TRE Intro Days are a fun and safe way to learn about your body. No need to talk about difficult things. No need to confront painful experiences. No need to get lost in overwhelming emotions. Learn the simple power of shaking to help you release tension and feel more connected. Here is some feedback from yesterday’s workshop: ‘I loved it!! I felt very safe. There was an appropriate level of science, physiology and time for questions.’ – Anthonissa Moger, Midwife ‘Great course that provided theory and ritual to enable our bodies to safely release and manage ourselves. Really enjoyed myself. Beautifully done’ – Keekz, Nurse ‘I liked everything! The explanations, the exercises, the... Read More
‘TRE®, Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises, are a simple set of exercises that trigger a natural tremor reflex in the body. Shaking can release long-held tension patterns and promote new feelings of connection and ease. Shaking is a novel stimulus to the central nervous system. New stimuli, approached with safety and curiosity, can support learning and growth. The psychology of trauma is complex, the physiology is relatively simple. In trauma old parts of the brain are fixed in defence cascades of ‘fight-or-flight’ or ‘freeze’. TRE® is a safe, natural process to re-boot overprotective reflexes.’ Got asked to describe TRE® for a magazine today. Fingers crossed it gets printed.
‘I found the process to be very accessible and immediately effective – I was shaking well before I finished the exercises, and enjoyed the sensation of release.’ Here is great review of a ‘TRE Intro Day’ from Susie Gerke, yoga teacher and blogger via http://omdepartment.com Friday Featuring … The Shakes Or, more officially, Tension, Stress and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE). Intrigued by the idea that inducing involuntary tremors might be another way of tackling deep tension and chronic pain, in August of this year I went along to a day-long workshop run by Steve Haines to learn about shaking as a form of self-regulating the nervous system. I booked this workshop... Read More
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.