TRE – trauma releasing exercises

What is TRE2

In the video below you can see this ‘shaking mechanism’ in nature:

TRE (tension and trauma releasing exercises) was developed by Dr David Berceli.  While working in war zones he noticed that  the human body instinctually and automatically contracted when a bomb went off to protect the vulnerable and exposed parts in the front of the body.  He also noticed that young children would shake and that was also instinctual and automatic and that adults would do it too if we didn’t stop ourselves.  He figured out that this shaking mechanism was the body’s own way to undo the contraction to return to homeostasis.  He confirmed this through his studies of the human body and animals exhibiting the same behavior in the wild.  He than figured out a series of exercises that would turn on that same shaking mechanism to return the body to a balanced state and called it TRE.


Key to TRE


TRE and DoD


I use TRE (tension and trauma releasing exercises) to get the body to shake.   Shaking is nature’s release valve for your body to get rid of trapped energy, stress, tension, and traumas.  Shaking also puts your body into a healing mode.   When the sympathetic nervous system (the fight or flight system) is turned on the brain releases certain chemicals and hormones into the body to give it the energy it needs to either fight or run like hell.  When this system is turned on due to everyday stresses or extraordinary circumstances the body still is filled with this energy but when we don’t dissipate the energy with running or fighting it stays in the body and is very uncomfortable and toxic to our bodies.  What these exercises do is to turn on a natural shaking mechanism in your brain and opens the release valve.   What else does shaking do for you?  When you are under stress or tension your body tightens.  All negative emotions will cause your body to tighten.  Shaking helps your body to let go and relax which then signals your brain to relax.  It helps you feel better, sleep better and respond instead of react.


muscles stress


TRE, unlike other modalities, is designed to rid the body of this deeply held physical tension and bring the body back to a natural balance where all the systems are working in harmony. New benefits of TRE reveal themselves everyday, as the body releases held tension and traumatic events.  Healing occurs on many different levels both physical and emotional. By reducing stress and tension levels within the body, these exercises have secondary benefits that encompass many areas of an individual’s life, such as those listed below.

Reported Benefits Include:

  • Less Worry & Anxiety
  • Reduces Symptoms of PTSD
  • More Energy & Endurance
  • Improved Marital Relationships
  • Less Workplace Stress
  • Better Sleep
  • Less Relationship Conflict
  • Reduced Muscle & Back Pain
  • Increased Flexibility
  • Greater Emotional Resiliency
  • Decreases Symptoms of Vicarious Trauma
  • Healing of Old Injuries
  • Lessened Anxiety surrounding Serious Illness
  • Relief from Chronic Medical Conditions


I combine TRE with the other healing modalities I’ve studied including tuning forks, Tibetan Singing Bowls, focusing, massage and more.


Body let go


To learn more about Dr Berceli and TRE click here

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