Shaking Medicine is inspired by the Kalahari Bushmen of Africa who use ‘shaking medicine’ as one of their main forms of healing.
What’s the difference between TRE and Shaking Medicine?
TRE involves a set sequence of ‘warm up’ exercises, which you go through before lying on the floor to shake. In contrast, Shaking Medicine uses various different warm ups, followed by shaking in lots of different positions – standing up, on all fours, and lying down.
In a Shaking Medicine class, I will guide you through some simple grounding exercises (movements + breathing) before moving onto some voluntary shaking to warm the body up. I’ll then show you how to transition into involuntary shaking in several different positions.
Which one should I choose?
If you like structure and a set sequence of exercises to follow, choose TRE. If you prefer something a little more flexible, creative and free-flowing, choose Shaking Medicine. Or give them both a go and see which one you prefer! (I switch between them, depending on how I feel on the day.)
Tapping into the body’s intelligence
Shaking Medicine is about tapping into an instinctive therapeutic tremor mechanism that we are all born with. Scientists call this involuntary shaking ‘neurogenic therapeutic tremoring’. This mechanism has evolved within all humans and mammals over millions of years and we can access it anytime for self-regulation, healing and maintaining homeostasis or balance.
As the therapeutic tremors move through the body, they unravel deep physical, emotional and psychological tension and bring about a state of deep parasympathetic relaxation (the ‘rest and digest’ state of our autonomic nervous system). In this state, biological functions such as metabolism, immune system, blood pressure, and heart rate operate at their optimum.
A regular shaking practice will help you let go of pains and tensions inside of you that may not be serving you and bring you into a state of grounded presence and peace of body and mind.