What are trauma release exercises?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common response to especially violent, disturbing or otherwise traumatic events. While most PTSD treatments focus on alleviating the mental stress that accumulates following traumatic experiences, they tend to concentrate less on the physical aspects of stress relief. Tension and trauma-releasing exercises (TRE) confront stress buildup as it relates to the body itself.

As continued stress causes muscles to remain tightened, it soon becomes imperative to shake the body loose from its internal rigidity. Through a focused regimen of stretching, exercise and vibrations, trauma release therapy provides valuable physical relief for our clients. This method of tension reduction calms the body’s nervous system, helping it rediscover a natural equilibrium that may have been lost over time.

As a set of basic exercises, TRE therapy produces generalised positive effects, and its utility is not confined to those suffering from PTSD. Those affected by anxiety from all mental disorders can gain valuable release by following the TRE process.

How does TRE work?

The human body undergoes a predictable and universal internal contraction when put under considerable stress. This contraction remains in place as long as stress is present, with the associated muscle tightening essentially functioning as a physical manifestation of the stress.

TRE therapy begins with deep muscle stretching in various centres of the body, such as the quadriceps, hamstrings and lower back. Subsequent sustained stretching around the body causes its muscles to tire out, relax and eventually begin to vibrate, releasing their tension and stored energy at last.

As the body rediscovers its former looseness and flexibility, our clients experience a feeling of lightness and relief. In many cases, yoga techniques are integrated with our TRE process, rounding out the exercise regimen with additional stretches to bring the body further into balance.

Beyond the purely physical benefits of tension relief, each of our TRE therapy sessions also allows clients a new opportunity to feel comfortable within their body once again, making it easier to deal with the stresses and challenges they encounter in life.

The treatment process

The Dawn’s certified TRE therapists guide each client through the initial warm-up exercises as well as the entire TRE session, to demonstrate proper form and to ensure that all necessary care is taken in terms of safety.

A preliminary sequence of general back, leg and upper-body stretching prepares the body and mind for the rhythm of the TRE experience to come. Some of these stretches may be familiar to those who have taken yoga classes.

A pair of TRE poses then follows. One position, to be held for a minimum of 15 minutes, involves lying on the floor face up, with knees spread apart, feet pushed together, and hands off to the side. The extended period of time dedicated to this pose is needed to relax muscle resistance sufficiently, at which point a tremor begins to form in the lower back, climbing up through the body.

A separate bridge pose follows, to be held for about 10 minutes. Here, the centre of the body is held up off the ground, supported by the shoulders, neck and feet. This face-up position allows the body time to recover from its earlier tremors, resetting the muscles once again for a return to ordinary use. At the conclusion of the session, our clients will feel a renewed sense of inner freedom, as their stress and tightness have been greatly reduced and released.


The key benefits of TRE therapy

The key benefits of TRE therapy

Each of us is aware that we have a body, but fewer of us consider that we are a body. Physical well-being is directly related to mental health, and should be at the heart of any holistic recovery programme.

Still, TRE is most effective when it is used in conjunction with other forms of treatment. Participants in the TRE programme at The Dawn may experience the following benefits:

  • General stress relief, including a reduction of worry and anxiety;
  • Reduced intensity of PTSD symptoms;
  • Reduced muscular tension and chronic pain;
  • Increased energy and flexibility;
  • Improved blood circulation;
  • Improvement in physical condition; and
  • Overall feeling of peace.

In contrast to other forms of treatment for anxiety or PTSD, successful TRE therapy does not require our clients to directly confront painful memories or sources of stress.

How successful is trauma release therapy?

Because it is centred around the natural neuro-physiological characteristics of the human body, the benefits from TRE are universal for all people. Feedback and results from TRE practitioners around the world have been very positive, with a long list of physical benefits reported by those who adopt the exercise regimen.

TRE has been successfully applied to people with experience in wartime, people in volatile relationships, people who suffer from intense stress and anxiety, and people who simply want relief from the tensions and trials of ordinary living.

Moreover, as a set of exercises, trauma-release therapy can easily be learned and incorporated into daily life. Our clients in the programme are thus empowered to practice TRE by themselves long into the future, allowing this special form of exercise to deliver physical benefits and provide general tension relief whenever they are needed.

TRE therapy at The Dawn Rehab Thailand

The Dawn includes tension and trauma release exercise as part of our comprehensive line of services to promote recovery and well-being. We teach our clients to use these exercise techniques effectively, making the most of each TRE session. Our TRE therapists can provide treatment either through individual or group classes, depending on need.

With a generous 1:1 staff-to-client ratio, The Dawn provides constant support from our team of experts. For holistic treatment to ease the mind, body and spirit, contact The Dawn today or call +66 63 048 4877.