Mental Balance and Wellbeing
What is TRE? TRE is polyvagal-informed approach that teaches you simple exercises that you can use to evoke your body's own healing potential through a natural neurogenic tremoring process. These spontaneous movements that your body creates under your control can be generated through accessing the reflex system that is part of our body's autonomic nervous system. By interacting in this way, we together can access a type of movement experience that helps you rebalance and calm the body in a significantly different way than other cognitively directed techniques that focus on controlling or directing body movement and behavior.
As a result, TRE can be used as a complementary tool that helps assist individuals undergoing other cognitive based therapies including mental health therapy or talk therapy when you have appropriate management (with or without medication) and/or using successful self-regulation strategies. Under these types of conditions, working and training with the body's spontaneous movements to discharge energy, rebalance the nervous system, and remove tension can help with better recovery.
While most of us have been told that shaking and tremoring are signs of stress, fear, nervousness, weakness or symptoms of something wrong, anxiety, panic, or PTSD, this natural recovery reflex can also be used as a solution. This autoregulatory and self-care process exists in all mammals and humans and is a intuitive processes (amongst several others) that can help assist the body to release the unconscious neuromuscular and fascial tension associated with stress and trauma and that can also help with rebalancing of the autonomic nervous system and homeostasis.
Why TRE Works: Where other forms of cognitive based therapies involve discussion and revisiting of ones past history, TRE does not, and instead offers a alternative approach that allows discharging of energy and held muscular tension in the body through movement without the need for reexperiencing past experience or traumas. Where challenging histories exist or where talk therapy or mindfulness training has been shown to be ineffective, TRE can offer you a different approach through the body. By safely and effectively interacting with your body's tremors and spontaneous movement system, with your provider you learn to follow and let your body guide you through unique movements your body intuitively knows that can help you feel better and more embodied while at the same time staying in control. This can make using TRE a wonderful complementary tool that allows individuals to begin a new relationship with their body and experiences through movement.
You can learn TRE in as little as 5-10 minutes or it can be slowly be introduced over several sessions. Many often when first learning TRE are able to immediately use it as a self-care tool with minimal supervision. It requires no thinking and minimal physical effort which makes it a good tool for individuals where there is chronic fatigue or general movement and exercise is challenging. The spontaneous movements used often help create a overall calming effect on the body and mind that helps identify and address muscular and fascial tension that can interrupt recovery and sleep. TRE also helps improve creativity and performance under pressure due to it's accessibility to "flow states" and helps overall with self-regulation and stress management.
TRE may not be suitable for everyone and is not a replacement for mental health, talk therapy, or other cognitive based or training approaches. However, it can work well as a complementary tool to other approaches where talk therapy or mindfulness may be ineffective in helping. It is encouraged that if you wish to try TRE and are also currently receiving mental health counseling, using medication to manage symptoms, or are under any other health professional care for behavior management that you talk to your health provider or therapist to see if TRE may be a good option to include. We are more than happy to collaborate directly with your heath provider or therapist to talk more about the benefits of adding TRE in your wellness care.
What Are People Experiencing and What Are The Benefits of TRE?
Clearer Mind States for creativity and peak performance through releasing of subconscious muscular tension
Rebalancing of the Nervous System below level of conscious awareness
Supportive Recovery following traumatic events such as car accidents, natural disasters, giving birth, or loss of loved one
Building Resilience by down-regulating the nervous system and switching off hypervigilance
Strengthening Self-Regulation by developing greater capacity when working with behaviors that are linked to underlying states of nervous system imbalances
Assisting with Other Approaches and Therapies such as counseling, cognitive-based therapies, mindfulness, bodywork, rehabilitation programs, and other movement arts like Yoga and Pilates
Improving Relationships by shifting the nervous system towards more safe, secure, and relational states
Optimizing Performance that helps reduce recovery times, improve performance under pressure, and increase problem solving skills.