I’m very proud about this and the following post. I had the privilege to do TRE with the Men’s and Women’s Health Editors who each wrote an article..
We all know that stress manifests in the body and many people experience stomach ache, hair loss, twitching and more – all from stress. Similarly practitioners who recommend TRE or Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises believe that traumatic experiences can release chemicals into the body, which could make you tired; give you insomnia; cause depression; anxiety and worry…
What Is It? TRE uses techniques or exercises, developed by Dr David Berceli, to release tension deep within your muscles. The exercises cause shaking in a controlled and sustained manner. This shaking, also called neurogenic tremors, begin to release deep chronic muscular tension held within the body. They come from the centre of gravity of the body, which is protected by the psoas muscle. When shaking is evoked, it reverberates throughout the entire body, travelling along the spine and releasing deep chronic tension from the sacrum to the cranium. When tension is released anywhere in the body, the brain registers a reduction in pain signals and produces new hormones for relaxation and comfort. Often, this release of tension is much like receiving an internal massage.
What For? It can release emotions ranging from mild upset to severe anxiety, whether it’s caused by work stress, excessive worry, conflict in relationships, physical stresses or trauma from accidents. Additionally, TRE has been reported to reduce pain, increase mobility and aid the healing of past injuries.
What We Thought? WH’s Thamar Houliston gives TRE a try… “When I first saw the video of people shaking, I must say I was more than a bit skeptical, but upon meeting and chatting to Manuela Wall, who has her own TRE practice in Cape Town, the idea of releasing tension made perfect sense to me – especially since I suffer quite badly from IBS when I’m stressed. We started the session off with some very light exercises, which cause your muscles to twitch or tremor. I didn’t think that it would work for me because I’m a bit of a control freak and find it hard to just let go. After about 15 minutes of being relaxed and in a ‘safe space’, which Manuela said is key for the exercises to work, I did tremor a bit. Afterwards I felt extremely relaxed. Manuela said I would sleep very well and I found that I didn’t move even once in the night and slept straight through! I don’t think that this kind of therapy is for me – I’d rather throw some weights around. However, we all hold tension in our bodies and have stress, so anyone can benefit from TRE – whether you have suffered trauma or not. Once you have learnt the exercises after a few sessions, you can practice on your own. Manuela says that she does these after gym each day for about 15 minutes, which works for her.”
Interested? Suitable for all ages and fitness levels, you can join a group or you can have one-on-one session. Manuela and her colleague Christine run weekly classes on Wednesdays at 6-7.30pm at 6 Spin Street, City Bowl, Cape Town. You can book six classes for a cost of R1000, which can be taken over an eight-week period starting at any time. Or if you can’t commit to a full course, register ahead and you can ‘drop-in’ to a group session to experience TRE. Cost per session R200. For more information or to register for a group or private session visit tretransforms.wordpress.com
Not in Cape Town? For more information see http://www.traumaprevention.com.
Article by Thamar Houliston – http://womenshealthsa.co.za/blogs/wh-tests-tension-and-trauma-release/