What happens at a BSR Consultation?
Your BSR practitioner will make three initial appointments over a two week period. It is important that you attend all three BSR consultations, as BSR is a process. The first appointment will last approximately 1 to 1½ hour with follow-ups lasting about 45 minutes.During your first appointment the practitioner takes a detailed case history. The specially designed couch is used to transfer the fully clothed client to a lying position. The client stands against the bed and is gradually lowered in one smooth action, minimizing any painful and unnecessary movement. It is often necessary to lower a person slowly in the case of a severe lower back problem.
The design of the bed also enables those who use a wheelchair, and can bare weight, to transfer comfortably while the tests and releases are carried out. Certain areas may feel quite sensitive, but many people find the releases very relaxing. Once located, the tension or ‘body stress’ is “released” using a gentle but definite pressure. Releasing is often rapid, but if the stress has been stored for a long time, more releases may be needed. This is because the tight, protective layers of muscle relax back to their normal state by degrees.After the releases, your practitioner will give you feedback on their findings, simple self-help techniques are suggested and advice is given on the importance of good posture and correct exercising.
Most people who seek BSR are looking for relief from pain, stiffness or other discomfort. BSR has a broader objective- it is concerned with assisting the body in maintaining health. To promote efficiency of body function we need to keep ourselves free from stored tension. To prevent body stress from accumulating, it makes sense to be assessed regularly, before problems arise. Clients experiencing relief from long term pain or discomfort are highly motivated to continue with maintenance to prevent the problem re-occurring.
BSR releases body stress that may have been locked into the body for years. When a person has had a long-term problem with body stress, such as that originating from a past accident, there is an accumulation of layers of muscle tension. After several sessions of BSR, there may be total relief from pain and other symptoms. As time passes, possibly days, weeks or even months, the body will continue its process of unlocking a deeper level of stored tension. As the muscles relax back to normal tone, there may be an uncovering of the original cause. A return of pain or stiffness means that the body is ready to deal with this, with some further BSR sessions.
Therefore a client should not become despondent about a problem which appears to return. It is an indication that more stored tension needs to be attended to. Body Stress Release is gentle, yet highly effective, and the body needs to be allowed time to respond to the releases. It is not advisable to undergo more than one type of complementary health technique at any one time, in the hope of a quick fix.
Body Stress Release – The Technique
Body stress uses information provided by the body to determine where stored tension is undermining the efficiency of the nervous system and disturbing the body’s ability to co-ordinate its functioning. The practitioner locates body stress by using the body as a bio-feedback mechanism. Gentle pressure tests are conducted, working along the clients spine and other areas of the body. The results of the tests are ‘read’ by the practitioner, observing the muscular responses while holding the clients feet. This is known in BSR terms as ‘reading the monitor.’
Once the sites of body stress are located, the practitioner releases the tension by hand, using light but definite pressure. Certain areas may feel quite sensitive; however some people find the releases so relaxing that they fall asleep.The body may let go of locked-in tension rapidly but if stress has been stored for a long time, more releases may be required over a period of time.This is because the tight, protective layers of muscle tend to relax back to their normal tone in stages. Body Stress Release has only one objective! …to enable the body to release its locked-in stress, thereby allowing the body to restore it’s optimum state of function.
BSR complements traditional medicine
The Body Stress Release technique is a complementary technique that gently stimulates the body’s own healing process and is not an alternative to allopathic or traditional medicine. BSR practitioners in South Africa have developed positive professional relationships with the medical world. General Practitioners, Orthopaedic Surgeons, Paediatricians, Cardiologists and other specialists have referred patients for BSR and in many instances surgery has been avoided. Clients who are on medication are always advised to keep in close contact with their doctor. As BSR stimulates the body’s self-healing power, the doctor may find that the dose needs to be reduced. This may apply to diabetics, those with high blood pressure or asthma.
Referrals are also made from BSR practitioners to Doctors. If a BSR practitioner notices that something is hindering the healing process or working against it, the client is advised to seek medical investigation and possible screening. A client’s mind can then be put at rest. If no underlying cause is found, often the symptoms may be attributed to locked-in body stress. Clients undergoing BSR may find that as the body starts to heal itself, the various medications they have been taking to suppress pain or discomfort, may no longer be required.
Contact Details & Hours
M.B.S.R.A (S.A) B.S.R. Practitioner
Telephone: +27 (0) 83 660 0780
Address: 2 Cypress Road, Sunningdale, Cape Town
Monday: 08h00 – 17h00
Tuesday: 08h00 – 17h00
Thursday: 08h00 – 17h00
Friday: 08h00 – 17h00
*Late Appointments by special request
* Payment Options: Cash/Snap Scan
Cypress Road, Sunningdale