Blog Post by – Steve Tanner,

Trauma and Tension Releasing Exercises (TRE®)

Perhaps you have seen an animal shake and tremor after escaping from a life threatening attack.

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This is a completely natural process that allows them to discharge the stress of the attack.  We humans do the same thing.  It is completely natural to shake just like our animal friends when we experience stress and traumatic events.  Tremoring is a natural and instinctual response to trauma as well as to everyday stress.

TRE® is an acronym for “Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises”.  TRE begins with a set of 7 exercises that moderately fatigue muscles in the ankles, legs and pelvis (iliopsoas) in order to activate our innate tension release system. The exercises induce neuro-muscular (neurogenic) tremoring.  Once the tremoring begins we then work to increase it in order to release locked-in tension from stress and trauma. TRE does not claim to treat trauma and is not a substitute for psychotherapy. However, TRE can help to release the raw energetic residue of traumatic events and chronic stress that gets trapped in the nervous system and muscles.

Who can benefit from TRE? TRE has been used in areas all over the planet that have experienced war and natural disasters. TRE can also be effective for 1st Responders such as Law Enforcement and Fire, military, for teachers, hospice workers, EMTs or anyone who has experienced trauma. It’s possible that anyone dealing with traumatic residue and chronic, toxic stress can benefit from TRE. Consequent, TRE is a great tool to learn to use for self-regulation. To learn more about TRE go to

Below is a video by TRE for All, Inc. that explains how to do the exercises:

Steve Tanner (MDiv, CNSF, CTREP , CC) is a  Certified Neurosculpting® Facilitator, a Certified TRE Provider a Life & Transformation Coach and a member of the Idaho Life Coach Association. Steve believes in the power of using writing and Meditation as tools for exploring your creativity as well as finding healing and transformation. For info about workshops and seminars contact