Why Practice TRE®?

TRE®, or Tension and Trauma releasing Exercises, is a somatic practice that can help us release tension and trauma held in the body.


  • Release tension held in the body from everyday stress as well as from traumas of the past.
  • Create more resiliency in your nervous system – in other words, gain more ability to deal with stressful situations without becoming overwhelmed.
  • Prevent your nervous system from becoming overwhelmed by recognizing your limits and knowing when to step back and settle down.
  • Connect with yourself by reawakening parts of you that have been numb, disconnected or unavailable due to stress and trauma held in the body.

Reported Benefits of TRE®

  • Less Worry & Anxiety
  • Reduces Symptoms of PTSD
  • More Energy & Endurance
  • Improved Marital Relationships
  • Less Workplace Stress
  • Better Sleep
  • Less Relationship Conflict
  • Reduced Muscle & Back Pain
  • Increased Flexibility
  • Greater Emotional Resiliency
  • Decreases Symptoms of Vicarious Trauma
  • Healing of Old Injuries
  • Lessened Anxiety surrounding Serious Illness
  • Relief from Chronic Medical Conditions

How Does TRE® Work?*

TRE allows us to access the body’s innate tremoring reflex, which is an ancient mechanism universal to all mammals.

This reflex is the body’s way of restoring a sense of safety and wellbeing after a stressful event has occurred. It brings us out of the physiological states induced by the fight, flight and freeze responses. These responses are the nervous system’s way of protecting us when we are in danger. When they are activated, our digestive and reproductive systems are shut down, and blood and energy are channeled into our arms, legs, heart and lungs, allowing us to fight for our life or run to safety. In the freeze response, the body shuts down and we dissociate.

Once the danger has passed, the body naturally shakes off the excess energy and restores all its systems to homeostasis, allowing us to function as normal. TRE® is a practice of giving the body permission to shake in a safe and healthy way.

The presentation in the video above is an in-depth explanation of what TRE® is and how it works. It also includes a live demonstration of TRE® that will give you an idea of what it looks like as a practice.


Please keep in mind that learning TRE® on your own is not appropriate for everyone. If you are very sensitive, have chronic anxiety, panic attacks or have experienced lots of trauma, please start by working with a certified TRE® provider.


"The Tension and Trauma releasing Exercises Kate taught me are exceptional. What I thought was simply a physical practice has turned out to be a powerful tool for exploring my psychology. Being very open to these emotional dimensions, Kate has the sensitivity to hold space for her clients in these vulnerable spaces. I strongly recommend trying this practice with Kate; Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises have the potential to bring us out of our habitual patterns and to release the emotional knots that prevent us from being fully present to ourselves. Very special. Thank you, Kate!"
Olivier C.
"I have done a couple sessions of TRE with Kate. She was very warm and welcoming and I felt very much at ease working with her. During the sessions, she was very attentive and perceptive - when she noticed little changes, she would check in on me and my experience. I felt safe with her. She's very knowledgeable about the practice and she gave me all the information I needed to continue the sessions on my own at home."
Crystal L.
"My experience with Kate has been excellent. She holds a beautiful safe space with love and care. I was able to pay attention to parts of me that I could not see in my day to day and allow them to come to the surface to be embraced. Thank you Kate for your empathy and presence."
Naran D.
"Kate was a great provider in my TRE sessions with her. She was kind, attentive, skilful and patient. I have done three sessions with her so far. What I noticed in my latest session was a big improvement in my mood and overall sense of well-being after the session as compared to when I arrived. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to explore this practice!"
Robbie P.
"Ayant fait quelques séances de TRE avec Kate Alvo, j’ai pu constater à quel point elle pouvait bien m’accompagner afin que je puisse me sentir à l’aise d’être pleinement dans mon corps tout en relâchant des tensions par des tremblements devant elle. Dans une ambiance calme et chaleureuse, Kate a réussi à m’expliquer clairement la procédure et les bienfaits de cette thérapie somatique. Je vous recommande vivement d’expérimenter cette approche qui permet de se libérer de traumas enfouis dans le corps."
Marie-Claude M.