Core Release and Restore™ (inspired by TRE™).

Core Release and Restore uses restorative and therapeutic yoga as well as neurogenic tremoring (inspired by TREs created by David Bercelli), to help promote psoas and iliopsoas health to enhance our emotional and physical well-being.

The psoas muscle is a primal, instinctive, multi dimensional muscle that directly interacts with our brain and nervous system and is the only muscle that connects the upper and lower body. Throughout our daily interactions, they are constantly communicating with all of our organs and other systems in the body including the kidneys, the heart, the diaphragm and reproductive organs as their nerve endings literally integrate with one another. At a physical level, these muscles connect the upper and lower body and are also know as our hip flexors. At an emotional level, this muscle plays a major role in our survival instincts and is the primary muscle that activates fight or flight and is instructing our nervous system at a primal level as to how to activate that system. At an energetic level, it is located in the area where our first four chakras reside and greatly affects the overall energetic body. Certain physical activities, the stresses of everyday life, physical or emotional trauma, and aging can wreak havoc on our psoas muscles which can cause dehydration to the muscle, limited mobility, pain, emotional issues, and a deregulated nervous system.

This class investigates ways to subtly (and not so subtly) release, unravel, hydrate, lengthen, and soften our psoas and iliopsoas muscles through gentle/restorative asana, somatic movement, sound, and neurogenic tremoring (inspired by the TREs). This is an all levels class and is suitable for just about anyone.


Joanne is a certified Level II TRE practitioner. She offers workshops, weekly classes, and private sessions for TRE.

Here is a news report on TRE. Although the segment focuses on trauma specifically, there are many, many benefits of TRE.

What is TRE?

TRE stands for Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises

TRE is a simple technique that uses exercises to release stress or tension from the body that accumulate from every day circumstances of life, from difficult situations, immediate or prolonged stressful situations, or traumatic life experiences (i.e., natural disasters, social or domestic violence).

TRE is a set of six exercises that help to release deep tension from the body by evoking a self-controlled muscular shaking process in the body called neurogenic muscle tremors. The uniqueness of this technique is that this shaking originates deep in the core of the body of the psoas muscles. These gentle tremors reverberate outwards along the spine releasing tension from the sacrum to the cranium.

The exercises are a simple form of stretching and are used to gently trigger these voluntary muscle tremors.

Once the technique is learned and mastered after several sessions, the warm-up exercises can be accelerated or replaced with your normal exercise activity like walking or yoga, and the technique then becomes a quick and effective method for consistent relaxation. Eventually, these tremors will evoke themselves naturally in a rest position to reduce any stress or tension that was accumulated over the course of the day.

TRE is being used by thousands of people around the world as an effective tool for releasing chronic traumatic stress, physical tension and emotional trauma. It is also quickly becoming a popular way to release the everyday stress, tension, and anxiety that evolves comes from the daily pressures of life.

Who Can Benefit from TRE?

Since this shaking mechanism in the muscles is part of our natural behavior as humans, everyone can benefit from TRE. This shaking of the muscles, neurogenic tremors, increases the resiliency 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 or any type including surgery, car accidents, assault, abuse, vicarious trauma, or compassion fatigue. Additionally, TRE has been reported to reduce pain, increases mobility, and aid healing of past injuries.

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 TRE.

For more information, visit the TRE website.