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. David 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.
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.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING / AFTER A SESSION
Some people can have strong physical and/or emotion responses during or 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.
There are some common experiences that can occur during or after a TRE session which can last a few days after a session. Once the tremors have been initiated, he body may continue to release in different ways, both physical and emotional/mental. Because of this delayed release, it is important that in the beginning of your TRE journey, the sessions are done for a short duration and with continued awareness being brought to the body and emotional state. This allows for a slow and controlled release of tension.
Some experiences include:
Spontaneous tremors in short durations throughout the day or when exercising / stretching
Feelings of heat rising or releasing from body
Emotions releasing - anger, anxiety, sadness, joy, laughter, etc.