FAQ for TRE (Tension, Stress & Trauma Release Exercise)

What does Self-Regulation mean in TRE?

Self-regulation is the ability to tolerate and control ones emotions, thoughts, feelings, and sensations independently of external supervision or regulation. Cognitive neuroscience research suggests that successful self-regulation is dependent on top-down control from the prefrontal cortex over subcortical regions involved in survival and emotion.

Self-regulatory collapse is when the individual cannot control their own overwhelming emotions, thoughts, feelings, and sensations.

What are the TRE Self Regulation guidelines?

These exercises should be done only if they are pleasurable and you feel safe and grounded in the process.  If you begin to experience physical pain adjust your position and/or modify the speed or intensity in a way that relieves the pain. If no adjustment and/or modification can be found, stop the process, sit up and get a glass of water.

If you are feeling emotionally overwhelmed and/or uncomfortable, slow down or stop the TRE process until you feel safe and grounded again. Once again sit up and get a glass of water.

If you are doing TRE for the first time, TRE for All, Inc. recommend you only tremor for a maximum of 15 minutes and only do TRE 3 or 4 times a week.

Once you have learned the skills of “self regulation” and you have been doing TRE for a few weeks you can lengthen your tremor time and/or increase your frequency at your own discretion.

Are there any special conditions or directives about doing TRE alone?

TRE is a safe and effective stress release technique for most people. Although the exercises appear simple and easy to learn, the deepest value to learning TRE is with a Certified TRE Provider.  Though many people report immediate benefits from a single session of TRE, it is recommended that TRE is used as a consistent practice on an as-needed basis, either alone or in groups, to sustain its benefits over time.

It is imperative that persons with any clinical diagnoses or psychiatric conditions, or persons taking medications for any diagnoses or conditions, consult their medical professional or a Certified TRE Provider* to ensure they learn TRE self-regulation appropriately and correctly.  It is your responsibility to match your needs with the skills of your Certified TRE® Provider. You can contact a Certified TRE Provider if you have questions or if you feel anxious, confused and/or concerned. www.traumaprevention.com/findaprovider

*Certified TRE Providers have a wide range of professional expertise, skills, and experiences.  It is your responsibility to research the qualifications of the person you contact to make sure they have the knowledge, skills & experience you need for your particular situation.  Each provider is independent of TRE for All, Inc. and it is their responsibility to work within their scope of practice and licensure.

Why does TRE® make people feel better?

The exercises activate a shaking mechanism, which causes the muscles to relax. Relaxing tense muscle patterns can often reduce stress in the spine, neck, shoulders, and pelvis. When tension is released anywhere in the body, the brain registers a reduction in pain signals, producing new hormones that promote healing.

Why is TRE® a revolutionary tool for everyday stress, anxiety or trauma?

These unique, yet simple, exercises activate an involuntary shaking in the muscles. Therefore, an individual does not use the conscious control of their body or brain that most relaxation techniques rely upon. TRE taps the unconscious part of the brain so one can actually watch TV or listen to music and allow the shaking do all the work.

How do people benefit from periodic TRE® practice, stress management and popular relaxation techniques?

Stress, anxiety, and trauma are common events in people’s lives. We often experience stress on a daily level, either at home or at work. The body constantly responds to elevated levels of stress by contracting the muscles to ‘get through’ the problem. However, we seldom recognize these contractions until we experience pain, discomfort or illness. By practicing preventative techniques like TRE, we can prevent stress and tension levels from elevating to a point of chronic illness.

Why does TRE® seem to improve sleep and build resilience?

The body intuitively knows how and when to put itself to sleep. Difficulty sleeping is simply a symptom that something is out of balance with the body. Sleeplessness is often the signal that stress, anxiety, and tension are causing the “sleep mechanism” to not activate properly.

Deep muscular relaxation, which TRE elicit, induces the body to activate the rest/digest, relaxation response of the parasympathetic nervous system that allows the body to sleep. Resiliency can be attained when the individual can work, respond to stress, play, and then rest. If deep adequate rest, and the relaxation response, is not a part of the individual’s daily life, resiliency is compromised.

Integrating TRE® into Work and other Health Modalities

How is it used as a therapeutic tool to reduce anxiety, anger, stress, tension and post trauma symptoms?

It can be used as a therapeutic tool because these symptoms can be difficult to manage at times. They might seem overwhelming. The process of using this tool in a therapeutic context provides the therapist with the ability to use the body as part of the stress reduction process without needing to have advanced degrees in body psychotherapy.

Why can periodic TRE® help reduce workplace conflict and facilitate cooperation?

Conflict is caused by stress and tension whether at work or at home. People who are calm and relaxed do not experience much conflict. However, remaining in a place of calmness and relaxation is difficult because daily life challenges our relaxed state. Periodic TRE continually reduces the levels of daily stress and anxiety in the body that give the person access to a more relaxed state of mind. The combination of a relaxed body and a relaxed mind can lead to a reduction of conflict in all areas of one’s life.

How does TRE® compliment yoga, meditation, exercise workouts, and spiritual practices?

Exercise, workouts, and yoga often reduce tension in the muscles and help increase strength and flexibility. Many tension patterns and contractions are deep inside the body, often without our conscious awareness. TRE uncovers these less conscious but obvious tension patterns. The contractions release tension at this deeper level. When this occurs, the body takes on greater flexibility and resilience.

This increased awareness of a ‘deeper sense of self’ often extends itself into the realm of the ‘spiritual’ to which many people aspire. Once there is a deeper felt sense of oneself, there is a natural deeper sense of connection to others and the ‘universe’ or the ‘spiritual’.


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