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#1 Mandrake

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 03:38 AM

From Trunk's personal blog:

"Also relevant to contraction around trauma, Sean recently introduced me to David Berceli's work (check him out on youtube & amazon) who has done work in war zones in 9 different countries - helping relieve people from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Not just soldiers, often he worked with whole villages who were traumatized. He developed a set of exercises, "TRE" (trauma release exercises) that mainly access the psoas muscle (deep deep belly) that result in soothing and release of that deep trauma. Really interesting work and hard to think of a better resume than war zone work."


I thought this so important/interesting that it should be posted here as well; since we have been discussing body armour, suppression, Reich... I think this supplements nicely!

This is a short (2:54 minutes) intro by Berceli:
Intro

Here is an interview in a couple of parts, I find his example of the body remembering a dislocation of a shoulder from an accident interesting, since there were good intentions only; also the discussion about vicarious trauma:
Interview


Here is a video from a guy who recovered from fibromyalgia through Berceli's TRE-system; usually fibromyalgia emerges in conjunction with dee/longterm emotional distress. Notice also that he was in the military:
Fibromyalgia

War trauma:
Veteran Iraq

There are a lot more videos, Sudan, China, testimonials...

I just encountered this, so if anybody has experience with David Berceli's TRE, I would be thankful for your input!


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Posted 30 April 2011 - 07:56 AM

Primary source for the exercises is his dvd:
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I often do just the last exercise of the series before I go to bed.
It's made some big changes for me, accessed~released the psoas to a depth I'd not experienced, with very little effort.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 10:07 AM

I've used TRE for several months now and highly recommend it.

Berceli recommends doing the exercises three times a week for the first month. I did and experienced great benefits. It's still part of my weekly regime.

IME TRE is an efficient and very gentle way to release trauma (and the psoas)

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 10:20 AM

My good friend who is a healer and occasionally on this forum has been studying and using this technique for a while.
He is very impressed with it.

I recently had the occasion to watch trembling in action. I treated someone with a very serious hand injury.
During my initial evaluation she was emotionally and psychologically devastated. Couldn't control her emotions at all.
Really a mess. She then began violently shaking and trembling. Her mom tried to intervene and get her to stop and "control herself."
I had recently learned about this technique from my friend and asked her mom to just let it run its course. The next time I saw her she was totally transformed. She was completely at peace and went through her treatment and rehab with an amazingly positive attitude and presence. I'm absolutely convinced that I witnessed the power of trauma release through trembling in action in its natural form. Fascinating!

I plan to try it myself. Thanks for the links.
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Posted 30 April 2011 - 10:39 AM

My good friend who is a healer and occasionally on this forum has been studying and using this technique for a while.
He is very impressed with it.

I recently had the occasion to watch trembling in action. I treated someone with a very serious hand injury.
During my initial evaluation she was emotionally and psychologically devastated. Couldn't control her emotions at all.
Really a mess. She then began violently shaking and trembling. Her mom tried to intervene and get her to stop and "control herself."
I had recently learned about this technique from my friend and asked her mom to just let it run its course. The next time I saw her she was totally transformed. She was completely at peace and went through her treatment and rehab with an amazingly positive attitude and presence. I'm absolutely convinced that I witnessed the power of trauma release through trembling in action in its natural form. Fascinating!

I plan to try it myself. Thanks for the links.


You might be interested in reading the work of Peter Levine, he has written a book called "Waking the Tiger" about that exact process of releasing trauma through spontaneous trembling. He says that if you observe wild animals they always shake and tremble after they survive a chase to shake off the stress and trauma which is why animals don't usually get PTSD, but humans have forgotten how to do this natural healing process.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 11:52 AM

You might be interested in reading the work of Peter Levine, he has written a book called "Waking the Tiger" about that exact process of releasing trauma through spontaneous trembling. He says that if you observe wild animals they always shake and tremble after they survive a chase to shake off the stress and trauma which is why animals don't usually get PTSD, but humans have forgotten how to do this natural healing process.


That's what you see in this video here, in the first seconds (not the woman on the carpet):


I was wandering about this since this is the first time I see an animal trembling this way; apparently it is more widely recognized.


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#7 Edward M

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 12:14 PM

Guys, thanks for the recommendation. Just ordered one of the books on it. Should be interesting as i've had psychosis for ten years now.

Let you know how i go.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 04:40 PM

i really wish i had this exercise 15 years ago!

it's so simple and effective ime.

really unwinding deep, core tension.

i feel like like it is saving me hundreds of hours of, say, trying to dissolve this kind of tension through sitting meditation alone.

like trunk i also do the last exercise before bed, sometimes for an hour or so.

highly recommended.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 05:57 PM

Sounds like a great book.

It's rare that you see a book on amazon with all 5 star reviews. Might just check it out. :D

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 01:40 PM

Good to hear from those willing to share about their experiences with TRE. :)

With the many spontaneous vibrations and shakings that stillness-movement induces, I am very curious about this easily accessible technique for release of stored trauma. Esp. the "soft trauma" about which Bercelli speaks.

Another video I found: TRE in Rumbek, Sudan

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 02:02 PM

Anybody have a short explanation for someone living in a third-world country without abilities to buy the book at this time? A basic overview would be nice.

Just breathing into the perineum or what?

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 04:39 PM

Good to hear from those willing to share about their experiences with TRE. :)

With the many spontaneous vibrations and shakings that stillness-movement induces, I am very curious about this easily accessible technique for release of stored trauma. Esp. the "soft trauma" about which Bercelli speaks.

Another video I found: TRE in Rumbek, Sudan


Hey RV! If you've done any mindfulness stuff, you might have come across muscles doing just that. I don't think it has to be full-bodied twitching to get anywhere. But I do like the shaking stuff. I reckon it's half-way. Like shamanic recap is half-way.
What I mean by "half-way" is you're conscious of it. The seeming opposite of what got (me) into the mess to begin with.

I see my cat doing it's shake-out thing spontaneously and there I am, jumping around :lol:
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 04:43 PM

Anybody have a short explanation for someone living in a third-world country without abilities to buy the book at this time? A basic overview would be nice.

Just breathing into the perineum or what?


Send me your address and I'll mail the book to you.
As far as I can figure and have tried. You set yourself up to have very specific muscle tremors. If you've ever tried "sitting at the wall" type exercises and found your legs shaking after, then that's some ways to explain it. I don't know if Bercelli has selected very specific areas to focus on. I figure he probably has.

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Edited by -K-, 02 May 2011 - 04:43 PM.

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 04:29 AM

Good to hear from those willing to share about their experiences with TRE. :)

With the many spontaneous vibrations and shakings that stillness-movement induces, I am very curious about this easily accessible technique for release of stored trauma. Esp. the "soft trauma" about which Bercelli speaks.


Bercelli's theories are very interesting, and his explanations worth looking into. The practice he advocates is not original, simply plucked out and focused upon due to a specific understanding of how the body tries to release trauma. His work his heavily influenced by the work of Peter Levine, who is a preferabble source for the how and why behind this approach to trauma as far as I am concerned.

The actual core practice Berceli uses appear in several books I have read, Anodea Judith has it in one of her chakra books, I believe Barbara Brennan also has it in her famous healing book. The practice is basically the same as the 'Shaolin' zifa gong I was taught, except they like to teach it standing straight off, whereas Berceli gets you used to the process lying down and then says to try it standing. While I feel it has value, especially to enable people to become aware of and let go into allowing the body to move without conscious effort. And in an easy and pretty harmless manner.

The emergence of tremours in proper neigong and meditation as reported by many people, is not always the same thing, though it seems many will go through this stage first depending on the patterns held in the energy and physical bodies. It should be remembered that the outward manifestations are not always the reuslt of the same things going on inside.

The process is not the same as jingdong gong as far as I am aware. It is a body-mind method at best, and a body method at least.

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 05:13 AM

Is the stage set with specific childhood memories, anyone?

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Posted 03 May 2011 - 05:46 AM

After a numbers of years practicing Vipassana, I started to shake and have muscle tremors. From what I can tell, it was the breath that caused it.




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