Most of you have probably seen a dog shake or tremor during a thunderstorm. What they’re doing is something all mammals (including humans) have engrained in their system as a way of “shaking off” stress, anxiety, and fear. Once they are done shaking, the stress is gone from their body. I’ll never forget our poor little poodle when we were huddling under an alcove in Utah as a huge clap of thunder rang out and lighting simultaneously struck just outside the alcove. The poor thing shook for almost 2 hours as my wife comforted her. But then she was done. It was out of her system, and she was back to normal. She didn’t hold onto that traumatic experience for years or decades like humans do. Gazelles in the Serengeti will have numerous life and death chases, and even some near death escapes where they are knocked down with the predator standing over them, and still they are able to let it go and leisurely eat in the grasslands without any lingering effects or hyper vigilance.
Animals have a natural way of shaking off stress and trauma. What about humans? Unfortunately, humans seem to have lost this natural instinct. Why? Well that nice Neo-cortex (large new brain) that we humans have serves us in many many ways and has allowed us to evolve as the dominant species on the planet, but one of the things it also does is allow us to inhibit some of our natural instincts. This can both help and hurt us. If your boss is yelling at you and you started to shake, what do you think would happen to you? You would of course, be seen as weak, unprofessional, not tough enough. So we inhibit this instinct to improve our success, but it comes at a cost. Research shows that 86% of our health problems are stress related. Stress has been called the “health epidemic of the 21st century” by the World Health Organization and is estimated to cost American businesses up to $300 billion a year.
So, how do we humans get rid of stress? We try relaxation activities like Yoga, meditation, deep breathing, and visualization. We exercise (sometimes obsessively). We may vent in more negative ways like road rage, yelling at our loved ones, kicking the dog. But all these are just pressure relief valves and don’t really release the held stress from our body. What if we could “shake if off” like the rest of the mammals in the world?
We can. Dr. David Berceli has come up with a way of inducing these “neurogenic tremors” in the human organism. Everybody is able to induce these, so it has to be designed to happen. His technique is called Tension/Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE). He has taught his technique in 34 countries to millions of people as a way to decrease stress and trauma in a simple, natural way. This technique is being used with thousands of soldiers (including the US Military), emergency organizations around the world, areas where natural disasters have occurred, and general populations in war torn and politically oppressed countries. He has found it extremely helpful for anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), general stress, and the many varied conditions caused by stress and trauma. It has also been found to help decrease tremors and seizures in conditions like parkinsons, MS, restless leg syndrome, and Epilepsy. Athletes are finding it to be great way to speed recovery after workouts. A common response from most who do TRE’s is sleeping better and feeling more at peace. The key to the many, varied benefits of TRE is that it is addressing the core reason for these problems and conditions instead of merely chasing symptoms.
That core reason is an imbalance in the Sympathetic (fight/flight) and Parasympathetic (rest/digest) Nervous Systems brought about by held stress and trauma in the human organism. TRE’s help to reset that balance by shaking out the held tension in the body, quieting the mind where that held tension originates.
TRE’s are a unique body-centered technique that work from the “inside out” to clear and balance the Sympathetic/Parasympathetic Nervous Systems. They are easy to learn and there are several providers in the area that teach this technique. TRE’s can be taught individually, or in group settings. They can also be learned at home by reading Dr. Berceli’s book or watching his DVD. Trained and certified practitioners facilitate the process and help the tremors propagate throughout the body so blockages can be released easier and quicker.
So the next time you feel like kicking the dog, have a good shake instead!
More information on TRE’s can be found on my website at:
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