Body Stress

Many people live with mysterious conditions, unexplained pains and limitations which they have come to accept as normal. Some people possibly come to believe that these are expected consequences of aging.

Which of these categories do you fit into?

1. You have aches and pains or physical problems which you regard as normal to you, or inevitable considering your age, temperament or life situation. For example, some people wake up every morning with a ‘normal’ headache, older people learn to live with their stiff knees, and anxious people expect to have aching shoulders.

2. Your problems have been labelled as ‘of unknown cause’, as medical tests and x-rays have not revealed any abnormality, e.g.: Fibromyalgia, sacroilitis, Meniere’s disease. Therefore you have been offered treatment which deals with the pain symptoms, e.g. anti-inflammatory medication may reduce the pain, but the cause is not being addressed.

3. You have been diagnosed with a certain condition, and are undergoing treatment, but there is little or no improvement.

In each of these scenarios, a key element may be the fact that the nervous system is being undermined in its efficiency.

The body depends on the communication it provides between the brain and the rest of the body, in order to perform its natural processes of self-repair.

Consider the following health problems


Do you suffer from severe headaches that come on suddenly for no apparent reason?

Stiff Lower Back

Do you get out of bed in the morning with your lower back stiff or in spasm?

Chest Pain

Do you experience chest pain even though your medical tests are clear?

Night Cramps

Do calf or foot cramps wake you at night?

Difficulty Breathing

Do you have difficulty breathing although you do not have asthma?

Bladder Infections

Do you have recurrent bladder infections or feel the need to urinate frequently?

Digestive or Posture Problems

Do you often suffer from heartburn or indigestion or is your posture distorted?

Tingling or weakness on hands or legs

Do you wake up some mornings with tingling or weakness of the hands, or does ‘restless leg syndrome’ keep you awake at night?

Growing Pains

Does your child have ‘growing pains’ in the legs?

Unexplained Crying

Does your baby cry constantly for no apparent reason?

In all the above issues, BODY STRESS may be the cause, and it may have been overlooked

Excessive Tension on your Tissues

BODY STRESS refers to the excessive tension which is stored in the different tissues

Such as muscles, ligaments and tendons. Tissue compression results in irritation of the nerves in those areas. This could negatively impact the sending and receiving of nerve impulses thus affecting the body’s internal communication system.

We are all aware that stress is something we encounter on a daily basis. Stress helps us to grow, and without it life would be meaningless. Stress is what keeps us active, in shape, alert and aware of the need to improve. Stress is a positive thing when it helps us to propel ourselves forward in life. However, stress becomes negative when it begins to work against us.

There are three facts about stress of which most people are unaware:

Stress is not only a mental or emotional force

It may also arise from mechanical or chemical causes.

When the level of stress goes beyond our ability to deal with it, the stress may become stored in physical structures

This is a normal protective feature of the body and it applies to all kinds of stress: emotional/mental, chemical or physical.

This locked-in tension which has not been released

Is what we call BODY STRESS. It is responsible for maintaining the various structures in the body in a protective state. As time elapses, stored BODY STRESS causes ongoing pressure on nerves and thereby undermines the body’s communication system. This in turn, causes a myriad of physical conditions, some of  which have been mentioned above.

Causes of Body Stress

Physical Stress

Low impact: Bad habits, lifestyle choices

• Having a bad posture
• Being overweight
• Exercising inadequately
• Lifting weight incorrectly
• Repetitive strain
• Work/read during prolonged periods with the head bent over

High impact:  Sudden events

• Car accidents (whiplash)
• Jerks and falls
• Sports injuries
• Trauma at birth (baby’s or mother’s)

Emotional Stress

• Anger
• Anxiety
• Loss
• Boredom
• Depression
• Family breakdowns
• Stress due to exams
• Family responsibilities
• Fear
• Financial worry
• Health problems
• Resentment
• Shock
• Work-related stress

Chemical Stress

• Pollution
• Insecticides
• Pesticides
• Food additives and colours
• Excessive consumption of coffee, sugar or gluten
• A deficient diet which does not provide enough, vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients which are key for the body’s self-repair processes
• Dehydration
• Exposure to chemicals contained in cleaning products
• Cosmetics and perfumes
• Endocrine disruptors such as Bisphenol A (BPA) or phtalates present in some plastics in contact with food and which bind readily to oestrogen receptors in the body
• Drugs, alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceuticals

The sole purpose of BSR is to release the stored tension from the body thereby activating the communication between the different areas. The result is that the body is able to repair itself optimally. The Body Stress Release health technique does not in any way diagnose or claim to treat any medical condition.

It does not use medication, machines, massage, manipulation, pressure points or energy meridians. It is practical and logical and not based on mystical concepts. BSR is a gentle technique that works in co-operation with other forms of health care, never in competition. It is recommended for everybody: babies. children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly.