Stress & trauma are a natural part of life. What sets apart those who are resilient is their body’s ability to fully let go of their stress response as soon as the stressful event has finished.
TRE (stress, tension & trauma release exercises) is an innovative, cost effective & empowering self-care resilience training that teaches people how to deliberately use their body’s natural neurogenic tremor reflex to build resilience by physically releasing the impacts of occupational stress & vicarious trauma on their own, on an ongoing & regular basis.
Often experienced spontaneously after stressful or traumatic experiences, these autonomic movements tend to be inhibited, misunderstood & pathologised in western cultures as a ‘symptom’ of stress, trauma, anxiety, PTSD & shock. TRE involves a reframing & normalising of this natural reflex as one of the body’s key resources to physically release stress & trauma in order to restore the neurophysiology of the body to calm, relaxed & balanced state.
Using simple exercises, (which can be performed lying in bed or on the floor) TRE teaches people how to invoke this natural tremor reflex in a safe & controlled way that is able to be self-regulated so they are always in control of their experience. As TRE is not a psychological or psychotherapeutic technique and does not require the recall or discussion of past experiences, it is stigma free & cost effectively learnt in a group training setting
While TRE is most effectively used on a regular basis for building resilience & ongoing self-care, it can also be used as an early-intervention technique after critical incidents to support traditional debriefing approaches by helping to address the often over-looked & unresolved physical aspects of stress & trauma.
Around the world, TRE has been successfully used by emergency services, military personnel, therapists, prison workers, private corporations and teachers as a simple but profound body-based tool to support and enhance traditional approaches to occupational stress prevention and trauma management.
As TRE focuses upon the physical release of stress and tension, the process moves beyond traditional stress management with the potential to also assist with the prevention of common work place conditions such as low back pain and repetitive strain injuries.
Introducing TRE to staff as a self-care resource can be done in a variety of ways in order to meet the time, commitment & budget restraints of an individual or organisation. It is highly recommended initial training is conducted over 2 separate days (whether 2 half or 2 full days) so trainees are supported in integrating their over-night responses to TRE & learn to refine their self-regulation of the technique.
Being supported in the regular use of TRE & understanding how ongoing activation of neurogenic tremors progressively releases stress & trauma from the body over time (months & years) is an important component in ensuring staff gain the maximum benefits of the technique. This can be achieved through peer-support groups and/or a shorter follow-up training session a number of months after the initial training.
TRE can also be introduced as a clinical resource for staff with relevant qualifications through professional certification training specifically designed to meet the needs of the organisation.
For more information about TRE Resilience training, contact Richmond Heath to discuss how TRE can help build resilience in the most important assets your organisation has – your staff.