TRE® Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises

TRE® is a simple technique that uses exercises to release stress or tension from the body that accumulate from every day circumstances of life, from difficult situations, immediate or prolonged stressful situations, or traumatic life experiences (i.e., natural disasters, high stress, social or domestic violence).

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TRE® Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises

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TRE® is a simple technique that uses exercises to release stress or tension from the body that accumulate from every day circumstances of life, from difficult situations, immediate or prolonged stressful situations, or traumatic life experiences (i.e., natural disasters, high stress, social or domestic violence).  TRE® is a set of six exercises that help to release deep tension from the body by evoking a self-controlled muscular shaking process in the body called neurogenic muscle tremors. The uniqueness of this technique is that this shaking originates deep in the core of the body of the psoas muscles. These gentle tremors reverberate outwards along the spine releasing tension from the sacrum to the cranium.

1 on 1 sessions teach the client how to safely perform the exercises and develop their ability to self-regulate the process and practice on their own.  Modifications and other methods to amplify the process and facilitate deeper release are also offered in a safe space.

What is TRE?

TRE is a mechanism for releasing deep muscular stress and tension held within the body.More specifically, it is a physical practice that activates a natural reflex mechanism of vibration deep within the body. This sustained vibration allows the body and the nervous system to be calmed, restoring a grounded sense within the body.

What is the idea behind TRE?

TRE is based within the assumption that the experience of every-day stress and prior trauma express themselves in our body in BOTH psychological and physical ways. Examples of a few of the physical manifestations of stress include: muscle tension, soreness, pain, headaches, difficulty sleeping, diarrhea or constipation. Oftentimes, it can be challenging and frustrating to relieve the stress in our lives through direct psychological work. TRE allows one to release some amount of both every-day stress and built up trauma in the body through a physical exercise that can be practiced in the home. Tension release in the body oftentimes leads the brain to register a reduction in the fight or flight signals, contributing to a reduction in stress and pain.

Will TRE help me?

TRE is best seen as a tool for self-care, complementary to other wellness practices. Once learned through a trained practitioner, TRE can be used as needed, throughout one’s life, asa tool applied at home. Reported benefits of the practice include, but are not limited to:decreased anxiety, reduced symptoms of PTSD, improved relationships, more energy, better sleep, increased flexibility, healing of old injuries, less workplace stress, and greater emotional resiliency. Many patients report a restored sense of well-being after the practice of TRE. It is a safe and effective stress release technique for most. However, it is important to note that not everyone finds relief through this practice. If this is your experience after several weeks of practice, then likely TRE is not the best option for you.

What should I expect?

TRE is a practice that incorporates physical activity to stress and stretch certain muscle groups. Think back to the last time you did an intense workout. Did you experience a wobbly or shaky feeling within your muscles? TRE uses exercises to reach a similar point of release and push further and hold the muscular vibration mechanism.

One area of focus for release of muscle tension during TRE is the iliopsoas region. Specifically, the psoas muscle is a muscle that connects the lower back to the pelvis. It is believed that this is one of the muscles that holds a considerable amount of our physical and emotional stress that we carry in our bodies.

Although TRE exercises may appear easy, the greatest value and safety in learning TRE is with a Certified TRE Provider

Developed by Laura Van Leuven, medical student at the University of Wisconsin Schoolof Medicine and Public Health and Alex Greene, LMT, TRE.

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Alex Greene

Alex Greene

60 min - $120  |  90 min - $165

Ellen McKenzie

Ellen McKenzie

60 min - $120  |  90 min - $165

Vanessa Allard

Vanessa Allard

60 min - $120  |  90 min - $165

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