If you’ve ever witnessed a buck surviving a lion chase in the bush or on TV, you’ll have noticed it trembling and shaking to release the excess energy that built up in its body. By discharging all the tension it accumulated during the threat, it’s able to function normally again a few moments after the event.

It was through such observations and extensive research that Dr David Berceli, an international expert in the areas of trauma intervention and conflict resolution, developed Tension and Trauma Release Exercises (TRE), a safe and highly effective stress-release technique that’s being increasingly regarded as an important business tool.

“Pressure and stress have become constant companions in the business world today, with deadlines to be met, difficult clients to manage and unrealistic demands”, explains Jacqui Edgar, occupational therapist and certified TRE provider (www.thecbtgroup.com).

“If you’re constantly in a state of heightened anxiety and stress at work, you’ll be unable to effectively use your higher order cognitive skills, resulting in reduced planning, problem-solving and reasoning abilities. This can negatively impact performance and productivity. Research has shown that unrelenting stress impacts your physical body too, with unresolved trauma leading to a variety of physical and psychological conditions such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, gastro-intestinal problems, pain and psychiatric conditions such as anxiety and depression. It’s therefore vital to manage stress and anxiety in the workplace, which is why so many people are turning to TRE.”