Body Stress Release (BSR) is a unique complementary health technique that was researched and developed in South Africa in the 1980’s. The technique brings effective relief from pain and discomfort from many different causes, including back pain, various types of stress and even sporting injuries. Body Stress Release uses information provided by the body to determine where stored tension may be undermining the efficiency of the nervous system, disturbing the body’s ability to co-ordinate its functions and perform at its full potential.
Melissa Appel qualified as a practitioner of Body Stress Release in September 2004 and her vision for the future is to create an awareness of BSR within the White River and surrounding communities thus assisting clients in their quest to restore and enhance their body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Melissa and hubby André Joubert recently moved to White River from Johannesburg. Their move here was a lifestyle decision – they wanted to be close to the bush, in an area that offered their family an outdoor way of life “on the doorstep” with a strong sense of being “free” and secure but within driving distance of family and friends. Melissa and André (a pilot for South African Airways) have been married for 6 years and have two children, Lexi (5) and Andrew (3). Melissa is also a qualified Radiographer and she has worked in the medical schemes industry for 15 years. She hopes to live a life that is balanced, happy and fun. Her two kids, Pilates, golf, mountain-biking and spending time with friends is what keeps her going.
Her message to her clients is if you are experiencing less than 100% wellness, you need to take responsibility for your own health. BSR is designed to help the body release tensions that become locked into the physical structure as a result of stress overload. It works with the body’s in-built mechanism that strives to be stress free thus improving co-ordination and assisting the body to maintain and heal itself of a wide range of conditions.
So how does it work? The client, fully clothed, lies face down on a bed. The practitioner activates the biofeedback mechanism of the body by moving the feet in a very specific way. The practitioner carries out a series of body stress tests, pressing lightly on various points in specific directions. If there is body stress present this stimulus will trigger a tiny withdrawal reflex from the nervous system, indicating a site of stress. Once a site of stress has been located the practitioner performs the releases. This is done with a thumb or finger with a slight pressure or impulse, in a specific direction. This has an effect of initiating an organised sequence of messages to the brain, alerting it to the stored tension. The brain can then send commands to the structures concerned to release it. As the process is so precise, it does not require a forceful stimulus to relay this message of a stressed area to the brain. The pressure the practitioner uses is very light.
Melissa says that BSR can be beneficial to people who have tried various methods for combatting issues in their body without success. It isn’t necessarily for everyone, but it can definitely help people who are struggling with pain and discomfort in their daily lives. The White River community have been very helpful and welcoming to Melissa and her family and she hopes that she can give back to the community by joining various projects. We are glad to have someone with such a passion for helping people on board and we wish her lots of success in the future.
Tel: 082 337 3893
Address: Macadamia Medical Centre, Impala Street, White River.