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Trauma Release Exercises (TRE®)

While people tend to respond to trauma differently, there is an innate response humans experience, and this is what TRE works to unlock. The natural reaction to trauma is tremors or shaking, which helps release tension, stress and unresolved trauma.

In the modern world, many people feel they need to suppress these emotions and may be unable to acknowledge their presence. TRE helps people working on recovery learn to embrace these feelings so they can healthily let them go. Give us a call at (866) 750-0763 to learn how you can start healing today.

Benefits of TRE

TRE offers many benefits for people entering their recovery journeys from addiction or trauma. Several of these advantages include:

  • Improving emotional resilience.
  • Releasing trauma or stress without needing to rehash it or “talk it out.”
  • Helping you feel more grounded and peaceful.
  • Increasing your energy and concentration.
  • Decreasing aches and pains.
  • Enhancing sleep.

After you learn how to do TRE and practice it with a professional, you can also use it as a self-help technique wherever and whenever you want.

Techniques in TRE

Seven trauma-releasing exercises are used for TRE, targeting specific muscles that correlate to muscular tension. By performing these exercises, you will calm your nervous system and feel more balanced.

Specifically, TRE focuses on leg muscles associated with your fight-or-flight response, such as the Psoas. The exercises will help induce shaking that releases tension and gets you to a space of calmness.

The basic tenants of TRE are:

  • Warm-up exercises: You will do simple exercises that prepare your body and muscles for shaking and tremors. These exercises stretch or stress your muscles mildly.
  • Activation: After the exercises, your body should enter the natural shaking or tremors — called neurogenic muscle tremors. You will feel an emotional and physical release and learn how to control the intensity and timing of stress and trauma release.
  • Rest: Your body will settle, and you will start to acknowledge and accept the emotions that appeared during TRE to help your brain establish new relaxation patterns and release endorphins.

When you first learn TRE, a professional will guide you in a safe setting so you can eventually learn how to do it independently.

TRE for Addiction Recovery

Working with a therapist who knows TRE can help people recovering from addiction and trauma gain more understanding of themselves. You will learn how and where stress and trauma are stored in your body and how they relate to your substance use disorder. Then, you and your therapist will work on letting those feelings go so you can feel renewed on your recovery journey.

Practicing TRE for a few minutes weekly can help you release problematic behaviors and patterns that have become part of your daily routine, such as substance use. TRE can help people with addiction on their road to recovery when used with other holistic treatment methods.

How The Sanctuary Can Help

TRE is a holistic approach that helps release trauma and stress and restore balance within the body and mind. If you would like to learn how to apply TRE or other natural treatments to your recovery process, The Sanctuary at Sedona can help. Call (866) 750-0763 to talk with a counselor today!

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