After a year or so of suffering with PTSD, anxiety and panic attacks and being seen by doctors who simply prescribed medication to suppress what was happening to me, my partner told me of a course which was being run by her yoga instructor Caroline. This was my first introduction to TRE!
I was a little apprehensive at first which in turn caused me to panic! I wanted to know more, but in my stomach the knots began. Wanting my life to return to normality, my partner signed us both up to start the six week course. I can remember the drive to the class with my partner... trying my best to keep a brave face, but inside I was a nervous wreck!
Arriving at the class, being greeted by Caroline and having a little chat set my mind and stomach at ease. The first part of the class, to me, was almost yoga in it's stretching!
Caroline guided the group through each stage reassuring us that we were in a safe environment and we could let ourselves go with whatever our bodies chose to do. Once I'd relaxed thanks to having my partner there and Caroline's calming instruction, I felt a calm from deep within and was able to switch off from the world around me, but remain grounded at all times. Almost from the get go I started to feel the tremors. At first short gentle swaying only in my legs up to my waist. It was strange at first but once I had decided to let myself go it be came very enjoyable.
The first session was over so quickly and at the end I felt almost torn between exhausted and strangely empowered! The weeks to come brought back memories and thoughts - some good and some not so!
As the sessions went on, I was able to share my experiences and thoughts with the group, who where becoming close and almost a little family as we all went through our journey together. In a matter of weeks I was able to tremor deep from within my core and up through my body, after which my mind and body where recharged and ready to deal with what ever should come my way! I found myself doing things without a thought or worry and when I did panic I was able to tremor my fears away!
In the beginning I could have never dreamt of having such wonderful results and once again I'm doing the simple things that most would take for granted and now I'm getting my life back! Caroline all along said TRE is a tool you can take through life, and I have to wholeheartedly agree! I'd like to thank Caroline for all her guidance and my partner for standing by me and taking this journey with me!
If you have any doubts about TRE, put them aside and give it a go with an open mind!
Caroline had mentioned TRE to me on a few occasions after yoga classes and I was intrigued. I have tried numerous therapies in the past, both verbal and physical, so am always keen to learn more about such things. Everyone has their troubles along life's path - big and small - but learning to deal with them and manage the emotions that come with them is usually the key to happiness. I had had a traumatic few years with having to manage a very stressful job, a relationship breakdown and a young child. I also suffered regularly with lower backache and permanent tiredness in the past, so I was willing to try anything that might make a difference. My partner had also been suffering with panic attacks, so I thought it would be a good thing to do together and support each other through the experience.
Having signed us both up for TRE, I began to wonder if I was doing the right thing - the thought of bringing out old and painful memories was not something that I relished! However, I set my fears aside and tried to approach it with an open mind. The first session was the most bizarre as I had not really known what to expect, but by the end of the second session, I had learnt not to expect anything - no two sessions were ever the same. Sometimes I had mild tremors, sometimes frantic ones - sometimes these were accompanied by memories or images of the past, other times nothing... I occasionally felt sad, sometimes I felt happy, but after each session I felt different.
Initially, I had quite severe mood swings (which thankfully my partner was also experiencing!). It was quite unsettling to burst into tears at home for no apparent reason, but that was part of the deal that Caroline had warned us about. I also found that I was sleeping more deeply and, for the first few weeks, I had the most vivid dreams. These were usually quite calming, happy dreams, but I also had scary and upsetting dreams which unsettled me... I even had a dream about doing TRE! However, all of the dreams made me realise that some of the memories that I had been suppressing were being processed in a way that talking therapies had never done. Since doing TRE, I have experienced less lower back pain and I have found myself better able to cope with difficult and stressful situations. I am managing my work better and am finally getting a good balance between work and home.
Caroline is a careful and supportive instructor who made the whole class feel at ease - I am not sure I would have felt comfortable practising TRE with anyone that I didn't trust, but Caroline's honest and encouraging approach made the experience very enjoyable.
I have been recommending TRE to lots of my friends and those that have tried (or are trying) it have already agreed that the benefits are well worth it, so put any preconceptions aside and give TRE a go... there is nothing to lose and so much to gain!
' I wish there had been TRE when I was teaching full time and bringing up three children. It would have helped so much. I was a little apprehensive before the treatment began but with the help of Caroline's kind and reassuring manner, I actually began to enjoy it and looked forward to the next session. Tremors varied from week to week and quite often had an emotional effect relating to childhood sadness. However, I always felt comfortable with this release. I will continue the practice at home.
The benefits were almost immediate: Better sleep, less inhibited about lots of things, no headaches, more energy, a feeling of being centered and ready to listen. Since this experience, I'm sure I have had more moments of sheer 'JOY' in my life'.
Always eager to try new experiences, I signed up for a TRE course, wondering what was involved!
From the onset it was obvious that this was a serious undertaking. The six sessions were led by Caroline in the company of other course participants. We learned and shared together, in a welcoming, safe environment. From the first session I noticed a feeling of calmness and my sleep pattern improved. These and other benefits continued as the course progressed.
I really do feel empowered with the knowledge of TRE that I now have. This is a self–help tool which will enable me to cope in a positive way with the many and varied aspects of life that are sometimes less than welcome!
Caroline’s personal attributes as a teacher are alone sufficient to earn my unqualified praise and gratitude, and strong inclination to commend her TRE classes to others. She is sufficiently authoritative to secure her students’ confidence, yet very tactful and friendly at the same time. Her class is not only a place of instruction where she imparts her skills with clear directions and demonstrations delivered both at group and individual levels, but also a convivial social gathering at which everyone is happy and at ease.
I avow that TRE, and Caroline’s impressive talent as a facilitator of learning, have resolved the debilitating physical symptoms that crushing grief had inflicted n me. The following were my two severest physical symptoms are now resolved.
I was suffering from what transpired to have been the classic symptoms of insomnia: very low energy levels, inability to walk normal pace, and shortness of breath when I attempted to speed up my walking pace. That all cleared without a trace after my first TRE session, and the two-day-long sleep that ensued. My GP concluded that I must have been unable to go through the entire sleep cycle, a fact that neither she nor I realised, and hence the symptoms of insomnia from which I had suffered. That sleep problem is now fully resolved, and my energy levels have returned to normal: I can now easily walk ten minutes a distance that I previously needed half an hour to cover; and whereas I found vacuum-cleaning too demanding a physical effort before TRE, I have since painted a room floor to ceiling, and sanded down two wooden chests of draws and applied a new French polish finish too them.
During my last TRE session, big movement tremors worked relentlessly on a knot to the side of the back of my right hip. That knot, and the slight stiffness I have long felt along my entire right side, and used to have treated by a physiotherapist, have since disappeared.
I warmly commend Caroline’s TRE classes to everyone. Her classes will bring comfort to people who are aware of their trauma-related physical and psychological problems, as well as to those who simply want to ensure that their bodies are optimally free of the adverse effects of stress.
As a 17 year old student, stress of work and study would often get the best of me and I would suffer from insomnia. I started TRE not really knowing what it was, but decided that I had nothing to lose by trying it out as nothing else was working for me. I was very pleasantly surprised to notice drastic changes in my sleeping pattern shorty after beginning the sessions. I was able to sleep much more, therefore making me less tired during the day and so making me feel more energised overall.
I was better able to cope with my workload and exam pressures. I know that some people may be sceptical, or may not want to try something they don't know, especially at my age, however I would highly recommend TRE because the results could truly improve your daily life as they did mine.
‘As a scientist, I was very sceptical about TRE before starting. In the past, I had tried to get rid of stress, anxiety and phobias in many different ways. None helped me thoroughly and I still had to deal with tensions and phobia which were growing.
I became interested in TRE because it was a hope that it would reach very deep inside the roots of these disorders in a non talkative manner. All I knew before I started was that a session would consist of a set of physical exercises that would trigger shaking and shivering as the body releases tensions.
Probably for the first time ever, I decided not to do any research (on the Internet) about TRE before I wanted to make it an unprejudiced physical and an emotional experiment.
The first 3 sessions were very disturbing and produced no expected effects. But and it is a big BUT, most of recurrent body pains that I had, such as backache, happened during these first sessions and additional support through foot and back massage, Caroline released tensions and blocking points. My backache has disappeared since, after so many years of recurrent pain.
During these 3 sessions, Caroline built a trustful relationship. In my case it turned a key as I have built over the years an ivory tower around myself to hide any emotions or feelings.
During the fourth session I cried as a young boy which is, as far back as the bad things that were done to me. For the first time in my life I could accept that what happened to me was not only bad but unacceptable. It was the first time in 15 years that I could cry again.
During the Fifth session I had to face my worst phobia up to panic. Again Caroline took control to ease it off but without stopping the expulsion of the anxiety. Some of the anxiety was coming from breathing and lungs issues; again supporting through foot massage Caroline unblocked points, and for the last 10 weeks I feel really better in my breath. It is now slower and deeper.
Over the years, I have ignored pains and aches in my body as I have ignored unacceptable facts from my childhood. For years I have cut myself and others from my emotions and I have kept my feelings and my wrath inside. Today I feel like a plane crash survivor rediscovering little by little, the happiness of being alive, listening to my emotions and caring to my pains that tend to disappear smoothly.
I feel I have a truly powerful tool to deal with stress, trauma and tension whenever it may come. TRE has helped me greatly with getting rid of past trauma too, a very calming and cathartic, cleansing therapy for mind body and spirit! It has also helped me stop ‘comfort eating’ and as a result I have lost half a stone since starting the course. I sleep deeply on average 6 to 7 hours per night since the end of TRE compared to 4 to 5 hours max (of bad sleep) for the last 12 months before TRE.
My TRE sessions are over but I will go for maintenance sessions in the future. I would definitely recommend TRE to anyone feeling tensions, chronic anxiety, stress or phobia. What you could lose at most (which I doubt) is the price of 6 sessions. What you could earn is a passport to a better life. TRE is a secret weapon in today’s world! I found Caroline very nurturing and inspirational; she does a very good job.’
‘I arrived at Deborah’s TRE UK™ class having spent a year off work in recovery from PTSD and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. After years of medical intervention which really probably aggravated my conditions, I chose to self-heal this time, yet after a year, I had become aware of a sizable blockage of emotion and pain I simply couldn’t shift with my toolbox of therapies, exercise and diet. I was really desperate to move on and experience life in freedom. I have worked and lived in the mental health field for 20 years, so I am no newcomer to trauma or treatments.
After just the second session, I noticed I’d made a positive shift in my feelings about going out of the house. For example, I registered that I now felt that if I bumped into certain people I had experienced trauma with, I would actually feel ok about it. I found myself agreeing to meet up with old and new friends for coffee, and feeling that I was looking forward to seeing them. I felt safer and more able to engage with life, whereas before my nervous system would have been constantly in alert mode and warning me off anything so risky as being in touch with people. After several sessions, I now sometimes even look back on my hardest times with a quiet sense that nothing really ‘happened’ to me, and that if it did, ‘I clearly had the resilience to deal with it’. It’s a real liberation.
TRE is astounding. In the future, we will teach this to our children before we teach them the alphabet. With TRE, I have worked through grief, anger, loss and trauma, unpeeling layer after layer, from the first powerful session. It is such a natural process. I am feeling clear enough to return to work, and I have chosen a new, more authentic career. I knew there were some good plans waiting for me behind that stuck pain!
Here are some of my notes from my TRE Journal, taken after sessions with Deborah:
‘Immense release. Other-worldly. I was observing the griever, the healing one, the ‘hater’, the angry one, and watching her heal and release. Beautiful and intense and magical and profound.’
‘Beautiful, blissful, freeing…. Very grateful, very in awe of this process and tool.’
‘So glad to be able to witness thoughts arise (of troubling things) and have the TRE release them…in a flash. As the session finished, a thunder storm began to crash outside and I went out and stood in the warm rain feeling my old emotions all wash away.’
Deborah is an absolutely incredible TRE UK ™ Practitioner of this process. I feel she was born to do this work, and her dedication to life’s truths makes her so wise, compassionate and strong. I have seen many, many therapists over the years, and Deborah is the first who I have felt can hold space for healing without getting unnerved or startled in the least. She truly gets every level of complexity and opportunity, teaching me so much as I do the course with her. Thank you, Deborah – I am truly grateful to have met you.
I hope that anyone reading about TRE and feeling inclined towards giving it a go, will just do it. The more of us who walk this planet cleared of old emotions, the sooner we will have a truly loving world.’
“I have had an overall very positive experience of TRE with Deborah. Firstly, Deborah’s background knowledge about how TRE might benefit me and its relationship to trauma held in the body was both reassuring and clearly explained. I also really felt Deborah’s care and kindness when supporting me through the TRE process, particularly when my body was doing strange movements that had me alarmed at first. Deborah also pointed out how since my involvement with TRE there have been a number of significant changes in my subjective markers.
I believe that TRE is an opportunity to open doors for potential healing of trauma in your body and has given me the confidence to break old patterns and fears when faced with my usual body response to challenging triggers. I definitely now feel I have enough knowledge to continue this practice independently and feel grateful for having the opportunity for my body to let go of long held ideas, patterns and limitations. Thank you Deborah.” SH Bristol
“I came to TRE with a mix of curiosity and trepidation; I was intrigued by the concept but the idea of trembling unsettled me and I felt nervous that something might go wrong, that I might trap a nerve or something worse. I think when more academic analysis of TRE’s physical impact on the body has been published, it will help to allay the fears of a new candidate like me, but in the absence of such research, you answered my questions with careful consideration which was very reassuring.
You are a natural teacher, and you have such a calming, caring and therapeutic aura, that being led through any process by you would be a lovely experience. Submitting to trembling, which I found slightly alarming, with you as my guide, was less scary than it might have been, and I gradually began to feel less vulnerable and more able to open up to its potential benefits. I didn’t feel quite brave enough to take it on myself without your instruction, but I might have done with more sessions.
I just found that relaxing into it, whilst simultaneously trying to take on board and remember information was too challenging for me at the time. My life did change significantly for the better while I was doing TRE; I was able to solve some health problems through fasting, felt a lot less stressed, and began a new relationship, so THANKS! It was a fascinating and enlightening experience and I’m very glad that I did it. “
I started the Total Release Experience after suffering a moderate anxiety condition brought on by an unusual and unexpected predicament that happened in my life three months previous.
My symptoms at the time appeared to be gradually getting worse and my anxiety became quite intense. Although my doctor prescribed the usual medicines for the condition as well as a course of counseling to support; the treatment didn't seem to be helping. As a person who has always embraced the natural approaches to health and fitness often using holistic remedies and driven by fear of possible medicine side effects, my aim became to look at alternative treatment.
Although I tried counseling, I did not find it helpful to discuss my feelings in resolving the issue as I felt unable to fully discuss the problem with anyone. I attended Caroline's TRE group sessions with an open mind and admittedly I was skeptical at the beginning as to whether it would help and be effective enough to combat the symptoms I was experiencing.
Within just a few sessions, I felt a distinct improvement in my whole mindset. I was able to relax, sleep well and find humour in life again. It has improved my energy and focus considerably. I am so pleased I committed to TRE and continue to practice twice a week alongside meditation.
“At first I felt scared and remembered dreams about something scary in my cupboard. Then I felt very angry for quite a while. Afterwards I felt a lot better and not sick. Then not long after (a week) we did more TRE and I had the angry feeling again and since then (3 months ago) I haven’t been feeling sick. I am glad that I can do TRE now to help myself feel well”
“I have suffered from a chronic pain condition for many years as a result of surgery. I hadn’t found any solutions or respite from the pain, despite appointments with numerous specialists. As a single parent of two young children, a business owner and with a desperation to ‘get better’ I have delved into numerous conventional, holistic and alternative therapies which have given very little benefit. When you are as desperate as I was, despite the numerous disappointments, when you hear about something new, you feel compelled to give it a try.
The literature I received didn’t give much explanation as to how the process would heal you, but having attended a comprehensive group course, I now know that this is because every experience is different – not only between participants, but also in your own experience between sessions.
In all honesty, I really struggled with my first session. Moving around is difficult for me anyway, I’d had a difficult morning just trying to get to the session, and the ‘trigger exercises’ were too much for me with my physical pain condition. However, Deborah was incredibly intuitive and understanding and put an alternative, bespoke, plan in place for me, so I was able to benefit as the rest of the group had done.
By the second session, with my tailor made plan, designed around my capabilities, I found the session to be not only relaxing, but also very comforting. I was floating… as though my brain was in a theta state – similar to the feeling you get after a long and incredibly luxurious spa massage!
As the sessions progressed, I found I was more relaxed. I felt I wanted to become more in-tune with my body and started to practice home tremoring alongside mindfulness.
As time went on, I began to feel calmer, and less stressed emotionally. I also felt energy surges throughout my body. This has resulted in less muscle tension, which, in turn has lessened the pain.
I cannot recommend Deborah or TRE highly enough. It has already made a significant difference to my life, and more importantly, I now have a tool to ease pain, that I can use forever. The only downside is that my course has now come to an end, so not only will l miss Deborah’s valuable input and reassurance, I will also miss her incredibly soothing voice! Fortunately, I know that the professional and personal service she offers, means that she will always be available to contact if I need her.”
“Would just like to say how much I have enjoyed my TRE sessions. You have such a calming ability to make people feel relaxed and safe at all times. I have noticed (alongside my dietary changes) that my IBS and stomach problems have not been so aggressive as usual. I have learnt many transferable skills which I will use to help me process things better.
You explained things very well which made me understand why and what I am doing and the reason for doing it. Thank you again and wish you all the best, I’m sure you will do a fantastic job as a TRE UK™ Practitioner and help hundreds of people in the future.”
It’s high time I sent in some feedback about my miraculous Trauma Release Experience. I’ve now done a day long workshop with TRE UK in Dover (on 13th of Jan 2017) which was so amazing I immediately signed up to do a six week course, even though it meant laying off my EMDR treatment for the duration. Both Caroline at TRE and Anna Morgan, my EMDR therapist, agreed that doing both would just be too much. I have been seeing Anna for counselling and for EMDR for over a year. She very kindly suggested I come once a fortnight just for talk therapy whilst doing the six weeks of TRE thus making it easier to finance the TRE.
A bit of background: I have had a traumatic childhood followed (perhaps inevitably) by a difficult adulthood, and consequently I have done many years of talk therapy plus lots of yoga, mindfulness and meditation in an attempt to improve the quality of my troubled life and keep myself moving forward in a positive direction. It could be that the many years of therapy meant that I was in a really good place to reap the benefits of TRE at the age of 57. I took to it like a duck to water and knew immediately that it is what I need. I remain highly motivated to keep processing with TRE for the rest of my life. The real beauty of it is that Caroline and Daniel immediately set about teaching you to take your ongoing trauma release into your own hands. You don’t have to be dependent on a practitioner to sustain this practice. You can make it your own.
After my first session with Caroline and Daniel I felt this extraordinary sense of sitting comfortably inside myself for the first time since I was very small. As a small child living in the West Indies, I was like Mowgli from jungle book, more often in a tree than on the ground. I was also a gifted little ballet dancer. I was exceptionally comfortable in my own skin. Wild, willful, without any sense of limitation. I had no fear of the natural world, really none at all, of water and heights, and animals and bugs. But I was very afraid of my dad. He saw it as his job to teach me the meaning of fear by beating me. When I asked him about the beatings at the age of 40, he said, with a certain amount of apology in his voice: ‘You were fearliess as a child, Bub, it was very difficult to look after you’.
I’ve been carrying the emotional scars of those beatings ever since. And, according to TRE, the trauma has left an enduring imprint on my body. I had a session today, a one to one with Daniel, and, having worked with him for several weeks now, and built up trust, I found I could really let go in the session and have a good old shout and flail about. It felt so, so good and real and necessary. Daniel was amazing. I was completely supported by him. He is ‘fearless’ (to use that word again) when it comes to this work. You can feel his compassion and his earnest desire for you to get as much as you can from the processing. It’s like having someone in your corner in such a profound and unique way. I feel incredibly fortunate to have found Daniel and Caroline. They are both no-nonsense, highly-principled, gifted individuals. You might not think so when you first meet them, but wait until you start shaking. That’s what the TRE does it makes your body shake and release stress in a way that you have to experience to appreciate. When your body is making your feel rather ridiculous because it is behaving so strangely, that’s when Daniel and Caroline’s wisdom and experience really kicks in. They immediately de-shame you. They’ve seen this many times before. They are not at all fazed by what your body is doing. They welcome it because they know that it means you will feel on top of the world later. It’s so incredibly important to have the right guidance and coaching with TRE. It makes you very vulnerable. Blows you wide open.
It’s like being born again but this time without the trauma. Indeed the rebirth heals your accumulated trauma. I am grateful beyond words to Caroline and Daniel for introducing me to this miraculous healing process. And for handing it over so generously, and for offering ongoing classes should I need to ’top up’ and contact by email, about my unfolding TRE process, which will go on for the rest of my life.
I had been having nightmares after experiencing trauma in 2000, when our home in Nigeria was attached and torched with us inside. Cognitive therapy sessions had not been totally successful.
I have felt the difference after the TRE sessions and will definitely continue them. My awful nightmares are less and have changed in pattern. From a negative victim being pursued to a more positive creative nature-however bizarre some of them are. My sleep at night (and occasional afternoons) are more restful.
I would definitely recommend you to my friends or any one with stress or a mid post traumatic disorder.
‘I knew nothing about TRE except that it could help with stress and past trauma. I kept an open mind! I felt I needed it as I was stressful, anxious, always rushed, feeling muddled, sometimes very tense. In fact I would have tried anything. From the first session I felt a calmness there was less stress, more order, less anger, more patience, this could of been a coincidence but by the fourth week I definitely knew it was the TRE, my life seemed to be falling into place, suddenly I realised I was enjoying every day without the feeling of rush, rush, panic, panic too much going on, feelings of tension no longer there.
I have been getting things done at home that have been needing doing for years! During the six weeks I did have occasions of sleepless nights, but they are now very restful. I also had moments of anxiety, and still do, but in time I am hoping these will continue to get less.
Caroline in my opinion was a very good teacher and was also very calming and reassuring. I will continue to practice TRE at home and hopefully my life will continue in this way that I haven’t felt in many years. I realise so many people could benefit from TRE. I have a lot to thank Caroline for as I feel she has helped me change my life, and I am sure she will change many more.’
'After Caroline had completed her initial TRE training I started having sessions with her. I had no pre-conceptions about the therapy and was pleasantly surprised to enjoy the treatments. The muscle tremors have occurred indifferent areas and have varied in strength with no two sessions being the same.
Right from the first treatment I have noticed positive changes in myself and several members of my family have commented on changes they have noticed - more relaxed, happier and more energetic. My sleep pattern has also improved.
Caroline is an excellent facilitator and her manner is always professional making me feel secure and safe every step of the way. Having trust in a therapist is a major part of what happens and at no time did I doubt Caroline's sincerity and commitment. TRE has been a positive and enhancing experience that I would happily recommend.'
I attended a one day TRE-UK introduction course in Dover with Caroline in late October 2014, and have practised these exercises faithfully since---usually twice a week, quite often three times a week, and never less than once a week.
My intent was to de-stress: I had developed various stress symptoms while following through repairs to my previous home following a river flooding. Once the stress had `set in', I could not shake it off, and IBS was the worst of it. I kept the IBS at bay with herbs prescribed by a TCM doctor (Traditional Chinese Medicine), but had not been able to find a way to throw it off altogether.
It was an unexpected, and most welcome, surprise therefore, at the end of November 2014--ie only a month after I attended my time with Caroline and learnt the practice to find the IBS had gone altogether ie I did not need Chinese herbs any more to control it. More than a year has passed since, and I have never had a return of the symptoms. This is remarkable, and more than likely, it seems to me, due to release of stress in the PSOAS muscle which is the core aim of the technique. All people with an IBS problem need to be aware of the possibility that the Total Release Experience gives of permanent release from the 'prison' of this unpleasant illness.
With all thanks . JPG. Cumbria
‘ Before doing TRE, I found that a lot of things got to me. Exams, work, and all manner of stressful situations would have me freaking out and having panic attacks which would often stop me sleeping, which would in turn make matters worse. I’d tried a lot of different ways of trying to control it but couldn’t.
I heard about TRE from a concerned family member and at first, I was a little unsure and a little sceptical. But I had nothing to lose and went ahead with my first session. It was a little weird to start off with but if you just go with it, it really pays off. I had positive results from week one.
Having now completed the initial course, I feel totally different and I’m a lot better than I used to be with stress, anxiety and general negativity. I haven’t freaked out about anything in ages and it’s the best feeling in the world to be able to just get on with my life and not have to deal with all the things I’ve suffered with for a long, long time – especially with my GCSEs rapidly approaching and having to make choices about sixth form.’
“I am so very impressed with TRE. I feel it is the way forward for so many people suffering from trauma, although my personal experience made me realise that I have so much to deal with, and I put up “blocks” to protect myself. I felt “held” and understood during the process and I know I now have the tools to move forward at my own pace.
I was given good advice on self-help. I feel very positive about TRE and Deborah made me feel confident, at ease and understood. Thank you so much for your work, you will make a great TRE UK Practitioner™. It is so good.”
“At my first TRE session I had a very powerful and emotional release and I knew immediately that I had come to the right place; after years of being on anti-depressants, drinking too much and being constantly in pain or ill, my body was crying out for help. As weird as TRE seemed at first, it immediately started getting to work and I knew it was releasing stuck material from my body. It surprised me, I kept saying to Deborah “I’m not very good at letting go, I’m a control freak”, but then just found myself letting go anyway! I think the “no-talking” aspect is vital, as it just helped me get out of my head and into my body which just seemed to know what to do. Very quickly I felt that I was ready to halve my antidepressant dose which I did, and there were times went I didn’t feel the need for a drink at night (very unusual for me).
After the first 6 week course, I knew I had just let go of the tip of the iceberg, and because I found the group and individual sessions I had a very strongly held space to let go, I felt it was important to keep attending regularly. Deborah is brilliant at facilitating and supporting; She intuitively knows what to say or do at the right time, which helped me enormously in releasing deeply held stuff that I thought I had already dealt with. Some sessions were very powerful, and afterwards I felt so good like I’d shed a skin; other sessions were calmer and more relaxing; it always felt like the right amount of releasing at the right time.
4 months after starting TRE, I feel like my inner tiger is out of the cage now which is very exciting; I am definitely feeling my life moving forward. A potentially charged weekend with my dad was just fine. I am now off all anti-depressant medication. With Deborah’s support and guidance, I have been able to start home TRE practice too; I can now do it whenever I need to. I know I am on a bit of a rollercoaster at times, but
I was so ready for this as I’d just had enough of feeling ill and dead. I can’t recommend TRE UK™ and Deborah’s facilitation highly enough – TRE is life changing and I love the sessions.”
I can honestly say I'm now a different person. I do not have chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression or anything else holding me back now. I have energy, calmness, enthusiasm and a spark for life and if I ever feel any of these are slipping away from me, I have the tools to redress the balance again and am actively using them to do just that now.
Thanks for introducing me to TRE and being part of my journey back to wellness.
“I’d like to thank Caroline and the team for introducing me to TRE, with the day to day stresses of working in the capital, hitting targets and paying bills I’ve definitely been searching for something to relieve what feels like a constant build-up of stress. The results though, for me have achieved more than just a relief. My sleeping patterns have improved, I dream less and when I wake I’m feeling more refreshed and focused.
Unexpectedly my bowel movements have started to affect me less, I’m aware that IBS can be related to stress, however, I had never thought I was one of the people that suffered for this reason, since practicing TRE my anxiety, developed from vulnerable situations where I’ve felt the need to run to the toilet has reduced significantly as well.
I now have what I call my time out when I practice TRE once a week and I’m loving this new addition to my routine with all of its benefits.”
“My bowel function improved while I was doing TRE, and I had a very strong emotional clearing after one session. I really enjoyed the TRE sessions I had with you – mainly because of your holding of the space for me and your very solid, calm presence. Thank you for being with me.”
‘I originally joined one of Caroline’s Yoga classes. I had seen TRE on her website but the yoga class initially seemed less threatening. I hadn’t attended any activity outside of work since 2006 so it was a big step for me to take. After a number of weeks attending the yoga class I felt exhausted and unable to continue but thought I may consider TRE in the New Year. I e-mailed Caroline explaining my situation and later that day I had my first TRE class.
I’ve been stuck in a cycle of self-destructive behaviour since the age of 15 (I’m now 33). Initially I struggled with anorexia; moving into bulimia; into cutting (self-harming); to compulsive shopping and online gambling.
My history is complicated but to keep it short. My Dad has suffered mental health problems most of my life and because of this I was a withdrawn and compliant child and an easy target. The main trauma was being targeted by a gang of boys at secondary school. I was sexually assaulted nearly every day at school for 3 years at its worst being gang raped on 4 occasions. Sexual bullying is such a taboo subject. The school branded me ‘hypersensitive’ and my Dad unable to cope with it emotionally disowned me. Whilst the sexual assaults came to light while I was at school I wasn’t able to talk of the gang rapes until 18 months ago. This was compounded by losing my Gran to cancer at the age of 15 and my Dad suffering a heart attack and cardiac arrest two weeks before my 17th birthday. I felt like I was being punished for what had happened.
I’ve felt like I’ve been on a mission to prove everyone wrong. Those who branded me hypersensitive, those who said I would never get a qualification, to those who said I would never hold a job down. Whilst my personal life has been nearly non-existent I have managed a successful career but I felt I was going through the motions of daily life and not really living. I felt like I was stuck in a bubble unable to reach out and connect with anyone or anything. I’d been in different talking therapies since I was 15 and tried anti-depressants on 5/6 occasions which just made my symptoms worse. I began seeing my current counsellor 2 years ago, who is a trauma specialist, using EMDR.
The EMDR really helped me move forward but the TRE has helped me take another step forward; to reconnect with my body and find my voice. I used to be physically unable to move and often unable to speak when experiencing flashbacks. I am calmer and less over-whelmed on a day to day basis and my sleep pattern has improved. I feel more alert and more able to connect and interact with people. In a way TRE is like waking up and coming out of a fog; the world seems brighter. TRE also helped me whilst making a significant career change. I’d been stuck in my job for 9 years, burning out after the first 2, but still battling on. For the first time I’m making a choice for me.
Physically I have hypermobile joints which required surgery on my knee which subsequently caused my lower back to become unstable. The pain and stiffness has definitely eased somewhat since doing TRE. I was suffering regular headaches and reflux both of which have reduced since doing the TRE. I also suffer with vaginismus because of the assaults I suffered (yet another taboo subject) but I’m hopeful the TRE will help with that too – only time will tell.
Although there were males present in the group with Caroline’s reassurance that I was safe helped me through. Even when difficult memories came up I still felt better overall. All I really want to say is that I thought things could never get better and that I was an unfixable freak. I gave TRE a chance because I’d got nothing to lose and I gained a valuable tool to help me take control of my future.’
Just a quick note to let you know I'm okay after the recent session. Well a lot more than okay. I know you never know what will happen with TRE but that was such a powerful experience on Thursday. I do have a dissociative disorder and due to that I have different "parts". I fought against it for a long time. Facing up to and processing the trauma memories has been challenging but in the last 3-4 weeks one specific "part" disappeared. I have been struggling with another "part" but it was like we made peace in the TRE session on Thursday. 'She' seems to have gone too now.
It's really hard to explain what it's like but the main thing is I have always thought of myself as "She". The major change is that I'm now able to think and feel for myself. I feel, I think, etc, which is so different. It's challenging. There had been improvement before but since Thursday it has been very different. My head is usually noisy but it's not now. I've never experienced a quiet stillness like Thursday brought about.
’I started the course with some scepticism and trepidation, but also intrigue as I knew nothing about the subject. There were three other strangers in the group, but this proved no barrier at all as Caroline skilfully and considerately lead us through TRE. We were very soon at ease with each other as we moved through the sessions and individually experienced different, yet similar, reactions.
At first it felt slightly unnatural, but not unpleasant and strangely enjoyable and each session varied considerably throughout, but almost from the beginning I felt calmer and found sleeping improved beyond measure. Initially my mood swings were quite dramatic, but they soon settled as I became more aware of the benefits of TRE and sensed when I wanted and needed to practice.
The exercises are easy and simple to follow and practicing TRE at home comes naturally. After just two sessions a strained muscle in my back had eased completely. TRE has left me feeling more relaxed and better equipped to face life’s challenges. It stabilises and enhances your well-being both mentally and physically. Even my husband has noticed a difference in me for the better! Caroline is right, TRE is a benefit for life.'
Marisa, since my last TRE session I have felt much more able to deal with my situation and have noticed that I am far more relaxed mentally and physically. My back has been a lot better and have found your sessions both in therapy and TRE to be of great help. Have just done my exercises this evening and been lucky enough to have a sauna steam afterwards, so feeling clean relaxed and ready for meeting tomorrow. Can’t believe that I feel so much more empowered to deal with my difficult situation.
I very much took Marisa at her word when on week 1 she asked us to ‘go with it’ and not try to logic the experience that was to come. This is something I have a habit of doing much too much, and so it was a relief really. However I also can struggle to articulate my feelings, which is perhaps why i have developed this habit. so when at the end of the course we were asked to report on how it had been for us, I really didn’t know what to say. It has taken the fullness of time for me to realise just how much of a resource this technique is for me, or should I say for my long suffering body. I have had IBS for ten years now, and in the past few weeks I was hit with an unending cycle of it for the first time in a long time. I knew exactly why it was happening – anxiety relating to life events and internal processes – but that didn’t make it any better. So I turned to TRE. It really is like flicking a switch! All I have to do is put in the time, be open to it, let it happen. and my body will heal itself. Wonderful! I still take a lot from my mindfulness practices, and feel the two complement each other very well. I’m so pleased however to have this in my back pocket – thank you.
“My overall experience of TRE has been one of interest in the process and open minded to any outcomes. I am fascinated by the psychology and theory behind it, as it makes so much sense. Having spent the last ten years on a healing journey, I didn’t feel there was any big emotional stuff near the surface but I have recently suspected that I have adult ADHD as I tick all the boxes of symptoms. I have heard that for people who take medication for the condition describe that it’s almost instantly like a veil being lifted.
I feel that my veil is slowly being lifted by TRE as I am experiencing spontaneous and effortless improvements of some of the symptoms. I am very pleased about this as apart from taking the medication I couldn’t quite see how this issue might be healed.I was very confident in Deborah’s ability to facilitate my TRE as I know how much she has experienced and witnessed in the field of healing over the years. She will bring a great deal of empathy and understanding to TRE UK™ clients.“
I approached TRE because I felt stiff and tense on one side of my body. I had read about TRE as a tool for recovery; however I really didn’t know the roots of my trauma or was aware of the anxiety or stress in my life. After my first three sessions I became physically ill with various aches and pains but I began to understand that these were what I suffered during my authoritarian childhood, one in which I was constantly told off, bullied into a state of fear lest I offended or did wrong. As a result I became emotionally insecure, restricted, held back in life and relationships.
As I understood this the remaining three sessions marked a big change in me as these traumas have been discharged to be replaced by a feeling of strength and contentedness, self-confidence and understanding of where other people are coming from. Others have noticed a change in me which has been dramatic in some senses. TRE has taught me to value my fellow human beings for who they are – I’m not scared of them anymore and most of my relationships have become more loving because they are not based on fear.
As I continued to discharge the energy things have changed in a big way, the expression of gratitude, joy in relationships instead of emotional neediness, I am physically stronger have improved posture, low back pain improved and I feel restored to my authentic self.
TRE is an invaluable tool for life which is easy to learn, Caroline is a wonderful teacher who creates a safe environment for the practice of TRE.
I was away on a Qigong Retreat. Several people noticed the change in me, for one person it appeared dramatic! And most of all my teacher noticed! My practice has become enriched by my TRE experience and I felt more connected, calm and collected with
greater trust in my own abilities. I have lost my fear of doing the wrong thing! Again thank you for your wonderful inspiration and I look forward to seeing you a bit later for a top up.
Through the classes with Caroline, I learnt techniques surrounding the very natural notion of tremoring and also learnt to practice this at home as well. The practice itself is hard to describe, nor would I want to as every single person who practices TRE has a different experience. However, the after effects I cannot talk about enough; within a very short space of time I found my sleep was so much deeper and I would wake feeling properly rested. I had far more energy and efficiency.
At work, however, I have noticed the biggest changes as my focus has improved hugely and my ability to manage workload and work smarter not harder, has been like nothing I have experienced before. My moods as well are far more constant which again helps in all areas of my life. Generally though it is a subtle rise of confidence and concentration that I have found most appealing. What is interesting though is that my only preconception of TRE was that it would possibly be a meditative technique that I could use after a stressful day. This is not it at all and this is where TRE is unique; it is meant to and has become as normal a part of life for me as exercising, eating and sleeping - rather than something used to try and fix something after it has happened.
The main reason why I feel I can recommend TRE is the authenticity of my experience which is confirmed by three main factors; that I came into this without any preconceived ideas, I had no desperate urge to find an 'answer' and, because of the predictability of my job and the stresses it brings, I can compare my behaviour and feelings to the ten preceding Septembers in my job. I would also add, as people suspect that anything in the context of TRE is for the deeply distressed and afflicted, that it is for EVERYONE. And by that I mean that whilst it has unbelievable results for people with huge psychological, emotional and physical problems, it can improve the quality of your life no matter how happy you are. Ironically, I did the course at the happiest point of my life and that's what makes me want to write about it and recommend it as highly as I possibly can'.
One day my wife came home with some information and a phone number from one of her friends on TRE. At the time I had been suffering from depression and stress due to long term injuries from serving in HM Forces, which over time had brought on problems with my lower back.
I Phoned Caroline and my journey into TRE started. Over the six weeks we were taught how to bring on the TRE through initially very simple exercises. I was amazed at the progression from the first session. During the TRE sessions I felt many emotions and feelings come up and became more positive as the weeks went on. This reflected also more importantly in my well being outside of the centre in day to day life for example being more tolerant of my 19 year old teenage son to dealing with solicitors when going through the process of selling my house. My sleep patterns were also improved. I am feeling very upbeat and positive.
Caroline is an excellent teacher and is always to hand either during the sessions or when away from the centre and can be contacted either by phone or e-mail for emotional support. I would definitely recommend TRE to anyone who holds onto hidden issues.
I have just completed my sixth session of TRE and I can’t believe the difference it has made to my life. I have always struggled with anxiety and now I know from the course that my body was holding a lot of tension and trauma. I feel like a new person with a new body that is not holding onto stress anymore. Marisa made me feel very relaxed and safe from the beginning. I found the exercises easy to follow and the vibrations that my body felt during the session was a pleasant sensation. I experienced a sense of feeling light and was giggly throughout the session. After each TRE session I always felt very relaxed, content and calm. Since finishing the course I have noticed that my body feels more balanced which has dramatically reduced my anxiety and my stress levels have practically disappeared. It is such a lovely feeling knowing I have TRE to use as a tool to help me for the rest of my life. Thank you.
‘I attended a six sessions with Caroline for TRE treatment. From the offset Caroline explained in simple and uncomplicated fashion what the treatment was about and what was included. Throughout the treatments she behaved in a calm and professional manner. She clearly monitored me throughout the treatment reassuring and ensuring all was well with me.
I found the treatments were very relaxing and breathing exercises very well explained and demonstrated. I found from the first treatment that I was sleeping very sound and I was feeling very calm in my life as though I was having more patience with some people or situations. These feelings have continued. Small changes in my life occur or I am more aware now so that I am sure if I continue with the exercises myself I will gain even more benefits.’
Hi to anyone interested in the Total Release Experience!! I've just completed my 6th Session of TRE!! I was introduced to TRE by my daughter who also attends weekly sessions with Caroline! I'm so glad that she informed me of Caroline's classes. I have a genetic disorder called Ehlers Danlos-it's a connective tissue disorder and since connective tissue covers 95% of our bodies it's a multi-symptom disorder; doctors in general have little knowledge of the condition of which there is no cure!!
I wish I'd known of TRE years ago!!!! Since attending group sessions I and my husband have noticed a big difference in my well being overall! I'm less stressed, less anxious, happier ( as TRE actually is helping), sleeping better than I have in the past 10 years! I feel that my pain has decreased to a more manageable level and my concentration & energy levels have improved and I have far fewer "Foggy Heads"!
All in all, TRE is helping me to manage my condition and hence to improve my quality of life!! My husband said "we're laughing more"!! TRE is something I'd recommend to anybody for any issues at all whether it's health issues or just the need to "Unwind"!!! The NHS are missing out on a treatment for many, many, ailments & conditions!
Thank you, Caroline, and thanks to Theresa too!!!
Very best wishes, Maggiex :))
I am so glad I came to a TRE workshop! My experience was surprising and I certainly felt a huge release of tension already. I feel energised and happier, amazing after one session. Thank you. Caroline is a huge inspiration. A lovely lady who made the session very comfortable, relaxed and motivating.
I was extremely nervous, to say the least about my first TRE session. As it turned out I really shouldn’t have worried. It was a very unusual but pleasurable experience. Although initially I had some very unpleasant dreams after TRE, this didn’t happen every time. Marisa reassured me this was all part of the TRE therapy. Since I have finished my 6 week course I have continued with TRE 2 – 3 times a week, I find it’s something I look forward to doing as I feel very calm afterwards and am definitely benefiting from it AND I’ve joined a gym just for ladies!
Since learning TRE with Caroline I have gone through changes that have been astonishing. I seem to make people nervous because they can see I am just not the same person. what I have noticed includes...
Reduced hypersensitivity/Reduced anger/ More movement in my shoulders/ability to do many things which I originally feared / Not talking about I think is wrong with me all the time anymore/ Able to deal with emotional pain more easily/more sense of purpose for the future/increased productivity in work/Able to release resentments easily these are just some of the things .
There is a side of TRE that is a bit scary for me right now. I have realised as the process progresses suddenly the world is becoming a really different place. As my body is changing so is my behavior and how I am thinking. Suddenly people and situations I was comfortable with I am not anymore as my outlook is rapidly changing events are not happening like they used to anymore and people react to me differently it can be a bit anxiety provoking sometimes I guess its fear of the unknown but I know it’s all positive change. I am anticipating it could be a bumpy ride though!
I want to say thank you for the TRE sessions that I had with you. I found them very beneficial for my Fibromyalgia and Ehlers Danlos. I really feel that my life has been so much more positive since attending the course. The fibro "flair ups" have been minimal and mentally I am much stronger. I regularly practice the TRE at home and will continue to do so. Susan - NHS
‘I attended an all-day TRE UK™ Workshop in Bristol with Caroline where Deborah was also assisting. They both made me feel very welcome and supported. I was nervous about being in a group but soon felt comfortable with other people in after an informative presentation on TRE.
I had recently made a full recovery after major surgery. I was having problems with daily flashback and nightmares from the procedure. I also noticed I was using shopping and sugary foods to fill a void which ultimately made me feel worse. In the first session I was very worried about the flashbacks, however, I had a completely heartwarming experience and my body felt physically warm and rejuvenated.
In my later sessions at home and with attending Deborah's group sessions I did experience some unusual imagery of myself as a child and also butterflies and moths. (I think the gentle core vibration of TRE reminded me of the way a moth might vibrate with their wings). After three weeks I was experiencing lots and lots of flashbacks and I cried a lot and I felt scared that I didn't want to do it anymore but I carried on and now they really have gone away and I am feeling much stronger and happier. I also found my weakness for shopping/snacking was more under control. I could definitely sense I had gotten rid of the bad psychological stuff.
I found the Total Release Experience very easy to do at home with some calm music and candles, I would feel very warm and content directly after a session of tremoring. I experienced tremors in my jaw and also the urge to take enormous breaths and hold them until I felt I could burst which was a miraculous experience for me as I have always suffered from a chronic lung condition. I found it useful to do light research on TRE and the work of Professor Bessel Van Der Kolk on living with trauma.
Overall I feel lucky to have been given this knowledge of TRE, it is something I will continue to use the rest of my life. It is very comforting to know I can do something to heal myself.’
'For some time I felt that day to day life was having a detrimental effect on my health. Being a busy working mum I tend to over think every situation and would challenge everything I wasn't happy with.
This caused me to be stressed and anxious. It also caused me to have heart palpitations and I would have trouble sleeping. I found out about TRE when I started attending yoga classes with Caroline. I attended six weekly sessions and experienced something new each time.
I can honestly say TRE has helped me to re-balance my life and helped me cope better with day to day stresses. I would recommend TRE to anyone in similar situations. I now practice TRE 2 or 3 times a week at home and continue to feel the benefits!
After attending classes, in order to learn the method behind Total Release Experience I started to practice on a regular basis at home. It took a while before I finally released tension ( because of the sheer amount) . The more and more I did I was starting to feel release “Lighter”,
I suffer with complex Post-Traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and since practicing TRE as a daily routine I have slept so much better with less nightmares, the depression (Darkness) has lifted, I have more patience and less anger.
Caroline who runs the sessions and workshops was very polite. When I first attended sessions I was petrified (Anxiety problems) but she made me feel so relaxed and she was very welcoming. I would happily recommend this to anyone.
“ My journey with TRE UK began on September 20th 2014 with Caroline at a Bromley workshop. At that point I was suffering from very high anxiety problems, Panic attacks etc.
Approaching it with an open mind, Caroline runs the group through the basis of TRE and the impact held energy has on the body and mind. It all seemed to make sense in relation to my own symptoms and feelings. Then came the 1st session of TRE, pre trigger exercises which Caroline demonstrated before I followed. Then the real magic began, 30 minutes of really good tremors followed, the body takes over, and I followed Caroline’s advice and allowed my body to do what it needed to do. After the group discussed their own experiences, of which mine were feelings of exhilaration and a real sense of a high. The 2nd session, I experienced more relaxed breathing. Overall after four and a half hours, I left Bromley feeling totally revitalized and much happier.
I now had the knowledge to continue practice at home, which I have been doing.
After a few Home sessions of TRE, I started to experience the detox process, which Caroline explains will happen, so it’s nothing to be worried about. For me I felt a sense of sadness, followed by tears (even though I didn’t know why I was upset), but all these symptoms flushed through very quickly and I felt much better after. As Caroline explains, emotions may surface and the body is releasing what it no longer needs. Don’t allow the detox process to deter you from continuing your own TRE journey. Detox can flush out the body after a few days, even weeks, just allow the body to heal from within. Caroline is always on hand to advise and help you through.
I began to know my own limits, on how much TRE was enough for me do a weekly basis. I now do 1 session a week of 20 minutes, which allows the continuation of detox and helping to ease my own anxiety. Panic Attacks are now very rare, and very brief if they do surface. For me personally I feel TRE has helped me get back to a calmer state of body and mind. Caroline is a wonderful woman, you will only benefit for her guidance. You have more to lose by not attending , this experience will change your life”.
‘I started my 6 week course at the beginning of January 2013. I had no idea what to expect, but having got to know Caroline as my yoga teacher, I trust her completely.
My first session was amazing in lots of ways. I have been holding on to so much emotional and physical baggage for my entire life! I found the first session really draining. Each person in my group seemed to experience something different. I felt very angry and upset for the next 3 days. This was unusual for me because I am normally a happy soul! After the initial "down" things picked up quickly and have continued to do so. I feel more calm, confident and able to deal with stressful situations in a much better way. It's definitely surprised my colleagues at work!
It's as if a great weight has been lifted from me. Things I have been dwelling and worrying about, have faded into the background. I have confronted and dealt with people and problems which have been bothering me. Something which I have been side stepping for far too long.
The next 5 sessions were not so dramatic for me. No "downs" afterwards, just a very positive feeling. I have continued to practice at home and feel the benefits of doing so. It's an ongoing project.....
It's worth every penny. Give it a go!’
The Tale of Two Toms
I had been a long serving soldier and since leaving the army had continued to work as a private security contractor in one conflict zone or another. My story is a very typical one, a few close shaves here and there, I had lost some good friends along the way and had seen an unhealthy amount of human carnage.
Also very typically I believed I had taken it all in my stride, I signed up for it, earned some good money along the way and led what many would consider to be an interesting and varied life, so why should I complain?
But there was clearly a price to pay. In my case recurring nightmares, heavy drinking, being highly irritable and perhaps the most damaging of all, I had a disturbing sense of guilt that hung over me like a dark cloud. I must stress this guilt was about nothing that I could specify. I had served with distinction in the military and had a sound reputation in civilian circles. I believed I had always operated in a moral and ethical manner, and prided myself on being the protector, not the assassin.
Was I suffering from PTSD? I didn’t know, but as I pondered the question, I made a chance meeting with an old army buddy who had been officially diagnosed with it and had received counselling by the military. (He clearly still had a severe drink problem and was going through a very acrimonious divorce, which obsessed him) He told me of the incident which he believed had caused his PTSD. It is not my intention to make comparisons here, as trauma is relative, but I had suffered numerous incidents of a similar nature, one which resulted in me being seriously injured.
Whatever was wrong with me, I felt I needed to resolve the issue, spurred on by the fact that I had broken up from another relationship, my drinking was getting out of hand, I couldn’t get motivated about work and I could feel myself on a downward spiral. I had been in this dark place before, but I had always managed to keep it together and come out of it in the past. But this time it was different and I was conscious of the fact I really needed to talk to someone and moreover I needed some practical assistance.
I scoured the internet and found a number of organisations and options for those suffering with PTSD. However my biggest concern was having to re-visit my experiences, some which I didn’t feel I was at liberty to discuss with anyone.
Purely by chance I came across TRE. There was something about its simple approach that resonated with me. No re-living events, no long term processes, no drugs, just some key exercises and you get a tool for life. It all seemed too good to be true. I’m a bit of a sceptic and not a believer in ‘The Panacea’, but the idea that the body and mind heals itself if allowed to has always been a concept I could relate to and something I’d had personal experience of.
Also by chance I had recently moved to an area where one of only two practitioners in the UK was delivering the program. Given the relatively small cost, I thought it would have been madness not to give it a try. So a little apprehensive I turned up at my first session with Caroline Purvey and I am so very glad I did.
She is a no nonsense sort of person, and reminded me somehow of a kindly Sergeant Major I once served with. (Sorry Caroline, I don’t have many female comparisons!) Perhaps I should clarify, whilst she is undoubtedly feminine, she is, to use a military term, Firm, Fair and Friendly. Translated, she was to the point, balanced in her view and kind, the key attributes of a good leader and someone who I immediately felt I could trust.
Perhaps the most poignant comment she made was that the development of TRE had involved the study of animal behaviour. She mentioned a Zebra escaping from a Lion and how it would stand and shake once it realised it had survived to graze another day. By chance (and there seemed to be a lot of chance events at this time in my life) I had witnessed that very same thing having just come back from a job in Africa. Suddenly TRE made a lot of sense.
Clearly trembling has some purpose and I also came to the realisation that to do so in my chosen profession was looked upon as a sign of weakness and to be avoided at all costs, particularly by leaders. However frightened one might be, ‘The stiff upper lip’ must be maintained and we must soldier on! OK, as a professional soldier I also realise the importance of this ‘where the metal meets the meat’, but what works for us as soldiers, does not mean it will work for us for the rest of our lives.
OK, to cut to the chase, what did TRE do for me? After the first session I noticed an immediate improvement in my ability to carry out day to day tasks. Before, everything seemed like an uphill struggle and often the simplest set back would cause me to get extremely agitated. Not anymore.
Midway through the program I began to look at people differently. Whilst I have never been a very tolerant person, now I could at least accept others ‘faults’ and move on without getting upset myself. I also found I was cutting away from negative influences around me, but with no remorse or bad feeling.
By the end of the course I was a different person. The old Tom was gone, along with the heavy drinking, nightmares and above all that pervasive feeling of guilt. I believe it was this sense of guilt that was at the heart of the issue. Why the guilt? Who knows? Some may suggest it’s ‘Survivor’s Guilt’, although it may also stem from something in my childhood which was a very bumpy start in life to say the least.
The bottom line is I don’t think it actually matters, as our lives can become increasingly complex, perhaps one might never get to the root of the problem. What does matter is the feelings of guilt are no longer there, my life is back on track and several months on, even close friends have commented on how I’ve changed for the better. It is clear to me I have ‘Sergeant Major’ Purvey and TRE to thank for that!
'Having a conversation about TRE with Caroline about some personal issues (relationships problems and anxiety) Caroline suggested that TRE would help me to deal with a lot of issues that worry me. I signed up for six sessions. From the very first session I felt immense release, I can liken it to the valve on a pressure cooker being released.
Each session was different experience but I always felt relief and well being. The whole process was and is very beneficial. I can now practice at home and continue to keep the 'feel good factor'. Caroline is an excellent teacher and guide, she holds a very calm and safe presence throughout the practice.’
'Whilst I've certainly had my fair share of “lifestyle” traumas, I wouldn't have considered myself as someone laden down with them day to day…for sure they pop up every now and again, but don’t they all…
The best description for TRE is that it starts with 'yoga like' exercises, but then onto the floor to begin the TRE proper, lying on your back. I won’t go into detail because everyone will be different and everyone will achieve differing outcomes. l noticed subtle changes at the outset but more remarkably as the weeks progressed, “things” just seemed to be happening in my personal life that I couldn't put my finger on…day to day issues just seemed to disappear…nothing seemed to be going wrong and old issues just seemed to be washing away leaving room for a more focused and fresher outlook to be cast on everything.
During my final session I honestly felt like I was being purged of any physical and psychological ailments that had arisen from the week leaving me free to tackle the week ahead. TRE must be testament to the fact that it grabbed my attention enough and that it most definitely has a place in our modern hectic lifestyles'.
Weird! Enlightening! Amazing!
It has freed me from so many emotions and helped me to regain my sense of self. It's definitely a tool for life and I highly recommend it.
I have been through divorce after 45 years of marriage to an abusive and controlling husband. Approaching my 70th birthday I have been suffering from sleepless nights for 7 years and repeated bouts of depression, unexplained stiffness in joints and headaches.
My yoga teacher introduced me to TRE. At first I did not really know what I was letting myself in for. I embarked on a series of six sessions of TRE not knowing what to expect.
After session one I was more relaxed and sleeping better. By session six I had started to feel my mood had improved. Although my body had felt achy and in some pain, Christmas was approaching and I was coping better than I had done in years. I was feeling more motivated for life and less self indulgent and lots more energy. I continue to do TRE 2-3 times a week.
“I have always thought of myself as quite a ‘wound up’ edgy, kind of guy, and have struggled with stress, depression and feelings of irritability with those around me for as long as I can remember. This has caused me to drink too much and sometime take other substances as a coping mechanism. I have been amazed by TRE, during the first session I felt a release happening in my body and a real feeling of liberation.
As the 6 weeks of my TRE group continued, the tremors became more intense and moved through more and more of my body. Also in my life I started feeling like I was more relaxed and that I was coping better with pressures and stressful situations. By session 5 I was feeling super relaxed, and much less angry and noticeably more accepting of situations in my life.
One of the other huge improvements through doing TRE is in the IBS that I have had for as long as I can remember, so my digestive system is now completely better. My wife has noticed the difference in me too she says I’m more relaxed and am dealing with issues better. I feel that TRE is an incredible tool, and something that I can do at home for myself now. I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to learn it, it’s life changing and I can’t recommend it and Deborah’s caring but expert facilitation highly enough”
“TRE? Never heard of it until my mother wanted to practice on me, her eldest son. She knew I was under stress and all tense and asked me if she could try out her newly learnt therapy on me. Reluctant as I was in the beginning, thinking now I am going to have to concentrate on myself - I hate that! - I agreed!!.
I found TRE was a series of simple exercises that triggers your body to tremor and shake off tension, it is sorting out my bodies alignment and gives me just after a half an hour session an instant feel good factor, something interesting to talk about and with time I have experienced much less tension, less lower back pain and generally feel much better for it.
I have heard that it has helped others with some serious emotional and confidence problems and issues. The best thing about it is for me – that there are no pills, no external analysis of my mind just the body naturally sorting itself out.”
Some reflections on TRE.
I am a Consultant in General Adult and Liaison Psychiatry and have worked with individuals both in the community and hospitals with a range of conditions for 23 years. Treatment approaches have become ever more varied but essentially aim to address the biological, psychological and social dimensions of disorder and my view is that they all complement and ‘dovetail’ together. The emergence of therapies which consider the body as key to both the expression of mental disorder and also its route to healing have included for example ‘sensorimotor psychotherapy’. I have attended two TRE UK™ Workshops with Caroline and engaged in individual TRE practice for the last 18 months. From my own reflection on this process I see the modality of TRE as re-activating pre-existing natural healing mechanisms that we have mostly suppressed that still exist in animals not held in captivity. As such it could be a valuable part of a multidisciplinary approach for a range of conditions. I would be fascinated to see future research on this mechanism of release both from a psychological and neurophysiological perspective.
Dr Tina Henshall
Consultant in General Adult and Liaison Psychiatry
‘It was a strange and difficult time and the TRE was definitely as beneficial to me as it was to my daughter Sally! The whole experience was extremely calming and filled me with hope that the body/mind is able to heal itself. Caroline has created a lovely positive, unchallenging and supportive space in the centre.
I felt very vulnerable and about Sally's recovery and future but Caroline’s quiet support and acceptance of her condition made me feel brave and hopeful. Thank you for that Caroline! It meant the world to me. It felt like an oasis of sanity in what was a chaotic, frantic and upsetting time. Caring for someone experiencing acute psychosis is a scary and bewildering undertaking. I had always felt uncomfortable with medication as the solution but was told by the professionals there was nothing else they were aware of that would help.
Talking therapies would have been useless as Sally had delusions and was not able to express herself clearly (although if you knew her you would recognise themes and concerns in her rhymes and metaphors). TRE however was perfect because it does not need words or concentration or focus. It just happens......amazing! I know it helped us both so much.
Sally is very well. She has just completed her first year of Uni and is off the anti-psychotic drugs she had been prescribed. Thank goodness! She is a better person post psychosis. She is less guarded and cynical. She is more caring and easy going. It is so much more than I dared to hope for. I truly thought I had lost her forever and every time I watch her laughing and enjoying the moment I am filled with wonder and deep pleasure at her recovery.’ Joan - Kent
I am someone who has suffered from anxiety for over 20 years. I have been to see every conceivable alternative therapist to help alleviate it, from acupuncturists, herbalists, nutritionist, the list is endless. I heard about TRE through a friend who read a blog post by Tim Ferris who mentioned it. I thought I would give it a go because the principle of it sounded very logical to me.
I tried to do it at home following videos online and I thought I was experiencing TRE. It was only when I went to one of Caroline's TRE Workshops a few weeks later did I realise the dramatic differences it can make to being shown correctly. I experienced TRE for the first time in her session and it was like opening a flood gate of emotions to me. Without talking, TRE opens up a valve to allow trapped emotions out - this is exactly what happened with me.
I have been doing to TRE for over 3.5 months now and I have come a long way. I actually feel like I am carrying around less emotional baggage and this in turn is helping my body truly heal. I cannot recommend Caroline and TRE enough.
‘As a 17 year old student, stress of work and study would often get the best of me and I would suffer from insomnia. I started TRE not really knowing what it was, but decided that I had nothing to lose by trying it out as nothing else was working for me. I was very pleasantly surprised to notice drastic changes in my sleeping pattern shorty after beginning the sessions. I was able to sleep much more, therefore making me less tired during the day and so making me feel more energised overall.
I was better able to cope with my workload and exam pressures. I know that some people may be sceptical, or may not want to try something they don’t know, especially at my age, however I would highly recommend TRE because the results could truly improve your daily life as they did mine’.
'I had been suffering health problems for almost six years since catching a virus, which left me with chronic chest infections, collapsed lung - Pneumonia. After treatment with Anti Biotic’s and rest I eventually recovered from the Pneumonia, but continued with a complete lack of energy and had aches and pains every time I moved any muscles in my body, including my eyes. Iwas eventually diagnosed with a condition called Fibromyalgia, which is a name they give to people who present with aches and pains all over also with fatigue,( which I also had severely) and was told that I would have to live with and take pain killers, or Anti depressants which would numb the pain in my brain. I took neither, except the odd pain killer if the pain was too much on a long drive or after a long day or if doing more than I should have and then as the NHS had said there was nothing more they could do I stared considering alternative treatments, as I was feeling so bad.
I tried Bicom testing, pills, potions, detox, acupuncture and Anti Virals-(which did for some reason help at the time, but not for long). None of these had a lasting effect although the acupuncture did help reduce the pain all the time I was going. I was getting worse and by now my symptoms were developing into not only fatigue and pain, but also now stomach and bowel with no appetite and nausea. I had gone back to my NHS GP to ask for another look at things and she decided I was so ill that she would carry out head scan to check for tumors which were negative and then she referred me to a neurologist to check for Parkinsons disease, as the multi Symptoms were ticking the boxes. I had also developed a slight tremor in my hands.
Then whilst waiting for my referral I met Caroline Purvey at a mutual friends party. We got chatting and I confessed to feeling terrible most of the time and she suggested I may consider TRE I agreed to give it ago although I was very sceptical as I thought Yoga and mind type of treatments were for bored house wives! not somebody as ill as me. How wrong I was.
The first week was a bit scary for me, as I was in so much pain just lying on the floor and had no suppleness for the exercises at all. I managed to do them and gradually found out that they were very gentle and you could increase them if and when you felt it possible. I came away feeling not much different than before although I did feel calmer and felt very slightly less tired and in less pain.
By week two I was still feeling slightly better, but I put this down to being in a group environment where I could share my concerns and not be made to feel I was wasting people’s time, as when I visited my GP on the many occasions I had. The exercise’s were not too difficult at all and also thought it could be these helping me to feel better and not so much the tremoring. After this class I felt a bit better again on top of the first week and I actually found myself with less pain and more energy. I had now got a serious detox going on, obvious from the stuff passing out of my body and my stomach that was bloated until I started TRE, was now less and the pressure and pain in my solar plexus had reduced by far. My appetite had started to return and I was not feeling sick or anxious anymore. During the week I was able to do so many things I had not been able to do since being ill, and my memory was beginning to function again.
Week three I was still improving with all of my symptoms and my muscles were becoming less painful and my energy was still returning more and more. I had patience with he kids and my boss had noticed my creativity returning at work. I was still having a serious detox going on and had to stay close to the loo! My Urine before treatment was dark yellow despite drinking plenty of water each day and now this was returning to normal. I did not have the feeling of being dehydrated and I felt like drinking more fluids naturally. My eyes were starting not to hurt anymore, before just looking at people I had to drop my gaze after a short time, as the muscles behind my eyes would hurt so much. I could not cope with light very well and struggled to see in normal light as it hurt my eyes. This was improving and my night vision was coming back too. I could turn my head without pain now and my injured back was not hurting as much at all. I was also sleeping better and some nights managed to sleep for seven hours without waking, unheard of for many years.
Week four, all my symptoms were nearly a thing of the past although I still had a serious detox going on. My whole self felt different and I became emotional at times during the class as I was so happy to be feeling better and was sad I had wasted so many years of my life being ill. I found myself sad for my family and sad about friends and family I had not been able to support as I would have liked to and found myself angry again about an assault where I was nearly kicked to death by a soldier and his friends when I had gone to help them.
Week five my stomach was settling down now which was a relief! Week Six again all symptoms better still and I was feeling so energised, focused and well it was incredible. I had started all sorts of projects abandoned when ill, both at home and at work and was breezing through them! I continue to be well and have found the whole experience incredible but find if I do not do some TRE at home, weekly at least, my stomach can soon build up some pressure and become problematic.So for me this has given me my life back, my family their dad back and my friends their cheeky happy go lucky mate back!
I recommend this to anybody with or without problems as it is fun and liberating.'
"My experience with Caroline was amazing. I have had continuing running anxiety and knots in my stomach. The first session I felt an uncontrollable desire to laugh out loud which I did! I trembled all over every week, strong movements, jerky etc. In particular my right arm moved more than the left and this was the arm that broke a year ago!
The third week was very emotional I actually went back to a trauma that happened as a child and I felt that I was that child all over again feeling lost and lonely and sad. The fifth week for two days after the 'TRE' I was very depressed and tearful for a few days. After the 6th week I feel happier and more positive and I have noticed great improvements in different aspects of my life.
Caroline was so calm and understanding. She explained everything so well. I cannot thank her enough for this experience and would recommend this to anyone who feels that they need help moving old anxieties. Thank you so much for the experience."
After having tried other therapies, mainly ones involving 'talking' which haven't been successful I decided to give TRE a go. I was unsure what to expect but have been utterly impressed with the sessions and feel relaxed. At one point my heart started racing which I linked to a pregnancy related problem and was relieved it passed and I felt better instantly like the problem and worry had dissipated. 10/10!