TIR is a rapid (compared to traditional therapy) method of effectively reducing traumatic stress from emotionally and/or physically painful events in the past. It involves re-experiencing past traumas in a completely safe environment, free of distractions, judgments or interpretations.
When something happens that is physically or emotionally painful, one has the option of either confronting it fully and feeling the pain or trying in some way to block it. If fully “embraced” the experience becomes a past experience with no left-over “unfinished business.” In the second case, the action of blocking the experience represses the feelings and produces a reservoir of “unfinished feelings, thoughts and/or decisions”. Such repression can continue to exert negative effects on a person's life because it carries an “emotional charge”.
This “blocking” activity is a self-protective impulse. It works to a certain degree, but flash backs or occasional awarenesses of the repressed incident tend to dull a persons ability to stay in the present and be alert and engaged with life in the “now”.
TIR provides a safe space where a person can fully examine what has been blocked and release the emotional charge. People become “un-stuck” from the incident of the past.
People who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, sexual abuse, rape survivors, and natural disaster survivors have been found to benefit from “TIR” work.
Even in a “normal” life people can be triggered into momentary reliving of past traumas of varying degrees of severity: a car accident, the loss of a loved one, a medical procedure, the loss of a job or receiving a frightening diagnosis. Using this method of stress/trauma release can be used by everyone dealing with stressful events in their otherwise normal life. TIR strategies are often included in a Life Stress Reduction Program which involves strategies for managing stress and some helpful brief TIR work.