Body Stress Release is a complementary health technique pioneered in South Africa by Ewald and Gail Meggersee. This gentle technique assists the body in its own healing process and brings effective relief from many forms of tension, pain and discomfort caused by the build-up of stress in the body.
When the stresses of life - whether mechanical, chemical or mental/emotional - reach the level of overload, the body is no longer able to adapt constructively. The stress becomes locked into the physical structures, causing pain, stiffness, numbness or postural distortions. This stored tension has an impact on the nervous system and undermines the body's natural ability to co-ordinate its functions and heal and maintain itself.
It brings effective relief from pain and discomfort from many different causes, including back pain, various types of stress and even sporting injuries.
What causes body stress?
This could include paint stripper, varnish, bleach, air pollutants, cosmetic products, additives in food and drink. They may be consumed, absorbed through the skin or inhaled. This may cause headaches, migraines dizziness, sickness, nausea, vision disturbances.
Life is a roller coaster of emotions, from shock, hate, depression, fear, a passing of a loved one, an ongoing anxiety or depression. They can all manifest as tight shoulders, stiff neck, and jaw grinding, tension in the diaphragm.
This may be something major such as whiplash from a car accident a bad fall, or a slow and cumulative e.g. hunching over work, sitting slumped forward, incorrect lifting, doing the wrong exercises. Possibly causing cramps, weak knees, weak bladder, sciatica, stiffness, indegestion, a bloated feeling. In a severe case the intervertabral disc may bulge or prolapse, and possibly pinch on a spinal nerve.
Body Stress Release is not a diagnosis or treatment of any condition or disease. It is concerned only with locating and releasing stored tension, so that the body is assisted in its in-built ability to maintain and heal itself.
Björn van der Ree
Body Stress Release Practitioner