Tension, Stress and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE®) is a series of exercises that induce a natural reflex  “tremor” mechanism of shaking or vibrating within your body. This natural mechanism releases muscle tension related to injury, stress or trauma and acts to calm the nervous system. These exercises and subsequent shaking activated through TRE allow the body to release tension over time in a safe and controlled manner, to return to a natural state of balance.

TRE was developed by Dr. David Berceli, an international expert in trauma intervention and conflict resolution.  His education as a Massage Therapist, Psychoneurologist, and Doctor of Social Work informed his observations of how individuals hold and release tension in their body tissues.  He saw that these natural shaking mechanics are the body’s built-in system for releasing muscle tension, thereby calming the body and mind.  This is supported by recent research that demonstrates the physical and psychological nature of muscle tension.

When muscles become overly tight or stressed, they will begin to tremor (shake) – when the body doesn’t organically shake, chronic muscle tension patterns develop. TRE initiates the release of these muscle tension patterns that develop from injury, accidents or periods of physical, mental, emotional or spiritual stress arising from lifestyle choices, stressful workplaces, difficult life events, repetitive movement patterns, or poor ergonomics.

While TRE is not a substitute for trauma recovery procedures of a medical or psychiatric/psychological nature, it can supplement other healing practices and can be a highly effective complement to the exercises given by your physiotherapist or body worker.

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 be informed by and work with Certified TRE Provider in performing these exercises.  

More information on TRE, including research, training, and development, can be found at TRE Canada or David Berceli’s website.

Reported Benefits Include: 

• Reduced Muscle and Back Pain 

• Healing of Old Injuries

• Improved Sleep 

• Decreased Worry & Anxiety

• Improved Energy and Endurance 

• Improved Athletic Recovery Time 

• Decreased Workplace Stress 

• Reduced Symptoms of PTSD 

• Greater Emotional Resilience 

• Relief from Chronic Medical Conditions

• Increased Flexibility 

• Decreased Relationship Conflict 

• Improved Marital Relations 

• Decreased Symptoms of Vicarious Trauma 

• Lessened Anxiety around Serious Illness. 


The following videos provide more Information on how TRE can supplement your healing process. 


Animated video describing TRE



Interview with Dr. Melanie Salmon, former GP who explains how TRE can be used to aid recovery from sport related injuries and operations.



Interview with Travis Webb, Psychotherapist (and self-professed TRE skeptic!) describes how TRE helped restore his body and stimulate healing from the unresolved physical trauma of past sporting injuries.



Lecture Presentation Segment with Stephen West, Registered Massage Therapist discussing the intricate anatomy of the Psoas Muscles and how Psoas tension is released with TRE.



Tremors in Nature – A great video that captures an Impala who “unthawing” from it’s frozen state after being chased down by a Leopard who was scared away from the Impala by Baboons! See minute 2:27 when the Impala starts to breath again and then 3:20 when it starts to vibrate or shake out the tension caught in the freeze. At 4:13 gets up and moves on to live another day!