Trauma Release Exercises are simple and easy to learn and the process of physical and psychological transformation they bring about is often astonishing and life changing.
You may have heard the phrase ‘the issues are in the tissues’ and often we find that our bodies have ‘frozen’ with pain or tension patterns that we cannot get out of. Developed by David Berceli, Tension &Trauma Release Exercises (or TRE tremors) is a natural easy to learn technique to help the body let go of deeply held, negative patterns. It helps us to return to our natural state of balance. I have found this technique to be life changing both for myself and for my clients. I hope you will too.
What are the TRE Tremors and how can they help me?
The goal of the TRE Tremors exercises is to start a self-directed, but innate, tremoring process. We often see animals shaking when they are scared and they do this to ‘discharge’ the natural physical responses to fear and bring themselves back into harmony and relaxation. Think of a dog coming to sit next to you on bonfire night, they will gently tremor to ‘shake off’ their fear of loud noises.
Once you have safely learned how to access your TRE tremors, you can let the body do its own healing and gently disperse overwhelming experiences
The TRE tremors are profound in nature feel very instinctive. They usually start in the legs and pelvis, but can show up anywhere. There is no right or wrong way to tremor. The TRE tremors tap into the body’s natural release mechanism to discharge tension and trauma held in the tissues. Once you have learned the exercises, and can allow the tremors, you can let the body do its own healing and gently disperse stored overwhelming experiences from the tissues a little at a time. Without having to re-experience the original trauma. Many clients find this incredibly empowering, as, once safely learned, they can continue to tremor at home. The TRE tremors can feel very relaxing and fun to experience. It is often a wonderful voyage of discovery as different parts of the body start to ‘wake up’.
With TRE we do not need to re-visit traumatic events or understand them, especially if they happened before conscious awareness. However if you are on a talk therapy journey, they can be an additional tool to use alongside traditional talk therapies.
For many anxious or over stressed people using cognitive methods of directing the brain to observe the body (such as being asked to ‘imagine feeling calm’ or to ‘find the tension inside’) are impossible. The ability to do this has been hindered by compound negative experiences (such as continued work stress or a big event like an accident or bereavement). Consequently clients will often feel worse – ‘I can’t do mediation, I’m even more of a failure’.
An imbalance between parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems are often at the root of much of this type of dysfunction. This is both psychological and physiological. The TRE process is a way to bypass this cognitive dilemma and simply asks us to start a new conversation with our body.
Like with EFT, to fully move on from trauma, we need to work with the whole body/mind system and include our physiology in the process to help reset over active reflexes (fight & flight) in the nervous system caused by overwhelming events.
TRE tremors help us to increase our ‘window of tolerance’ on the world by reducing the trigger neurophysiology that is stuck in patterns of fight, flight, freeze and play dead.
These patterns can often manifest as insomnia, hyper-vigilance, anxiety, panic attacks and other physiological complaints such as IBS and migraine. Or simply just feeling anxious or scared all the time. I have found that TRE has helped me with deeper longer sleep, feelings of calm never before experienced and a greater sense of embodiment and self acceptance. I also find that it feels deeply relaxing, like an ‘inner massage’. I wouldn’t be without it!
I run a monthly TRE Workshop in Brockley, South East London on a Friday evening, come and join us and try it for yourself. The workshops are small, safe and we always go at a slow and gentle pace. I also offer individual tuition in Brockley and from my home practice in Kent.
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