Is TRE the best kept trauma release solution secret?

Is TRE the best kept trauma release solution secret?

TRE, now a fairly commonly used and quite well known practice for the release of trauma in many other parts of the world, has for some reason not taken off in South Africa in the same way. This begs the question for me “Is TRE the best kept trauma release solution secret?”

What is TRE?

Well, before I answer and before I get ahead of myself, for the uninitiated, I should just summarise what TRE is. Trauma and Tension Release Exercises is the full description and it is an innovative, effective series of exercises that assist the body to release deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma. It is a great stand-alone therapy and also enhances other stress relief practices like Yoga, Mindfulness and meditation.

TRE activates a natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating to release muscular tension and calm the nervous system. Created by Dr. David Berceli, PhD, it is practiced by professional facilitators like my company Self and More in a safe and controlled environment. The mind and body return back to a state of balance and are reconnected, as when one is in the fetal position.

What are the myths?

There seem to be myths surrounding TRE though and a general misunderstanding of what it is and how it works – so what are some of these?

It’s sold incorrectly – Unfortunately TRE is badly represented online and is sold as a type of exercise program – or at least that’s what people think it is. Of course it is not a physical exercise program at all.

Lack of understanding – Following on from this, because of the misconception of what it is, many don’t even understand its many benefits. These are numerous and in future articles I will be describing them in more detail.

It’s thought of as an expensive fitness class – Again following on from the first point, as it is seen as an exercise program the cost is considered to be high. It is actually a neurologically based practice created by a physician and therefore a certain amount of training and expertise needs to go into its execution.

Unfortunately, like many modern revolutionary practices, it is not recognised by certain bodies and therefore not covered by medical aids. Nevertheless the cost is very reasonable if practiced in a group format, which I do facilitate and of course it’s a more expensive if delivered on a one on one basis. The benefits of that however are relevant to the increased cost.

You don’t need to be fit – Once again, due to the misconception about the fitness class, it is believed that you may need to have a certain level of physical fitness or body shape to be a recipient of its benefits. This is absolutely untrue and TRE is practiced even by disabled people, so don’t let anything stop you. If there is any reason at all for you not to enjoy the relief of TRE, I will be able to advise you accordingly.

In conclusion I return to the question, “Is TRE the best kept trauma release solution secret?” – Yes I think it is and it’s a shame because its benefits go far beyond what I have been able to include here. I will do so in future articles though and run you through a typical TRE session, so watch this space.

Let’s talk

Contact me and let’s talk about any other questions you may have relating to TRE and how you could benefit from it. With this, or any of the other four practices Self and More facilitate relating to self-improvement (both physical and mental), self-awareness and trauma release, I can best help you if I know yours or your business’ specific requirements. I look forward to connecting with you!

What’s in name? – could be your soul plan!

What’s in name? – could be your soul plan!

When William Shakespeare, the great poetic playwright, begged the question’ “what’s in a name?” I doubt that he realised just how deep that question was and how well used the phrase has become.

I especially doubt that the character of Romeo had Juliette’s ‘Soul plan’ in mind. Of course not. He was simply asking why we place such significance in a name. After all “A rose by any other name would smell a sweet!”

Well, as it turns out there is, according to those who practice ‘Soul plan,’ very great significance in your birth name and even in name changes. These are all linked to the worldly challenges you will face and your personal talents. By recognising these challenges you utilise you greatest talents and can better assess the goals you should be setting for yourself.

A soul plan reading uses the sound vibration and intention behind naming to determine a person’s entire ‘Soul Plan.’ Working with many people who have or are facing traumatic experiences, or simply wanting to find more meaning in life, I have found Soul plan to be a useful and fascinating addition to my practice.

Who needs it?

I tend to ask these questions when assessing who would most benefit from a Soul plan reading:

Do you know your life purpose?

Do you feel you have lost direction in life?
 Are you still searching?
 Do you have a sense there is something more for you in this life?

If any of these questions resonate with you, you could possibly benefit from a Soul plan reading. It works on both the conscious and unconscious level and not only uncovers challenges and talents, but its benefits are far deeper. It can bring a recipient a greater sense of freedom and connection and it heals and clears redundant blockages.

Where does it originate?

As esoteric as it may sound, there are solid historical origins to the practice. It was formulated from the ancient texts of the Zohar and the Sefer Yetzirah which explores the possibility that reality is derived from sound, letter and word.

A method of gematria, channelled by Dr Frank Alper 1930-2007 in his ‘Spiritual Numerology of Moses’ work, is also included. These interpretations have now been modernised and expanded by the world renowned Soul plan practitioner Blue Marsden. Marsden has also channelled additional material which highlights the theme of non-duality.

Seek professional guidance – on or offline  

I have really just introduced the concept at this juncture and subsequent articles will look at these readings in more detail – and more of the benefits of this rather unique and fascinating practice.

I do suggest that you do it with the guidance of a practitioner like myself, as the readings are somewhat complex. I do readings in person as part of my practice, but the good news is that readings can even be done online from anywhere in the world, without me being physically with you.

Visit my website to learn more about the many facets of self-improvement and trauma recovery that Self and More offer – or contact me to have a one on one discussion about your or your business’ particular needs.  

Until next time, take care of yourself and wear your name proudly – it could be your Soul plan!




Hello there ….

Could you grab 5 mins a pen and paper and work through the following

What is it that you value in your relationship?  I am guessing  most people would say love and/or trust.

There are loads of other dynamics in relationships – platonic or intimate  ….here are some more …..I am sure you could make a list of your own too

  • Respect;
  • Loyalty;
  • Emotional connection;
  • Physical connection;
  • Support – on any or all levels;
  • Transparency;
  • Communication;
  • Accountability
  • Fun
  • Acknowledgement
  • Growth

Which of these elements stands out for you specifically?    What about it is important to you?

Choose one or two.

Then place them in the hierarchy of importance to you …………

The next step is up to you …..if you feel that the above elements are not present in your relationships and you  would like to make changes so that they do….give me a call …setup an appointment to explore the subject further

The relationship starts with you

Send you love and light as always



Here we are, at that time of the year once again.

Here we are, at that time of the year once again.

Wow! I cannot believe that it is this time of the year again. This year has been filled with so, so much that I am not sure where to start. Let me say that I have lived in a year were I can stand back in awe and gratitude for all I have received…so many blessings.

Some have been gift wrapped with intrigue and seemed almost like a treasure hunt on a dangerous terrain. Because of that, I had to shed some of the burden I was carrying and had to work a little harder than normal to find the gifts – some were blatantly obvious and were delivered upfront – and some came wrapped in love and warmth.

Allowing myself to be vulnerable enough to accept who I really am and truly feel those emotions I had buried so deeply, all the while admitting to myself where I am really at and to make significant changes – as some of you know I have done – is what I am most grateful for.

So I would not have had any of this without all of you. THANK YOU from the depths of my heart to each and everyone of you for your strength and bravery in your own journeys, as you have inspired me on such a deep level.  May you and your loved ones experience the true gift of love and nurturing throughout the holidays.

I am looking forward to continuing our journey together in what already looks like a whirlwind-bound-to-be-awesome 2019.

Love and light, as always,


Do we really listen to one another?

Do we really listen to one another?

Isn’t it true that – at some stage – we are all guilty of not listening? We have all experienced talking to someone who is clearly not listening, even when they are looking directly at us. Do we tune out? We attempt to multi-task between “listening”, texting or watching TV; that inevitably means that we are not listening when others are talking to us.

Does this sound familiar?

The Art of Listening is, in fact, a skill. That is actually good news, because it means that we can learn to listen – and be present – when the person is talking to us. And, it may be useful to know some of the reasons why we don’t listen. Here are few of the more common ones:

  • the person you are speaking to would rather do the talking – their need is greater right now;
  • Distraction. Imagine this: we can talk at 200-250 words per minute but think at 300-350. It is very easy then, when we are talking, for the other person to get distracted by their own thoughts, rehearsing in their mind what they want to say, and waiting for a gap in the conversation to get their point across;
  • the topic simply does not interest them; or
  • an emotional response could be triggered in them around the topic and they are lost in their own thoughts, or attempting to control their reaction towards you.

Do any of these ring true for you? Would you like to learn to be more present in a situation and really listen – and read when others aren’t – and how to manage that for yourself?

We have one mouth and two ears; therefore the gold is in listening twice as much as we speak.

Kind regards,


What if your fairy godmother were whispering to you from the future?

What if your fairy godmother were whispering to you from the future?

And what if the fairy godmother whispering to you, that voice you are hearing, was actually your wisest, smartest version of yourself?

Maybe, she would be saying, this National Woman’s month:

“Stop treating yourself as an afterthought. Eat delicious food, walk in the sunshine, jump in the ocean. Speak the truth you are carrying in your heart like a hidden treasure. Be silly, be kind, be weird. There is no time for anything else.”

And gentlemen, if the voice is coming to you, you may hear it reminding you to respect the women in your life because:

“You can feel her innocence in the form of a daughter, her care in the form of a sister. You can feel her warmth in the form of a friend and her passion in the form of a beloved. You can feel her dedication in the form of a wife, her divinity in the form of a mother and her blessing in the form of a grandmother.”

Ladies, stand up, today and every day as you speak your truth. Gentlemen, stand alongside the ladies in your life and allow them to speak their truth.

Kind regards,