Bodywork and TRE update

Yesterday I learned something: there is such a thing as too much bodywork.

I had an early appointment with Chandler Collins, DC, who did applied kinesiology on me. I’d been having some nerve pain down my outer left leg. He made it feel better. That was about 20 minutes.

At 11, I had two hours with Bo Boatwright. We talked and then did some tablework. We did the stretching myofascial release on my hips, and then he spent a good amount of time doing reiki on my left sacroiliac joint. Just quietly holding. I had some shaking in my left arm. Then a lot of neck work.

That is, if I’m remembering right. You’ve heard of “sex haze”? There seems to be such a thing as a bodywork haze, because when I showed up for my appointment with Fran Bell at 1:30, she took a good look at me and could tell I couldn’t integrate much more.

She taught me an exercise using a stability ball, worked on me, woke me up to being more present. We talked, then she got out her pendulum and had me lie on the table. She checked — my chakras were still, not spinning. (Heck, I can’t tell. All I know is how open they are.)

So she did more work with me on the table, and left me there to integrate it. I dipped down into delta waves for I don’t know how long. My chakras were spinning after that, energy reaching at least a couple of feet out.

Advised me to look at tree trunks and go home and take a nap.

It has hardly ever happened that my appointments line up on a single day like that. A few times I’ve seen two healers, but never three.

You really do need time after bodywork to integrate it and get the most out of it. Take a nap or do simple things — gazing at a landscape, walking at a leisurely pace, making a salad, playing with a child, listening to music — not reading, working on a computer, or watching anything intense on TV or movies. 

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This morning I did the trauma releasing exercises, which I haven’t done for a few weeks.

Wow. I had an entirely new pattern come up. After shaking of legs, pelvis, arms, shoulders, and neck while lying with knees bent, soles on floor, I straightened my legs. Usually that puts an end to the shaking.

Not today.

My legs wanted to shake while lying straightened on the floor. They even came off the floor for a bit. Then they shook with my heels as pivots. My feet and legs rocked right and left in unison, like windshield wipers. They moved pointing out-in-out-in in unison. They moved forward and back in unison. Sometimes just my knees lifted and lowered repeatedly.

Some of these are Trager-like movements. (I’m barely familiar with Trager but remember that. My astrologer mentioned recently that she was certified in Trager and referred me to someone if I’m ready to experience it.)

When my body stops shaking, I lie still, not knowing if I’m done. Usually, more shaking arises.

I like to give my body the space and invitation to release what needs releasing. When nothing is forthcoming, just being still seems to give the deeper tensions time and permission to release. 

It wasn’t intense shaking when my legs were straight. The most intensity came from my arms and my legs with feet flat on floor. The rest of it was mild to moderate.

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I am hoping to start Level I training in TRE later this summer. After completing it, I’ll be able to do sessions with individuals.

2 thoughts on “Bodywork and TRE update

  1. Is it normal to feel a little shaky for days after a TRE sesh. Not like the shakes I get during the exercises, but like a vibrating in my chest/upper stomach and my arms and hands shake a little, too. I think I over did it. 3, 30 minute sessions over 2 days. I’m kinda scared but just hoping that it’s my nervous system waking up or something like that. Hope it didn’t permanently hurt myself. I’ve been getting anxiety, which I don’t usually get, and crying. Maybe my body is letting go of stuff, even after I’ve stopped the exercises. I wonder if it’s similar to detox/withdrawals. But emotional and not drugs or alcohol. Where they shake for a week or so coming off of something…

    • Austin, I think you overdid it too. From what I’ve read, it’s best to limit TRE to 20 minutes once or twice a day. I am SURE you didn’t permanently hurt yourself! Yes, your body is letting go of stuff and waking up: old patterns of tension that may have emotional components. Your system will rebalance, and it shouldn’t take a week.

      Meanwhile, if you can, sit with these feelings. Feel the weight of your body. Notice where the sensations are in your body and notice how they change. Breathe in calm, breathe out shakiness. Let your exhalations be just a little bit longer than your inhalations. Imagine the shakiness leaving your body and going into the earth as if it’s a magnet, being replaced by calm. Let there be pauses between inhalations and exhalations. This will help you feel more balanced. Good luck!

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