TRE® or Trauma & Tension Release Exercises, is a somatic body-based practice for anyone suffering from stress, anxiety, trauma, or PTSD. It overcomes language barriers as it is a process that doesn't require talking about the event, feeling, or issue. We do a series of 7 easy stretches, stressing the muscles of the lower body, and building up a little shaking in the legs. We then lie on the floor and encourage these natural vibrations to move through the body, without trying to control them. Most people enjoy the sensation; for some, they report a physical or emotional release, without becoming overwhelmed in the process.
The TRE® mechanism, or shaking ability, exists in all mammals and humans. It is the body's most organic and natural way of unraveling contracted or tight stress patterns, as well as reducing the charge of stress hormones and un-healthy chemical build-up, bringing the body back to homeostasis
It is recommended for anyone who:
Initially, people use the words: Grounded, Relaxed, Calmer, Energetic, and less reactive
Over a period of several months:
Physical level: reported relief from many inflammatory illnesses like Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Psoriasis, Eczema, and IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome).
Pain Level: reported relief from migraines/ headaches, back pain, knee pain, hip pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, TMJ
Emotional level: reported reduced charge or feelings of anger, fear, doubt, worry, control, rage, and anxiety - this means better sleep for many.
In the work arena: reported feeling more grounded, confident, social, expressive, open, less defended, capable, and trusting.
Initially, we say it is most ideal to experience TRE® at least 3-6 times, over a period of 4 - 6 weeks with a certified TRE® Provider - this allows you to become confident in doing the exercises correctly, as well as letting the body become safe with self-regulating the process at home.
Every individual has his/her own history of trauma and stress; this means that some people may require more or less sessions, to responsibly do the exercises by themselves. Once learned and regulated, it is recommended to continue with TRE® a few times a week (or when required) as a self-help tool for good health, resiliency, and freedom from stress in the human organism.
This depends on your levels of stress, tension, and possible trauma in your life. Some of us are very stiff in our bodies and may need a few privates to work with gently moving some of this tightness, or contractedness out through the body in a safe and supervised manner. If you want to work with serious trauma or PTSD issues, it is strongly advised to start with a private session with a Certified TRE® Provider.
Certain people enjoy the energy of a TRE® group class, and others feel more private working with a TRE® Provider facilitating the space one-on-one. Once learned, it is helpful to join a 6 - 8 week group a few times a year; this assists in supporting your growth and creates support from a growing community.
The exercises are super simple stretches, and we offer a wall, couch, or props as support, should you require. For some, we can tailor-make the exercises specifically for your needs - this is not recommended in a group. If detoxing, it is a valuable time to work with releasing old toxins from the system which will promote good health – the exercises are designed to achieve a balance in the physical, emotional, and mental bodies, which supports the detoxification process.
Provided you have learned from a qualified TRE® Provider, and you feel safe with the practice...Yes, go ahead and try doing it alone. TRE® was designed as a self-help tool, to be accessed whenever and wherever necessary; you are therefore never reliant on someone else to fix or heal you. We do however recommend checking in every so often with a TRE® Provider to deepen your practice, and access areas that may still feel stuck, particularly if you are dealing with developmental trauma. This can be done in person or on Zoom. For information contact Fiona
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