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TRE (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises) is a series of seven simple exercises designed to activate a natural tremoring reflex deep in the brain to release tension, stress and trauma from the body.

TRE Sessions and groups are available online

TRE or Tension Releasing Exercises is a sequence of seven exercises designed by Dr David Berceli to engage a natural reflex to release stress, through shaking.

 

The tremors and other involuntary movements allow us to release long held tension patterns, stress and trauma from the body. This release allows the nervous system, which can get stuck in primitive survival strategies (commonly known as flight/flight/freeze), to reboot and balance. 

Although relatively new to the UK, David Berceli’s TRE is used by thousands across the world for easy every day stress release, as well as being effective in helping with physical and mental health, chronic stress, tension, PTSD, and trauma. It has been widely used in the forces and with survivors of sexual abuse for the treatment of PTSD.

 

I love TRE for it's simplicity, organic nature, and for the immediate and cumulative benefits it can provide; and once you feel comfortable with the tremors, usually after just a few sessions, you can do it at home!

WHAT IS TRE?

HOW TRE WORKS

Human beings are mammals, and like our furry friends in the aminal kingdom, when we feel threatened (perceived or real) we enter primitive defence strategies to prepare us to fight or flee from a situation. Or if it's just too much we disappear - commonly known as freezing or dissociation.  Once the threat has passed, mammals use an involuntary tremor reflex to disperse the huge amount of energy, charge and muscular tension required to mobilise an escape from the situation. You can see how the polar bear shakes in the video below.

 

However, as humans, our newer ‘primate’ brain with its logic and thinking has learnt to suppress this natural way to release - hence, unlike other mammals, we have stress and trauma. Instead our neurology and physiology gets stuck in fight/flight/freeze, pre-programmed to respond to situations as if our life is threatened in some way when actually we are safe.

 

TRE simply reconnects us to this deep primal release and allows us to trust in the wisdom of the body to let go.

I’ve found it useful to normalise stress and trauma as a human condition - one that we all experience - and to know that it can and does get better.

 

Did you know that when we are in flight, flight or freeze the non-essential systems of the body shut down? We don’t need our digestion, our immune system or to grow and repair or reproduce when we feel threatened. We need energy for our muscles, to increase our heart beat and blood pressure and we need oxygen. Take a minute to consider all the health conditions linked to those systems that shut down - the pressure on the body to be in this state and the energy it takes to maintain it.

 

Learn to turn off the stress response and see what changes when you practice TRE! 

BLOG ON STRESS & TRAUMA

NORMALISING STRESS 

SO HOW CAN TRE HELP?

Based on the feedback I've received since teaching TRE, some of the first things people notice is that they feel more relaxed, at peace and in their body - present. It's common to experience better sleep, have more energy, feel more resilient and better equipped to deal with daily life. Anxiety and depression can soften or lift and reactions change, for the better.

As those 'non essential systems' of the body switch back on, I often hear of positive changes in chronic fatique type symptoms, shifts in energy, emotional stability and digestive issues. I personally experienced a normal functioning gut after 30 years of poor intestinal health since the shock of my father dying.

The benefits are cumulative and the more we practice, the more we gain. The body knows how it needs to heal, we just need to trust in it and switch off the stress response.

Take a look at what people say who practice TRE at the bottom of this page.

one to one

People choose to learn TRE in a number of ways, and it depends on what works for you. You can attend a workshop, have individual one to one sessions, or attend a Module 1 two or three day training, either in person in Brighton or Devon, or online. You can see dates for the weekend trainings here. Module 1 is also the first stage in the TRE Provider Process if you wish to continue the training to teach TRE to others.

I run several workshops each month in Brighton and Hove or online. Once you have attended a workshop or learnt the exercises in an individual session, you may want to join monthly groups online or in person, just like you would go to a yoga or pilates class. It's the perfect way to develop a personal practice and to ask questions if needed. 

If you prefer individual session work or have a history of PTSD or complex trauma I would recommend one to one sessions. If you have complex/developmental trauma I advise a support structure including a talking therapy if you wish to practice TRE. Going slow with a supportive therapeutic relationships is key here.

If you have been shaking a while it's useful to have additional sessions to assist the tremors in moving through the body.

I also offer sessions for families, group of friends, couples and in the workplace.

Please click on the relevant link below for information on forthcoming Shakes and booking details.

£85 One to one session lasting 90 minutes

LEARN TRE

SUPERVISION

SUPERVISION

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If you are practicing TRE or training to be a TRE Provider I offer TRE supervision both in person and online.

Sessions may include simply bringing questions or supporting you in following and connecting to the body in one to one sessions on your personal process, or watching your teaching videos and providing feedback and guidance.

There are TRE Group Online Supervisions to shake, share and learn together and  monthly Trainee Provider/Provider Shakes on the first Monday of the month. You can book here.

I also run more advanced one to one sessions to support you in deepening your practice and follow the body. 

For Provider Process Supervision prices are consistent with TRE UK Supervisors:

£70   for one hour supervision or personal process

£100 for individual or group teaching session including watching video and feedback session.

These prices are subject to change.

Train in TRE® Online or in Brighton UK.

 

If you are looking to become a TRE® Provider and teach TRE®  to others, you can train either online or in person.

Training in TRE® consists of 3 two day modules (Brighton or online options), or 2 three day modules (Devon training only), supervision, a committed personal practice, and developing knowledge through core reading. It can be completed in a minimum of 10 months (maximum 24 months).

You can train in person in Brighton or Devon, online or mix and match between the two to make dates work for you.

Read more and see upcoming training dates here.

Next trainings start online on 17th February or 2nd March. For in person 2024 dates see here.

TRAIN IN TRE

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT TRE

Generally people find TRE relaxing, calming and peaceful. Sometimes you can feel energised and more connected to your body. A phase I often hear from people tremoring for the first time is that it is ‘weirdly enjoyable’! Here is some feedback I’ve received personally.

 

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