Tension Release/TRE™

What is TRE™?

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TRE stands for Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises

TRE is a simple technique that uses exercises to release stress or tension from the body that accumulates from everyday 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 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 typical exercise activity like walking or yoga. The technique becomes a quick and effective method for consistent relaxation. Eventually, these tremors will naturally evoke themselves in a resting position to reduce any stress or tension accumulated over the course of the day.

TRE is being used by thousands of people worldwide 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 from life's daily pressures.

Who Can Benefit from TRE?

Since this muscle shaking mechanism is part of our natural behavior as humans, everyone can benefit from TRE. This shaking of the muscles, neurogenic tremors, increases the body's resiliency because it causes deep relaxation that naturally reduces stress levels. It can release emotions ranging from mild upset to severe anxiety, whether 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, increase mobility, and aid in the 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 from PTSD, or simply a person who wants to become more resilient and just feel better about life, you can benefit from TRE.

For more information, visit the TRE website.

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