Are you struggling to express yourself in the world?
Are you consumed with fear and self-doubt?
Are you an artist, writer, musician or entrepreneur who longs to tap into their true creativity?
Do you want to speak up but hate being seen?
For years I couldn’t create anything; I was consumed with anxiety and self-doubt. I also suffered with a crippling social phobia, so I kept myself as small and as hidden as possible (not helpful when you’re trying to create and put stuff out in the world!). I tried every technique I could think of, but nothing helped… until I discovered TRE® (Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises) and realised there is a direct link between the state of my nervous system and my ability to create and express myself. You can read my story here.
FEELING SAFE + CREATIVITY
Did you know that stress, tension and even past traumatic events are held in the nervous system? And that this can cause us to feel ‘unsafe’ in the world? The bad news is that it can be hard to tap into your true creativity and express your true self if you don’t feel safe. But the good news is that just as your body heals a cut on your finger without you having to ‘work’ at it, your body knows how to rebalance your nervous system after stress, shock or trauma all by itself.
TAPPING INTO THE BODY’S INTELLIGENCE
TRE® is a set of simple exercises that trigger a natural shaking or vibrating in the body. This shaking reflex is the body’s inbuilt mechanism for releasing muscle tension, reducing stress hormones, and returning the nervous system to a balanced state.
What I love about TRE is that it is…
- easy, effortless and enjoyable
- only needs to be done 2-3 times a week
- leaves you feeling relaxed and peaceful
- doesn’t involve talking about your stress or trauma history*
*TRE works well alongside ‘talking therapies’ such as counselling or psychotherapy.
THE OLDEST MEDICINE ON EARTH
Shaking is the oldest medicine on earth. Ancient cultures have used it for thousands of years for healing. To this day, the Kalahari Bushmen (who call themselves ‘The Keepers of the Shake’) hold regular community shaking sessions!
HOW DOES TRE HELP CREATIVITY?
When we’re chronically stressed, our body and mind are primed for ‘fight or flight’. Unsurprisingly, this is not the ideal state for creativity and self-expression! All our energy and resources are directed towards survival. The cortex (rational mind) is shut down, and ‘luxuries’ like digestion, immune function, creativity and play are repressed.
A regular TRE practice…
- creates a feeling of safety (the ideal state for play)
- helps you to think clearly
- reduces negative thinking and anxiety
(i.e. self-doubt and procrastination!)
- boosts the default network in the brain (greater idea generation)
- strengthens the mind-body connection, so you can tap into your intuition
- helps you reconnect with who you are and what you want to do on the planet!
WHAT TO EXPECT
Classes start with a series of 7 easy exercises/stretches, which gently stretch and tire the muscles of your lower body and start a tremoring in the legs. We then lie on the floor, and encourage these vibrations to move through the body, before finishing with a period of relaxation to end the session.
Most people say they feel more “grounded”, “relaxed”, and “calm” after the class. After a period of several weeks or months, you may experience:
Mind: A calmer, clearer mind.
Body: Better sleep, digestion and energy.
Emotions: Reduced feelings of worry, anxiety, self-doubt, and fear.
Relationships: Feeing more sociable and less reactive.
Creativity: Feeling more expressive, confident, ‘alive’ and ‘whole’.
Here is a 5 minute animation which explains how TRE works:
HOW CAN I LEARN TRE?
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TRE FOR TRAUMA
I specialise in using TRE for calming the nervous system and enhancing creativity and self-expression. If you are looking for help with complex or severe trauma, please see this list of certified TRE Providers in the UK or contact me and I will do my best to help and refer you to the most appropriate person.
TRE Certified Provider
MSc Public Administration/Human Resources: Liverpool University
BSc (Hons) Experimental Psychology: Sussex University
Cognitive Hypnotherapy Diploma
Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner
Personal Training Diploma
Advanced TRE training
Working with the Face – TRE Masterclass (Richmond Heath)
Sound and Eye Movement – TRE Masterclass (Richmond Heath)
Diaphragm workshop (Cheda Mikic)
Deepen Your Practice workshop (Deborah Brown)
Interventions workshop (Cheda Mikic)
Psoas and Pelvis workshop (Cheda Mikic)
TRE for Children (Dr Melanie Salmon)
Nervous system training
The Resilience Toolkit (Lumos Transforms)
Neurogenic Freedom (Fernando Aguiar)