“TRE integrates well with traditional therapeutic modalities because it supports healing at the deepest biological levels of the neuro-physiology, where traumatic fear responses originate.” www.traumaprevention.com

What is it?

Tension & Trauma Release Exercises (or TRE®) is a body based somatic process that releases tension without having to verbally revisit a stressful story or traumatizing event. It also functions as a self care tool to prevent the long term effects of extended periods of stress. TRE® consists of 7 simple movements that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension & trauma.

Created by Dr. David Berceli, PhD, TRE® safely activates a natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibration that releases muscular tension, calming down the nervous system, very similar to how animals regulate themselves & prevent trauma while living in the wild.

When this mechanism is activated in a safe & controlled environment, the body is naturally encouraged to return back homeostasis & functional harmony of the physical & mental systems.

TRE® can be facilitated privately or in large groups. TRE® promotes cohesiveness, kindness & compassion & openness to collaboration between participants. TRE® can cross culture & language barriers because it is based on natural physiological responses shared by all human beings.

“All humans have an innate capacity to heal from traumatic [& stressful] experiences. We as a species are genetically encoded with the capacity to heal ourselves. If we did not possess this ability, our species would have become extinct shortly after we were born. Not only can we heal from traumatic experiences, but trauma itself has been part of the natural evolutionary process of our species & all individuals have access to this natural healing method
that is genetically encoded within them.”
— David Berceli, Trauma Releasing Exercises

benefits of tre®

  • Reduced symptoms of PTSD (anxiety, depression, irritability, tension)

  • Reduced symptoms of vicarious trauma

  • Reduced muscle & back pain

  • Increased flexibility

  • More restful sleep

  • Access to flow states

  • Lessened conflict & distress

  • Lessened anxiety surrounding serious illness

  • Greater relationship satisfaction

  • Improved marital relationships

  • Greater energy & endurance

  • Greater Emotional Resiliency


  • Presentations to deliver TRE® education to groups— Go to affiliates page.

  • Small & large group experiential TRE® sessions

  • TRE® for individuals, couples, families & adolescents