Soooo...What Exactly is TRE?
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What is TRE?
TRE stands for Trauma and Tension Releasing Exercises. TRE can be used by people of all ages and of all backgrounds. Trauma and stress are stored in our brain stems and then can impact our muscles and organs. TRE consists of seven exercises designed to fatigue and stretch muscles associated with tension with the intention of enabling the body to move into positions where the release of stored energy via nervous system is activated.
Sited from TRE® for All Inc.
"TRE® is an innovative series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma. The exercises safely activate a natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating that releases muscular tension, calming down the nervous system. When this muscular shaking/vibrating mechanism is activated in a safe and controlled environment, the body is encouraged to return back to a state of balance.
Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (or TRE®) is based on the fundamental idea, backed by research, that stress, tension and trauma is both psychological and physical. TRE’s reflexive muscle vibrations generally feel pleasant and soothing. After doing TRE®, many people report feelings of peace and well-being. TRE has helped many thousands of people globally.
TRE is designed to be a self-help tool that, once learned, can be used independently as needed throughout one’s life, thereby continuously supporting and promoting personal health and wellness."
Trembling & Shaking Response
The 'shaking' comes from within the sympathetic nervous system (the rest and digest system) and enables your body to 'shake off' part of the trauma/tension that was not released after the intense or prolonged stressful events. All mammals shake after traumatic events to discharge the energy gathered from the body's "fight/flight/freeze" system jumping in and taking over. The problem for many people is that after a stressful event, we don't really do anything to discharge this energy and often turn to numbing, busyness, distraction, alcohol, addictions, etc. as ways to 'cope.' TRE/shaking enables our bodies to begin to release the trauma/tension that has been piling up for years, and also re-invites our bodies to access this naturally born tool we, and all other mammals, possess in order to move through trauma more effectively. Since we are socially conditioned beings and most of us have unknowingly shut-off the body's natural response to shaking, these exercises help the body re-access these mechanisms.
During & Post Session
During the session I will explain what TRE is, take you through the seven exercises and into the trembling. I hold space and check in with you while your body is shaking out tension - everyone shakes differently depending on their body's stored trauma pattern, and the shaking changes often per session - therefore, your TRE shaking process will be unique to you and I will hold space for your unique process. After the session completes, we debrief afterwards. Questions are always welcome during the process or in days to come.
Still Want to Learn More?
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