A reader writes:
I am curious if doing this kind of release (Tension Releasing Exercises TRE™) can sometimes lead to overwhelm if the person is not resourced enough? Is it ever contraindicated?
Thank you for your question. Let me answer the last question first:
These exercises are not recommended when
1) A person has had abdominal surgery in the past three months,
2) A person is in the second or third trimester of pregnancy
3) There is an issue around emotions. We want people to understand that this work can potentially evoke emotions that are already present in a person.
The TRE™ exercises are designed to help us be more grounded. We teach students processes of learning to go at their own pace while doing the exercises, to self- regulate. In the class we invite people to stretch or tire out their muscles to a level of effort of seven out of ten- with a guideline that one is no effort and ten is exhaustion. A person may choose a different number of repetitions for movements on each side of the body or on different days depending on their abilities. They may even check in with their body and choose a much more gentle level of effort depending on how they are feeling that day.
To continue on about your second question on potential overwhelm:
When students want to do the exercises at home we recommend doing the exercises two or three times a week- not more. When someone chooses further certification as a Practitioner we learn to recognize when we ourselves or a student may be headed towards overwhelm, and what we can do to facilitate grounding first ourselves and then the student.
This is also why we require certification for people who wish to do this work professionally, so that people learn these skills from the inside out before trying to teach another person.
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