In our modern day world, you don’t have to look too far to find a source of stress.
A noisy neighbour, a traffic jam or an argument with your partner can take you down the same fear pathway as being chased by a tiger. It’s no wonder many of us feel chronically tense.
I believe we all need to learn to be a bit more ‘mammal’. And in doing so, we can actually ‘trauma-proof’ our brains.
Time to be more ‘mammal’…
When an antelope escapes the jaws of a predator, it picks itself up, has a good shake and then carries on munching grass like nothing happened.
Very quickly, the antelope is ‘over it’. We’re the only species that walks around bottling everything all up, preferring to stay “braced against life.
And that’s exactly why I’m so passionate about teaching trauma releasing exercises (TRE). We need safe and easy ways of releasing tension and resetting the reflexes and habits in the central nervous system – we need to wake up our bodies.
TRE works by deliberately activating that involuntary shaking that we’ve all experienced at times of terror, to discharge stress and balance the nervous system – a kind of factory reset, if you like.
As we do this, we actually rewire our nervous systems, and set ourselves free from the default stress patterns which were set up to protect us. It’s been referred to as ‘trauma-proofing’. We can’t stop difficult life events, but they don’t have to break us.
The effect is a sense of joy ease and comfort. This leads to better sleep, most ability and confidence, and less pain. Diverting energy from stress also means resources can go into the long, slow projects such as libido, digestion, the immune system and skin.
Whether you’re a healthcare professional and you want to share these tools with the people you work with, or you simply want to learn how to “shake it all off”, I invite you to join one of our TRE intro days, to learn how this simple set of exercises can help reset the reflexes and habits in the central nervous system, release tension and wake up your body.
Hope to see you at an event soon,
April 18th: TRE Introductory Day, Camden
June 8th & 9th: Understanding & Breaking Cycles of Pain, Soho
June 13th: TRE Introductory Day, Camden