TRE - Tension, Stress & Trauma Releasing Exercises

Shaking Loose & Natural To Feel Better In Life


TRE stands for “Tension, Stress & Trauma Release Exercises”. It’s a series of 7 simple exercises that bring the body into voluntary shaking. This shaking supports the body in the most natural way to release deep muscular patterns of stress, tension or trauma which brings the body-mind back into a state of natural balance. The exercises are effective in releasing accumulated everyday stress as much as deep-seated trauma like PTSD. They work through activating a natural reflex mechanism of tremors that calm the nervous system once they are practiced with an overall feeling of safety. To feel safe, the practitioner can slow down or stop the shaking any time. 


In the process of the 7 exercises, some muscle groups in the body are brought into a state of fatigue. Then in the last exercise, when lying on the floor, the body is invited to go into a voluntary but uncontrolled shaking for 15 or 20 minutes. It’s important to stay comfortable during the entire session and to avoid physical exhaustion, emotional flooding or overwhelm and dissociation (spacing out and leaving the body, day-dreaming). It’s the responsibility of the TRE facilitator to provide a safe and controlled environment, to observe the clients’ nervous system for any sign of sympathetic nervous system activation and to support a sense of safety and presence in the body throughout the shaking process.


It’s usually those muscle groups shaking loose that are known for holding deep seated tension or trauma, these muscles in the frontline of the body that naturally make the body contract or curl up in case of dangerous events: diaphragm, belly muscles, iliacus and psoas. Releasing tension especially from those muscles can support the practitioner to “open up” again – physically and mentally – and to bring a feeling of expansion and increased aliveness.


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