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What is TRE® ?

Tension, Stress and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE®) is a innovative health tool comprised of a series of exercises that induce a natural reflex  “tremor” mechanism of shaking or vibrating within your body. This natural mechanism assists in releasing muscle tension related to injury, stress or trauma over time in a safe and controlled manner and acts to calm the nervous system encouraging the body back to a natural relaxed state. 


TRE® was developed by Dr. David Berceli, an international expert in trauma intervention and conflict resolution.  His education as a Massage Therapist, Psychoneurologist, and Doctor of Social Work informed his observations of how individuals hold and release tension in their body tissues.  He saw that these natural shaking mechanics are the body’s built-in system for releasing muscle tension, thereby calming the body and mind.  This is supported by recent research that demonstrates stress and trauma have both psychological and physiological effects through muscle tension and guarding. The fundamentals of TRE® address both of these responses and can be utilized by almost everyone. 


When the human nervous system becomes activated, muscles begin to develop tightness. As that tightness builds, the muscles will begin to tremor (shake) – when the body doesn’t organically shake, chronic muscle tension patterns develop. TRE® initiates the release of these muscle tension patterns that develop from injury, accidents or periods of physical, mental, emotional or spiritual stress arising from lifestyle choices, stressful workplaces, difficult life events, repetitive movement patterns, or poor ergonomics.


After doing TRE®, many people report feelings of relaxation and a sense of peace. TRE® has helped thousands of people increase their wellness and reduce their stress globally. While TRE® is not a substitute for trauma recovery procedures of a medical or psychiatric/psychological nature, it can supplement other healing practices and can be a highly effective complement to the exercises given by your physiotherapist or body worker. 


TRE® is designed to be a self-help tool that, once learned, can be used independently, as needed, throughout one’s life. 


Individuals who have physical or psychological conditions that require strict regulation, individuals with fragile psychological defences, a complex history of trauma or restricting physical or medical limitations should be informed by and work with Certified TRE® Provider in performing these exercises. See TRE® Certification Training section for more information on becoming a Certified TRE® Provider. 


More information on TRE® , including research, training, and development, can be found at 


Reported Benefits Include:

  • Reduced Muscle and Back Pain

  • Healing of Old Injuries

  • Improved Sleep

  • Decreased Worry & Anxiety

  • Improved Energy and Endurance

  • Improved Athletic Recovery Time

  • Decreased Workplace Stress

  • Reduced Symptoms of PTSD

  • Greater Emotional Resilience

  • Relief from Chronic Medical Conditions

  • Increased Flexibility

  • Decreased Relationship Conflict

  • Improved Marital Relations

  • Decreased Symptoms of Vicarious Trauma

  • Lessened Anxiety around Serious Illness.

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