How often should I do TRE?
To begin with, aim to practise 2-3 times a week for 10-15 minutes at a time. After a month, you’ll really be feeling the benefits and you’ll be able to tune into what your body needs and increase or decrease your ‘dose’ (session length or frequency) as required.
Is there a best time to do TRE?
Some people like to do TRE in the morning to set them up for the day, others use it when they come home from work. It’s best to experiment to see what works for you. Try using TRE…
- before an event, such as a speech or interview, to calm your nerves
- after an event, such as a hectic day at work, to help you shake off stress
- before you go to bed, or if you wake in the night, to help you sleep
- after exercise or sport (you can shortcut the exercises and just do the last one)
Do I need to do the whole exercise sequence?
Help! I’m nervous about shaking
That’s totally natural :-) Many people feel apprehensive at first. Whether you come to a class or appointment, I will guide you gently through the process and I will be by your side to give support and guidance at all times. I will show you how to quickly and easily stop and start the tremors, and how to regulate your practice so that it is comfortable, enjoyable, and tailored to your needs. Most people find it a really fun and relaxing process (so much so that I sometimes have a hard time getting them to stop!).
What if I don’t shake?
Don’t worry, everyone shakes but in different ways. Typically, people experience shaking or tremoring in the legs. Over the following weeks and months this movement may spread to different parts of the body. The tremors may be very active and ‘large’, or they may be fine vibrations. Some people experience rocking, swaying, bouncing or stretching movements. You may also feel warmth or tingling sensations. One of the great things about TRE is that there’s no ‘right’ way to tremor. Everyone has their own tremor pattern and experience, and this can change from session to session.
I feel a bit silly!
It sometimes takes people a session or two to get used to the tremors and to relax into the process. Remember, this is a natural, innate mechanism you are bringing back to life, though I understand it might not feel that way at first. Indigenous tribes and cultures around the world have recognised the healing power of shaking for thousands of years. Don’t be hard on yourself. It’s OK to feel a bit self-conscious. Give yourself plenty of time. Keep playing and exploring, and it will soon be a very natural part of your life :-)
How do you pronounce TRE?
You pronounce the individual letters (i.e. “T.R.E.” not “Trey”).
Can I use TRE alongside therapy or counselling?
Yes, TRE works very well with other therapies, including talking therapies such as psychotherapy and counselling. Please discuss this with your doctor or therapist to check they are happy for you to use TRE alongside their treatment.
What if I feel worse after doing TRE?
Will I have an emotional release?
Most people experience TRE tremors without any emotions or memories surfacing. However, releasing tension from the muscles and fascia can sometimes bring up buried emotions during or after a session. This is why self-regulation is so important. It’s essential that you listen to your body and take things very slowly and gently. If you experience an uncomfortable feeling, memory or physical sensation, pause the session and re-start it when you feel ready, or stop the session altogether. I will go through this with you in more detail during a 1:1 or class, and I am always available should you need any help or support (see below).
Yes! If you have attended a 1:1, class or workshop with me, please feel free to contact me afterwards with any questions or queries you may have.
If you’d like to develop your practice further, you might like to book a ‘Deepen Your Practice’ session (see the ‘One to one’ page for further details).