TRE® Trauma & Tension Release Exercises, is a somatic, body based practice developed by Dr David Berceli that almost everyone can do. The tremor mechanism activated through TRE® helps reduce the effects of stress, anxiety, trauma and PTSD. Using the TRE process doesn't require talking about traumatic events, feelings or issues, but instead allows our body to release the tension directly. It can be used alone or as a positive adjunct to any healing, spiritual or psychological growth modality.
We use TRE as part of our sexuality education process to assist your body organism in releasing the effects of repression, shame, sexual abuse or rape as well as the subtler micro assaults, to all genders, of living in a patriarchal world.
To begin, we do a series of 7, easy to learn, stretches. These exercises mildly fatigue the muscles and build up a little shaking in the legs. Then, we lie on the floor, and allow these natural vibrations to move through our body, without trying to control them. The sensations are usually enjoyable; some people report a physical or emotional release, without becoming overwhelmed in the process. Even after just one session, people use words like : "Grounded", "Relaxed", "Calm", "Energetic", "Blissful" "Peaceful", " Pleasantly Surprised".
TRE®, once learned, can be practiced at home in sessions as short as 15 minutes.
Benefits experienced by the regular practice of TRE® have included feelings of deep relaxation, enhanced physical and sexual pleasure, reduced anger, fear, anxiety, doubt, worry and the need to control, dramatic improvement in relationships and work performance and relief from a wide variety of symptoms including insomnia, digestive disorders of all types, skin conditions linked to stress, chronic pain (in neck, lower back, hips, muscles, joints and organs), social anxiety, arthritis, depression, fibromyalgia and other inflammatory illnesses, headaches, the lessening of pathological tremors, as in Parkinson's as well as improved athletic, yoga and dance performance. it is an ideal companion to meditation.
The TRE® mechanism, or shaking ability, developed evolutionarily and is genetically encoded in all mammals and humans. Dr David Berceli and others believe it's evolutionary purpose is to counter the effects of traumatic and stressful events. It is one of our organisms natural ways of unravelling contracted or tight stress patterns, as well as reducing stress hormones and un-healthy chemical build up, bringing the body back into balance and restoring feelings of pleasure, goodness and well-being