While the original organizers have stepped down, let's keep and expand this forum as a place to study and offer a variety of mind body centered trauma release techniques. Please drop a note if you have things you wish to share. The description will continue to evolve in the coming weeks. (written 4/25/20)
Like animals in their natural environment, humans have an instinctive and innate capacity to heal themselves after traumatic experiences, like many other animals in a natural environment. This releasing, innate, healing process is a Physiological Process rather than a psychological process. Involuntary and spontaneous shaking, trembling, and deep breaths discharge the energy gathered for defense during a traumatic experience. This trembling releases deep contracted muscles and activates the parasympathetic nervous system, thus reducing stress and tension and restoring the body and mind to a more calm and healthy state. Other mechanisms for discharging the energy may include crying, wailing, moaning, rocking, pacing, twitching and more. These forms of energy discharge may occur before, during or after the trauma. This automatic healing response is our inherent capacity to Self-Regulate. Without it, we would not survive. Our physiological self-defense system requires huge amounts of energy, and gathering enough energy for protection diverts fuel from other body systems, including digestion, the immune system and sex drive. Long-term stress or trauma can damage these vital physiological systems, leading to serious illness. Humans have been conditioned to suppress this discharge. Cultural values and training have taught us to fear “negative” bodily sensations and that expressing strong emotions means we are weak. As a result the energy becomes stored in our bodies as muscle tension and a part of our mind remains stuck in the past, as if the stressful experience never ended. Somatic therapies approach healing trauma by working with the body to facilitate this energy discharge. The somatic approach addresses the body mind and emotions simultaneously, because they are always connected. Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) consists of six simple exercises that initiate gentle muscle tremors. TRE has been gaining recognition as an effective somatic therapy for relieving and resolving the symptoms of PTSD and trauma-related health problems, as well as simple everyday tensions. For more information about TRE, visit www.traumaprevention.com. This group is for people who struggle with chronic stress, anxiety, PTSD, traumatic stress or depression, or for those who are looking for tools and techniques that they can initiate themselves and that work FAST! This group provides a wonderful healing space where members can work on their TRE (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises) and releases in a small or large group to either be introduced to the Process or to develop their personal relationship with the Releasing mechanisms in a group situation. We also inform the group about upcoming workshops. The Workshop, which is generally half day, is also offered less regularly on a whole day venue. The class is offered and hosted by Dr. Bradley S. Corbin, DC , a local Reno Chiropractor, his wife, Genevieve Metro, and Dennis Fitzpatrick, The Personal Trainer. All 3 hold certifications to present and facilitate TRE Workshops and Private Sessions. They are the only certified TRE providers currently teaching in Reno and surrounding areas. TRE "Shake It Up" classes are integrated with sound, breathing, and movement to release deep muscle tension caused by stress or trauma, thus restoring emotional and physical well-being and improving quality of life. In addition, the quite time spent after the session helps to restore self-expression, wholeness and emotional harmony. TRE "Shake It Up" Workshop and Private Sessions include a variety of exercises to release the psoas muscle, the diaphragm and the adjacent muscles in the hips, abdomen, and lower back. These muscles are activated during the Fight or Flight Response, and they often remain in a chronic state of contraction due to ongoing stress or because the primary trauma has not been resolved. Releasing the psoas can be difficult, and requires special targeted exercises, postures and techniques. Thus, the brilliance and effectiveness of the TRE "Shake It Off" Process.