How long does it take to learn TRE?
Everyone’s different of course but most people will need around 3-4 sessions with a certified practitioner before they can practise safely and effectively at home. It usually takes several sessions to learn the exercises, feel comfortable with the tremors, understand how your body responds, and learn how to regulate the process (stopping, starting, and pausing the tremors).
Help! I’m nervous about shaking
Don’t worry, that’s perfectly natural and understandable! I will guide you very 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?
Everyone shakes but in different ways. Typically, people experience shaking or tremoring. This usually starts in the legs and works its way through the body, depending on where the tension lies. These tremors may be very active and ‘large’, or they may feel like fine vibrations. Some people experience tremors as rocking, swaying, bouncing or stretching movements. You may also feel warmth or tingling. Your session may include a combination of these things!
Am I doing it wrong?
One of the great things about TRE is that there’s ‘right’ way to tremor. Everyone has their own tremor pattern and experience, and this can change from session to session. Remember, the body knows what it needs to do and if you get out of the way (i.e. stop trying to control it!), it will do the work for you. The key thing is to enjoy the process, play, explore and have fun!
How many times a week should I practise?
Once you’ve learnt TRE, I recommend practising 2-3 times a week for no more than 15 minutes at a time. After a few weeks, you can increase or decrease this according to your needs (we can chat about this in more detail together).
What do the shakes/tremors actually do?
TRE’s therapeutic tremors work in several ways. They:
- Release muscle tension (due to rapid contraction and relaxation of muscles)
- Re-align fascia (connective tissue)
- Calm heart rate and breathing
- Use up stress chemicals in the system
- Turn off the fight/flight/freeze response
- Stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (i.e. “rest and digest”)
- Tone the vagus nerve (a part of the parasympathetic nervous system which is also referred to as the “social engagement system”)
I feel a bit silly!
It’s OK to feel a bit self-conscious. It sometimes takes people a session or two to get used to the tremors and to relax into the process. Remember, this is an innate mechanism you are bringing back to life and it’s completely natural, 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. So don’t be hard on yourself. Go slowly and gently. Give yourself plenty of time. And remind yourself it doesn’t have to be serious. Keep playing, exploring, experimenting and smiling, and it will soon be a very natural part of your life :-)
How do you pronounce TRE?
You pronounce the individual letters – “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.
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 such an important thing in TRE. 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 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).
Can I contact you for support?
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 further your practice and explore a little more, you might like to book a ‘Deepen Your Practice’ session (see the ‘What is TRE?‘ page for further details).