TRE (Trauma/Tension Release Exercises) – the work goes on


HCD Gives and keeps on giving. Last year’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) project, brought TRE (Tension/Trauma Release Exercises) to the Philippines to support first-responders and communities hard hit by 2013’s Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan. HCD coordinated 20 foreign volunteers to train 300 plus individuals in seven cities to run TRE sessions. Over one hundred sixty participants were provisionally certified; they went on to teach the techniques to over 3,000 people.

Since the original project, many of the provisionally certified trainers have continued with good work projects. From those who stay in communication, we know another 2,000 people have been taught TRE.*

Elrik Jundis, has been acting as point person for the provisionally certified community. Working the Carlos P. Romulo Foundation and other organizations, new projects and advance trainings for the practitioner community have been undertaken. Along with Louie Angsico, Elrik has participated in a number of community trainings and good service projects.

HCD has also used TRE in support of our organizational clients working with both teams and individuals. One participant from a multinational commented, “that really helped open us for the difficult conversation…”. When combined with our other facilitation tools, TRE supports ease in what would otherwise be hard conversations. Another client wrote in an email “Personally, I felt liberated from the bondage of self-doubt, confusion and hopelessness…  Collectively, we have become gentle, united in thoughts, and forgiving/persevering with one another.  There was not much struggle during the discussion on budgeting, and, in fact, we reached agreement on timeline swiftly.  …during the planning session, I could feel myself bouncing back with renewed vigor and bright hope”.

*TRE is a somatic (mind-body) practice developed by Dr. David Berceli. It uses simple exercises that evoke the bodies natural responses to release stress. It’s easy to learn, taking only an hour. Once you learn it, it’s quick and easy to practice. It’s a great way to release stress and regain ones full capabilities.


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