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What is TRE®? (Trauma Releasing Exercises)

TRE® is an innovative series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma. Created by Dr. David Berceli, PhD, TRE® safely activates 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 go from a high-activation, charged state to a state of calm & balance. It naturally discharges tension from stressful or difficult situations, traumatic life events (e.g. natural disaster, abuse, domestic violence etc.) or every day circumstances (e.g. school exams, job stress, financial concerns etc.)

TRE® is based on the fundamental idea, backed by recent research, that stress, tension and trauma is both psychological and physical. TRE®’s reflexive muscle vibrations generally feel pleasant and soothing.  After doing TRE®, many people report feelings of peace and well-being

How did TRE® develop?

Dr. David Berceli, Ph.D is an international expert in the areas of trauma intervention and conflict resolution.

TRE® emerged out of his work with large traumatized communities while living in Africa and the Middle East. His observation and exploration in countries experiencing natural disasters & internal conflicts led him to understand that this natural shaking/vibrating response appears to be the body’s own built-in system for quieting down the brain and releasing muscular tension as a way of healing itself from chronic stress, tension and trauma. TRE® has helped many thousands of people globally including U.S military personnel, international relief agencies and government and non-government organizations. For example it was used successfully by the Chinese government as one of four modalities to be used in the recovery assistance program of the earthquake survivors of the Sichuan Province.

Dr. Berceli is a Clinical Social Worker (PhD), Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), Board Certified Psycho-neurologist (PN), Certified Field Traumatologist, (CFT), and Spiritual Director (MS).

How does it work?

Stressful experiences often cause very deep muscle contractions designed to provide protection to the body to help it survive the stressful or traumatic event. It is essential to release this chronic tension pattern after the stressful event has ended to help prevent the development of physical pain and muscular constrictions.

Once the stressful event is over, the body’s nervous system is designed to literally shake out deep muscular tension patterns and help the body return to its normal relaxed state. However, due to our overemphasis on the ‘thinking mind’, we have suppressed this shaking mechanism so that it no longer has the opportunity to naturally reduce muscular tension and return our bodies to a healthy, relaxed state.

Through TRE®, we can self-induce this effortless, sustained, neuro-muscular vibration or shaking mechanism and experience its many benefits.

The Exercises

TRE® is a set of easy to follow exercises that help the body to activate a tremoring response. This ‘body shaking’ releases and unwinds deep muscular tension patterns in an intentional and controlled manner. The exercises are designed to either stretch or mildly stress the muscles to activate this natural reflex response and to sustain it comfortably… This simple and easy process gently induces what we call “therapeutic tremors”.

The uniqueness of this technique is that this shaking originates deep in the core of the body in the psoas muscles. These gentle tremors reverberate upwards along the spine releasing tension from the sacrum (pelvis) all the way to the cranium (head).

Benefits of TRE®

Since this shaking mechanism in the muscles is part of our natural behavior as humans, everyone can benefit from TRE®. This shaking of the muscles, increases the resiliency of the body because it causes deep relaxation that naturally reduces stress levels. It can release emotions ranging from mild upset to severe anxiety whether it is caused by work stress, excessive worry, conflict in relationships, physical stresses or traumas from accidents, natural disasters or experiences of war.

Whether you are a parent/spouse who would like more patience with your family, a victim of violence or accident, a soldier suffering with PTSD, or simply a person who wants to become more resilient and just feel better about life, you can benefit from TRE®.

TRE® is being used by thousands of people around the world as an effective tool for releasing everyday stress and anxiety, physical/muscular tension, and the reduction of psycho-emotional stress. It is easily learned and in many cases has immediate effectiveness. It integrates well with other therapies and has no negative side effects.

  • Less Worry & Anxiety

  • Reduces Symptoms of PTSD

  • More Energy & Endurance

  • Improved Marital Relationships

  • Less Relationship Conflict

  • Less Workplace Stress

  • Better Sleep

  • Reduced Muscle & Back Pain

  • Increased Flexibility

  • Greater Emotional Resiliency

  • Decreases Symptoms of Vicarious Trauma

  • Healing of Old Injuries

  • Lessened Anxiety surrounding Serious Illness

  • Relief from Chronic Medical Conditions

Is TRE® right for me?

Consider TRE®if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Experiencing anxiety, panic attacks or depressive symptoms.

  • Dealing with the unresolved traumas of your family members or close relationships.

  • Dealing with stressful or traumatic situations as part of your work (therapists, first responders, medical staff, teachers etc.)

  • Having difficulty falling or staying asleep.

  • Living with chronic pain or ongoing chronic medical conditions.

  • Feeling constriction or trapped energy in your body.

  • Experiencing stressful life events (bereavement, divorce, illness, financial worries etc) or a stressful work environment.


Difficulty sleeping is often a sign that the body is in sympathetic activation (i.e. in a flight or fight response). Insomnia is often an issue when stress, anxiety and tension are preventing the sleep mechanism from activating properly. TRE® induces deep muscular relaxation which activates the rest/digest, relaxation response of the parasympathetic nervous system, which allows the body to fall asleep more easily.

Yes, some people find that allowing the mind to be distracted by another activity allows the body to release tension without any ego interference in the process. Others prefer to just focus on the tremoring process itself. Both approaches are valid.
The body will do exactly what is needed to release muscular tension. This means that the intensity of tremors will vary depending on what is needed. Sometimes tremors will be strong in order to break up ‘iceberg-like’ tension in the muscles, sometimes the tremors will be very gentle to release more subtle tension patterns. Its important not to make judgments about what the body is doing, but rather to trust that what is happening is exactly what is needed.

Because these exercises release deep muscular tension, buried emotions can surface for some people during the process. Others report no particular emotional feelings and just experience a pleasant physical shaking that allows them to release stress. Both responses are valid. Your TRE® provider will show you how to manage & control the process so that you don’t feel any physical or emotional overwhelm. Deep healing occurs naturally when we digest our experience in a slow, steady and gentle manner.

Want to learn more?

Consider attending our upcoming retreat to get an in-depth understanding of how to release trapped survival energy from the body using mindfulness practices & TRE® (Trauma Releasing Exercises). Before registering for this retreat, please download the relevant information sheet which includes direction to the venue & ‘Guidelines for Group Retreats’. Participants are advised to read these documents carefully to ensure retreat suitability and to contact if you still require clarification.

To register for this retreat please fill in the online registration form and pay your deposit of 155€. Deposits are non-refundable (see our cancellation policy) & the remainder of the fee is due on the first evening of the retreat.


Event Venue Date
4-Day Training Retreat - Mindfulness & TRE® (€455) Ennismore Retreat Centre, Cork
  • 18th October 2018 4:00 pm
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