Trauma & Tension Releasing Exercises (TRE)®
Tension and Trauma Releasing exercises were originally developed by Dr David Berceli to address the impacts of traumatic or over-whelming experiences on the body. Hurtful experiences, stress, and tension are part of everyone’s life and we often do not realize how these experiences are etched deep in the mind and body. TRE® is a simple technique that uses exercises to release or discharge the stresses or tension from the body that accumulate from every day circumstances of life, from difficult situations, immediate or prolonged stressful situations, or traumatic life experiences (i.e., natural disasters, social or domestic violence, hospitalisations, childbirth).
Tre® is taught in a safe way by working through a series of very gentle exercises which initiate the tremor action.
“TRE® evokes the tremoring or shaking of the Psoas muscle, which lies deep in the pelvis. This
muscle stores all our stresses over our life-time. If the Psoas muscle is not allowed to shake, it
remains tight and constantly sends a signal to the brain and autonomic nervous system that
“danger is still present”. Only a relaxed Psoas muscle alerts the brain and nervous system that
danger is over and adrenalin no longer needs to be discharged.
Tremoring is the only(natural) way that this important stress muscle can release….and thereby
inform our entire nervous system that we are now safe enough to relax fully. Tremoring is our
natural inbuilt organic mechanism that relaxes the Psoas and thereby turns off the adrenalin
release from the brain. If we engage in repeatedly doing TRE®, we are sending signals to the
brain and nervous system that danger has passed and we do not need fight & flight chemicals.
However it takes on average 3 months of doing TRE® for 20 minutes 3 times a week, for this
physiological and neurological change in the body to become permanent.
In order to de-stress and even achieve self-healing using TRE®, the exercises need to be done at
regular intervals (at least 3 x weekly), and for at least 3 months. The benefits are directly related
to the number of times a person does TRE®. The results keep improving over time.” quoted by Dr Melanie Salmon
TRE® can be used as a stand alone lifeskill or in conjunction with the consent of your psychologist or psychiatrist. Contra-Indications of TRE® are:
- Hospitalisation in the last 3 months
- on psychotic medications and/or under medical psychiatric care
In working with TRE ®, I have deepened my understanding and respect of Trauma and the deep scars it etches into our being. I have found TRE ® to be a powerful release in the body which can be felt immediately by the client on all levels, embracing a new level of healing and connection with his/her body.
Tre® has shown improvements in:
- Improved and deeper sleep patterns
- Reduced anxiety
- Sustained Calm and relaxation
- Reduces panic/panic attacks
- Reduced hyper-vigilance
- improved mental functions
- improved relationships
- improved immune responses
- Deeper connection with the Self and others