What is TRE?

TRE® stands for Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises

TRE is an innovative series of seven exercises that safely activate a natural reflex of shaking or vibrating that releases muscular tension, switches off adrenaline and calms the nervous system. The body is encouraged to return back to a state of balance resulting in improved wellbeing.

TRE is designed to be a self-help practice that, once learned, can be used throughout one’s life thereby continuously supporting and promoting personal health and wellness.

TRE can be practiced independently, in a TRE Group or with a Certified TRE Provider. The latter is strongly recommended where there is a history of developmental or complex trauma and where one to one support is beneficial.

Created by Dr. David Berceli, PhD, TRE is based on the principle that stress, tension and trauma is both psychological and physical. The reflexive muscle vibrations experienced in TRE generally feel pleasant and soothing.

After doing TRE, many people report feelings of peace, connection and well-being.


TRE emerged out of Dr. David Berceli’s work with large traumatised communities while living and working in Africa and the Middle East. His observation and exploration led him to understand that this natural shaking/vibrating response appears to be the body’s own built-in system for quieting down the nervous system, releasing muscular tension as a way of healing itself from chronic stress, tension and trauma.

TRE has helped many thousands of people globally. Although there are some preliminary research findings on the benefits of TRE, the not-for-profit organisation, TRE for All, continually seeks research funding to identify all that is involved in this naturally occurring process.

TRE is an amazing tool for letting go of tension, switch off adrenaline and cortisol, and for resetting the nervous system – naturally. The TRE process facilitates self-directed tremoring over time and the involuntary movements experienced reconnect us to our body’s wisdom and healing potential.

Once you can feel and allow the tremors comfortably, the mind can relax and let body do its own healing. It really can be that easy.