TRE – Trauma Release Exercise

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TRE Stands for Trauma Release Excercise. It is a technique that helps release trauma or tension from the body. People who have experienced traumatic events, such as bullying, accidents, death, abuse, or war, for example, can have a hard time dealing with these events. As we know, negative psychological and social situations can get stored in tension in our bodies. Ask any massage therapist about how stress can be felt physically in the body.

Stress seems like it comes from outside sources, and in a way, it does. But the events trigger emotions inside us. Living life with anxiety or trauma symptoms is not a fun way to live life. These symptoms can affect the cognitive mind to think clearly, for example, and holding on to fear and anxiety is exhausting.  The combination of a dysfunctional mind and negative emotion may reduce a person’s life quality big time because he cannot function in everyday life tasks. Get a better functional mind:

Being Triggered:

It is also common for people to experience being triggered. This may come as a surprise for other people perceiving this behavior. In their view, suddenly, it “snaps” for a person, seemingly out of the blue. Fight, flight, and freeze are instinctual responses that can be seen in people who either experience a threatening situation or perceive a situation to be frightening. This means that cues in the environment can trigger the “perceived threat” and fire off one of these responses. Learn about the fight, flight and other responses:

Percieved threat, fight and flight, freeze, responses - TRE

A person may get triggered just by thinking of the situation. Your body is like a computer that is meant to process information. A human can also get too much information, so we get “over-processed”. Traumatic events can be a shock to the human body/mind – and too many impressions to process. This will lead to unprocessed material/information circling in the body/mind complex, creating – problems.

Science has shown that people who have experienced brutal bullying have a change in their gene expression. And the theory behind TRE is that “trapped energy” is stored between the muscles in the body. Tense muscles happen because the person is in an “alert mode” to watch out for danger. And because of the shock, the body has not had time to express emotions and go through standard processing.

Alert mode, shock, trapped energy, repression - TRE

TRE helps the body to express or to finish expressing the different emotions and sensations that is appropriate according to the situations experienced. Half felt emotions could be super nasty and intense and are not completing the loop. As stated, the usual way of things is to 1. experience. 2. feel feelings fully expressed feelings to the end without interruptions, shock, or repressions to the system.

TRE is known as body-oriented therapy.

The reason is that you work with your body since this is the place the tension is stored in the muscles. When the tense muscles are relaxing, there will be a discharge of energy, emotions felt, and the processing cycle is complete. The body is also synonymous with “the unconscious mind”. Information gets stored in the body, things that are outside of your awareness get stored in your body.

Body oriented therapy, tense muscles, shaking, induce tremors - TRE

TRE uses specific postures that will put weight on the tense muscles. When this happens, the tense muscles will start shaking; you will induce tremors. This is a mechanism the body has naturally. Shaking and tremoring is a way for the body to “shake off” horrible things. Animals do it, too; they experience something terrible, shake, and move on with their life. Humans have this mechanism also; just like crying, it is a natural mechanism. But because society has repeatedly told us that we couldn’t show emotions, implicitly or explicitly,  people don’t do always do this.

The reason we don’t all shake:

Teachers and others tell children to “sit still”. Be quiet, be calm, etc. Therefore, shaking your body is something, especially in the west, we have repressed. TRE posture and movement activates this shaking, activates the automatic body releasing mechanism. After shaking, you can get material and emotions up to the surface. Emotions are expressing themselves. It can be intense. BUT, this is the last time this issue will process through your body before it’s out of the system forever…

repressed, release, Re-activated, Re-triggered - TRE

It’s better to process it properly and be done with it. Then being RE-activated, RE triggered hundreds of times in the future by all kinds of cues. If you think about the issue, you will nail that. If you just do the exercise and not think about something specific, your body will only release something ‘randomly’. (probably your most intense issue).

As a little side note: It’s crucial to release emotions AND fix things cognitively. Many people just think of the logical things to do. But, emotions are like the glue that stops us from achieving our goals for example. Look at “resistance”. It’s like driving a car with your brakes on. No, or slow movement. Your emotions are like driving a car with your brakes forth. The feelings need to be released if you want to think clearly, have abundant energy, and be motivated. Cognitive therapy may work for people who have not been traumatized too heavily, but the massive tool is TRE, to get to the bottom of issues, to release emotions.

Here is a short video showing TRE:

And oh.. The US army is using TRE, to help their soldiers and war veterans, to release some of their traumas. Here is their official web page:

28 comments on “TRE – Trauma Release Exercise

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    1. Dating Guru

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  6. Butterfly :)

    Hello 🙂
    Have you ever experience som results of TRE, In case, what?
    I have heard about some exercises – and have tried some. I began to get tears and pain, and got som thoughts and feelings up, but it helped.

    1. Dating Guru

      Hey! Yes, I have done TRE myself. The Trauma Release experience works great for smaller tensions as well.
      I have learned to shake my upper body while doing the exercises. Its normal to get feelings up to the surface. It is part of the releasing process. Good to hear that it worked for you!

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  10. Caty -kat

    Halo 🙂

    This is very powerful! Lots of emotions, thoughts, and tensions, and tremors that emerge.

    What do you think?

    1. Dating Guru

      I think it is important to do the exercises even if you feel a lot of emotions. After releasing them, it will all be worth it!
      Happy releasing!

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  16. Traumas

    If what you are writing here is correct, then this therapy form will revolutionize psychology and help people out of human suffering.

    1. author

      Yes, it will. The Us army has used this therapy form on military veterans that have been in war.
      After doing some session with this technique, they were functional again.

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