David Berceli’s TRE®
WHAT IS TRE®?
TENSION AND TRAUMA RELEASING EXERCISES
Like EFT, the Emotional Freedom Technique―Tapping, Tension and Trauma Release Exercises or TRE® is another self-administered protocol that is proving to be invaluable in terms of dealing with the stress and trauma stored in the body. TRE® was developed by Dr. David Berceli, a bio-energetic Therapist, who has a Ph.D. in Social Work, degrees in Arabic Theology.
How did TRE get created?
Dr. Berceli spent many years working with war-torn populations in Africa and the Middle East. What he observed, as well as experienced, was that when threatened by the stress or trauma of war the individual naturally contracted as a way to protect him or herself. But what Dr. Berceli also noticed was that when children were threatened, they not only contracted but also instinctively went into an involuntary shaking, which in essence released the contraction. This inspired Dr. Berceli to begin to research this phenomenon. With years of study and observation, he came to hypothesize that the body is not only genetically encoded to contract and protect the body from threats, it is also genetically encoded to activate involuntary tremoring which repairs and down-regulates the stress. However, shaking or involuntary tremors are not socially acceptable so by adulthood most are conditioned to block this natural repair process. The stressful and traumatic events, therefore, are never resolved.
This unresolved tension gets stored in our bodies and begins to impact our posture, our central nervous system, and our muscular structure — or as Dr. Bessel van der Kolk states, “the body keeps score.” The body does for us what we are unable or unwilling to do for ourselves. It stores our pain.
However, the brain is also impacted. Ordinarily, the brain operates with three distinct units that are inter-dependent. The brain stem governs the physical aspects such as breathing, etc. The limbic brain governs the emotional responses to our life. And the prefrontal cortex houses the rational mind. But when we experience trauma, these units separate. This inter-connectedness gets compromised. The rational mind is over-ridden by the limbic system. Our instincts kick in to enable us to survive. If the response to the threat is not resolved ― if the contraction is not released ― the brain stays separated and ailments result. We remain hyper-vigilant and reactive to events that are perceived as a threat whether they are real or imagined.
Dr. Berceli became committed to finding a way to respond to this dilemma. Inspired by what he observed he developed a series of exercises designed to complete the fight or flight response and thus address this separation energetically. Stretching, and in essence, pulling the muscles from their tight state of tension which has held the trauma, produces a looseness and flexibility that allows the shaking to naturally occur.
The Idea Behind TRE
As taken from TraumaPrevention.com, TRE® is based on the fundamental idea, backed by research, that stress, tension, and trauma are both psychological and physical. TRE® consists of an innovative series of exercises. Each exercise assists the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension, and trauma. The exercises safely activate a natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating that releases muscular tension, calming down the nervous system. When this muscular shaking/vibrating mechanism is activated in a safe and controlled environment, the body is encouraged to return back to its natural state of balance.
TRE®’s reflexive muscle vibrations generally feel pleasant and soothing. After doing TRE®, many people report feelings of peace and well-being. TRE® has helped many thousands of people globally.
Again, TRE®, like EFT, is designed to be a self-help tool that, once learned, can be used independently and as needed throughout one’s life, thereby continuously supporting and promoting personal health and wellness.
Cathryn is a certified provider of David Berceili’s Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE).
This protocol stands alone, but it also integrated into Cathryn’s 7-Point Integrated Healing Modality.