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 Sandra@santosaphuket.com to book your first private session.