Over this last year, I have been working towards becoming a Certified TRE Provider. As of last week, I am! This has given me something positive to do over lock downs and I have experienced many beneficial changes myself from the shaking.
The shaking? Trauma or Tension Release Exercises are seven basic exercises which fatigue some big muscles. The fatigue helps trigger the tremor reflex. The tremoring or shaking releases tension in muscles; stimulates lazy muscles to work; relaxes, soothes and calms the nervous system; puts us more in touch with our bodies, helping us to be more grounded.
TRE was developed by David Berceli to work with people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. But it works equally well with those of us don’t have PTSD, but ‘merely’ the stresses and strains of ordinary life.
How does TRE fit with improving posture, pain and performance? In so many ways I couldn’t begin to list them all here. Trauma and stress tighten muscles, especially the flexor muscles in the front of the body. Shaking releases these allowing us to be more in our back or extensor muscles. These are the ones associated with better posture and well being. Our nervous system gets into bad habits that become ingrained. Shaking helps reset the nervous system allowing change. People generally feel more relaxed after shaking. Many physical and mental problems may be improved by allowing the primitive tremor reflex to function.
TRE can be taught on Zoom or in person. People can shake in individual sessions or in a group. I would want people to have at least one individual lesson, not necessarily with me, before they join a group. I will be updating my website soon. If you are interested, please get in touch!