TRE®, Embodiment, and Craniosacral Therapy
TRE® Trauma Releasing Exercises
TRE is a series of 7 exercises, developed by Dr. David Berceli intended to initiate the natural involuntary neuro-physiological tremor response in the body by activating the psoas muscle. The Psoas is the first muscle to contract during stress in a natural response to protect our body from harm, and affects to the nervous system, brain, and body. Acute stressful events or long-term stress can keep this muscle contracted and create imbalances in many systems of the body.
One of the main benefits of TRE is to help us learn how to self-regulate by staying connected to our experience during the TRE process as tension in the psoas and body is slowly released. This release helps calm the nervous system, helps us return to a state of perceived safety, instead of remaining in a state of perceived danger, and helps us become more embodied and engaged in life.
According to Dr Berceli,
"The Psoas muscles are a particular set of muscles considered the fight/flight muscles... During any traumatic experience, the psoas muscles contract to protect the underbelly of the (body). These muscles, that connect the back with the pelvis and the legs, remain contracted until the danger is over. To heal from trauma contractions, these deep set of muscles must shake out their protective tension to relax. When the shaking response of the psoas muscles is evoked at this powerful center of the body it reverberates throughout the entire body looking for deep chronic tension in its path and naturally dissolving it."
Some beneficial results from this process can be greater resiliency to stress, better sleep, decreased hypervigilance, increased self-regulation and embodiment, better vagal tone, and increased social engagement.
However, some people can have adverse or strong physical and/or emotion responses after doing TRE. It is my desire and goal to make this a safe and positive experience. I will provide you with as much information as possible so you can make an informed decision. Likewise, it's important for me to know some background information about you so we can both decide if this is the right modality for you.
This modality will help you learn to listen to the body which requires consciously connecting to your sensate experience. Learning to self-regulate helps us remain in better control of our experience and responses and helps us feel more empowered and confident in our life. Using TRE and embodiment practices regularly in a slow and conscious way can help release stress and unwind many physical, mental, and emotional patterns.
I will help you notice certain emotional or physical cues that may be signals telling your body it’s time to rest or stop the TRE process completely. This is self-regulation. We are looking for small releases at a time, like a pressure valve slowly being released. This keeps the body from overcharging, or becoming overwhelmed with emotion or sensation. To help you stay grounded and connected to your body while using TRE, I will be doing guided body centered meditations before and after the TRE practice.
In addition, I use tools from Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing Modality (taught in my TRE training ) including, grounding, resourcing, pendulation, orienting and titration to help clients build a sense of safety in their body. Grounding is a basic guided practice of body scanning and feeling connected and rooted in the body. Resourcing is a body centered guided visualization, and I typically use a heart coherence style based off HeartMath Institute. Orienting is a practice to help clients connect to their external environment. This practice can build a sense of external safety, to bring a client back to the present moment after a period of internal focus, and is also useful to interrupt repetitive behavior and negative thoughts.
Resourcing, grounding and orienting, could be the sole focus for a client session to help de-stress, cultivate and embody a sense of joy, safety, stability, and confidence (or whatever their intention is). If they wish to explore further, I introduce pendulation and titration. These practices help the client to slowly connect to areas of pain or discomfort in the body, and bring the resource they cultivated to the areas. This helps the client learn to self-soothe and feel more relaxed and empowered. I also include focus on the breath in all these practice to help calm the nervous system and provide a present moment anchor point for the client.
This modality has been one of the most effective modalities for calming my nervous system down, increasing my energy, and having consistent sleep.
Craniosacral Therapy is a light touch modality that helps to release stored tension in the body resulting in greater ease and flow within the entire body and nervous system. By tuning into the craniosacral rhythm of the cerbrospinal fluid to check for frequency, amplitude and symmetry, and lightly touching the fascia and bones to check for ease of movement, we can begin to release tension, discomfort, and stress in the body and nervous system. As the tension begins to release, the nervous system can regulate back into more parasympathetic mode, helping to decrease stress, pain and inflammation. Clients are fully clothed the entire session and it is even possible to work off the body if this is more comfortable for the client.
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