Trauma and tension release exercises (TRE) is premised on a biological understanding of how the body holds difficult experience, and how this holding restricts health and happiness. A simple set of stretching exercises are designed to fatigue muscular holding to the point where involuntary shaking or tremoring occurs, which is the body’s way of releasing excess adrenal charge and finding a state of balance in the autonomic nervous system. This self-regulation mechanism can often be seen in animals, but is something that we socialised apes have learned to resist. For more information, go here: http://trecollege.com/about-tre/
TRE can be a useful adjunct to meditation, as it helps us to become more comfortably present to our embodied experience, the basis for establishing mindfulness. At the same time it feeds large amounts of contents rich inner body experience into the central nervous system, promoting plasticity, vitality and a sense of wholeness.
The class will include some discussion of the background to the method and how it works, and a chance to share any needs or expectations. Then we will go through the simple exercises and shake, and finally have a chance to feedback our experience