Shaking Is A Solution To Stress

🙋🏻 Have you ever had a job interview or first date, or stood on stage in front of people and found your hands shaking with nerves? 

🙋🏼‍♀️ Have you ever witnessed your child or pet trembling with fear when there is a storm outside, or in response to overwhelming stimulus?

🙋🏽 If you’re a mother, did you experience shivers after giving birth?

🙋🏻‍♂️ If you’ve ever experienced a shock trauma or been in an accident, did you find yourself shaking afterwards?

🙋🏾‍♀️ What about when you get some really important and exciting good news – like winning something or getting that dream job? Have you experienced trembling with that?

🙋🏼‍♂️ Or perhaps when you’ve been working out, your muscles starts to wobble and quiver?

🤔 Have you ever wondered why your body does this?

We’ve all grown up being told that shaking, showing fear or emotions is a sign of weakness, so most of try to suppress this instinct. 

Contrary to what we’ve been told, this shaking, tremoring or shivering is actually a HEALTHY and NECESSARY physiological process.

This innate, natural shaking is the way that our body discharges the adrenaline, tension and stress when we no longer need it.  We can observe this in other mammals and wildlife as well.

When we suppress the instinct to tremor or shake, that stress energy has nowhere to go and therefore gets stored in the body as tension and it dysregulates our nervous system. Over time it all builds up and can manifest as physical pain, illness, mental health issues, addictions and PTSD. 

We really do need to “shake it off” as they say. 

TRE® or Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises is how we re-learn to do it naturally ( 👉🏼 that’s what I teach by the way). It’s not the same as dancing or other somatic therapies because the kind of shaking I’m talking about happens from the inside out, below the level of thought. It’s an involuntary movement.

So next time you find yourself shaking in response to stress, see what it’s like to just let it be. Notice how much better you feel. And maybe take a moment to appreciate how amazing your body is. Your body knows what it needs to do to stay healthy and heal.

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