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 cummuiltive 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 fury 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 freeze 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, to reproduce, our immune system or to grow and repair when we feel threatened. We need energy to our muscles, to increase our heart beat and blood pressure, 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!
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. 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
People choose to learn TRE in a number of ways, and it depends on what works for you.
I run several TRE workshops a month in Brighton and Hove (see below for details). Once you have attended a workshop or learnt the exercises in a an individual session you may want to join the weekly groups in Hove, just like you would a yoga or pilates class. It's the perfect way to develop a personal practice and to ask questions if needed. These are currently online.
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 and couples and in the workplace.
Please click on the relevant link below for information on forthcoming shakes and booking details.
£60 One to one session lasting 90 minutes
LEARN TRE IN BRIGHTON
If you are practicing TRE or training to be a TRE Provider I offer supervision in person, ideal if you live in Sussex, and over Skype.
Sessions may include simply answering questions and providing guidance, watching your teaching videos and feeding back and one to one sessions on your personal process.
I also run Deepen Your Practice days with my colleague Kate Munden in London. The 7 hour workshop includes an optional two hour Q&A breakfast supervision. Please note this is an addition, and not part of, the supervision requirement for the TRE Provider Process.
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.