When the stressful forces applied to individuals go beyond the limits of their adaptability, stress overload occurs and some outside help is needed. When stresses accumulate to the point of stress overload, the stress has a physical effect – it becomes “locked” into the body. It may manifest as tightness or a line of tension anywhere in the body. A person with body stress may feel tense, tired or even lack of energy/zest for life.
You may be thinking “how serious can a bit of tension be?” Because of the impact on the nervous system, the effects of body stress range from mild to debilitating. Body stress may manifest as:
- Pain in lower back
- Painful, stiff neck and shoulders
- Growing pains
- Restless legs
- Pins and needles
- Muscle weakness
- Stiffness, with restricted movement and loss of flexibility
- Distorted posture
- Joint degeneration
- Psychological effects
- Aggression and Anxiety
- Numbness or pins & needles
- Digestive problems such as heartburn, constipation or diarrhoea
- Painful menstruation
- Sleeping problems
Stress is a part of everyday living, the demands that life places upon us. A certain amount of stress is necessary, in fact essential, to our living process. It provides us with challenges that stimulate us to strive for survival and progress.
Our body responds to stress by secreting the hormone adrenaline that prepares us for ‘fight or flight’, to deal with a potential threatening situation. Our bodies respond in this manner whether the stress is physical or psychological.
There is mechanical stress such as falls, heavy lifting and incorrect posture.
Chemical stress may occur in the form of air pollutants, additives and colorants in food and harmful chemicals in some cosmetics. Also, we all experience mental and emotional stress.
The purpose of Body Stress Release
Body Stress Release has one objective only – to enable the body to release its locked-in stress, thereby allowing the body to restore itself to its optimum state of function.
In this way, BSR is based on a profound respect for the body’s wisdom, and trust in its inbuilt ability to heal itself.
BSR is a non-therapeutic, complementary health-care profession.
BSR is not in any way, a therapy, or treatment, of any condition or disease. It is not an alternative to medical care, or other professional treatment.
When body stress is present, there is constant undermining of our well-being – physically, mentally and emotionally. Thus freedom from body stress promotes a better quality of life, in all these aspects
How does it work?
The BSR practitioner does a series of pressure tests on a fully-clothed person, and the muscular responses indicate the exact site of stored stress.
The practitioner then applies a light but definite pressure in the precise direction required which allows the body to restore muscle tone and return to its natural ability to heal and maintain itself. BSR is a gentle technique which does not require any force to be effective.