A natural way to release stress, tension and trauma
Have you ever started to shake before giving a speech? Or suffered an accident or injury and trembled uncontrollably afterwards? If you have, you’ve experienced ‘neurogenic tremors’ and you’ve probably done all you can to suppress this shaking! But did you know these tremors are the body’s natural mechanism for releasing stress, tension and trauma from the system?
Animals do this naturally. Think of a dog quivering during a thunderstorm, or a gazelle that narrowly escapes being a lion’s dinner. Once the gazelle is out of danger, it will tremor and shake to discharge excessive tension before returning to its grazing, unaffected. (Watch a few wildlife programmes and you’ll spot this.)
Amazingly, we have the exact same mechanism inside us, but modern society has lost touch with this. TRE will help you tap back into this healing reflex.
What is TRE® (Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises)?
TRE is a series of simple exercises which trigger the body’s natural shaking reflex. These therapeutic tremors or vibrations release muscle tension, calm the nervous system, and return the body to a more relaxed and balanced state, where health and healing can occur.
The beauty of TRE is that…
- it’s easy and fun to learn
- it’s effortless – the tremors do all the work!
- it doesn’t involve talking about your stress or trauma history
- it’s empowering – once you’ve learnt TRE, you can practise at home
- It can be used to relieve daily stress as well as physical and emotional trauma
Here’s a 5-minute animation which explains how TRE works:
How to learn TRE
You can learn TRE by booking a 1:1 appointment or coming along to a group class. Most people need around 3-4 sessions with a certified Provider before they are ready to practise TRE safely and effectively at home.
To book your place, please contact the WOW Clinic in Westbourne.
*Please note: if you are receiving treatment or medication for a physical or psychological issue and/or you have complex trauma or PTSD, please consult your medical practitioner or healthcare provider and contact me for a chat before booking.
How often should you do TRE?
Initially, I recommend practising 2-3 times a week for 10-15 minutes at a time (15 minutes maximum). Aim to do this for at least a month so that you can really feel the benefits. After this you’ll be able to tune into what your body needs and increase or decrease your ‘dose’ (session length or frequency) as required.
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
- twice a week or more, for general health and resiliency
Deepen Your Practice sessions
Once you’ve been tremoring for a while at home, you’ll probably have lots of questions! ‘Deepen your practice’ sessions are here for you as and when you need them. During the session, I can see how your tremors are developing, answer any questions you might have, discuss which shaking ‘dose’ is right for you, and show you how to invite the tremors into different parts of the body. We can also look at deepening your sense of safety and grounding, which are essential to healing and release in TRE.
Certified TRE Provider (TRE College)
Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy
Diploma in Personal Training
MSc Public Administration (Human Resource Management)
BSc (Hons) Experimental Psychology
Advanced TRE training
TRE for Children (Dr Melanie Salmon)
Diaphragm workshop (Cheda Mikic)
Deepen Your Practice workshop (studying June 2018)
Psoas and Pelvis workshop (studying October 2018)