TRE – the science

For an explanation of how Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) works in your body and what it does to help you heal please visit How TRE works. For a more detailed scientific explanation of TRE and research into its effectiveness stay on this page!

Research on TRE and its effectiveness

Dr David Bercelli – TRE webinar – interview with Dr Robert Scaer, MD, about trauma and TRE (10:09 mins)
Dr David Bercelli – Dr Stephen Porges & Dr Sue Carter talk about TRE and its contribution to the trauma perspective (44:15 mins)
Dr David Berceli & Liza Kimble – How the tremor mechanism in TRE affects Fascia (Part 1) (5:44 mins)
Chris Balsley – Bob Scaer MD interview on Tension Releasing Exercises TRE (12:45 mins)
Dr David Bercelli – a neurosicentist’s perspective on TRE (18:12 mins)

There is a wide range of research publications relating to TRE and its effectiveness available on the global TRE For All website’s research page. I have included some of them below.

M. Lynning, C. Svaneb, K.Westergaard, S.O.Bergien, S.R.Gunnersen, L.Skovgaard. Tension and trauma releasing exercises for people with multiple sclerosis – An exploratory pilot study. Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, 2021.

Heath R. and Beattie J. Case Report of a Former Soldier Using TRE (Tension/Trauma Releasing Exercises) For PostTraumatic Stress Disorder Self-Care. Journal of Military and Veterans’ Health, 2019, Vol 27; No.3

Edwards, Linda, Ph.D., M.A.P.S. The Potential Role of Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) in the Treatment of Trauma, PTSD and its Co morbid Conditions including Anxiety, Depression and Somatoform Disorders 

Amaral MA, Andrade EAR, Angnes GM, Sardeiro ER, Carvalho LBS, Fonseca VMAC, and Vasconcelos AA. Innovative Solutions for the Promotion of Adolescent Mental Health in Primary Care. Revista Adolescência e Saúde 2018; 15(1):66-72

Kent M. Neurogenic Tremors Training (TRE) for Stress and PTSD: A Controlled Clinical Trial: Final Report. 2018 June.

Herold A.  Neurogenic Tremor Through TRE: Tension, Stress and Trauma Releasing Exercises according to D. Berceli in the Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 2015.

Heath, R. Evaluation of Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) Workshop for Bushfire Affected Communities. Funded by Skyline Road North & Wallace Road Bushfire Zone Alliance (SWBZA Inc), 2013

Want to learn TRE?

Over 5 million people have learnt TRE. It is taught in over 60 countries worldwide. TRE can be learned via an appointment in person or online. A minimum of 3 sessions is recommended to ensure that you have learned how to self-regulate your tremoring. You can bring a friend and share the cost! Once you have learnt how to self-regulate you can continue using TRE at home for the rest of your life as part of your self-care routine. You do not have to see a TRE provider regularly. However, you may choose to have occasional or regular sessions with a TRE provider if you want more guidance or support with your tremoring process.

TRE can also be learnt in workshops and through a free TRE online course. Please note the free online course is not suitable for:

  • Anyone with psychological/psychiatric conditions that require strict regulation
  • Anyone with fragile psychological defences
  • Anyone who has a history of complex trauma (near-death experiences, abuse, violence, major accidents, natural disasters, surgeries, severe losses, etc)
  • Anyone with physical conditions that require strict regulation
  • Anyone with physical or medical limitations.

For anyone in the above categories, it is best to consult with a TRE provider, like me, to make sure TRE is suitable for you and to teach you how to use it safely.

Want to learn more?

Below are links to more information on TRE.