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Tension Release Exercises for TMS?

Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by robstahl, Sep 3, 2016.

  1. robstahl

    robstahl New Member

    Hi everyone, I have been absent from the site for while since I was feeling pretty good, but over the last few weeks I've had a few challenges. My story is that I have had fear of developing MS over the past 15 years. I grew up with a mother who was diagnosed with MS when she was 28 til she passed at 51. I understand the connection between my symptoms ( all anxiety) and my trauma from my childhood.
    Over the past week I have had a tremendous amount of shoulder/neck tightness that I couldnt shake. I was searching on how to release muscle tension and I stumbled upon TRE (Tension Release Exercises) Basically you do a half dozen simple exercises that put your body into a tremor state that moves from your legs to your head resetting your muscles and eliminating tension. I have tried this 4 times and when finished feel refreshed and tension free...until my thoughts cause new tension.:)

    The link below talks about the science of TRE.
    https://traumaprevention.com/what-is-tre/ (Tension, Stress and Trauma Release : TRE® – What is TRE®)

    The link below is a video of a woman showing how to do TRE and is a quick course before you buy the book or DVD.

    TRY AT YOUR OWN RISK...I am not a doctor or affiliated with traumaprevention.com.

    good luck and I hope these links help !
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  2. mdh157

    mdh157 Well known member

    thank you Rob...........going to try these.
  3. jlm

    jlm Peer Supporter

    I have the book and several others on TRE. My body loves it so much I no longer have to do the exercises to stress my muscles to start it. It has been a very relaxing modality for me. BTW, when you are relaxed, ask your shoulder what is the root cause of the tension and related pain. You may be surprised at the answer.
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  4. plum

    plum Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi Rob,

    Bless you. Thank you for sharing a bit about your background. That must have been really tough. I send you much healing love.

    As to the subject of your post, I love TRE. It's been a while since I did them so am considering your post to be a nudge. I have found that to reap the very best results you really need to practice when there is no chance of being disturbed (should anyone stumble upon you they may think you've lost your marbles). My best experiences have been when I have the place to myself for a couple of hours so I can do the exercise and bask in the blessed peace that follows. And by peace I mean a state of sublime quiet and stillness throughout my entire body~mind. I am content to simply be. No thought. No movement. Nothing. Just me. I have never felt anything with that depth and freedom before.

    Like @jlm I no longer need to do all the preparatory exercises. The last one, against the wall, is all I need.

    For those who seem inclined towards more body-oriented healing approaches I would heartily suggest you give it a go. TRE is a welcome counter to journalling and the like so if you've tried that route with no joy this is a great alternative. It is beloved by veterans who generally shun talking therapies and there are clips on youtube where they speak about TRE and the profound healing it gives them.

    Lastly, for anyone who cherishes Peter Levine's brilliant insights into trauma, these exercises are a completely natural way to achieve harmony, peace and resolution in your nervous system. The book is written by a man who has observed conflict and trauma first-hand over many years and across culture. It is fascinating reading in itself but worth buying alone simply for the how-to on these exercises. They are the logical next step and complement Levine wonderfully. Bonus, you can do them at home, by yourself!

    Of all the many books I have bought on healing this is one of the best. As with all things it works best if you actually do it. Folk who have problems letting go may find it a tad challenging but that may be exactly what they need.

    Thanks so much for posting about this Rob. I really appreciate it.

    Plum x

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