The information on this page is general in nature and does not provide specific recommendations for any one individual. If you have any concerns or difficulties with the TRE process at all, please consult a TRE provider for assistance.
How often should I do TRE?
If you are not experiencing any adverse reactions to the exercises, you can do the exercises every second day or so for the first 3-4 weeks so you can see how you respond to the process over the following days and nights. The key thing is that you don’t do more tremoring than you can easily integrate – both in terms of how often you do TRE, but more importantly how long you tremor for in each individual session. This means some people may need to stop and rest after a minute or so, then start tremoring again when ready, while others may tremor for up to 10 -15 minutes in a single session. Just like eating food – the key is to not overdo it.
Those who find TRE energizing tend to do the process in the mornings or afternoons or when requiring additional energy, while those who find them relaxing tend to do them at the end of the day to assist with deeper sleep. You can also simply add a short period of shaking onto your existing exercise program as the muscles will already be fatigued instead of performing all the lead in TRE exercises. Recognise that using TRE is a tool for you to use throughout your life rather than a one-off intervention. Just like brushing your teeth – make it a regular part of your life to optimise your overall health and wellbeing. Most importantly, if you are experiencing any difficulties with the exercises or integrating the effects of TRE at all, consult a TRE provider for further assistance.
Do I have to do all the standing exercises?
Not necessarily – most people do most of their tremoring simply using the floor or ‘butterfly’ component of the exercises- even as simply as lying in bed before sleep or upon waking in the morning. Most people find they are able to activate the tremors easily in this butterfly position after a few weeks of practicing the full exercises, or by adding the floor component of TRE at the end of their usual workouts such as pilates, yoga, running or gym. If you haven’t exercised first, doing the full series of exercises will also tend to invoke stronger and more sustained tremors to release more deeply held tension from the body. It is therefor recommend you use the full lead in exercises regularly for the first few weeks, then just use the QuickStart TRE ™ for most of your tremoring sessions, returning to using the full lead in exercise if you are having difficulty invoking the tremors or are experiencing a plateau in results or repetition in your tremoring pattern without any progression or change at all for more than 3-4 weeks.
Will TRE release emotions?
While the tremors only relax the muscle tension from the body, for some people this relaxation allows deep emotions to arise that have been held in the body as chronic tension and holding. While most people experience little emotional content during the exercises, for some others emotions can be felt arising either with or without associated thoughts or memories. As long as you are comfortable with these emotions, simply allow them to arise and release in the same way you allow the tremors. It can be helpful to stay focused on the physical experience or sensations of these emotions rather than getting carried away by the emotional experience itself. If the emotions are overwhelming or too uncomfortable, stop the process by discontinuing the exercises or laying your legs out flat or lying on your side. In such cases, you should consult a TRE provider who can support you and help you to self-regulate the process more effectively.
What if I felt overwhelmed in the days following the exercises?
The absolute golden rule of TRE is to never do more tremoring than you are able to comfortably integrate into your life. If you felt overwhelmed in any way after the exercises, this is a sure sign you have done too much tremoring during the session. Reduce the duration of tremoring in each session but also look for any subtle physiological responses your body may be giving you during your tremoring session indicating it has had enough tremoring or needs a short break. (such as bracing and holding in the muscles, fatigue or tiredness or holding the breath.) If you are unable to successfully self-regulate the process, please contact a TRE provider as they will be able to help you to learn to recognise these subtle signs that will allow you to self-regulate the process more effectively. Remember TRE is not a psycho-emotional process and is not intended as a substitute for professional assistance where required. While the tremors do not create new emotions or overwhelm in the body, for a small percentage of people they may lead towards unresolved trauma held in the body that may require professional assistance for integration and resolution.
Why do the tremors sometimes change between large and small?
It is thought that the large tremors tend to release more gross tension and holding patterns in chronically tight muscles and restricted and can have a balancing or aligning effect on the body especially around the pelvis. Once this deeply held tension in the body is reduced, a finer tremor is often felt like a purring, vibration or movement of heat running through the entire body.
Why do I shake differently from other people?
Just as every person’s life experience, body history and pattern of holding tension is different, the shaking will be individual and specific to your body’s needs. You may even get the shaking in different places or in different positions each time you do the exercises. Often the tremors will change between stronger, larger ones and smaller finer ones during the one session. Your body may also move or twist into positions that create stretches or holds without tremoring for a few minutes known as myofascial releases. As long as you are OK with what you are experiencing, allow your body to move, shake, tremor, twist and turn itself however it determines.
Why are the tremors only in my legs and pelvis?
Your body will shake however it needs to in order to release it’s specific pattern of tension and holding. Often the shaking will be felt initially in the legs and pelvis but begin to move further throughout the body as the exercises are regularly practiced and the deep chronic holding preventing the free flow of energy throughout the body is released. This can take weeks, months or even years of practice as the tremors continually re-organise the body at greater levels of freedom and flow over time. Recognise that using TRE is a tool for you to use throughout your life rather than a one-off intervention. Just like brushing your teeth – make it a regular part of your life to optimise your overall health and wellbeing. Once the body is totally calm and relaxed, many people are able to feel a fine vibrational flow of energy or heat throughout their entire body.