Tension & Trauma Release Exercises (TRE®)
Here’s what I want for you:
I want you to experience less worry and anxiety in your life.
If you have experienced trauma, I want you to find relief and feel less consistently activated and reactive.
Even if you have not experienced major traumas in your life, the everyday stresses of living in this world can add up and impact us over time.
I want you to have more energy and endurance.
I want you to sleep better and more deeply.
I want you to settle into ease and experience what it’s like to move through life with a greater capacity for handling challenges, large and small.
And that’s what we’ll work on in your 1:1 Tension and Trauma Release sessions.
“TRE is a wonderful experience! If you have ever gone through trauma, especially physical trauma, this is one of the best things I have ever tried. In life, there is only so much talking you can do. As a clinical practitioner, I’ve done a lot of talking about my own trauma and about trauma in other people’s lives. Without giving too much away, the vibration experience was breathtaking in the most amazing way possible. After about 30 minutes or so of movement, I walked away without sciatica pain, feeling loose, stretched, and emotionally restored. I recommend TRE with Leah for personal and professional reasons. She is a patient, articulate, and loving teacher and when you are dealing with this process, you can’t ask for more!”
-Tamaris P., New York
I’m Leah Harris and I’m a certified Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE®) provider.
For the last 15 years, I have been on a personal and professional journey to learn all I can about the impact of stress and trauma on our minds and bodies, as well as the numerous pathways to survival and healing.
Then, in 2016, I was introduced to a trauma-healing modality called Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE®).
TRE was developed by Dr. David Berceli, while he was working as a trauma therapist around the world.
Unlike talk therapy, TRE works purely on the level of the body (which is all too often neglected in therapeutic work!).
In other words: TRE teaches your body how to relax and release long-held tension and trauma.
This was huge for me.
And I'm called to share it with you.
“I am not an optimist and I’m generally wary of anything that promises to release tension, trauma, or negatives in my life. I went into Leah’s class a skeptic but thought at least I’d get a good stretch out of it. What ended up happening was a complete release of negativity and anxiety. I wound up having a very emotional response to TRE (yes, there were some tears—but they felt comforting not overwhelming) and found myself letting go of so much tension and anger that I didn’t even know was there. I guess you can call me a “believer” now, though that sounds silly to say. What I should say is that I am a believer in Leah’s ability to lead a supportive TRE class that is emotionally and physically freeing and restorative. Give it a chance—I guarantee you’ll feel something (even if it is just a really good stretch).”
-Ashley Logan, Washington, DC
TRE is based on the concept that in stressful or traumatic situations, our body is genetically encoded to contract to protect itself.
After the stressful situation is over, we are supposed to release such contractions and come back to an optimal state of balance and relaxation.
However, the way that the body releases is through tremoring and shaking (similarly to what we feel building up in our body when we are nervous, afraid or excited) and, since we are conditioned to believe that shaking is a sign of weakness or illness, each of us tends to unconsciously inhibit this healing response.
By deliberately doing these exercises, however, we reactivate this natural releasing mechanism, with often immediate and profound results.
People report sleeping better, getting rid of pain and aches, the healing of sciatica, a lessening of anxiety and depression, feeling calmer and less reactive, and a release of deep chronic tension.
You can see what TRE looks like in action and learn more about it in this short video:
Book a 1:1 TRE ® Session
If you’re in DC, Maryland, or Virginia and you’d like to train your body to release tension and trauma, let’s book your session!
To get started, please click "Book a session" below, fill out the form, and tell me what you’re hoping to experience with TRE. I’ll also need to know if you have any current injuries or other conditions I should be aware of as we’re working together.
“I love TRE! I feel more balanced, grounded and at ease. Less fearful. It was definitely something that I needed and I look forward to doing it some more.”
-Tess R., Washington, DC
You’ll receive a copy of your answers (which are sometimes helpful and healing to witness for yourself) and I will reply within 24-48 hours so we can connect and book a time that works for you.
Please note: I am unable to do long-distance TRE sessions. If you are outside my area, you can find a local provider here.