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Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises: Is This The Missing Link to Your Healing Journey?

What’s the relationship between stress, trauma, and chronic hives? And how the benefits of  Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE®) help you on your journey to becoming hive-free?

As a functional medicine coach, my approach to reversing chronic hives already differs from most conventional doctors. I believe that when you give the body what it needs, it’s capable of healing itself (without relying on harmful medications like Xolair).

But even after coaching clients in my 30 Day Reboot nutrition program, and helping them heal their gut, I have clients who’s hives still won’t go away.

After reviewing their functional medicine timelines, I started to see the same pattern emerge –

Chronic stress and unresolved trauma. 

I realized if I wanted to help my clients feel better and reverse their chronic hives, we had to address the role stress and trauma was playing in their health. I began exploring alternative healing modalities, and discovered something called Trauma Release Exercises.

What are Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises?

According to the TRE website, “TRE® is an innovative series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma.” 

As humans, we all have a natural reflex mechanism in the body that turns on during stressful situations. This mechanism often appears as shaking or vibrating, and it’s our body’s way of releasing tension after a traumatic event. By doing so, you naturally return the nervous system to a more relaxed state. 

Unfortunately, most of us repress this natural mechanism, which leads to stored tension and trapped emotions in the body. Over time, when this tension is not released, it can keep the nervous system in a perpetual state of fight or flight, even if you feel relaxed. 

The goal of TRE is to activate this stress response in a safe and controlled environment so the body can release patterns of chronic stress and unresolved trauma, and return to a state of balance.

Why is dealing with stress and trauma so important? 

Many people consider stressful or traumatic events as something that happens to them. 

But as my TRE instructor Simba explains, when it comes to chronic health conditions, it’s not about what happens to you. It’s about what happens inside of you as a response to what you were put through

Whether you realize it or not, chronic stress and trauma have a huge impact on every system in your body…and it all starts with the nervous system.

Your autonomic nervous system has two parts: the parasympathetic nervous system, responsible for the body’s ‘rest, digest, and repair’ state, and the sympathetic nervous system, responsible for your body’s ‘fight, flight, or freeze’ response.

Your sympathetic nervous system turns on any time the body thinks it’s in danger. This includes big ‘T’ traumas like surviving a car accident, natural disaster, or physical attack, and little ‘t’ traumas like being bullied, embarrassed or rejected. 

When this happens, your body releases a cocktail of stress hormones which turn off important functions like digestion and detoxification, giving the body the energy it needs to either fight or run away. 

If you have unresolved stress and trauma in your life, over time your body struggles to create a sense of safety, and your stress response never shuts off.  

This turns down important functions like digestion, detoxification, and immune system regulation, leading to autoimmune conditions, gut health issues, and you guessed it…chronic hives.

What’s stress and trauma got to do with my chronic hives?

Many of my clients have noticed a connection between stressful situations, and their flares.

As I mentioned above, when your body is struggling with an overactive stress response, your digestive system is one of the first places to shut down

This leads to poor nutrient absorption, which can impact intestinal permeability, and cause leaky gut. When you have leaky gut, your immune system gets confronted by things it doesn’t recognize, like toxins, pathogens and undigested food particles. It labels these particles as foreign invaders, triggering an overactive immune response, leading to chronic hives.

Stress can also increase histamine in the body by triggering the activation of mast cells, and decreasing serotonin levels in the brain, which play a big role in regulating histamine release.

This is why dealing with stress and trauma could be the missing link to regulating your immune system, lowering your histamine bucket, and reversing your chronic hives. 

How I discovered the benefits of Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises

My TRE instructor Simba explains that exploring different healing modalities is like going to a buffet. Sometimes you have to sample a little bit of everything before you find what works for you. 

Discovering TRE was a lot like that. I wanted to find something that could not only support the work I do with clients, but that resonated with my own experiences with stress and trauma.

The reason I chose to focus on TRE is because it brings you back to the physical body without having to relive past trauma. 

Things like talk therapy and inner child healing encourage you to talk about or even reimagine traumatic events as a way to resolve the problem. 

I’m not against these healing modalities, but TRE is a great option for those who don’t want to revisit painful experiences, or don’t have any big ‘T’ traumas to revisit.

As someone who’s only experienced little “t” traumas, TRE was exactly what I was looking for…and after just ONE session, I experienced incredible results!  

I track my sleep and usually get just under two hours of deep sleep per night. After trying TRE for the first time, I got almost three hours of deep sleep. For me, that proved that these movements were able to calm my nervous system in a real, measurable way. 

What are the benefits of Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises?

By working with a certified TRE practitioner, you can safely release stress and trauma, returning the body to a more relaxed state. Since this shaking mechanism mimics our natural behavior as humans, everyone can benefit, regardless of their personal life experience. 

TRE is easy to learn, immediately effective, and reconnects you to your physical body in a way other healing treatments do not. 

Here are some of the benefits of Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises: 

  • Deeper more restful sleep
  • Focused and clearer thinking
  • Better sense of calm and clarity in highly demanding and stressful situations
  • Body and mind awareness
  • Increased ability to make decisions
  • Increased energy for work and home life
  • Less anxiety, worry, and depression
  • Relief from stress-related pain and injuries
  • Higher resiliency in the face of stress

Signs you could benefit from TRE

Even if you don’t feel stressed, your body can operate in survival mode for a long time and you may not know it. 

If your body senses it’s unsafe and is unable to fight or flee, it will numb the body with natural tranquilizers to create a ‘false’ sense of calm. Your stress response is still turned on, but you aren’t consciously aware of it. 

This creates feelings of dissociation and disconnection to the body.

On the flip side, unresolved trauma can increase feelings of aggression, anger, and even hostility. If you find yourself highly reactive to conflict, and are unable to process your emotions in a safe or healthy way, you could be holding onto excess trauma.

Here are some specific signs that you could benefit from TRE:

  • You feel disconnected to your body
  • You dissociate as a way to deal with conflict 
  • You are highly reactive to triggers
  • You’re unable to safely process painful emotions
  • You have trouble getting high quality sleep 
  • You can’t relax without distracting yourself or keeping your mind busy
  • You’re struggling with chronic pain 
  • You’ve changed your diet and healed your gut, but your health isn’t improving 

Becoming a certified TRE practitioner has been an incredibly rewarding experience, and I’m excited to use everything I’ve learned to support my clients. 

If you think this could be the missing link on your healing journey, book a TRE session with me here.

During our session I’ll guide you through a few simple yet profound exercises to release stored stress and trauma in the body that could be causing pain and hindering your body’s natural ability to heal.

You’ll even receive text support following our session to help you process any emotional or physical shifts that arise as the layers of stress or trauma are slowly brought to the surface and released.

If you’re ready to explore the relationship between stress, trauma, and chronic hives, book a TRE session with me HERE.

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