Do you feel emotionally overwhelmed with everyday life?
Are you fed up with aches and pains in the body that have become the norm?
Do you suffer from an unexplained chronic health issue?
Perhaps you suffer the physiological symptoms of trauma. Perhaps you don’t believe you could have suffered trauma because you haven’t experienced war or violence.
Trauma is any experience that overwhelms one´s normal coping mechanisms, requiring an alter to behaviour to keep emotions in balance. The word trauma derives from the Greek word for wound. Therefore, trauma is a human wound, be it physical or emotional.
To some extent, we have all recently shared an experience of global trauma due to the Covid pandemic overwhelming each of us in some capacity emotionally, mentally or physically.
Trauma is evolving. Once seen as an exceptional life experience (big “T” traumas such as war, national disaster, terrorism and violence), trauma is now seen as more normative (little “t” traumas such as bullying, neglect, chronic stress and fear of loss or failure).
“Trauma doesn’t happen to you. Trauma is what happens inside you as a result of what happens to you”
Dr. Gabor Maté
Trauma is relative to each individual. An event that is traumatic to one person, may not be traumatic to the other. Neither should an individual be judged or criticised for experiencing an event as traumatic.
Regardless of the event, a traumatic experience displays the same physiological symptoms in the experiencer. A sense of overwhelm, helplessness or hopelessness, tense muscles that are so tight to protect, and a nervous system that is heightened from a threat of danger resulting in physiological aches and pains, and behavioural responses that are not helpful.
“All humans have an innate capacity to heal from traumatic experiences. We as a species are genetically encoded with the capacity to heal ourselves. If we did not possess this ability, our species would have become extinct shortly after we were born.”
Dr. David Berceli, creator of TRE® (Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises).
All physical, mental and emotional stress is held in the psoas muscle, also known as “the muscle of the soul”. When we are threatened, be it perceived or real, we involuntarily contract the psoas muscle in order to protect from danger. This muscle group, if not stretched to release the tension from the stress response, can retain trauma on a cellular level. A tight psoas muscle is also the main cause of neck, shoulder and lower back pain.
The energy of trauma is stored in the body’s tissues (muscles and fascia) until it can be released. This stored trauma typically leads to pain and progressively erodes a body´s health. Emotions are the vehicles the body relies on to restore balance after a trauma. But sometimes emotions resulting from trauma are so painful to experience so in the short-term, we learn to suppress them, keeping them locked within the body which in the long-term causes disruption to behaviour and discomfort due to the inability to digest.
In today’s society, many people suffer unexplained chronic pain and digestive issues that have become the norm. During a stressful or traumatic experience, the body keeps the score and retains a mental, physical and emotional snapshot of the event affecting all future reactions to similar stressful experiences.
Let’s imagine what would happen if we released all that tension or trauma from the body all at once? Well, visualise a champagne bottle. The bottle is your body. The contents inside the bottle is all your stress, tension or trauma (be it mental, physical or emotional). The cork is your ability to keep all the contents suppressed. If the cork is released too quickly, the contents explode out of the bottle at such a speed causing a great mess. The same applies to your physical body, your mental and emotional capacity to handle the speed at which your stress or trauma is released.
With TRE® there is no need to talk about your trauma story, or whatever is your cause of tension or stress. All of that is bypassed by the technique of TRE® as your body does all the work naturally, by relieving your body of the physiological symptoms of trauma, naturally calming down the nervous system helping you to feel safer in your body.
“If you want to improve the world, start by making people feel safer.”
Dr. Stephen Porges
Learning the technique of TRE® with a Certified TRE® Provider like me, helps you to understand how to self-regulate your nervous system in a way that avoids a similar situation to the champagne bottle exploding, and reinforces a safety within that allows you to release your stress, tension or trauma in a slow and gradual manner at your own pace.
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