TRE® (Tension, Stress and Trauma Releasing Exercises) is an innovative series of simple exercises which assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma by inducing a gentle muscular shaking response. This natural response generally feels pleasant and soothing, and after doing TRE many people report feelings of peace and well being.
TRE was developed by Dr. David Berceli, Ph.D. while he was working as a trauma therapist in the Middle East and in Africa.
How TRE works
TRE® is based on the concept that in stressful or traumatic situations our body is genetically encoded to contract to protect itself. After the stressful situation is over, we are supposed to release such contractions and come back to an optimal state of balance and relaxation. However, the way that the body releases is through tremoring and shaking (similarly to what we feel building up in our body when we are nervous, afraid or excited) and, since we are conditioned to believe that shaking is a sign of weakness or disease, we tend to unconsciously inhibit this healing response. By doing TRE we reactivate this natural releasing mechanism with often immediate and profound results. People report sleeping better, getting rid of pain and aches, the healing of sciatica, a lessening of anxiety and depression, feeling calmer and less reactive, and a release of deep chronic tension.
The TRE exercises work the legs, tiring them and creating a trembling response, which begins in the legs and often spreads throughout the body. This gentle shaking is actually the nervous system’s way of discharging long-held tension or unconscious muscle contraction to restore the body to wholeness. The tremors release tension all over the body and in particular in the Psoas muscle, the main muscle of Fight or Flight. Since the Psoas contracts every time something scary or unpleasant happens, it tends to be tight in everybody.
TRE is suitable for people of all ages and levels of fitness as the exercises can be modified to accommodate anybody’s needs.
Originally developed for sufferers of trauma, over the past few decades, TRE is becoming an increasingly popular way to also deal with the stressors of everyday life.
TRE is taught and practiced in over 35 countries worldwide.
See TRE in action and learn more about it in this eight minute video.
Since the muscular shaking mechanism TRE® triggers is part of our natural behavior as humans, everyone can benefit from TRE. This shaking increases the resilience of the body because it causes deep relaxation that naturally reduces stress levels. It can release emotions ranging from mild upset to severe anxiety whether it is caused by work stress, excessive worry, conflict in relationships, physical stresses or traumas from accidents.
Whether you are a parent/spouse who would like more patience with your family, a victim of violence or accident, a soldier suffering with PTSD, or simply a person who wants to become more resilient and just feel better about life, you can benefit from TRE.
Reported Benefits Include:
Less worry and anxiety
Reduced symptoms of PTSD
More energy and endurance
Improved marital relationships
Less workplace stress
Less relationship conflict
Reduced muscle and back pain
Greater emotional resilience
Decreased symptoms of vicarious trauma
Healing of old injuries
Lessened anxiety surrounding serious illness
Relief from chronic medical conditions
TRE was developed by David Berceli, Ph.D., an international expert in trauma intervention and conflict resolution, and the energetic and creative founder and CEO of Trauma Recovery Services. For more than two decades he has provided trauma relief workshops and recovery programs, living and working extensively in Israel, Palestine, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Yemen, Egypt and Lebanon.
A core concept in Dr. Berceli’s work is that trauma recovery offers unique possibilities for individual transformation.
Learn more about David Berceli and his work in this 5 minute video.
Note: TRE has not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the American Medical Association. This technology is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Medical advice must only be obtained from a physician or qualified health practitioner.
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TRE is a route to healing that I’ve not experienced from any other modality. I have been a physician, a psychiatrist and a Gestalt Specialist for 35 years. I am now teaching TRE to all my clients.
Melanie SalmonM.D., Psychiatrist, UK and South Africa
TRE is not just for people with sciatica (though it does help that too), it is not just for people who have hip and back problems; it is for anyone who has experienced stress in life. And let’s face it: who hasn’t?
Korina de BruyneM.D., California, USA
TRE helped me mitigate the effects of vicarious trauma. I work with the seriously mentally ill and frequently I am completely drained at the end of the day, mentally and emotionally. I have noticed such a relief from that “burn out” and have encouraged many of my colleagues to try TRE for themselves to challenge the compassion fatigue that occurs by working in the helping field.
Kris CampbellLMFT, California, USA
TRE is a great way to release tension and stress – easy to learn and easy to practice.
Judith AndersonLPC, ATR, TRE Provider, Oregon, USA