Free your body, ease your mind with TRE

Posted by on Jan 28, 2017 in Blog

Free your body, ease your mind with TRE

TRE stands for trauma and tension releasing exercises or put simply, a set of stress relieving exercise. It replicates the body’s natural response to releasing built up stress and tension after a traumatic or stressful event. It was developed by Dr David Berceli during his extensive work with people living in conflict countries. He noticed that children responded to traumatic events such as bomb blasts by shaking or tremoring, whereas adults remained calmer and suppressed their fear to say strong for the children, their immediate reaction was to find safety. During his work and interviews with children and adults, he found the children would tend to recover from the incidents but the adults would suffer from the residual effects of trauma. His work in trauma led him into the enquiry and theory that tremoring plays a role in releasing trauma.

When the body is in a relaxed state, it pulsates. This reduces during stress and trauma and inducing involuntary tremors can help to re-instate this natural response. Stress closes us down, being at ease opens and softens us. Our natural defence mechanism for dealing with stress or threat contracts us. Our reaction to stress and trauma is an evolutionary mechanism for keeping us safe and alive. However, holding on to stress and tension can create imbalances in the body and in our response to stress. It particularly affects the muscles associated with the fight or flight response such as the psoas. Just as the body has a natural defence mechanism for protection and defence, it also has a mechanism for returning to a natural state of calm after the threat is over.

Retraining the body to naturally disperse tension and stress through tremors or ‘shaking’, provides a way for the nervous system to function as an integrated, balanced whole in everyday life. It returns us to a more relaxed and calm state enabling us to meet the challenges that life presents with resilience.

Tremors or shaking, involve involuntary muscular movements usually starting in the legs and pelvis and overtime begin to flow throughout the body. Large movements aren’t necessarily more effective than smaller movements. Everybody shakes in their own way and there’s no right or wrong way to do it. The body determines what is needed and where to tremor rather than it being controlled by the conscious mind. It is a safe process and self-regulation means that you can slow it down or stop it at any time. TRE is an empowering process as once the body relearns how to tremor, you have this skill for the rest of your life and a means for healing trauma and restoring a sense of calm and relaxation.

I am currently running four intro to TRE workshops as part of my certification process and plan to hold regular monthly workshops so anyone can experience this unique form of self-care.