TRE - Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises

What is TRE?

TRE®, Tension & stress/Trauma Releasing Exercises. These exercises  evoke natural shaking (or tremors) in your body. The exercises  activate  your body’s healing mechanism in the brainstem to release tension and bring physical and emotional healing.

This shaking, also called neurogenic tremors, begins to release muscular tension  and fascial constrictions held within the body. When tension is released anywhere in the body, the brain registers a reduction in pain signals and produces new hormones of relaxation and comfort.


TRE® helps individuals release stress resulting from difficult life circumstances, immediate or prolonged stressful situations, or traumatic life experiences.


These neurogenic tremors are elicited from the psoas muscle.  This is the body’s centre of gravity. From there the tremors  spread up the back and down the legs and arms.  If not suppressed or interrupted it will continue until the entire chemical/hormonal/muscular build- up is  discharged..


Animals have a natural ability to tremor after experiencing any form of trauma or fear. Studies show that  animals in the wild do not develop  PTSD as they have this tremoring response. 


 Over centuries humans have stopped the natural  tremoring mechanism because we defined shaking as a weakness.


TRE® , has brought  the natural tremoring response back to us. People around the world can now benefit  from this wonderful physical and emotional healing  practice

What TRE can do for you?

  1. Cause deep relaxation that naturally reduce stress levels 
  2. Gives a sense of wellbeing/groundedness.
  3. Calm emotions from mild upset to severe anxiety, greater emotional resilience.     
  4. Less physical pain (e.g. Fibromyalgia, restless legs), increased mobility, flexibility and structural alignment.
  5. Improve symptoms of various medical conditions.
  6. Aid healing of past injuries.
  7. Helps for insomnia and better sleep patterns.
  8. Improve immune system and increase energy levels.
  9. Helps with self-esteem, confidence and creativity.
  10. Decreased symptoms of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
  11. It does not require lengthy therapy or even talking therapy,
  12. It involves a safe, simple to learn exercise that can be taught to a large group at a time, thereby making it useful for large scale trauma.
  13. It crosses cultural and language barriers.
  14. It can be easily learned and administered by non-professionals such as first attenders, paramedics, rescue workers, teachers, health care assistants, etc.
  15. It has a wide application and is therefore particularly suitable for South Africa.
  16. It’s inexpensive, available to population groups who are at the lower end of the socio-economic scale.
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