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
- 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