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Trauma Release Exercises: Trauma signs in adults and how can we move past them through movement

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Trauma Release Exercises: Trauma signs in adults and how can we move past them through movement


During a lifetime a person goes through countless events and, whether they are positive or negative, they will all leave their mark. However, some events have such a strong emotionally upsetting character, the person will face emotional and physical hardships because of it.

This is what we call trauma. It can take some time and effort to heal from it, but there are ways to ease the process. Trauma Release Exercises are one of them.

This innovative way of healing trauma can be used by the first trauma signs in adults, tension, and stress.

The exercises are built on the understanding of how the body stores trauma and will cause long term pain if it does not get released.

1. What is Trauma?

Trauma is a widespread issue. It happens when someone experiences a single incident or a string of emotionally upsetting or life-threatening events that have a lasting negative impact on their social, mental, physical, spiritual and/ or emotional well-being and hampers their functioning.

Trauma can also occur as a reaction to seemingly less traumatic events.

For example, being ignored as a child or having a close call with a car accident can both cause traumatized emotional reactions.

2. The trauma signs in adults

Trauma signs in adults vary for everyone. It is your body’s reaction to abnormal events and these experiences can not be compared to others.

However, there are common and often recurring trauma signs in adults. These signs can be divided in two categories: emotional and physical.

The symptoms may appear right away, following the traumatic event or some time later when another circumstance or event stirs up memories of the trauma.

a) Emotional trauma signs in adults

Trauma can cause a pervasive feeling of unease as well as other difficult feelings and behaviors such as:

  • Denial/ Confusion

  • Anger/ Fear/Guilt

  • Anxiety/ Depression

  • Memories of the incident

  • Difficulty paying attention

  • Withdrawal from family and friends

b) Physical trauma signs in adults

  • Insomnia or sleep disruption

  • Fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Chest aches

  • Tense muscles

  • Persistent, unexplained pain or health issues

3. Trauma Release Exercises

a) Our body stores trauma

To understand how Trauma Release Exercises are an effective way of healing, we should take a look at how your body stores trauma. The body turns on a protective mechanism when trauma occurs.

An excessive amount of stress overloads the nervous system, which prevents the processing of the trauma. The body's natural fight-or-flight response is stopped by this overload, resulting in the traumatizing energy being retained in the nearby muscles, organs, and connective tissue.

In order to block the experience and avoid recollection of the traumatic memory, your body stores trauma and your brain disconnects from that area of the body.

Any part of our body that is not connected to our brain will not be able to maintain health or mend itself. It is because the body stores trauma, physical trauma signs in adults occur.

b) What are Trauma Release Exercises

According to research, the primary tenet of Trauma Releasing Exercises (or TRE®) is that stress, tension, and trauma are both psychologically and physically harmful. As explained in the previous paragraph, the body stores trauma and holds on to it until it gets released.

A new set of exercises called Trauma Release Exercises help the body release ingrained muscular patterns of stress, tension, and trauma.

In a safe manner, the exercises trigger a reflex mechanism of vibrating or shaking that relieves muscular stress and calms the nervous system.

The body is urged to regain its balance when this muscle shaking/vibrating mechanism is engaged in a secure and controlled setting.

The Reflexive muscle vibrations from Trauma Release Exercises are typically calming and pleasant. When describing their feelings after using TRE®, users frequently use the words "grounded", "refreshed", and "relaxed".

People have experienced improvement from conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, eczema, and IBS over a period of several months.

People who endure migraines, headaches, back pain, etc., might get relief from their physical discomfort as well as from negative emotions like fear, rage, worry, and anxiety.

In addition, after practicing Trauma Release Exercises, you will probably notice an improvement in your energy levels, sleep quality, reduction of muscle and back discomfort, and enhanced flexibility.

Every person has a unique history of trauma and stress, so some people may need more TRE® sessions with a practitioner while others may be able to learn it and perform the exercises on their own.

It is advised to continue using Trauma Release Exercises as a self-help tool for excellent health, resilience, and stress freedom a few times a week (or as needed) after the method has been learned and mastered.

c) Examples of Trauma Release Exercises

Exercise 1: Makes your calf muscles more sore.

  • Put all of your weight on one foot, then bend the other knee.

  • Lift the heel from the floor and hold it.

  • bring your heel back to the floor after standing up on your tiptoes and holding it for a short while.

  • Continue until you are around 70% worn out.

  • Put the other foot down and repeat.

  • Stretch it out.

Exercise 2: Stimulates your neural system from your feet up, starting at the bottom of your body.

  • Place your feet comfortably shoulder-width apart as you stand.

  • Gently tilt your body's weight to one side. On the side you are leaning toward, balance on the outside edge of the foot; on the side you are leaning away from, balance on the inside edge of the foot.

  • Take a few deep, steady breaths.

  • Continue tilting your body to the opposite side.

  • Repeat 2-3 times on each side.

  • Stretch it out.

Exercise 3: Aids in exhausting the upper thighs.

  • Squat down against a wall as if you are sitting on an invisible wall

  • Make sure you can see your toes while sitting up against a wall.

  • Hold that position with your hips dipped down until you begin to feel a burn and are around 70% worn out.

  • Stretch it out.


The body stores trauma when it gets overwhelmed with the stress it has to deal with when a person goes through a traumatic event.

The stress will overburden the nervous system, leaving parts of the trauma unprocessed and stuck in the body. This causes physical trauma signs in adults.

After reading the article you will have a better understanding of what different trauma signs in adults are, how our body stores trauma and how Trauma Release Exercises arose from that knowledge.

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