Medicine outlines groundbreaking studies that detail the benefits of massage.




     My comment about there being "no separation between the physical and the spiritual" has its basis in what I experience as I conduct a session.  I feel more than the physicality of the body.  A variety of sensations enter my hands such as heat - cold - ripples of movement - prickly sensations.  Sometimes I feel numerous fibers within a muscle shifting position together in a flowing movement. This can happen whether I'm doing Reiki, Trager, Swedish massage or deep connective tissue massage.

     These healing sensations are not produced by the body's tissues.  They are caused by ENERGY--a non-physical current within  tissue that I call SPIRIT. This energy exists outside the body as well as within it. When I teach the Trager Mentastics to a client, I am teaching them to feel that current of energy by doing subtle body awareness work that can change body habits.

     Recall experiences you have had when you felt that somebody was "in your face."  This is an example of you feeling your own energy, and feeling it invaded. It is not a physical experience--yet you do not doubt that what you are feeling is "real."

     These "real" sensations also are evidence of healing on an emotional level. The field of Body Psychology tells us that the tissues hold the stories of our lives on all levels. The Trager Approach recognizes that by calling the work Psycho-physical Integtration as well as an "approach" to life that can be preventive medicine. Chronic Pain is an example of physical pain that often has  emotional/psychological/spiritual components that we can more easily understand, but all pain and traumas can be worked on from any or all levels.

     This emphasis of Mind/Body Integration was already being taught (ahead of its time) in the early 80's when I attended and graduated from PMTI (Potomac Massage Training Institute) and became a member of AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association).  When I became a practitioner of the Trager Approach and a member of USTA (United States Trager Association), that emphasis and focus on "real" sensations was even more refined by using movement to go deep into the tissues to feel that non-physical current. That is why clients have described my work as "MARIANNA'S AWESOME BODYWORK."

     Bodywork methods help us learn to live in our bodies with more awareness, pleasure, and freedom. It's never too late to release old patterns.  I work with a group of practitioners called Hands-On-Elders offering low cost clinics in the Northampton, Massachusetts area.