TRE® (Tension & Trauma Release Exercise) is an innovative method that assists the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma. Created by Dr. David Berceli, PhD, TRE® safely activates a natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating that releases muscular tension and calms the nervous system. By activating this muscular shaking/vibrating mechanism in a safe and controlled environment, the body and nervous system are encouraged to return to a state of balance and equilibrium.
TRE® is based on the fundamental idea, backed by recent research, that stress, tension and trauma are both psychological and physical. TRE®’s reflexive muscle vibrations generally feel pleasant and soothing. After doing TRE®, people often report feelings of peace and well-being.
TRE® is very effective for treating the symptoms of trauma and PTSD. Trauma is broadly defined and can include such “innocent” traumas as falling off a ladder or slipping on the ice, and can also include the shock and trauma from more serious events such as car accidents, medical emergencies, sexual trauma or violence. TRE® is also effective with longer term developmental-type trauma including birth trauma, child abuse, and neglect.
Stress effects the body and nervous system in many ways, showing up as muscular tension, headaches, insomnia, irritability, anxiety, or depression. TRE® helps combat the accumulation of stress in the body by accessing the body’s innate neuromuscular mechanism for releasing it through a tremoring process. People suffering from overwork, anxiety, or those who are simply in a stressful environment as part of their work (social workers, nurses, physicians, EMTs) benefit tremendously from incorporating TRE® as a self-care tool into their lives.
The relaxation and balance achieved with TRE® is a phenomenal complement to a variety of wellness practices. Practitioners of yoga and pilates see tremendous benefit to relaxing muscles more completely and restoring full and relaxed breathing to the body. TRE® is also a very effective component of a meditation practice as it relaxes and stills both the body and mind and helps cultivate greater body awareness. Strength athletes, runners, and athletes of all kinds can benefit from the restorative nature of TRE® as an extremely effective recovery tool between workouts.
“TRE is a powerful and effective therapeutic tool. It utilizes the mind-body connection to release and integrate physical tension, difficult life events and stuck emotional patterns in the body and nervous system. Healing occurs on many different levels as all systems are brought back into natural balance. This work is highly complementary with other therapeutic methods, including psychotherapy. I highly recommend Alex as a skilled, sensitive, and knowledgeable facilitator of this work.”
“In combination with body work, Alex coached me in the use of TRE, which I use as a regular practice at home. I find that TRE helps me release tension and feel more grounded in my body. A short TRE practice feels like a way to “reset” my nervous system so that I can be more present in my life. I regularly refer clients and friends to Alex to learn TRE — it’s a powerful skill for self-care that can help heal both trauma and run-of-the mill, daily stress.”
“Alex’s knowledge of the body and his ability to apply that knowledge is exceptional! His body work has helped to change my alignment and to alleviate my low back pain. I highly recommend him to anyone interested in body transformation.”
“My bodywork and TRE experience with Alex has always been outstanding! Individually and in groups, Alex facilitates guided body exercises that are therapeutic and healing in an atmosphere of safety and respect. In addition to this, he is an excellent teacher who draws upon his rich background and training in Zen meditation and martial arts.”
“Don’t let the word “Trauma” throw you off. Maybe you don’t think you’ve experienced “trauma”…but I assure you that daily corporate life is an assault on the senses with its whirl and clank of meetings, deadlines, and personalities! I have used TRE several times under Alex’s guidance and many times on my own at home or on the road, and there are two excellent benefits. First, TRE helps me get centered and grounded, so that I can work from a more peaceful and less frazzled place. Second, the benefits accrue over time.”
“Alex is doing masterful work with TRE. Not only does he run an engaging class, but also has a keen intuition in working with each person so that whatever is ready to open, does open. I came away from my last TRE session with Alex feeling totally refreshed, 10 years younger, and light as a feather.”
“I have had extensive bodywork over the years and I find TRE to be revolutionary. It is the best way that I have found to release tension, particularly in the abdominal core. It is gentle, you can go at you own pace, and, best of all, you can practice it on your own. TRE is a wonderful addition to Alex’s therapeutic repertoire. I recommend it most highly.”
“The longer I work therapeutically with clients, the more I realize the value of and need for a holistic approach to healing. The TRE work that Alex offers supports my work in that it helps my clients organically experience their own patterns and unwinding. Additionally, the ‘down-shifting’ in the nervous system cultivates an internal environment ready for long-term opening and release. Alex skillfully facilitates each session, holding space in such a way that the client feels safe and supported throughout. The benefits of this work extend far beyond the session.”
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