How I bring therapeutic trembling into daily life

 

I thought I would write a few words about how I bring therapeutic trembling (tremoring) into my daily life.

First, I should say that I learned Tension and Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) several years ago and am a certified practitioner. That means I have done the full sequence of TRE exercises many times, and still do now and then. What I am going to write about is not meant as a replacement for doing these exercises. Even after doing this for several years, I find that when I do the full set of exercises the sessions go deeper.

That said, I also find it very helpful to do a bit of spontaneous trembling at times through the day. I may sit in a chair and allow my upper body to shake and tremble. I may stand and allow my whole body to shake, tremble, and bounce. I sometimes lie down (on the floor or a bed) and tremble in the usual TRE floor position (sometimes also while watching a movie or listening to a podcast or audiobook).

When I do this, I intentionally start the trembling (I tense some muscles and intentionally tremble) and then allow my body to take over. It’s a bit like starting a motor. From there on, there is a mix of intentionally bringing the trembling to different areas of the body (again, through tensing certain muscles) and allowing the body to respond and take over. Relatively quickly, the two – intention and allowing the body to take over – become one.

I should also mention that I write about trembling (or tremoring) since that’s the usual TRE language. But what happens is often more than that. Our system releases tension and that can happen through spontaneous stretching (often first on one side and then symmetrically on the other), bouncing, laughing, crying, voice and more.

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Initial notes….

  • How I bring therapeutic trembling into daily life
    • first, learned it from instructors (local and DB), have gone through the full sequence regularly and often
    • in daily life
      • tremble now and then while sitting (upper body), standing (whole body), lying down
      • may initiate consciously, then notice the body responding and taking the lead – is a dialogue between the conscious and the body responding, and experienced as (if are) one
      • either do when I have the opportunity, or when I notice tension/stress, or when I notice my body “wants” to do it
    • …..

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