T.R.E.®(Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises)

I’m not shaking, am I doing something wrong?

Not at all. It could be that the muscles are not tired enough to bring on the tremors, or it could be that you’re up in your head, worrying about it, and therefore out of your body. Or, if you discover yourself drifting, you may even have disassociated and protectively left your body. Remember, the tremors only occur when the nervous system feels safe, when the danger it perceives has passed. Part of learning TRE is building trust between you and your nervous system, so there may be a very good reason why your body doesn’t tremor right away. Our job is to trust and accept that.

I have PTSD, will this help?

TRE has been used for PTSD sufferers. In this condition the sympathetic nervous system is often in a permanent state of heightened activity – fight, flight or freeze – and TRE can help reduce that activity over time. However, this must be done slowly and carefully, and at best, in collaboration with a trained medical professional. PTSD issues can be complex, and as TRE Providers are not trained therapists specialising in this area, not all will accept clients who have it, although most are willing to refer to experienced Providers who are.

What if I feel like I can’t stop the shaking?

The tremors are natural and always under your control. TRE was designed with this in mind. Learning how to start and stop the shaking is always included in each session. Knowing how to manage your tremoring experience so that it is nourishing, beneficial and self-led is the goal of practising with a certified Provider. Doing the exercises from a YouTube video might give you the mechanics, but not the guidance.

Can I shake all the time?

Two or three times a week, for no more than 15mins is the recommended amount. Think of your body like a bottle of coke, all tight with years of stress, TRE is like taking the lid off. If you do too much TRE, too close together, it’s the same as taking the lid off fully. Then what happens? The bottle explodes and the coke goes everywhere. Instead, think of TRE as a process, gently opening the bottle lid bit by bit over an extended period of time, allowing that tension to gradually reduce.

I’m taking medications, can I do TRE?

TRE naturally down-regulates your nervous system. If you are taking medications or other substances such as marijuana that do this artificially, such as for psychological disorders, high or low blood pressure, or epilepsy, it’s best to let your Provider know in advance. In some cases where the dosage has been stable for some time, it may still be possible to practices TRE.

Can I shake all the time?

Two or three times a week, for no more than 15mins is the recommended amount. Think of your body like a bottle of coke, all tight with years of stress, TRE is like taking the lid off. If you do too much TRE, too close together, it’s the same as taking the lid off fully. Then what happens? The bottle explodes and the coke goes everywhere. Instead, think of TRE as a process, gently opening the bottle lid bit by bit over an extended period of time, allowing that tension to gradually reduce.

I’m taking medications, can I do TRE?

TRE naturally down-regulates your nervous system. If you are taking medications or other substances such as marijuana that do this artificially, such as for psychological disorders, high or low blood pressure, or epilepsy, it’s best to let your Provider know in advance. In some cases where the dosage has been stable for some time, it may still be possible to practices TRE.

Abdominal Organ massage (Chi Nei Tsang)

Does it hurt?

This is a common question, especially when people see my videos or demos showing a deep penetration into the abdomen wall, but the simple answer is no. Each body is different and I always work in collaboration with the client to discover the best amount of pressure to apply. Some bodies allow a deep penetration, and for others the penetration is really shallow, yet it can feel as though it is deep. As far as pain goes, it is very rare that any “bad” pain, such as bruising, occurs. There may be a “good” pain, such as a sense of discomfort as the fascia is stretched, but this always remains in each client’s window of tolerance. The comment I hear the most after the first session is, “it didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would do.” So I take that as a compliment.

Why only the abdomen?

The organs of our abdomen are central to our health and wellbeing, yet so often neglected in the world of massage. If you think about the way the food (energy) we eat moves around the organs, interacting differently with each one, our health and vitality is directly determined by the efficiency or inefficiency of the organs at each stage. Focusing only here directly and immediately affects all other aspects of our being, at the physical, emotional and energetic levels.

90 mins only on the abdomen seems quite long, can I have a shorter session?

Unfortunately not. The dedicated focus to the abdomen has a ripple effect out to the rest of the body. As this part of the body is so often neglected in other massages, and highly sensitive, it takes time for it to fully relax and adjust to the contact and physical manipulation. I’ve attempted to reduce the time period quite a few times in the past, but have never been fully satisfied with the outcome. The benefits just aren’t the same, in my opinion.

I’m on my period, can I have a session?

If you are menstruating, it is advisable to wait two to three days before and after bleeding. The body is already doing a big detox and is often more sensitive than usual during these times, so best to wait.

Should I do anything in particular before and after the session?

Yes, best not to eat two to three hours before the session, so that the gut is as empty as possible. Having food in the gut can make it quite uncomfortable and minimises the effects. After the session, be sure to drink plenty of water and wait 45mins-1hour before eating. And keep that food light and not spicy. Vegetable, noodle soup is always a good option. Let your body use the new energy for healing, not straight away back into digestion.

Tantra Hatha Yoga

Isn’t Tantra all about sex?

Hahaha, no! Tantra is a science of evolving or expanding one’s consciousness. It is a whole collection of teachings, most of which are still to be translated from the original Sanskrit language, which involve certain physical practices, rituals and meditations. What that means for most people is a process of discovering oneself as a spiritual being.

“A spiritual being having a human experience”, so to speak, which can sound rather woo-woo until one engages in a committed practice. I have found that by practicing consistently the spiritual aspect naturally reveals itself. Of course, part of that human experience is our sexuality and sexual expression. Tantra doesn’t deny this to us nor ask us to suppress it in order to be spiritual. In fact, it gives that energy it’s own name, Kundalini, because it is a powerful force in it’s own right and goes way beyond our basic, procreative urges. It is perhaps for this reason that “tantric sexuality” has gained so much popularity and notoriety. Taken on the procreative level, it may also be the most tangible part of the teachings for most non-spiritual people, but it should really be understood as a small fraction of the whole, in my opinion.

Why is this practice so slow?

The aim is to train your mind as much as we train your body. Being able to detect, and later direct, changes in your energy state is very important in Tantra Yoga. For this reason, there is usually an awareness phase of stillness after each posture and a specific chakra to focus on as the position is held. All of this builds to a wonderfully deep meditation at the end of the practice, but yes, it does slow the flow down somewhat.

I’m not very flexible, will this help me?

Yes. If an increase in flexibility is one of your aims, practising yoga asanas in this style will help. It doesn’t matter how flexible you are to start, as the first discipline is to focus and settle your mind. Some other schools of yoga are very precise about what hand goes where and the direction of each foot and so on, but not this one. Naturally we want to get as close to the “ideal” posture as possible, but this comes over time as the body comes to allow it. So your flexibility, or lack of it, is not an issue.

Can I use this to develop certain qualities in my personality?

Yes. In fact, this is one of the reasons why I enjoy this type of practice so much. Some schools of yogic thought consider the body to be already complete in itself and use the asanas to strip the body of it’s conditioning, which I find quite Yin or passive, whilst others take a more Yang or active, outward-focused approach to draw in the qualities from energetic sources in nature. For this reason, we focus on specific chakras as they are like hotlines to conduct those external energies inside. For example, if we want more generosity, more altruistic features, more masculine energy, we can focus on and use the example of the Sun; forever giving, asking nothing in return. Knowing which qualities you would like to develop is something that we will discuss at the start of your session, so that I can tailor the it to your specific desires.

Sound Round

I can’t sing, can I do this?

Absolutely! This isn’t about singing, it’s about vocalising. What’s the difference? With singing there’s usually a melody and some notes to hit, when we vocalise that doesn’t apply. So you can’t get it wrong. This practice liberates our voices from those limiting beliefs. There is only one “anchor” to follow and that exists inside of you, formed from your own perception. Once you discover it, your heart will soar and your voice will fly. This is the essence of the Sound Round.

I don’t meditate, can I do this?

Yes, I believe so. In fact, the Sound Round can be a great tool to enter into deep meditation, as the silence that occurs after all the toning and vocalising has a tangible effect on the body and senses. By counter-balancing silence with noise, we can actually perceive the effects of the vibrations in our environment on our body and being. After practising for some time you will not only perceive your environment differently, you will be able to find your harmony with it too. A very useful tool to have if you are not in a position to change your current settings, in my opinion!

Why are there no words or songs to learn?

Reciting words and songs use a different, later evolved part of the brain that deals with language and recall. With the Sound Round we aim to enter into a more trance-like state, known in science as psycho-active space, in order to deeply enhance our awareness, sensitivity and responsivity to our environment. Simple toning and focused vocalisations assist us to do that without demanding additional processing from the brain.

I find it so noisy and distracting, what should I do?

Come back to your “anchor”. Sound Round practice trains your mind to hear the silence between the sounds, so over time it becomes easier and easier to remain calm and grounded in the midst of chaotic externals. It puts you at choice. In the modern world it is rare for us to be in total silence, so the Sound Round amplifies that chaotic energy to allow us to find our own peace even in the middle of it.

psychophysical actor training

What should I prepare for the session?

You will need to have a clear 2m sq space, x9 sheets of A3 paper, colouring pencils, papers, and a sample script that you want to explore – this could be a monologue or a duologue. If it’s a duologue, please send it to me in a .pdf format.

Is this like The Method?

Eventually, yes, but in the beginning, no. The Method approach puts a lot of focus on the use of the actor’s emotional memory, and creating a lot of backstory for the character. However, I’ve found that that often misleads young actors who can then find it difficult to come out of the emotions that such emotional recall can provoke. This is unfortunate as they also usually end up stuck in clichéd expressions too. The Embodied Objective methodology solves both of these issues: it is safer for the mental and emotional health of the actor, and provides authentic, reactive responses that are repeatable.

Why should I learn this?

In every interaction that we have with other people, we communicate so much through our eyes and facial expressions. Most of those expressions are lightening fast and involuntary – micro-gestures. Those micro-gestures come from the library of lived experience stored within our body, and are what add authenticity and believability to our expression. Now when we are acting a character, we do not have their library of experience and so it must be created. Contemporary approaches like The Method will draw on the actor’s personal stories and substitute them for the character’s, which isn’t always successful. The Embodied Objective approach helps the actor build a full and lived, physical library of experience for their character in a short amount of time. This results in a plethora of natural, spontaneous micro-gestures that are perfect for the camera to capture.

If you have questions before you make a booking, please feel free to contact us.