Stress – physical, chemical and emotional – is part of everyday life. If the stress builds up to overload level the body can no longer adapt to it and it becomes locked into physical structures. This stored tension may lead to pain, stiffness, headaches, numbness or postural distortions. In addition, the compression of nerve pathways disturbs the body’s communication system, undermining normal function. The Body Stress Release (BSR) technique locates the precise sites of body stress and applies light but definite pressure to release it. In this way BSR assists the body in restoring its natural ability to maintain and heal itself.

Body Stress Release was developed by Drs Gail and Ewald Meggersee and has been practised in South Africa since 1981. Body stress is caused by mechanical, mental and emotional or chemical factors. A certain amount of stress can be beneficial but when stress overload is experienced, such that the body is unable to adapt to the situation, stress can become locked into physical structures. Such “body stress” may result in pain, stiffness, numbness and postural distortions. In addition the body’s capacity to co-ordinate its functions is undermined.

Body Stress Release is a gentle technique in which areas of body stress are located, using the body as a biofeedback mechanism. The practitioner identifies the directions of lines of tension and releases it by applying light but definite pressure.