One of the services I provide to my clients through Private Sessions or my Monthly Class is TRE® – Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises. In this article I’m explaining what TRE® is and what it can do for you.
TRE® is an innovative series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma.
Some History of TRE®
35 years ago Dr. Peter A. Levine discovered that wild animals recover from trauma by tremoring spasms of their body core and flailing of limbs, to complete the fight-flight they were in before they froze.
From minutes 10 -12 in the video below Dr. Levine shows a polar bear chased by biologists (just to tag him) and then shot with a tranquilizer dart. As the bear wakes from freeze, its body trembles intensely, its legs thrash, and it makes biting motions over its shoulder—replicating and completing all the fight-flight actions it was making during the chase. Finally it undergoes deep gasping. Discharging tons of stress chemicals which otherwise get frozen in the body.
Dr. David Berceli developed TRE® based on this tremoring, to help large groups of traumatized people in refugee camps, earthquakes, poverty, terrorism, war zones, any mass trauma. TRE® is a set of seven purely muscular exercises which induce this same “polar bear” tremors on a bodily basis, by exhausting the leg and other muscles that normally inhibit the psoas from tremoring, as Dr Berceli describes in the video below.
TRE® at The Movement Studio
Daily stresses and strains take their toll on our bodies and lives. Given the right conditions, however, our bodies have a tremendous capacity to adapt and improve. The simple and gentle method in TRE® can be easily learned as a way to let go of deeply stored tension.