What is Body Stress Release?

Body Stress Release offers a gentle and effective way to encourage your body to release stored tension, thereby encouraging your body’s natural ability to heal itself. This stored tension may lead to chronic discomfort (aches and pains) or other symptoms including; backache, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, fibromyalgia, cramps, constipation, anxiety, stiffness when getting out of bed, a child that is unable to sit still and is constantly fidgeting – to name but a few.

Body Stress Release is practical and logical. A series of gentle tests are carried out on your body to determine where stored tension may be undermining the efficiency of your nervous system, disturbing the body’s ability to co-ordinate its functions and perform at its full potential. Your practitioner then uses a gentle pressure to encourage your muscles to relax.

This unique complementary health technique was developed in South Africa in the 1980s by Gail and Ewald Meggersee, two chiropractors, and is now practiced worldwide.

What is Body Stress?

Everyday we’re exposed to different stressors: physical (injury, strain, or prolonged bad posture etc.), chemical (such as air pollutants or chemicals in our food) and, of course, mental or emotional stress.

When your body fails to adapt effectively to these stressors, and a point of stress overload is reached, the muscles may involuntarily clench in a protective action.  This muscular response is usually your body’s attempt to reduce mobility or limit movement of an affected joint, tendon or tissue. This tension can become locked into your body’s physical structures and is known as ‘body stress’. Over time this accumulation of body stress may put pressure on your spinal nerves resulting in pain, numbness, muscle weakness, stiffness, distorted posture or impaired functioning.

At first you may just feel fatigued, but later pain, stiffness, or numbness may set in. The effects may vary, but the result could be a slow decline in overall health.

Sometimes stored body stress is so severe that even just one small movement can set off a severe cascade of painful symptoms.  Body stress needs to be effectively and precisely released to encourage and restore normal functioning to stop the cycle of stress overload and compensation.

What to expect in a BSR consultation

Before your initial assessment for body stress, your practitioner will take a detailed case history, making notes of past accidents, fractures and operations, as well as establishing what you are experiencing at present.

You then lie down fully clothed on the specially designed couch while the tests and releases are carried out.

Once the sites of stress have been mapped out and located, your practitioner will carry our a series of ‘releases’. This is done using a slight pressure or impulse through a thumb or finger. The impulse stimulates the brain, alerting it to the stored tension and encouraging your body’s own self-healing response. The releases are light but precise – the body doesn’t need force. As a result the BSR technique may be used across all ages and levels of health from very young babies to the elderly and fragile.

Certain areas may feel sensitive, but many people find the releases so relaxing that they fall asleep.

As BSR is a process, initially three appointments will be made for all new clients. Then, depending on your body’s responses to the releases, your practitioner will advise you on follow-up appointments. During a consultation the practitioner takes the case history details, making notes of past accidents, fractures and operations, as well as establishing what the client is experiencing at present.

Most people consult a BSR practitioner when seeking pain relief, especially for lower-back, leg, shoulder and neck and headaches. These symptoms are all noted, as they provide insights as to where the tension may be stored in the body. After the releases, your practitioner will explain the relevance of the sites of body stress, using charts to link possible cause and effect, they may also offer you some simple advice and self-help techniques.

Contact Annabel on 023 9263 1012 or email.