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A Softer, Lighter Mind-Body

Trager Approach and Breast Cancer Diagnosed with breast cancer, Mary Ellen Havard of St. Louis, Mo., was facing the known (a regimen of necessary, but painful and debilitating medical treatment), and the unknown (the outcome). “The doctors told me when they outlined my treatment that it was going to be rigorous,” she says. “I knew I needed to do something to help myself feel better as much as I could while I was having chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. Those are very demanding, unpleasant, painful treatments.” With determination, she put together her own group of supporters that included not only friends, family, and a medical team, but also a psychologist she refers to as her coach and Trager practitioner Mary Openlander. Havard’s request for weekly Trager sessions throughout the cancer treatment was a new venture for Openlander. Read more