The Total Release Experience®
Our Connection with Animals
We Learn From Animals
What is our connection to animals? As David Attenborough once put it - we are all animals in clothing! We would be wise, therefore, to learn from them. How do they survive trauma - simply by allowing their body to tremor to release their adrenalin and cortisol at the time of the event. We, too, can do the same, but sadly don't because we have forgotten and suppressed our ability to release.
Understanding the fundamentals
Whether they repel water or let go of tension, animals spontaneously shake off! Wild animals release adrenalin and cortisol after the chase naturally and instinctively. Then they can carry on and do what animals do.
The Psoas Muscle
Your fight/flight centre
See the red muscle in the image? Imagine the animal on two legs. We are really no different! The Psoas is under the diaphragm to the top of the legs. Just like ours.
Our Domestic Pets
Have you felt them shiver and shake?
We have had dogs for years. I used to think they were nervous when shaking, like so many others that tell me that is what they thought. Now they and I know differently. Fireworks, visit the vets, traveling, anything else that distresses the dog, it is the releasing keeps them calm. Dogs tremor for a variety of reasons and it is natural.
We Learn From Animals
The natural, somatic response to over-excitement or fear is to tremor. Studies on animal behaviour show how tremoring protects them from psychological & physical damage after a frightening experience. Well, here's the thing - we are all animals. We too have this built-in mechanism to tremor. To release from the body in this way is necessary to return homeostasis (balance) to the body and mind after a shock or stress. Animals and humans cannot prevent trauma, nor can trauma be prevented. But whatever one goes through in life, the body has the mechanism to release it.
Have you ever had the experience of being unable to control overwhelming emotions? Maybe your lips quivered, your legs or hands shook involuntarily. This tremor sensation is the body’s most organic method of releasing tension that has become charged within the system. Such tremoring or shaking has been and still is seen as a pathological weakness. Consequently, we freeze or suppress the response, maybe resorting to medication, drinking or drugs instead.
'Psychogenic tremors in humans, much the same as the instinctual tremors in animals, is the natural response of a shocked or disrupted nervous system attempting to restore the Neuro-physiologic homeostasis of the body' Feldman, 2004; van der Kolk, & van der Hart, 1991)
You can empower yourself like so many others to return to homeostasis by reconnecting with what nature gave us all - just like animals! The Total Release Experience® Course enables you to immediately start to heal from the past and begin to build resilience.
You too can connect with your 'animal'! The good thing is you can access the TRE from London to New York, from USA to Australia.
About The Total Release Experience®
The Total Release Experience® is a 5-Step programme that empowers learners to heal the physical, mental, and emotional symptoms from stress, anxiety, overwhelm, and trauma. We learn from animals, and just like animals, we release from the Psoas muscle deep in the body. It is the 'fight/flight' centre. The psoas is where we store emotions and fears. Learn to release from this muscle, and you too can enjoy a new freedom. Become empowered as you take back control of your wellbeing.
Emily is or dog - a lovable cockerpoo. Well, in fairness, she belongs to my husband, Mr T. He is amazing with dogs, and we have had a few in the past. All spaniels - they are rather special. What a treasure she is. She used to belong to Mandy, a dear friend we used to stay with her as we travelled around delivering Workshops. I always say careful what you wish for. I remember having Emily on my lap and saying, 'I am not that into dogs, but I could take this one home!'
A few weeks later, Mandy called and said because of the work-life of the family, Emily was not getting walked and being left home and alone; she felt she was getting depressed. We said on our next visit we would take her. When we visited, it seemed the promises and pleading of the 14-year-old son to walk the dog was enough for her to change her mind.
It never worked out, and on our visit to a Workshop in Hereford, Mandy bought Emily down to us with all her worldly goods - basket, leads, toys, food, bowls and anything else that was special to her. What was significant on the day June 8th 2017, which happened to be Fathers Day. What better gift could Mr T have, and Emily had a new daddy.
They sat together all day in a quiet place. When we packed up and left, Emily slept in the back of the car for the 5-hour drive to her new home. When we arrived, she followed Mr T into the garden. I think she must have felt she had died and gone to heaven to have such a lot of space to run around in. For almost 4 years, she has been a special part of our life and goes everywhere with us. She is a great therapy dog, too, as those who met her at our Workshops would testify. She has recovered from her anxiety, and Mr T knows what upsets or triggers her that reminds her of her past. We humans are no different. Find out more about dogs behaviour and signs to look out for to understand their communication when things are going well or not so well.