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5.0 out of 5 starsbut I did the exercises and had one of the most amazing experiences of my life
Reviewed in the United States on May 11, 2015
I wasn't so crazy about the written part; but I did the exercises and had one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I had no control over it; and I know a lot of emotions left my body... not just physical tension. I experienced tons of involuntary movement, but in addition, some crying/verbal reactions completely out of my control. I felt as if I were in a state of hypnosis. I was abused as a child and some in adult life so I wouldn't be surprised if this was a release of those wounds. Amazing and something I think the world needs to know about.
This book has some good information, and I found the exercises to provide some relief from my chronic anxiety. But the books was quite repetitive, mostly talking about traumatic situations that have happened to other people, which I found to provoke anxiety. At about the halfway point in the book, feeling that it was just going to be more of the same, I skipped to the chapter with the actual exercises.
1.0 out of 5 starsVery entry level trauma book with no
Reviewed in the United States on June 11, 2018
If you're someone like me suffering from c-ptsd, I would read other books. This book is very entry level basically describing why trauma happens and what happens to our body/mind when it happens. It does not necessarily give you the tools to alleviate the symptoms. I think the book title is misleading. Almost all of the book revolves around trauma history and its effects on people.
I was not expecting these exercises to do anything for me. I had already been through "trauma processing" with a Somatic Experiencing therapist, and I'd experienced quite a bit of shaking in the past. I thought I was mainly done with processing.
Wow. An hour after starting on the exercises, I was very obviously going through much more deep processing than I'd been able to access until then. For the next few days I was going through that familiar process of more or less "throwing up" trauma. It was very intense.
But then, I actually started having some noticeable improvements - 1) Less Sensory Processing Disorder. 2) Can feel my digestive tract more, can feel things going into my stomach when I eat (related to polyvagal theory - trauma seems to disrupt sensation of the enteric nervous system) 3) Sense of calm 4) Somehow I really think that I had a memory of myself pre-trauma, that I connected for the first time with how that feels, which is surprising because I likely got trauma from the birth process (had really bad birth complications), so I never expected to be able to remember what I felt like before that. Maybe it was my imagination, but I could even sense the swishing noise of a mom's heartbeat and the absence of breathing in the womb.
Anyway, it was very helpful and profound.
It just makes me think, if it was this intense for me even after so much prior processing, it might be intense for others who have not done that.
I strongly recommend looking into your methylation status before attempting trauma processing. Trauma seems to be related to neurotoxicity, and being undermethylated without enough myelin (methylation is involved in myelination) can make trauma processing extremely painful and perhaps dangerous. We are talking about actual chemicals here getting released during the process. Read about MTHFR and if possible get your genes tested with 23andme and look up your methylation genes from Amy Yasko's SNPs.
4.0 out of 5 starsAll you really need are the exercises - unless you need to be convinced of the usefulness of the method.
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2016
Really enjoying the actual exercises outlined in the book. The many chapters leading up to the exercises are interesting, but a bit overkill. It's a short book, but could have been even shorter; I eventually ended up skipping right to the exercise section in the back.
When I first read through this book, I thought there was a lot of fluff and I just wanted him to get to the exercises so I could see if they worked. They were in a short section at the back of the book and looked unremarkable. But when I tried them wow! It was an amazing release and I have been using them ever since. I haven't found something so simple and useful...maybe ever. I am re-reading the beginning now and understanding more and will hopefully take his training at some point.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe ideas and information in this book are truly cutting-edge and have the ability to transform our understanding of how the bod
Reviewed in the United States on June 14, 2015
I went to medical school and never learned that the body had the capability to work in this way. The ideas and information in this book are truly cutting-edge and have the ability to transform our understanding of how the body works and the ways in which trauma and painful emotions can be resolved. This information has the potential to help many people. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 starsWorth the read, helpful exercises
Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2019
Very interesting and the exercises produced a lot of good results. The entirety of the book was worth reading and, yes, for sure, the exercises do not take all that long, as others have said, and not bothering to read the bulk of the book, saves time. But, still, reading the front section might be very worth your time.
I’ve read a lot online and in books regarding PTSD, as well as info on personal development and psychology. And, LOL, at my age, I have a lot of friends who as the years have passed, continuously bend my ear regarding their woes and tribulations, including PTSD, medical problems, family woes and dramas, and issues they have with mental health. I’ve found taking the time to consider all perspectives help. : )
I was introduced to the idea of tremoring (TRE) by a yoga teacher and she recommended this book. I cannot speak highly enough of David Berceli's work - it enables people to heal, not only from past major traumas, but from ongoing problems that can accumulate in the body just through everyday life, and cause a whole range of heath problems (without years of therapy and drugs). I would say, read this book to get the background and understand what it's about, and then find yourself a practitioner to learn with. I learned from a yoga teacher, and I don't do all the exercises in the book - I use a specific yoga practice and then Exercise 7 which gets me into tremoring (this is called neurogenic yoga). I can now do this myself, so it's self-healing (very empowering). Also check out some of his videos on YouTube. It may look VERY strange but it feels WONDERFUL to do. I'm so much more relaxed, even tempered, sleeping better and have more energy since I've been tremoring. Wish I'd discovered it years ago!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 10, 2014
Most of the book is the story trying to convince you that trauma causes disease. If you're already on board with this concept then it might be a bit redundant. The actual TRE exercises are just a few pages towards the end. It could have benefitted massively from having an extensive FAQ and 'troubleshooting' section, plus suggestions of other therapies/interventions that fit well with TRE would have helped. These should have been the bulk of the book. I think the real life consequences of TRE, e.g. triggering negative affective states that don't go away for days or weeks, are being overlooked by many in the TRE world. People need to know what to reasonably expect and need tools to deal with what comes up. Trauma release doesn't necessarily mean it is released and now gone, it can mean that it simply dredges it up and releases it in your face - and this doesn't just apply to major abuse trauma in psychiatric patients, I'm talking about 'normal' people with 'normal' life stuff.
Very well-written, easy to read. Although you can read the book and watch videos on Youtube, I think it's probably best to attend a group session in addition, as nothing beats guidance from someone who is properly trained to show you what to do and answer your own specific questions. I've been in several bad traffic accidents, as a pedestrian and passenger, hence my interest. I went to a group the day before the book arrived and it was very interesting - once is enough to learn them. The book fills in all the detail you need to know and shows the exercises at the end. To anyone new to Tre, though, I'd suggest giving the book a thorough read through and ideally go to a session. As an guide, charges for groups in my area seem affordable at £20 or £10 conc.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 8, 2013
As a practising hypnotherapist and psychotherapist I work a lot with people suffering from the effects of trauma. In fact, I'd go as far as saying that everyone is experiencing the legacy of trauma to some extent. I've been practising these exercises regularly and have found them to be exceptionally relaxing and beneficial. I'm so impressed that I'm considering training as a practitioner. The book is really about the development and theory of this work. The exercises are clearly described near the end but are deceptively simple. For this reason it would be beneficial to purchase the dvd or download to see them taught in person.