Updated: Sep 18, 2019
That's a question I have been asked often - and it needs a meaningful answer. I have taught TRE® to many people and use tremoring for myself for more than 8 years. I started 'on my own' and some people I taught had also picked up TRE® from the book, the DVD, were introduced by a friend or family member or attended a TRE® introduction or one-off workshop.
I can safely say that there are indeed pointers toward a 'yes you can' or 'no rather not' and I will share them with you :
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE IDEA OF LAYING ON YOUR BACK WHILE YOUR BODY IS SHAKING ?
Does it sound ridiculous ? Dangerous? Interesting ? Why not? Cool ? Always wanted to do that ? Can't imagine I will feel safe with that ? Will be a great new experience ?
Do you remember any instances of spontaneous shaking ? Did you ever see other people tremble ? In which context did that happen ? How did it occur to you ?
If you can say:
"Yes, I understand that there is a kind of shaking that kicks in when people are overwhelmed and the shaking is a way to RELEASE the physical and emotional charge and calm down." -
you have done the first step toward safety in TRE®.
HOW IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO YOUR BODY ?
Do you like your body ? Care for your body ?
Are you grateful for your body ?
Do you like some parts of your body and reject other parts ?
Do you think of the outside of your body more than about the inside ?
Do you know what's going on inside ?
Are you interested in how your body works ?
Do you enjoy living in your body ?
Do you hate your body ?
Do you generally know what your body wants and needs ?
Do you listen ? Do you try to give your body what it asks for ?
Do you trust your guts ?
Do you rely on your intuition ?
If you could choose, would you rather like to feel more ? Less ?
Are you numbing your body with recreational, illegal or prescription drugs ?
Are you enhancing your energy and feelings with recreational, illegal or prescription drugs ?
Do you like touch ?
Do you enjoy touching yourself ?(any kind of touch!)
Do you enjoy being touched ? (not just sexual, any kind of touch)
Do you feel pleasure often ? Easily? Seldom ? Never ?
What's your pain tolerance ? Low ? High ?
Have you ever experienced both - a fight and a flight impulse clashing in such a way that you felt unable to do either ? Like a stall, a blue screen, a frozen frame ? Have you felt immobilised ? Stiff and unable to move at all ?
Try to remember your childhood scares - innocent scares like getting lost in a crowd, being scared of a dog, jumping from a hight, diving into water - as well as moments of emotional or physical abuse or sudden pain from accidents and injuries.
What was your first reaction ? The second ? How did it resolve ? What or who calmed you down ?
WHAT OR WHO HELPED YOU TO CALM DOWN AND FEEL SAFE ?
Your Mother or Father ? A brother or sister ? Another human being you trusted ?
Being among people in general ? Hearing the voices of people you know ?
Hearing familiar sounds around your home?
Did you calm down with comfort food to eat ?
Did you feel safe in your home ? In your own room ? In your bed ?
Did you feel safer when being just by yourself with no one around ?
Did you go outside into nature to feel safe ?
Did you have an invisible friend who listened to you ?
A pet ? Animals in general ?
Even the best parents cannot always be available for a child growing up - so everyone has to find ways of creating safety for themselves.
What did you find worked for you ?
Does it still work ?
Are you still using - or trying to use - your earliest 'tools' for safety ?
Have you left them behind and found new ones ?
Better ones ?