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TRE® or Trauma and Tension Release Exercises, is a somatic body based practice for people suffering with stress, anxiety, trauma or PTSD.

"It doesn’t require talking about an event, feeling or issue, therefore it overcomes the language barriers that can bring up added stress. TRE® includes a series of easy stretches using the muscles of the lower body and builds up a little shaking in the legs. Once the body is shaking, you lie on the floor, and encourage these natural vibrations to move through the body, without trying to control them. Most people enjoy the sensation of shaking; for some, they report a physical or emotional release, without becoming overwhelmed by the process.

The TRE® mechanism, or shaking ability, exists in all mammals and humans. It is the body’s most natural and organic way of unravelling contracted or tight stress patterns, as well as reducing the charge of stress hormones and unhealthy chemical build up, bringing the body back into it’s natural balance and a stable condition.

TRE® is recommended for anyone who is feeling stressed, anxious or traumatized (including those who have witnessed other people’s trauma).  It helps those who suffer from pain, inflammation or tightness in their body. It can also help people who have health, financial, family or housing concerns as well as addiction. If you have been involved in a vehicle or work place accident it can help to overcome the stress and trauma that comes with an accident. So in short, TRE® can help anyone who might be at a point in life where stress, overwhelm, anxiety and pain is compromising their health and wellbeing.

After practicing TRE® people often use the words ‘grounded’, ‘relaxed’ and ‘calmer’ to describe their feelings. After a period of several months people have reported relief from illnesses such as Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Eczema and IBS. People who suffer from migraines, headaches, back pain etc can experience relief from pain as well as relief from emotions like fear, anger, worry and anxiety.

Every individual has their own history of trauma and stress which means that some people may require more sessions of TRE® with a practitioner and some are just able to learn it and then do the exercises by themselves. Once the technique is learned and regulated, it is recommended to continue with TRE® a few times a week (or when required) as a self-help tool for good health, resiliency and freedom from stress." -

Key Principles of trauma informed care:

  • Trauma awareness

        Understanding and exploring the impact of criticism, experiences of 

        abandonment, lack of adult support, and a curiosity about the role of early

        development trauma on interpersonal deficits and mood/anxiety

  • Emphasis of safety and trustworthiness, predictability, consistency, crisis planning, and discussions about trust

  • Opportunity for choice, collaboration and connection


  • Strengths-based and skill building

       Viewing all behaviours and interactions as adaptations, and possible survival

       resources, and building on these

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