Frequently Asked Questions about TRE
Frequently Asked Questions about TRE
Q In the past I’ve associated shaking with feeling afraid in very traumatic situations, will I feel frightened during TRE?
A It’s very very unlikely. Unlike animals we humans have learnt to repress the ability to shake, so when it does happen in life it’s pretty full so it can feel frightening or be associated with a fearful situation. This is partly because it’s unfamiliar, and partly because it’s pushing to overcome our resistance during an extreme situation. Animals will just allow the shaking, and autonomic movements to happen as and when needed in daily life, if we humans did that we would know that shaking and autonomic movement doesn't need to come attached to fear. Normally during TRE clients mainly feel physical movements and sensations (such as tingling or heat moving) and often no emotions at all as the releasing tremors and movements can release underneath the emotions. It’s primarily working with the nervous system.
Q Will I cry?
A As mentioned above you may well not cry or feel emotions, and many times clients arrive thinking they will have a lot of grief or tears but find that the releasing happens at a more physical level. Sometimes the physical holding IS holding onto emotions, so tears will come, but you can trust that you will be in your own space on your mat, and that we will be there to support and guide you. Also everyone is met by the TRE at exactly the place they are ready for, and you will be in charge of stopping and starting at your own pace, so can rest out whenever you need to. Because this is tapping into your body/mind’s innate wisdom, it can’t take you faster than you are ready to go.
Q I’ve had a lot of trauma will this open a can of worms?
A So, as already said you will be able to go at your own pace. I also teach regulating breathwork and grounding exercises that are vital when we start to unlock what the body is holding. You won’t meet more than you are ready to deal with. This practice is about you learning to feel safe in your body again. If you need more support or ongoing sessions to work through multiple and deeply persistent layers, I am able to offer that or refer you to other practitioners should that feels right. We do have to be prepared for a "journey" in healing complex trauma, but if you are reading this page, you've probably had enough of carrying around life debilitating trauma symptoms. Remember you survived the original, so you can survive a process that allows you to integrate old trauma; you will be in very safely held space with a highly experienced practitioner. What clients often report is that they feel they are the mindful observer of old patterns that release and integrate, rather than being swamped by them; the fear of what the body holds, is normally much much bigger than the process of releasing and integrating, it's just that our ego wants to maintain the status quo. It's important to tap into the larger part of ourselves that wants to heal so that we can note the part of us that's afraid, nurture ourselves and keep going anyway.
Q Will it be OK to do TRE alongside other therapies and practices?
A The only therapy that is contraindicated is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprogramming); if you are having this therapy it's recommended that you leave at least a two week gap between an EMDR treatment and TRE practice. It's always sensible to make sure we aren't overdoing therapies, as it can bring up too much to be able to process without meeting overwhelm. However also trust your intuition, often we are drawn to things for a good reason.
TRE supports and enhances other healing modalities, for example psychotherapy. It gives us an empowering vehicle to keep the life from getting stuck and to re balance the nervous system and the parts of the brain that can be stuck in fight/flight mode. It also very much enhances physical modalities, such as yoga and body work (e.g. osteopathy or chiropractic treatments), because it supports the muscles and fascia to let go of tension, so these modalities become even more accessible, and treatments can go deeper. As TRE is our natural, but repressed way of letting go and restoring nervous system balance, it's actually important for everyone to learn, whatever other therapies and practices are done.
Q I’m a real control freak, will I be able to do TRE?
A Yes! I’ve worked with many people who consider themselves control freaks, (and was one myself!) the beauty of this is that it bypasses the controlling mind, and your body can just get on with what it needs to do, even if your mind stays busy. For many though the mind naturally quietens during TRE as it is working via the deeper more animal parts of our brain. This is our innate way to let go, so once we reconnect with it, there is a sense in which the body recognises it again, and it can feel really liberating and embodying.
Note from Deborah
TRE is our innate way to release and re-balance the nervous system. So there’s nothing to fear because deep down your body knows how to do it. Also remember you can take it as gently as you need to. Also because you will be taught how to stop the shaking whenever you need to rest out, it’s simple and easy to go slow. I have worked with all kinds of people with a variety of issues, and will be there to guide you to manage the practice in the best way for you.
However what most people find is that they LOVE the sensations of let go and surrender; it’s the opposite of what modern life creates, and is such a relief. Many have described it as feeling like a young child again, free in their bodies.