Trauma Release Process

TRE® (tension & trauma releasing exercises) is a series of exercises that helps the body release patterns of muscular tension and stress. TRE activates a natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating that calms the nervous system. This is known as the “therapeutic tremor”.

The founder, Dr. David Bercelli created TRE after observing the natural shaking response in traumatized communities.  He began to understand that the shaking response is what calms the nervous system down after a traumatic event. This shaking mechanism is innate to all animals and humans. Dogs shake out after overwhelming experiences. My dog does this several times a day. It helps him release the experience and refresh into the next moment.

It’s natural for our bodies to react to stress by contracting tighter and tighter. This inevitably leads to chronic disease and/or burnout. Whether the cause was an old trauma or a new daily stressor, our bodies have a natural mechanism to release tension and restore balance. We simply need to relearn how to shake it off.

Most people who learn TRE® report the tremors to feel familiar, calming and fun.

I love TRE because it’s something I can do anytime, anywhere on my own. If I feel tense or anxious, I know how to calm my body and mind down, and return to my life more grounded.

Reported benefits include:

  • improved sleep
  • decreased stress and anxiety
  • healing of old injuries
  • more energy and endurance
  • reduced muscle & back pain
  • greater emotional resiliency
  • improved marital relationships
  • less workplace stress


“tara’s bodywork has been such a blessing to me. it’s complemented other work i’m doing in regards to getting healthier. i’ve also done TRE training with her and it’s quite powerful. she is a wonderful listener and her energy is calming. she’s very skilled in finding and working with the areas of your body that need attention. i highly recommend her!”


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 psychological nature. Individuals who have physical or psychological/psychiatric 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.

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