Memory is a complex perception How does memory work? Why does it get confused in trauma? When trying to recover from overwhelming experiences it can be helpful to understand how memory works, particularly how memories are related to feelings in the body. There are folklore phrases such as ‘muscle memory’ and ‘cellular memory’ that can be very useful but need to be applied carefully. They speak to the importance of information stored in the body. However it is essential to understand that for the information to be available to our awareness, our brain needs to be involved in processing the patterns of information flow happening in the body. Where the... Read More
Try this; with your feet hip width apart, try and stand perfectly still. ‘Perfectly still’ is the kicker – it’s not possible. Let’s increase the stress on your body by making your brain work harder; bring your feet together. Notice the natural oscillations in your body amplify. We are constantly contracting and over-correcting as we attempt to stand upright. If you are still not sure you are already shaking all the time; stand on one foot (only if your balance is good). Really feel how you are endlessly dancing with gravity. Muscle activity is mediated by ‘central pattern generators’ – groups of neurons in the spinal cord that cause rhythmic motor... Read More
‘The atmosphere of safety and an allowing attitude was superb.’ -Lotta Kupiainen, Yoga Instructor ‘Steve is quite calming and I felt safe and supported in the tremoring. No questions felt silly to ask. The science given was interesting without being confusing.’ -Laura Sanders, Children’s Social Worker ‘The course was excellently run, encouraging and supportive.’ -Jo Robertson, Yoga Teacher ‘I enjoyed the balance of theory and practice, all delivered at a manageable pace. It offered a solid explanation of what happens in our bodies when subjected to stress and trauma; and why shaking makes sense. The practice was extensive and thorough. I feel confident enough to continue the practice and look... Read More
TRE in The Sunday Times Style Magazine ‘There’s some physiological logic behind shaking. “A noisy neighbour or an argument with your husband takes you down the same fear pathway as fleeing a tiger,” says Steve Haines, who runs TRE workshops at Triyoga in London. It’s hard to think clearly when we’re tense. “We feel stuck, numb, absent and depressive.” Change the physiology, though, “so you feel released and connected”, and the effect is “a sense of joy, ease and comfort”. This, he says, leads to better sleep, more stability and confidence, and less pain. Diverting energy from stress, he claims, means resources can go into “the long, slow projects” such... Read More
Who looks after the people who look after others? First responders (such as firemen, ambulance workers, and police), carers, and therapists consistenly report being overwhelmed by what they witness. The above new video from David Berceli is a great endorsement from fireman in Mexico on TRE as a tool to relieve stress. It is simple and cheap to learn. TRE is a self regulating tool that has been tried and tested by people who have been through extreme events.
‘It was brilliant and gave me a lot more than I was expecting. A great healing tool!’ Katie Worsdall – Yoga Teacher. What did you like about the course: ‘Everything.’ Jerry Lunn – Consultant, Upstream Oil and Gas Exploration. What did you like about the course: ‘The flow. It was gentle but boundaried. I felt safe in pushing through my boundaries.’ Ranjit Mann – Psychologist. What did you like about the course: ‘I learnt that safety is a body sensation: often in workshops safety is created by words and group contracts. Here I didn’t need those, just the mentors’ body presence was enough to tell my nervous system the message of safety. For the first time in my... Read More
The focus of our last TRE class was on self-regulation and the way it leads to self-empowerment. The path of discovery through self-regulation and self-empowerment is essential not only in our inner search, healing and integration, but in every aspect of our lives: within family, in our work, in all our social interactions. Over the last twenty years of studying, practicing and teaching in the field of alternative medicine, I have often come across ideas of self-regulation and self-empowerment in a mental and esoteric context. Lately, working with trauma and TRE, my understanding of both shifted profoundly to a much simpler point of reference – our own body! So what exactly... Read More
I have booked the new dates for the monthly TRE groups in London. The dates run through to the end of 2013. You can see the full list here The next group is on Monday 10th December 2012. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.