Trauma release exercises ~ TRE

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Trauma release exercises ~ TRE


The body keeps the score! Enjoy the freedom of release…

Trauma and tension are stored in our bodies.  We cannot deal with stress only by talking from the thinking mind.  We need to support the body’s natural ability to heal and restore.  We have, after all, survived for thousands of years! Our bodies have innate intelligence – often an untapped resource and the best ally we have.  If we give it optimal conditions in a safe environment, it knows how to heal and feel good.

TRE (trauma release exercises) with music and movement are wonderful tools to access the body’s healing potential and facilitate release and growth. Eleen expertly weaves these techniques together to support your unique situation.  Her extensive experience in trauma release, both personally and professionally, with bodywork, postural integration, Biodanza, expressive arts therapy and brain wave restructuring has facilitated countless journeys into freedom and a more abundant life.   

Read an article in Afrikaans featured in the Rooi Rose of April 2017 on the work of Eleen Polson with TRE here:  Trauma & TRE Artikel Rooi Rose April 2017

What is TRE®?

TRE® is an innovative series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma. It provides an immediate experience of relaxation. TRE® frees us up to meet life’s challenges with greater skill and ease. Best of all, our bodies do the work; we often get relief without needing to process or retell our story.


Why do TRE®?

Whenever we feel helpless in a situation, we experience a form of trauma. The body stores overwhelming emotions, stress and tension on a cellular level in muscular patterns to deal with at a later stage. It can be stored for years and become habits for survival. The body’s natural ability to release stress is a shaking reflex, seen in the animal kingdom. It has been suppressed by our need for control and societal expectations. The part of our brain (the sympathetic nervous system) that is responsible to keep us safe through freeze, fight or flight actions, are overtaxed in our stressful society.

The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for rest, relaxation and restoration. When the body is out of balance there can be an increase in sickness, anxiety, depression and burn out. A physiological balancing is necessary and through gentle physical techniques a healthy balance is restored and optimized conditions are created for healing to occur naturally.

An immediate effect of relaxation is reported after tremoring.



TRE® was developed by Dr David Bercelli after working in war-torn areas where he noticed the body’s natural ability to release tension through an instinctive tremor mechanism. He developed it as a self-help technique that deliberately activates our bodies’ release mechanism in a safe and controlled way. Session by session, these tremors help to release the build-up of muscular tension patterns accumulated in our body during stressful and traumatic life experiences. TRE® is practised in over 30 countries.


What participants reported:

“I have found the process of TRE with Eleen Polson a truly remarkable experience. It left me feeling completely calm and composed. That night I slept as I had never slept before – feeling totally nurtured and protected.”

– Clare Hedding, a victim of armed robbery, January 2017

“TRE created change in me. I could reconnect with my true self again. I am on the road to reclaiming my fullest functioning and it is beyond expectations!”

– Santie Fourie, in February 2017, after MVA in 2011

Where and when:

Individual and family group sessions:  To be arranged with Eleen Polson (0722121719)  at her practice in Clydesdale, Pretoria. Six sessions are recommended.


Standard psychology rates apply, it can be claimed from the medical aid if psychotherapeutic benefits are available. 20 % Discount available for cash payments of 6 sessions (see under Contact Page for costs).    

Benefits of doing TRE®:

Handle Worry & Anxiety Better

Handle Workplace Stress Better

Less Relationship Conflict

More Energy & Endurance

Increased Flexibility

Reduced Muscle Pain

Reduced Body Tension

Printable version (2017):



Interesting links to more TRE information to be found on TREforAfrica-web-site

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