What is TRE®?
TRE® is a series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma. Created by Dr. David Berceli, TRE® safely activates 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.
TRE® is designed to be a self-help tool that once learned, can be used as needed, throughout one’s life, thereby continuously supporting and promoting personal health and wholeness. Once the technique is learned, and mastered after several sessions, the warm-up exercises can be accelerated or replaced with your normal exercise activity. The technique then becomes a quick and effective method for consistent relaxation.
Who Can Benefit from TRE®?
Since this shaking mechanism in the muscles is part of our natural behaviour as humans, everyone can benefit from TRE®. TRE® can be used as an effective tool for releasing chronic traumatic stress, physical tension, and the everyday stress, tension, and anxiety that comes from the daily pressures of life. Additionally, TRE® has been reported to reduce pain, increase mobility, and aid healing of past injuries.
TRE® is a body based (somatic) process which can allow a person to discharge trauma and tension from the body without needing to verbally describe or talk about a traumatic experience.
TRE® helps us move towards thriving during times of safety as well – it not only heals our past but re-vitalises our futures.
Reported Benefits Include:
- Greater sense of calm and inner peace
- Reduced pain
- Reduced symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Response (PTSR)
- Increased emotional resilience
- Less anxiety and worry
- Improved sleep quality
- Relief from chronic medical conditions
- Release of muscular tension from exercise and sport
- Increased mobility and flexibility
- Increased spiritual connection
Understanding the Natural Stress Response:
When you encounter a perceived threat or a stressful situation, your hypothalamus, a tiny region at the base of your brain, sets off an alarm system in your body. Through a combination of nerve and hormonal signals, this system prompts your adrenal glands, located atop your kidneys, to release a surge of hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol.
Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and boosts energy supplies. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, increases glucose in the bloodstream, enhances your brain’s use of glucose and increases the availability of substances that repair tissues.
Cortisol also curbs functions that would be nonessential or detrimental in a fight-or-flight situation. It alters immune system responses and suppresses the digestive system, the reproductive system and growth processes. This complex natural alarm system also communicates with regions of your brain that control mood, motivation and fear.
When the Natural Stress Response goes Haywire:
The body’s stress-response system is usually self-limiting. Once a perceived threat has passed, hormone levels return to normal. As adrenaline and cortisol levels drop, your heart rate and blood pressure return to baseline levels, and other systems resume their regular activities.
But when stressors are always present and you constantly feel under attack, that fight-or-flight reaction stays turned on.
The long-term activation of the stress-response system, and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones, can disrupt almost all your body’s processes. This puts you at increased risk of numerous health problems, including:
- Irritability or anger
- Digestive problems
- Heart disease
- Sleep problems
- Weight gain
- Muscle tension or pain
- Memory and concentration impairment
“In the weeks preceding the TRE® course I had both my car and my house broken into. I found that attending this course mitigated my body’s response to these unpredicted stressful experiences and really helped me to release those feeling of vulnerability, anger and distress which so often accompany such events. Over the duration of the course, I also noticed an increase in the quality of my sleep, as well as the amount of day-to-day stress that I was able to successfully process without feeling the need to consume dozens of donuts and copious amounts of coffee! I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is looking for ways to manage both the everyday and sudden stressful experiences that life sends our way.” Michelle
“Lynne creates a truly calming, safe space to explore this wonderful technique. She is patient with questions and very supportive of individual challenges. I would recommend her group course to anyone looking for a means to relax and reduce tension.” Mei
“I came into the first week of the group course feeling a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to tremor as my previous attempts had been unsuccessful. So I was happily surprised to tremor from week one and I believe it was because Lynne was able to create the perfect nice, peaceful and cozy environment my body and mind needed to let go. Thanks to Lynne and her knowledgeable guidance I have found in TRE® an effective tool to help me cope with my stress. The discovery of TRE® and its benefits was an amazing journey and I enjoyed experiencing a progression from week to week as my body was getting used to tremoring. It has made a noticeable difference in my everyday life and it inspires me to take the time to do TRE® at home on a regular basis.” Valerie