Tension – Trauma Release Exercises

What are Trauma Release Exercises?

Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) are a breakthrough in stress management and trauma recovery. It is a body centered process that releases deep chronic tension created during traumatic or stressful events.


TRE invokes these innate tremors in a controlled and sustained manner to release deep chronic muscular tension from the core of the body where the protective pattern of muscle contraction is created, returning the body to a more calm, relaxed and balanced state.


It is easily learned, immediately effective and self empowering as it can be used by most people without the guidance of a therapist.


While originally named and developed for their ability to process severe traumas, they also have a significant impact on reducing general stress, anxiety, tension and pain, (especially in the low back and pelvis,) making them ideal not only for survivors of extreme trauma, but anyone with chronic stress and tension seeking greater wellbeing in their lives.


Who benefits from TRE?


TRE can benefit anyone who has experienced any type of trauma or who is experiencing emotional stress, physical pain or chronic tension in their body and has been successfully used for greater well being by people from all from all walks of life all around the world.


TRE is beneficial for severe trauma and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as for physical complaints such as low back, hip and pelvic pain as most are either caused or exacerbated by chronic stress and tension in the body.


TRE promotes better sleep, improved energy and endurance while reducing stress, physical tension, muscular pain and general worry and anxiety.


One of the benefits of TRE is it helps people feel more calm, relaxed, and grounded in their body in the present moment, rather than their thoughts of the past or future being lived out and experienced as a chronic physical tension pattern. TRE there for provides many people with a spiritual experience of a deeper connection with themselves and the present moment.


What are Neurogenic tremors?


Most people have experienced involuntary shaking (neurogenic tremors) such as ‘shaking like a leaf’ or ‘knocking knees’ after a severe shock or fright, when extremely nervous (such as before public speaking) or even in moments of extreme excitement and joy.


The tremors are the central nervous system’s innate way of discharging excessive tension through the rapid muscle contraction and relaxation of the tremors to calm the body down from an over excited adrenal state.


Neurogenic tremors are innate to all mammals and are easily observed as a horse sends a tremor through its’ entire body after a fall. Other examples are gazelles shaking after escaping a lion attack, ducks flapping their wings after a fight or the rapid vibration felt holding a scared rabbit or guinea pig.


What do the tremors feel like?


The tremors have been described as like a massage from the inside out and are mostly experienced as mildly pleasurable often with an associated feeling of heat or release spreading throughout the body.


Some people experience large amplitude tremors with their legs shaking significantly (which tends to be the body breaking up gross and superficial tension) while others experience a more refined and purring like vibration that moves further through the body as it becomes more relaxed.


Each person’s body will usually tremor where there is the most or the primary tension is held, such that one person may have all their shaking in their legs while others may mostly experience it in their shoulders and arms. Every person will have their own individual tremor pattern according to their own unique history, experience and tension patterns. How and where the tremors occur is regulated by each individual’s brain stem just each person will have their own individual heart rate and respiration in response to the same amount of exercise.


How do the tremors restore the body to a calm relaxed state?


The tremors turn down the central nervous system’s automated and hyper-aroused fight or flight or freeze response by creating a vibration of contraction and relaxation that releases the built up energy and tension held in the muscles and connective tissues of the body. While this shaking is the body’s innate response to calm down the body when it is traumatized or overexcited, it is often seen as a sign of weakness and there for suppressed, leaving the body held in a chronically stressed and tense state.


The tremors release the traumatic experience in the same way that it was created in the body – by the brain stem initiating a discharge of the physical tension associated with the event. The Trauma Release Exercises are designed to invoke the tremors from the deepest core muscle of the body (that flexes us forward into defensive and defeated postures) before spreading throughout the rest of the body.


Is there an emotional response during the exercises?


An enhancing attribute of the Trauma Release Exercise process is the physiological states associated with a trauma are often able to be released without having to actually relive, remember, or talk about the actual traumatic event itself.


Dr David Berceli PhD, (www.traumaprevention.com) is the originator of the TRE process and an international expert with more than 20 years experience in trauma intervention and conflict resolution. TRE has been introduced to 10 countries in the world with certification training beginning in all of them including Canada’s east coast.


For those interested in professional training, prior attendance at an introductory workshop is suggested as the training requires journaling your personal use of TRE prior to certification.


For further information, testimonials and videos of TRE please visit: www.traumaprevention.com

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