TRE (Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises) is a simple technique that uses exercises to release stress or tension from the body that accumulate from every day circumstances of life, from difficult situations, immediate or prolonged stressful situations, or traumatic life experiences. It is easily learned, immediately effective, self-empowering and does not involve talking about the trauma – the body does the work not the mind.

A set of seven exercises help to release deep tension from the body by evoking a self-controlled muscular shaking process in the body called neurogenic muscle tremors. The uniqueness of this technique is that this shaking originates deep in the core of the body of the psoas muscles. These gentle tremors reverberate outwards along the spine releasing tension from the sacrum to the cranium.

TRE is a breakthrough in trauma recovery and has been used by millions of people around the world as an effective tool for releasing chronic traumatic stress, physical tension and emotional trauma.

The exercises are a simple form of stretching and are used to gently trigger these voluntary muscle tremors. They can be done by anyone from age of 5 to 95, regardless of fitness levels. Once the technique is learned and mastered after several guided sessions, the warm-up exercises may be accelerated or replaced with your normal exercise activities, and the technique then becomes a quick and effective method for consistent relaxation. Eventually, these tremors will evoke themselves naturally to reduce any stress or tension in the body. With regular TRE one can literally erase deep tension and trauma that is stored/memorised within the body over decades.

The beauty of TRE is that one learns to listen to the own body, the neurological pathways get restored and a connection between mind and body gets renewed.


David Berceli, Ph.D. is an international expert in the areas of trauma intervention and conflict resolution. He is also the energetic and creative founder and CEO of Trauma Recovery Services (1998). For the past 22 years he has lived and worked in nine countries providing trauma relief workshops and designing recovery programs for international organizations around the world. Dave has lived and worked extensively in Israel/Palestine, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Yemen, Egypt, and Lebanon. Fluent in English and Arabic, David brings a keen understanding of the intertwining dynamics of religion and ethnic customs and has developed specific processes to enable people to manage personal trauma as well as bring healing and reconciliation between diverse groups.

He is the creator of this revolutionary and unique set of Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) that help release the deep chronic tension created in the body during a traumatic experience. David continues to be involved in trauma recovery programs not solely for the sake of reducing the suffering caused by trauma but because he has recognized globally that trauma possesses unique possibilities of transformation in the individual if they pursue their recovery process to its ultimate end.

Dr. Berceli’s books on Amazon:
The Revolutionary Trauma Release Process: Transcend Your Toughest Times
Shake It Off Naturally: Reduce Stress, Anxiety, and Tension with TRE