TRE®: Trauma & Tension Releasing Exercises

soft blue circle_transparentWhat is TRE?

sessionI’d like to think of TRE as the king of self-help, when it comes to stress management and dealing with traumatic events. With the use of 6 simple exercises, we can tap into the body’s natural reflex to shake away stress and tension. This reflex is called neurogenic tremor reflex.

When we think about stress, it is really important to understand, that we are talking about a physiological, neurological and chemical response in the body. The source of stress is less important in this context. There’s no need to analyse it or talk about it. TRE is a body centred method, which we can use as a pressure-release valve. Neurogenic tremors are able to release deep rooted chronic tension as well as facilitate recovery from traumatic events.

What happens during a TRE session?

tremoringEach TRE session follows the same format of first doing the exercises to evoke the tremor reflex and then finding a comfortable and relaxed position to allow the body to release tension and reset. The exercises can be modified to accommodate for various levels of physical ability.

After tremoring, a little time is spent resting and integrating. Most people feel deeply relaxed after a TRE session.

Initially, it is important to attend 6 TRE training sessions with a qualified facilitator/ practitioner. This can be done individually or in a group (a family unit for example). After 6 sessions, most people feel familiar and comfortable with their tremor response and can confidently proceed on their own. The idea is that TRE is used about 3 times a week as a stress management tool. Many things in day to day life cause a stress response in the body (fight or flight) and regular tremoring can prevent the stress from building up in the body. Us humans are beautifully built to withstand huge stress and survive incredible trauma but we are not designed to store it and carry it.

Who should use TRE?

tre 1Just about everybody! Many common complaints have their roots in stress patterns so TRE is often recommended as part of the treatment plan. Once layers of stress have been resolved, other therapies are often more effective.  Here are a few examples of where TRE has been a great help for patients at Shen Centre.

  • Treatment of physical, emotional and mental trauma or PTSD.
  • TRE is useful in resolving chronic stress/ tension and related symptoms such as muscle pain, constipation, headaches, hypertension, angry outbursts and fatigue.
  • As a rehabilitation tool after sports injuries, accidents and some operations (hip and knee replacements for example)
  • TRE can assist with better performance in endurance sports (recovery tool)
  • TRE can also be helpful with anxiety, depression and insomnia.

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