TRE® by Dr. David Berceli

….with every heart-beat the Body seeks its greatest state of aliveness, and tries to come to its fullest potential.

Dr. David Berceli
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what is TRE® (Tension & Stress Release Exercises) A unique and effective method created by Dr. David Berceli to release deep chronic tension, trauma and stress held in the body.

A set of seven exercises that will smoothly evoke a self-controlled muscular shaking process in the body called neurogenic muscle tremors.  As these gentle tremors reverberate throughout the body and along the spine, we give into the wisdom of this natural mechanism with ease and trusting the neurogenic tremors as they release the accumulated stress patterns and deep tension held in the body.

Through a profound relaxation response the result of the TRE process is the experience of full body presence, a sense of aliveness, vitality  and an expansion of inner awareness.

stress, tension & trauma

From every day circumstances of life or difficult situations, to immediate or chronic stressful situations, or even traumatic life experiences (i.e., natural disasters, social or domestic violence) we all suffer stress, tension and grief.

Its important to understand this is not only a mental and emotional experience but at a physical level, our body responds with a fight-flight-freeze response (survival mechanism) after which we should be able to return to calmness and safety, but when the stress is repeated or overwhelming the body can’t release the tension from these repeated stressful or traumatic events, and the  resulting muscle tensions from the stress reaction will remain activated and we start to suffer the consequences: tense muscles, irritability, anxiety, exhaustion,  agitation, unhealthy breathing patterns, depression, panic, loss of memory, insomnia, and then addiction to substances to temporarily sustain the circumstances that arise….  stress, tension and trauma will “live in the body” and can evolve into other physical issues, even a negative thought patterns will cause physical discomfort.

Likewise when we suffer from physical pain and discomfort, accidents and sports injury, these not only affect us at a physical level but can also mentally and emotionally cripple us.

Through the TRE® process we activate the bodies natural tremoring  mechanism that, through a contraction-release dynamic, releases the held and built up tension in the muscles and connective tissues, relieving us physically and also mentally.

It is a quick and effective method for consistent relaxation. Eventually, these tremors will evoke themselves naturally in a rest position to reduce any stress or tension that was accumulated over the course of the day.

It is being used by thousands of people around the globe as an effective tool for releasing chronic traumatic stress, physical tension and emotional trauma,(war torn areas, helping people involved in natural disasters…) from one suffering from PTSD to one who wants to release the everyday stress, tension, and anxiety that comes from the daily existential pressures. It can relieve back pain and improve sleep, mood and help overcome fears and lethargy.

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‘Many times clients have come to me telling me that many spiritual books, gurus, guides, coaches, etc., give them mental exercises to try to ‘sense’ their bodies, ‘feel’ the tension inside, ‘imagine’ being calm or ‘focus’ on your tension. This is a true and positive way to guide people to eliminate tension and restore calmness. But for many traumatized people, this cognitive method of directing the brain to observe the body is impossible. Their brain’s ability to be this refined in their thinking processes has been disturbed. If they are not able to perform these mental functions, it often leaves the individual feeling more helpless and hopeless.

The TRE® Process is a way out of this cognitive dilemma. Instead of simply reading a book and trying to use reflective exercises, The Revolutionary TRE® Process provides an amazing alternative. these physical exercises are designed to elicit a natural response in the body that organically lead the individual to deeper feelings and sensations in their body.

What is most useful is that when using these exercises, the cognitive process is actually unnecessary. There is no cognition necessary because the TRE Process actually does the work for the person. It releases stress without having to ‘work at it’ or ‘think about it’. As it reduces stress, it allows the individual to begin to physically ‘feel, ‘sense’ and ‘inhabit’ ‘their body without having to try. It is the natural outcome of TRE® Process.

By coming into their bodily sensations without having to cognitively try to do so, feelings of defeat, hopelessness and helplessness are replaced by feelings of success, hope and self-empowerment.’                             David Berceli PhD. aug 28, 2010

TRE® Founder

Dr. David Berceli 

Thank you to David Berceli and other wonderful trainers and supervisors for content and input


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TRE® Video

Interview David Berceli

TRE® is a safe and effective stress release technique for most people. The TRE process should not be used as a substitute for trauma recovery procedures of a medical or psychiatric/psychological nature. Individuals who have physical or psychological conditions that require strict regulation, individuals with fragile psychological defenses, a complex history of trauma or restricting physical or medical limitations should consult their medical practitioner or a Certified TRE Provider prior to performing these exercises.

One to One sessions at your convenience 

Introduction Workshops

Weekly/drop in group sessions


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