Judy Archer, this week’s guest blogger, gives classes in TRE, a highly
effective way of releasing tension held in the body. TRE works by
activating the organism’s natural tremoring response to stress. Judy’s
workshops are made all the more effective and pleasurable thanks to
Michael Jones accompanying, live music.
Here’s what Judy says about her classes:
What I love about this work is that we don’t need to know what
we are releasing. We don’t need to know the story. We simply need to
notice where we feel the quivering? How does that feel? What happens
when I do the exercises? Then we calibrate the amount we do so we
release in small bites. After all we have accumulated stress for years.
The key is regular practice.
TRE is a series of seven tension-releasing exercises designed to
prevent the psoas muscle from contracting. The psoas muscle is the
fight or flight muscle that contracts when we are stressed or
traumatized. The exercises create new neural pathways by relaxing the
muscles involved with the psoas muscle.
These deceptively simple exercises draw upon yoga, tai chi and
Bioenergetics. David Berceli designed them for third world countries
where people do not have access to therapists. He was interested in
finding a way to allow large populations in third world countries to
release trauma. Even if they did have therapists the trauma is held in the
body so it needs to be addressed through the body.
When he returned from overseas work, Berceli earned his PhD at
the University of Arizona in order to validate these exercises. Through
his background in social work, massage therapy, trauma, and
Bioenergetics, he had observed that the psoas muscle contracts when
we are under tension or traumatized. He asked what muscles need to be
tired out in order to release the tension. When we practice TRE® we are
creating new neural pathways to release tension. We are also creating
new habits so that when we need them they are more accessible.
The exercises help people recover a sense of resilience and are a
great complement to psychotherapy or bodywork. Some people also
come to heal recurring sports or other physical injuries. Regardless this
work affects the mind, the body and the spirit -every aspect of our lives.
I appreciate the wonderful mix of people who come for their own
learning as well as professionals who in addition come because of
vicarious trauma. More often now people are coming who have tried the
exercises from David Berceli’s DVD or his book The Revolutionary
Trauma Release Process. They are eager to learn about self-regulation.
I am coming up to four years of regular practice with TRE®. I am
delighted to discover how much this practice affects my writing and my
artwork for example. The more I do TRE®, the more grounded I feel and
embodying and grounding help me write and paint with more fluidity
and ease. The practice complements and helps integrate all I do: Inner
Relationship Focusing, BodyTalk, Network Chiropractic, painting,
assemblage making, writing and teaching. As one of my students said I
feel more like a human being.