WHAT IS TRE®? TRE® stands for Tension and Trauma Release Exercises and was created by Dr. David Berceli, PhD. TRE® is a powerful stress reduction tool to effectively assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension, and trauma. TRE® is designed to be a self-empowering somatic technique and by using a series of gentle innovative exercises to safely re-activates the body’s natural shaking/tremoring mechanism. Once the shaking mechanism is activated, we can use it in a safe and regulated environment to continue releasing stored and built-up stress, unresolved tension and trauma from the body's muscles and tissue, calming down the nervous system and thus restoring the body back to natural balance.
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Official demonstration of the seven exercises that comprise TRE® (Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises). TRE® creator Dr. David Berceli takes you through a brief introduction of the exercises and TRE® For All Chairperson Donna Phillips instructs how to do the seven exercises.
In more than 30 countries, TRE® is being taught and practiced successfully 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. The body ‘knows’ what to do and how to do it – this mechanism is a natural form of stress release. However, stress and trauma therapy that does involve talking and sharing will also benefit from the physical release. Afterwards, you may feel calmer, sleep better and have a more robust emotional capacity. Long term, TRE® is proven to strengthen physical and emotional resilience.
TRE® exercises are designed to activate muscle groups from the ankle upward to the center of gravity of the body, which is protected by the psoas muscles. When shaking is evoked in these powerful front core muscles, it may pulsate throughout the entire body travelling along the spine, releasing deep chronic tension. When tension is released anywhere in the body, the brain registers a reduction in stress signals and lowers the output of stress hormones.
While the tremors primarily focus upon releasing physical tension from the body, for some people this relaxation allows emotions to arise that have been held in the body as chronic tension and bracing. While most people experience little emotional content during the exercises, for some emotions can be felt arising either with or without associated thoughts or memories. As long as you are comfortable with these emotions & they are not overwhelming you in any way, simply allow them to arise and release in the same way you allow the tremors. It can be helpful to stay focused on the physical experience or sensations of these emotions rather than getting carried away by the emotional experience itself, and to allow the emotions to be expressed as physical movements including in the muscles of the face. If you are experiencing emotions that are overwhelming or too uncomfortable, stop the process by discontinuing the exercises, laying your legs out flat or lying on your side, or even getting up & walking around the room. In such cases, you should consult a TRE provider who can support you & help guide you to self-regulate the process more effectively.
If you are not experiencing any adverse reactions to TRE, it is recommended to practice every 2nd or 3rd day or so for the first few weeks so you can see how you respond to the process over the following days and nights. The key thing is that you don’t do more tremoring than you can easily integrate; both in terms of how often you do TRE & more importantly, how long you tremor for in each individual session. This means some people may need to stop and rest after a minute or so, then start tremoring again when ready, while others may tremor for up to 10 -15 minutes in a single session. Just like eating food – the key is to not overdo it. Those who find TRE energizing tend to do the process in the mornings or afternoons or when requiring additional energy, while those who find them relaxing tend to do them at the end of the day to assist with deeper sleep. You can also add TRE to your existing exercise programs, either before, during or after as suits you best. Ideally, TRE is a tool for you to use throughout your life rather than a one-off ‘treatment’ for any specific condition. Just like brushing your teeth TRE is ‘somatic hygiene’ for your mind & body. Make it a regular part of your life to optimise your overall health and wellbeing. Most importantly, if you are experiencing any difficulties with the exercises or integrating the effects of TRE at all, consult a TRE provider for further assistance.nswer to this item.
As an industrial athlete I understands the importance of fast and effective sports recovery and the need to remain grounded and present during an emergency. TRE® provides you with self care tools to self regulate and operate in a high functioning calm state.
TRE® tension and stress release exercises are an incredibly fast and effective method for sports / emergency service recovery. You will learn to use your body's innate natural shaking mechanism to immediately release muscles and unwind myofascial tissue after hard training or operational tension. TRE® has many advantages for the professional sports athlete or those serious about their physical performance.
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If you are currently in Psychiatric care and are taking psychotropic medication, you may still be able to use TRE® but you are advised to ALWAYS work with a certified TRE® Provider and include your Therapist in the process. The same applies if you are diagnosed with Bi-Polar Disorder, PTSD or Developmental Trauma. If you suspect you may suffer from one of these conditions and are not diagnosed, you are also advised to work with a certified TRE® Provider. It is of importance that your TRE® experience is a positive one that empowers you and the best way to guarantee this is to work with someone who knows the method inside out and can answer all your questions.
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