Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE)
（the class is FULL and thanks for the support )
Our body is like a narrative of us: she records our experience in her own ways, and speaks to us with low but vigorous voices, with a vague but diligent tone.
In the past year, we may have many tough experiences suppressed in our bodies but hard to be shared with others. Can such mental wounds created in our bodies be cured without telling others? In this connection, we launched a trial Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) course in March this year. TRE uses a somatic approach to deal with trauma: by triggering limb vibrations through exercises, it effectively releases the pressure hidden in our bodies.
Summer has returned and the pressure continues to increase with the temperature. We decided to introduce a TRE online course to Hong Kong people. The TRE online course is held by Michelle and Ching, TRE international certified instructors from Singapore, as well as Lilian, a Hong Kong person living in Singapore. The TRE online course comprises six lessons, covering both theory and practice in equal emphasis. The online course will be conducted in the form of small groups so that each participant can experience the TRE and learn how to help people around to release their pressure one by one.
**Instructors don't charge and donate all course fees to us,as a support of Hongkongers.
To help Hongkongers, who suffer in social
trauma, release pressure in a safe environment. In the long term, participants could help others in the same way.
Who can join?
If you are bothered by emotions and would like to help yourself as well as others to release pressure, please join us.
Priority is given to youth workers and social workers.
July 11 - Aug 15 2020 ( Every Saturday )
Scale of Class
English and Cantonese
Based on somatic approach such as shaking bodies, TRE enables participants to release their pressure which is hidden in their bodies. The course includes 4 classes of theories and small group practices and 2 big group practices. Details are shown as below:
Brief Introduction of TRE and a taste of the exercise
Look into trauma + Tutorials
Look into trauma + Tutorials
Lesson 4 （1/8 ）
Advanced practice of TRE warm-ups + Tutorials
Advanced practice of TRE basic skills + Tutorials
Further study + Tutorials
HKD 1800 ( adults who are willing to support student participants ) ; HKD 1200 ( adults ); HKD 500 deposit ( secondary and university undergraduates. If 100% attendance, deposits will be refunded )
**We charge to support the sustainable development of T2T while secondary students and university undergraduates are free of charge. If you are interested in the course but have some financial problems, please PM us.
Basically, we hope that adults could pay HKD 200/lesson or HKD 300/lesson to support student participants. We ask secondary and university undergraduates to pay HKD 500 as deposit to ensure attendance and avoid to waste this valuable learning opportunity.
**The course aims to provide training for participants to help themselves as well as others. In the group teaching class, participants need to promise that they attend all lessons, focus on learning and practise after class.
Ching Meoh Cheong
Ching is a Malaysian TRE Certification Senior Trainer and Executive Coach who currently lives in Singapore. She has been following Dr. David Berceli to practise TRE for years and joined several counselling services after disasters in Asia. She is keen on training and developing the community of TRE Facilitators. In recent years, She mainly coaches in Taiwan and Singapore.
Because of studying Chinese Language, Michelle has travelled in Asia for more than 30 years and now lives in Singapore. She is the first group of trainers who gained TRE Certification and now works as Co-chair board of directors in TRE® FOR ALL, INC., the NGO of which is founded by Dr. Berceli. She used to live in Hong Kong and hopes to support local TRE Providers. Hongkongers could therefore relieve pressure from social trauma.
As an experienced executive coach and internationally accredited facilitator, Lilian has been supporting the development of local facilitators' community for years. She also studies mindfulness and TRE to enhance mental and physical strength, so that she could always facilitates personal and team transformation in a calm and dynamic way.
Q：What is TRE?
TRE is created by Dr. David Berceli, who is an international expert in the areas of trauma intervention and conflict resolution. He discovered that the deep tension in the body could be released by calm body shaking and vibration. Later on, he created Tension & Trauma Release Exercise. Last 40 years, TRE has helped people, who suffered in wars and natural disasters, to release stress, tension and trauma that are hard to say in words.
Q：What is the mechanism of TRE?
A：Before creating TRE, Dr. David Berceli was once in Beirut's bomb shelter. When bomb happened, he found that children kept trembling while adults did not have similar reactions. After bombs, children played as usual and seem not to be adversely affected by previous attacks. However, adults stiffed and they were unable to release their tensions. From this experience, Dr. Berceli figured out that shaking is not the behaviour of weakness; it is the natural process of releasing stress in the body. If we try to control the shaking, stress will stay in the body and we might be overwhelmed more easily. As a result, Dr. Berceli discovered a series of mild physical exercises. In a safe and controllable situation, people shake their body naturally and therefore release tensions hidden in psoas muscle and fascia.
Q：Where to learn TRE?
A：This is the online class and we will not use Zoom.
Q：Before the course starts, what should I prepare?
- a yoga mat, laptop ( with camera and audio system ) and chair
- clothing should be light, comfortable and not to be to tight
- you can also prepare: water bottle, towel, little pillow / neck pillow or scarf for keeping warm
Q：Any reminders when joining the course with the laptop?
- The laptop should be fully charged.During the exercise, we may need to move the laptop to different corners of the house, in order to let instructors analyse your movements for better communication
- Please use WI-FI and turn off unnecessary apps/functions to ensure the network runs smooth
- If the sound volume of laptops is too low, inserting external bluetooth amplifier may help
- To avoid the laptop enters in sleeping mode automatically, the screen needs to be turned on all the time
Q：My home is tiny, can I finish the exercise?
A：After testings in different sizes of areas, we conclude that if we practise indoors,
- keep 1-1.5m distance between yoga mat and laptop
- put your laptop on the chair (height is around 44cm) and the space of training would be perfect