TENSION AND TRAUMA RELEASING EXERCISES (TRE®)
Trauma Releasing Exercises® are a tool to help release stress and tension accumulated in the body as a result of anything from daily life stress to traumatic experiences, such as accidents, loss, divorce, social or domestic violence. Stress and trauma are on the same continuum. As the state of stress reaches a point of overload, it becomes redefined as trauma. Stress is a physical, mental, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and stress is an inevitable part of our lives – impossible to avoid. TRE® has been reported to reduce both stress and physical pain and can be of benefit to all people. Developed by Dr David Berceli, TRE® is a self-help technique that deliberately activates our bodies’ instinctive tremor mechanism in a safe and controlled way. Session by session, these tremors help to release the build-up of muscular tension patterns that have built up in the body during stressful and traumatic life experiences.
TRE® works on various levels:
Anatomically: by helping to relax muscles and facia improving posture and mobility.
Biochemically: by helping to restore homeostasis, thereby balancing the body’s chemistry.
Neurologically (peripheral): through helping restore the autonomic nervous system – leaving us feeling calmer, more peaceful, balanced and connected.
Neurologically (brain): helping to restore the capacity of the brain to operate from higher cortical functions – improving concentration and focus.
TRE® is a powerful method to use when you’re feeling out of balance, ungrounded, stressed, panicky, overwhelmed or traumatized. TRE® is being taught and used successfully in more than 60 countries for recovery from chronic stress symptoms related to trauma. It is a physical way of releasing tension and does not require you to talk about your experiences. Your body ‘knows’ what to do and how to do it – this mechanism being a natural way of stress release. However, every stress and trauma therapy that involves talking and sharing will benefit from the physical release. You are simply much calmer, sleep better and have a better emotional capacity. Long term TRE® is proven to raise physical and emotional resilience.
Reported Benefits of TRE®:
TRE® assists in releasing the body of deeply held physical tension and brings it back to a natural balance where the systems of the body are working in harmony. It assists to release the energy of stress or trauma from deep within the body thereby supporting optimal health. Healing occurs on different emotional and physical levels: by reducing stress and tension levels in the body, reported benefits are:
- Less worry and anxiety
- Less relationship conflict
- Improved relationships
- Increased energy
- Reduced workplace stress
- Improved sleep
- Reduced muscle and back pain
- Increased flexibility
- Greater emotional resilience
- Reduction in anxiety around serious illness
- Relief from chronic medical conditions
- Reduced symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Decreased symptoms of vicarious trauma
- Healing of old injuries such as sports injuries