Stress and the body – A new way to relieve tension

I have been a qualified Craniosacral Therapist since 2012, and have been involved with TRE® (Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises) since 2014. I’ve had a keen interest in yoga since my teens, and it was whilst on a yoga retreat that I learnt about Craniosacral Therapy. It made me think about how our bodies carry the stories of our lives, with different degrees of tension held within each of us. Craniosacral therapy allows our bodies to be ‘heard,’ and helps to re-balance our nervous system. The physical process of TRE® similarly helps to quiet the nervous system, and the practical exercises means you can learn the routine and then do it at home, as and when you need. When you have an achey back or have had a stressful day for example.

TRE® sessions are 75 minutes long and can be designed for individuals or small groups. It is an innovative sequence of exercises designed to encourage the body to release deep held patterns of muscular tension and unlock reservoirs of natural energy and resilience. The practice, created by Dr David Berceli PhD, activates a naturally occurring reflex of subtle shaking and muscular tremoring designed to reboot the nervous system, relax chronic muscular patterns and restore the body’s natural orientation towards health.

In the animal kingdom, a gazelle will literally shake after escaping the clutches of a lions jaw, thereby expending the shock and adrenaline that was pumping around its body. By physically shaking off the tension, the human body, like the gazelle’s, is then able to calm down and return to a homeostatic balance.

Daily living takes its toll on our physiology and psychology. Sedentary 9 to 5s, poor digestion, slumped posture, chronic stress can all create patterns of muscular tension that present as backache, headaches, insomnia, poor concentration, low sex drive and emotional states such as anxiety and stress.  TRE®’s set of seven safe, simple exercises are designed to trigger the body’s natural inbuilt recovery facility – a tension-release mechanism that is well established in other mammals – leaving you lighter, more alert, more confident and better able to deal with stressful situations as they arise.

After a TRE® session, clients report feeling calmer and more confident. Improved sleeping patterns can also be experienced as well as increased resilience. Interestingly, TRE® allows us to loosen ourselves from our past experiences.

Parent and Baby TRE®

In addition to the drop-in group on Wednesday mornings, I will be offering small, intimate Parent and Baby TRE® sessions. TRE® can help to relieve some of the physical and emotional aspects of childbirth. It can help to reduce anxiety around being a first, or second time parent as well as encourage and strengthen the natural bond between you and your baby. Please note there is no space for buggies on the premises, so babies are best carried in a sling.

Peer Supervision for TRE® Practitioners

I am setting up a peer supervision group for qualified TRE® providers to provide support and continued CPD. If you are a qualified TRE® provider and are interested please contact me.

Alice Paton is a certified TRE® Provider and Registered Craniosacral Therapist with a practice in East London. For more information on TRE® visit and For more information about Alice visit her profile.

TRE Group at HQ

I will be running a once a month group at HQ on Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11am. 


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