TRE – a new way to detox your body

TRE – a new way to detox your body

Tension & Trauma Release Exercises aka TRE, is a breakthrough self-help tool for stress management and trauma recovery developed by Dr. David Berceli, PhD. This is a new way to detox your body.

It is a body focused process, that releases deep chronic physical and emotional tension created during traumatic and stressful events. It’s a simple set of exercises performed to initiate the body’s innate natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating to release stress, tension and trauma.   When this muscular shaking/vibrating mechanism is activated in a safe and controlled environment, the body is encouraged to return back to a state of balance and a calm nervous system.

TRE® is based on the fundamental idea, backed by recent research, that stress, tension and trauma is both psychological and physical. When we experience a situation in which we feel threatened, our nervous system releases a huge amount of energy to set up the body for survival. In these fight/flight situations our reptilian part of the brain kicks in to shut off other functions of the body, not important to immediate survival, like digestion and immune function.
This energy and the accompanying contraction of the muscles are vital functions, once the threat is over the body has the ability to discharge this energy through literally shaking it off and carrying on living stress & tension free.

This would make life stress and trauma free – wouldn’t that be nice!? 

Unfortunately we also have the ego mind/ neo-cortex that can get in our way and prevent us from going through the natural cycle of a stressful event. As we all know we have been taught to be strong, not show fear, be calm and composed at all times – so when we shake we think we are showing something we shouldn’t, even though it’s just the body releasing the stress.



The body doesn’t distinguish between “real” threat or “just perceived” threat.

Meaning we can have up to 50 fight/ flight reactions a day from real threats or just something we perceive as stressful like a traffic jam or an angry boss.


Animals do it in the wild and we have the capacity to bring our bodies, mind and nervous systems back into balance in the same way as nature intended.

Our mind might not be aware but our nervous system is always on the watch for us and our survival, at all times.

This is where TRE comes in – as mentioned in the beginning these exercises initiate this shaking response in the body to let go of this pent up energy and deeply held tension and stress patterns from the muscles to get the nervous system back to baseline.


Things you can experience when practicing TRE are plenty but here just some examples


  • Less Worry & Anxiety
  • Reduces Symptoms of PTSD
  • More Energy & Endurance
  • Improved Marital Relationships
  • Less Workplace Stress
  • Better Sleep
  • Less Relationship Conflict
  • Reduced Muscle & Back Pain
  • Increased Flexibility
  • Greater Emotional Resiliency
  • Decreases Symptoms of Vicarious Trauma
  • Healing of Old Injuries
  • Lessened Anxiety surrounding Serious Illness
  • Relief from Chronic Medical Conditions


It is important to do these exercises with a TRE Provider for at least the first 3 sessions in order to learn the exercises correctly and also how to self-regulate in order not to stress the system even more, which can happen if you don’t know what to watch out for.

Currently the first private session is FREE at Santosa, and the following two private sessions are at a heavily discounted price until April 24th.

We will also be running group classes in the future but the prerequisite to join the class is to do one private session before joining a class.


Come and see for yourself what all this shaking is about contact to book your first private session.

Santosa Superfood – Goji Berry

Santosa Superfood – Goji Berry

Superfood – Goji  Berries- Native to Southeastern Europe and Asia.

The Goji Berry is filled with powerful antioxidants that aid in better circulation and support a healthy liver function.  They are also rich in carotenoids that assist in maintaining eyesight as we age.  In addition to these already stellar benefits, they are also high in Vitamins E, C, and multiple B’s , as well as amino acids, trace minerals, calcium, iron, selenium, and zinc.  The Goji  Berry also packs a powerful punch as it contains the highest concentration of protein of any fruit! Other benefits include:

  • Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial , and anti-fungal compounds
  • High in fiber
  • Improve quality of sleep
  • Produce calming effects on the brain
  • Contains all essential amino acids

How Do You Use Superfood – Goji Berries?

  1. You can eat them RAW with a small handful a day.
  2. Add into Fresh JUICE you make.
  3. Goji Berries is very often to brew in a TEA. You can add them into a big glass of hot or cold water, or tea and let it be for 5-10 minutes, it will become plump and juicy.
  4. Soak some Goji berries in water for 5 minutes, and then add them into your favorite SMOOTHIES.
  5. In Chinese cuisine for thousands of years, they add Goji berries into SOUP; add them in the last 10-20 minutes since it’s not good to boil them for too long.
  6. Breakfast CEREAL – just add them like Raisins.
Why you need a health coach?

Why you need a health coach?

A little story of a woman breaking herself on her quest for the life she wants to live:

Once upon a time there was a young woman working very hard. She moved to a faraway city that was never going to be her home, studied for many years there before jumping into busy working life, moving from city to city to accomplish her quest for achievement. She was so dedicated to push through to get there, somewhere. The holidays were her sanctuary, she would go home, feel at ease with herself and the world and recharge before taking on the things that, in her mind would make her succeed in this lifetime.

Many years went by in this fashion of battle and quest, recharge and recovery. Having always been fit and healthy she found her mind, body and spirit spiraling into a never seen before state of decay. She would run – get an injury – be banned from running due to pain and inflammation – stop exercising and get caught in a nasty loop of being unfit, training and injury. She ate healthy generally but found herself eating the sweets and snacks found in the office to keep her energy up after those long meetings. The commuting meant she got home later and later, ate dinner later and later or skipped it altogether finding she would just collapse in bed exhausted, not many hours before the alarm would shake her out of bed again. In a hurry to catch the train she would grab something to eat on the run and rush off to the next coffee stand to sweep out the last cobwebs before concentrating on her ultimate quest for success. This went on day after day, month after month, year after year.

Bad sleep, pain in the body, poor digestion with constipation issues, and brain fog were all things that were popping up on a growing list of concerns in this young woman’s life. Not bad enough to stop her on her quest though – because she was strong and she could endure hardships.
She wanted a way out, to get her health back so she could continue on her quest – this was just a real inconvenience in her rise to her vision of being an empowered and successful woman in the business world. So she delayed it and told herself she would take care of it tomorrow.

How could a Health Coach do anything in a situation like this?

Well, one fateful afternoon she met with an old friend. This old friend of hers was a Health Coach and she agreed to run through a wellness assessment together to see what was making her feel so stuck in her life.
The questions on the form started to bring up some realizations that she had been just too busy to acknowledge. Realizations about her health, happiness, state of mind and even her life direction.  This was her first powerful insight, a Coach simple holding up a mirror in front of her, letting her take a step back to understand what was happening to her in her life.

What was the result of this seemingly mundane event?

This only seemed to be an innocent chat between long standing friends, yet the Coach was asking specific questions that really cut through the thicket of confusion of how to live a happy and healthy life in line with her visions. A few months after this innocent meeting she:

  • quit her job, took some time off to go travelling and exploring
  • did a detox to change her eating habits and reduce the inflammation in her body
  • started running again to become fit in a gentle manner
  • AND found a new job in another country which gave her the freedom and after work lifestyle that made her feel alive and energized.

These things didn’t happen overnight but she realized that this was a challenging and scary time in her life and having her Health Coach there to support her, cheer her on and challenge her gave her the motivation to push forward. She could now push for the success in her career that she was yearning for from the beginning, but now she was coming from a point of power and sustainability, not exhaustion and desperation.

That is the key point – we can only be happy and healthy if we align our life, our daily happenings with our bigger picture, our visions. Whatever that vision may look like e.g. having a family, successful business, happy marriage, saving the world…
We can be so focused on the bigger picture and the end product of our vision that we forget and neglect our daily happenings, our health, our body mind and spirit, which is the vehicle to travel to the destination of your vision.

How does this apply to you?

Have you ever been in the mindset of just needing to get through this so that then I can be happy, healthy, kind, successful, fill in the blank?
If you can align your daily choices with the bigger picture and enjoy the ride – that’s what it’s all about. That’s where a Health Coach can really help you to create your own launch pad to your success by finding ways to keep your body, mind and spirit healthy while you are reaching for the stars.

Life isn’t easy, but it is beautiful with all its challenges and lessons to be learnt. If you need someone to stand by your side because you are confused and need to be guided back to your own wisdom and health – a Health Coach is the right choice.

Get healthy so you can kick ass – Book your free 30 minute Wellness Assessment with Santosa’s Health Coach, Sandra by emailing

Taoist Qi Gong

Taoist Qi Gong

We live in a field of qi, “vital breath” or “life energy. ” Nevertheless, like a fish in water or a bird in flight, we are not aware of the medium that helps us. Qi Gong means “working with qi.” It will be the ancient Chinese art and science to become aware of this existence energy and learning tips on how to control its flow by way of a precise choreography of healthy posture, movement, respiratory technique, as well as meditation. Like biofeedback, Qi Gong instructs psychophysiological self-regulation; the student becomes conscious of bodily functions conventionally considered involuntary– blood pressure, the respiratory system rate, even the blood circulation and nutrients to central organs– and learns to revive a healthier balance. Even so, unlike biofeedback, no technical devices are expected. Qi Gong is one of the very cost-effective self-healing methods on this planet. The only investment required is time, a half-hour to an hour each day; the actual dividends of better well being, increased vitality, and peaceful alertness accrue daily and are cumulative.

Want to relax, refine your movement and increase energy?

This seminar will explore the practically unlimited applications of Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques of Tai Qi and Qi Gong to personal health, energy generation, empowerment, and healing others. We will touch on the microcosmic orbit, the five elements, Taoist healing touch, and the origins of acupuncture and the meridian theory of energy flow.

Please join us for fun filled interactive class with movement, touch, and knowledge this Saturday at 2.30pm in Santosa.

What is Moxibustion healing?

What is Moxibustion healing?

Using mugwort in moxibustion heat therapy is amongst the oldest forms of Chinese traditional medicine which is used to stimulate the actual flow of qi and maintain general health. It specifically dispels cold and water.

Moxibustion Healing is the process of focusing heat upon acupressure points.  This method can treat pains and aches and is even recognized to relieve menstrual cramps.

Traditionally it meant burning moxa – mugwort along with herbs – directly on the skin over acupressure things. Because of pain, burning and in many cases scarring, this method will be seldom used. Sometimes the burning moxa can be placed on some ginger, salt or additional compound – carefully, by a skilled practitioner, so it heats but does definitely not burn.

Today, indirect moxibustion involves burning a moxa stick an inch or maybe more above the skin, or maybe combining moxibustion with acupuncture. Within this method, an acupuncture needle will be inserted and heated by burning moxa – thus heat is conducted through the needle in the body.

All moxibustion will involve burning mugwort (artemesia vulgaris), a tiny, spongy herb, compounded along with other herbs, depending upon requirements. Mugwort, the plant based essence of moxibustion, is fabled worldwide for preventing the evil eye in addition to maintaining health.

Moxibustion dates back to the Western Zhou Dynasty (c. 11th century-770BC). The actual Chinese characters for acupuncture zhen jiu, which translated literally means “acupuncture-moxibustion. ”

Because the two therapies share a similar purpose, improving the flow of energy, they were often utilised in pairs. However, moxibustion has its very own special benefits.

“Both acupuncture and moxibustion make an effort to unblock the energy channels and thus stimulate the energy stream, yet moxibustion is more appropriate in dispelling coldness in addition to dampness while warming the actual meridians. This is a result of the characteristics of mugwort, the actual raw material of moxa, ” claims Cao Yinyan, the chairman at Yinyan Indirect Moxibustion Wellbeing Resort.

Cao Yinyan used to be a plastic surgeon, but has taken on the study and practice of TCM and moxibustion about several years ago when she observed Western medicine inadequate as being a holistic approach. She now operates three moxibustion health resorts as well as a moxibustion training school.

“The human body is like a running machine. Water will rust it though coldness will freeze that, ” says Cao. “Therefore, apart from adding oil to help it to run again, we should also help it eliminate the unfriendly damp and chilly environment. And that’s exactly what moxibustion does. ”

You’ll find three common types involving moxibustion: direct moxibustion having a moxa cone, moxa needle (acupuncture) therapy, and indirect moxibustion having a moxa stick.

In moxibustion having a moxa cone, a small, cone-shaped piece of moxa is placed along with an acupuncture point in addition to burned. It can be placed directly on the skin or placed on some ginger, aconite herbal wedding cake, or salt.

Moxa needle therapy, or wen zhen (warm needle), will be “acupuncture-moxibustion. ” Needles are generally inserted into acupuncture things, while the top on the needle is wrapped inside moxa and ignited. The needles conduct heat into the energy routes. Moxa is absorbed over the skin, and inhaled.

Moxibustion having a moxa stick, xuan jiu (indirect), is the most popular because there is dramatically reduced risk of pain or maybe burning. A practitioner lights one end of your moxa stick, roughly the size and shape of a cigar, and holds it near the area being treated for a few minutes until the area turns red from the heat.

“With preparation in addition to back work (including mugwort rear massage), the moxibustion therapy will be relaxing and pleasant, ” claims Cao.

Patients first bathe their feet in warm herbal liquid medicine, which helps open the acupuncture points and stimulate the blood flow. Then essential mugwort oil is massaged in the back of a patient lying on his or her stomach. The aromatic penetrating oil will stimulate the flow of energy.

Then comes the key part – moxibustion. The moxa stick could be held one to three inches above skin.

Many people find the actual moxa aroma relaxing. The moxa sticks are generally compounded with mugwort and different herbs for different ailments, such as deficient yang electricity, excessive internal heat, or maybe dampness.

When the heat on the burning moxa stick penetrates the acupuncture point, the muscle and surrounding area will be warm. The warm area expands as the stick is kept inside the same place for several minutes.

As your energy channel becomes more free, the faster the warm area stretches. The coldness or water will actually come right out of the acupuncture point in the method, and the practitioner may feel it. If that you are seriously suffering from water, the emerging dampness will even moisten the burning moxa stick and change its shape from the cylinder to a cone.

Therapy takes about 90 a few minutes, then you eat the cup of white candida soup. The sound of “great mercy mantra” from the tape or CD occurs with full treatment, helping someone to relax physically and emotionally.

Have more questions? Or want to book your moxibustion treatment today? Contact us here.