Regardless of whether stress or trauma is physical, emotional or psychological in origin, our body responds by automatically creating ‘defensive states’ consisting of physical tension including tight back, shoulder, neck and jaw muscles that must be physically released in order to return to a calm and relaxed homeostatic state.
It is normal and healthy for the body to enter defensive states in order to cope with stressful situations or traumatic events. Such responses only become a problem when they are not released from the body afterwards, creating chronic stress and trauma patterns that lead to reduced cognitive function and performance, increased emotional reactivity and reduced physical health and wellbeing.
Just as our body has reflexes that automatically and unconsciously create our defensive responses, the human body has also evolved unconscious reflexes to release these defensive states to restore our body and mind to a more calm, relaxed and efficient state.
One of the primary reflexes to release the underlying neurophysiological states of stress and unresolved trauma in the body involves the natural shaking and tremoring frequently experienced after traumatic events such as a car accident or giving birth or during stressful situations such as presenting or public speaking.
This tremor release mechanism can be deliberately activated in a safe and controlled way through a series of simple exercises (TRE) that can be performed without needing to talk about or recall specific situations and without requiring the ongoing assistance of a therapist for the vast majority of people.
As the habitual defensive states in response to the stress and unresolved trauma are released, the body and mind naturally begin to reflect reduced stress and anxiety, more balanced emotions, more efficient cognitive process such as concentration, learning, memory and creativity, deeper and more restful sleep and enhanced physical health and wellbeing.
Once we have learnt how to activate and self regulate this freely available tremor release mechanism, the process can be used standing against a wall, lying on the floor or even in bed at night in as little as 10 minutes to release the accumulated stresses of daily life and unresolved trauma on a ongoing basis for the rest of your life.
Not always: As the neurogenic tremors are generated deep within the brainstem below the emotional and cognitive parts of the brain, the tremors are able to release the physical tension created in response to stress and trauma without the need to recall or talk about specific events or activate any unwanted emotional triggers. This allows the majority of people to learn how to self regulate the process to use TRE on their own without requiring the ongoing assistance of a therapist.
Christine is qualified to teach Trauma Release Exercises (TRE). If you would like to find out more, or learn these exercises please contact Christine today.