What Is Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) and How To Do It?

What is trauma release exercises (TRE ©) and How to do it?

What is trauma release exercises, TRE©?

First, to make this clear. The real name is actually Tension and trauma release exercises, but many skip the word “tension and just say “trauma release exercise” or TRE.

Now, what is TRE©?What Is Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) and How To Do It?

Your body knows naturally how to get rid of stress. Tension and trauma release exercise, TRE ©  is a tool to help your body remembering how to get rid of this stress and heal by itself.

There are 6 different exercises that have to be in the correct order. When you do TRE© tension will be reviled from your body. These exercises make your body shake and naturally, the stress goes away.

Studies showed that TRE© can give you:

  • Less Anxiety
  • More Energy
  • Improved Marital Relationships
  • Less Stress
  • Better Sleep
  • Less Relationship Conflict
  • Reduced Muscle & Back Pain
  • Increased Flexibility
  • Greater Emotional Resiliency
  • Decreases Symptoms of Vicarious Trauma
  • Healing of Old Injuries
  • Lessened Anxiety surrounding Serious Illness
  • Relief from Chronic Medical Conditions

How to do Tension and Trauma release exercises?What Is Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) and How To Do It?

There are 6 different exercises and they are meant to be in a specific order.

I suggest you look at the video below to gain more understanding BUT to really do the exercises right, go to a certified trainer, read the book or watch a DVD.

–You can harm yourself without the right information. It is very clear stated at the official TRE© homepage that you should only do TRE©  with the right guidance.

These are trusted, TRE© providers:



Certified TRE © trainer/provider

Here is a youtube video that will describe parts of this but I would recommend you to go a course or read one of the books.  There are elements that are not included in these videos and that you will not find out on the web.

Common Questions

How do I know this really works?
There are several studies that prove the benefits of TRE©.
Here you can find some information if you like to know more.

Can I do TRE© every day?

This is personal. Some people love to do this every day and feel better by doing it. For others, it can be the opposite and create more stress if you do it too often. Start once or twice a week and after a while, you can try three times. You will know your own limits.

Are there side effects at TRE ©?

It might pop up difficult emotions and feelings. If this happens, straighten your legs and stop the exercises for a while. Drink some water, walk slowly around and when you feel better, try again. You can feel a bit dizzy or maybe sick after doing TRE© but this will not harm you. It is the body helping you to get rid of the stress that you keep inside yourself.

For how long should I shake?

About 15-20 minutes. Try to have patience. After a while, the body will learn how to shake without you actively doing these exercises.

Book, Dvd or certified trainer?

Personally, I like the DVD because then I can watch it in my own home.  All three variations will provide you with the right information about TRE©, so if you instead like to read this will work as good. Or if you want to meet someone to personally guide you, you just find a trainer/provider. Just make sure your TRE © trainer/provider has a certification.

Here are the different TRE© trusted options.Trauma Releasing Exercises dvd

Price: $10.59-$23.69
There are three different books you can choose and I wrote a review for you to know which to pick.
–> Read the book review

Certified TRE © trainer/provider
Price: Variety from different provider/trainer.
–> Here is a list of trusted och certified trainers/providers


Price: $17.50-$19.99
–> Here you find information about the DVD
(This is my choice!)

Personal experience

What Is Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) and How To Do It?

I Love TRE and I do it every week but when I started out I really did not like it!

It made me feel sick and I always was very tired after each session.  Deep inside I knew this was my body getting rid of tensions and traumas so I knew I had to keep going.

Fortunately, my will was strong and I kept doing this. Today I am happier, have lots of energy, and a feeling of peace inside.

Nowadays I mostly don´t feel sick after doing the TRE but sometimes it happens. Then I give thanks to my body for letting this garbage out!

If you are new to TRE take it slow is my advice. I pushed pretty hard because I wanted everything out at ones. If I would take it slow I think I would have a better first experience. Trust yourself and if you need a break, take it!

TRE© – Sum Up

TRE© can help you in many areas of your life.

Do it at your own pace.

You can learn from books, DVD or a Certified trainer.


Hope this was helpful, please comment if you have any question and I am happy to help!

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