Science or poetry? Which do you prefer?
Updated: Jun 5
Many clients I've worked with are amazed how relaxed they feel after a TRE session – even if they were only shaking for a few minutes.
But why can it have such a big impact?
Let's look at shaking in general.
Shaking is one of the oldest healing modalities and we can find it in many cultures, e.g. in the dance rituals of indigenous people and shamans, the Shaking Medicine of Japan, India, the Caribbean, the Shaking Quakers of New England and so on.
So, far from being New Agey or woo-woo, shaking is very natural and a totally innate process.
A song from the Igloolik Inuit shaman Uvavnuk expresses it nicely.
“The great sea has set me in motion
Set me adrift,
Moving me as the weed moves in a river.
The arch of sky and mightiness of storms
Have moved the spirit within me,
Till I'm carried away.
Trembling with joy.”
It's just different in our 21st century, western society where shaking is seen as negative, showing vulnerability, being out of control or having an illness like, e.g. Parkinson's*.
And no, we don't want to shake in public – we only do so in extreme circumstances, e.g. after an accident – but by practising TRE we can shake off our tension retrospectively in the privacy of our homes.
What does TRE do?
Put simply, this very innate process of tremoring 'only' releases tension from our muscles – but this can have wide-ranging effects.
By helping us to discharge tension from our muscles, including the psoas muscle, balance can be restored and our nervous system down-regulated.
The psoas muscle is also called the muscle of the soul as it holds emotional tension
As a result, one can feel a sense of calm and deep relaxation.
Also, as tension can – over time – manifest as physical pain, e.g. tension headaches, migraines, neck/shoulder back pain etc. it can be dissolved or nipped in the bud.
If you'd like a more scientific explanation, please watch the video by David Berceli, PhD, the creator of TRE who explains in-depth what's happening in our body and brain when practising.
Last but not least: As much as I love TRE, I always point out that it's not a cure-all-and-everything. But practising TRE can really make a considerable difference when we want to address any health issues where tension is at the root of the symptom.
Any question, please get in touch or comment below.
* I can't mention Parkinson's without pointing out that first of all, these tremors are entirely different from TRE tremors. And secondly, Parkinson's patients can indeed experience benefits from practising TRE; colleagues of mine in South Africa and Denmark have done a lot of work in this field, please get in touch if you'd like to find out more.