TRE for Young People & Schools

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TRE is a revolutionary self-care technique that helps to support the mental health, physical wellbeing & educational performance of both Young People & their Teachers. By rebalancing the nervous system at its core below the level of conscious control, TRE helps reduce stress & anxiety and shifts the neurophysiology of the body to more relaxed & relational states required to enable optimal learning & development.

As TRE does not require talking to others or recalling past events it is socially safe & stigma free. As the spontaneous movements invoked naturally help to calm the mind, TRE provides a body-based alternative to mindfulness & general exercise at the same time as supporting & enhancing their effects. While TRE doesn’t replace counselling or professional support for those who require it, providing TRE to your Staff & Students not only empowers them with a life-long technique to manage stress & anxiety, but also supports a culture of wellbeing, resilience & high performance in the entire school community.

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Supporting Young People & Students

As TRE requires almost no mental focus, minimal physical effort and can be used in as little as 5-10 minutes simply lying on the floor or even in bed to assist with getting to sleep, it is easy & efficient when Young People are most stressed & least likely to undertake more demanding self-care practices such as mindfulness & general exercise.

Easily introduced in a group environment & providing a neurobiological model of resilience & self-regulation, TRE provides a critical outlet for Young People to physically release the literal internal tensions that build up in response to the educational & relational pressures of adolescence. As the spontaneous movements have an innate calming effect on the mind & help to reinforce natural meditative flow states, TRE not only helps reduce anxiety & improve sleep, but also helps to enhance creativity & performance under pressure during exams.

Supporting Teachers & Staff

TRE not only offers a self-care technique for Teachers & Staff to manage stress & optimise their own health & wellbeing, but also provides a trauma-informed model of learning, behaviour & development that integrates the underlying physiology of the nervous system in addition to cognitive inputs & conscious choices.

By combining education about the nervous system’s habitual responses to stress, anxiety & trauma with a practical technique to rebalance the nervous system below the level of conscious control, TRE not only empowers Staff in their own self-regulation, but also provides a body-based model of relationships that supports the growth & development of physiological resilience in their students.

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Benefits of TRE

As TRE invokes the human body’s innate capacity to release stress & reorganise itself towards more optimal & efficient states, the benefits experienced are as diverse as the individuals using it.

Calming the Mind

By calming the nervous system & releasing the subconscious muscular tension associated with stress & anxiety, TRE naturally helps to calm the mind & reduce hypervigilance. As the movements help generate meditative ‘flow states,’ TRE supports & enhances mindfulness & meditation practices & reinforces the ‘clear-mind’ state required for creativity & optimal performance.

Balancing the Body

By releasing tension & rebalancing the neuromuscular system below the level of our conscious awareness or control, TRE supports & enhances consciously directed techniques (such as Yoga, Pilates, stretching, body-based treatments & general exercise) & helps improve posture, reduce pain, prevent injury & optimise movement patterns & dynamic core stability.

Supporting Recovery

By releasing shock & reducing the acute stress response, TRE provides a self-empowering technique to assist recovery from traumatic events such as car accidents, natural disasters, giving birth & loss of a loved one. By addressing the underlying neurobiology of stress & trauma, TRE supports cognitive-based approaches & helps people move through their grief.

Building Resilience

By down-regulating the nervous system, switching off hypervigilance & releasing the chronic muscular tension associated with unresolved stress & trauma, TRE provides a simple, fast & effective self-care technique to build ‘neurophysiological resilience’ & coping capacity in the nervous system. As TRE is body-based & bottom-up, it supports & compliments top-down cognitive-based approaches.

Strengthening Self-Regulation

By providing a trauma-informed model of behavior linked to the underlying states of our nervous system, TRE provides a practical tool to regulate our mental health & physical wellbeing, as well as a neurobiological pathway to develop greater capacity for the self-regulation of addictions, anxiety, anger & compulsive behaviours.

Assisting Other Approaches

By invoking the body’s innate capacity to reorganise itself towards more optimal & efficient states below the level of our conscious control, TRE provides an adjunct & complimentary technique to support & enhance other approaches including counselling, cognitive-based therapies, mindfulness, bodywork, rehabilitation programs & self-care practices such as Yoga & Pilates.

Improving Relationships

By providing a trauma-informed model of relational behavior linked to the underlying states of our nervous system, TRE provides a practical technique to help shift our nervous system towards more safe, secure & relational states – not only with respect to others, but also with respect to our body, our life & the world around us.

Optimising Performance

By calming the nervous system, releasing neuromuscular tension, training meditative ‘flow states’ & optimising movement & skills patterns below the level of our conscious awareness, TRE provides a performance-enhancing technique to enhance creativity, improve problem solving & performance under pressure, and reinforce the mind & body states required for optimal performance at school, sport or work.

Providing TRE to your Students and Staff

If you are interested in providing TRE to the students & staff at your school, you can direct them to the self-guided learning course or contact Physiotherapist & National TRE Coordinator Richmond Heath on 0409 357 964 to tailor a program specific to the needs of your school.

While staff wanting to learn TRE for professional use are welcome to undertake the standard TRE certification training program, there are also opportunities to provide abridged training for groups of suitably qualified staff to deliver & support the ongoing use of TRE within the confines of a specific school or educational institution.