TRE® (Tension and Trauma Release Exercise) is a simple set of movements that turn on our body’s natural re balancing process – providing immediate relaxation. By releasing everything from everyday stress to deeply held physical tension and trauma, TRE® frees us up to meet life’s challenges with greater skill and ease. Our bodies do the work; we get relief without needing to process or retell our story.
TRE® as a new method to manage stress and release trauma, works on many levels:
⦁ Neurologically: helps to restore the capacity of the brain to operate from higher cortical functions – improving concentration & focus and helps to restore our autonomic nervous system – leaving us feeling calmer, more peaceful, balanced and connected
⦁ Anatomically: helps to relax muscles and fascia improving posture and mobility
⦁ Biochemically: helps to rebalance the body’s chemistry thereby restoring homeostasis
Watch this 5 minute video below for a quick explanation
TRE® is a powerful modality to assist a wide variety of individuals and groups to cope better with the demands of life. While it is extremely effective as a stand-alone practice, it also deepens all other stress-relief practices such as mindfulness, yoga, and meditation and supports trauma counselling and psychological interventions.
The following improvements have been researched and confirmed after 3 months of continual TRE® ( two sessions per week average) :
- Better sleeping patterns and quality of sleep
- Less anxiety and tension in everyday life
- Less reactivity and greater calm under stress
- Substantial improvement of stress related muscle tension, especially neck and shoulder as well as lower back pain
- Less headache and migraine
- More general flexibility of joints and stronger muscle tone
- Improvement of work and family relations
- Better self care
- Greater sense of empowerment
- Ability to stay away from unhealthy habits
The insights taught with TRE® – the scientific basis of the method – allow everyone to immediately evaluate the ‘truth’ of what has been taught by ‘personal experience’ and integrate it in their life in a self-directed and individualized way.
TRE® is a powerful tool for personal development, the result of continued practice greatly improve
- Grounding and
- Emotional and physical resilience
Please note: TRE® is not a substitute for trauma counselling or other proven and endorsed methods and therapies in the treatment of chronic stress and trauma.
It is not said to ‘heal trauma’ and all individuals who are suffering from or diagnosed Bi-polar, PTSD or Developmental Trauma are advised to learn TRE® with a qualified Provider. Individuals under psychiatric care and/ or medication are advised to learn TRE® with a qualified Provider and include their therapist or doctor in the process. There are medical Doctors, Psychologists and Counselors among our TRE® Providers who can answer questions and give advice.
TRE® FOR AFRICA FOUNDATION
– find out about our organisation. Are you or your NGO involved in caring for people who have been traumatized or who are suffering from chronic stress ? Contact us to talk about project work, collaboration and funding.
To tell you more about WHAT WE DO – WHERE WE DO IT and WHO DOES WHAT we have compiled a list of current and past TRE Projects. Project work involves teaching TRE to people who who need help in recovering from trauma and stress but do not have access to counselling or therapy. It also involved TRAINING people to teach others how to use TRE in the context of their work in an NGO, NPO, Government Department or other Organisation. What all projects in this Infograph have in common is that the work was done either Pro Bono or paid for by TRE for Africa, other NPO’s, NGO’s, Government Depts. or other organisations or business partners.
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Here is an excerpt of the project list. Click on it to access the related page.