Making the most of TRE® once you’ve learned it
Once you’ve had a session to learn the basics of TRE® – the exercises, how to access your tremor, how to stop tremoring, remembering to integrate the work done – then the next thing you would want to do would be to learn how to develop your practice so that it becomes more effective for you over time. Some beginners, having acquired the basics and experienced the tremor in their legs (these larger muscle groups are easier to activate and so an easy access point to begin the journey) think: Oh, that’s all there is to it!
While TRE® can still work to help you discharge stress when used that way, giving yourself time to find out how to get the tremors going in other parts of your body can help with releasing tension being held in other areas of the body. This, of course, can support the relieving of pain in more parts of the body since we store stress everywhere and often in the upper parts of the body – working long hours at the computer gives me a lot of neck and shoulder stress, not to mention jaw stress when I’ve been clenching my teeth a lot due to frustration.
In fact, on one of the Facebook Live videos I’ve done recently, jaw tension definitely showed up during my shake to be worked through, which was hilarious because I was simultaneously trying to articulate what was happening in my shake. A tremoring jaw and talking are not a complementary combination! To counter my insistence on preventing the tremor in my jaw so I could talk, my TRE® mechanism had me yawning throughout the session so that those tense muscles in my jaw could get the stretch they needed. The shake will find a way to get the job – or in my case, the jaw – done!
Anyhow, here are some questions you might have as a beginner on the TRE® journey, and I will do my best to address them as objectively as possible. As with all these posts that have to do with answering questions, if there are any questions you have which I haven’t addressed, please do give me feedback and I will make sure I plan and do a post to address them.
How many sessions do I need to learn TRE®?
What’s the point of attending a series with a group?
So, what’s the point of 1-to-1 sessions with a provider?
If I do TRE® with a group, do I still need to make time to do TRE® on my own?
How often do I need to practice TRE® anyway, with or without a group or provision?
Most importantly, whatever I or anyone else has to say on the matter: the TRE® journey is about your relationship with your body and the whole system that includes your mind, your emotions, your habituated tendencies, and anything else that you have stored in there. For that reason, you are the boss of your own journey and how you want that to progress. Taking time to find a Provider you feel gives you the support you need can be helpful – chances are, you’ll find that different Providers and the way they hold space will help you discover different things about yourself. Or simply taking the time to do a few minutes of TRE® every couple of days to get familiar because that’s what you’re comfortable with for a start.
As with any relationship, the more attention you put in, the more astute a sense you will develop for what suits and what doesn’t suit your needs.