The Origins of Body Stress release

Our History

The story of Body Stress Release begins with a small boy who fell out of a tree at age five. Over the next 30 years Ewald Meggersee failed to find a long term solution for his chronic lower back and leg pain and explored numerous forms of treatments. This search culminated in the development of a new approach to healthcare, Body Stress Release (BSR).

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The Origins of Body Stress Release

Body Stress Release is a unique complementary health technique that was researched and developed in South Africa in the 1980s by Gail and Ewald Meggersee and is now practiced worldwide. The need to develop this technique arose from Ewald Meggersee’s debilitating pain he suffered from, after he fell out of a tree at the age of five. 

Body Stress Release offers a gentle and effective way to release stored tension from the body, thereby activating a process that restores and enhances the body’s natural ability to heal itself. This stored tension may be the cause of the discomfort or other symptoms you may be experiencing including; backache, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, fibromyalgia, cramps, constipation, anxiety, stiffness when getting out of bed, dizziness while reading, a child fidgeting, inability to sit still – to name but a few.


What is Body Stress Release?

Body Stress Release is a health profession concerned with unlocking the tension stored in physical structures, thereby assisting the body in restoring its maximum efficiency.

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.

Body Stress Release 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 does not use medication or machines, nor does it involve massage, manipulation, pressure points or energy meridians. It is practical and logical. 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.

“To benefit fully from the body’s capabilities we need to accept responsibility for our lifestyle choices and realise that we do influence our state of health. To deny this responsibility would be to see yourself as a victim of your circumstances. This would lead you to seek an external solution and to believe that someone else will heal you. Of course, outside assistance may help, but it is your own body that does the healing. When we accept responsibility we access the power that lies within us.”

Gail Meggersee

Body Stress Release Cofounder

The Growth of Body Stress Release

Tens of thousands of people around the world have benefited from Body Stress Release since the Meggersees opened their first practice in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1981. Many of their clients, like Ewald himself, had tried traditional avenues of medical treatment without success. The Meggersees had developed a gentle, almost miraculous way of enhancing the body’s own healing powers by releasing long-held stress in the body. They knew it worked because their prime guinea pig, Ewald, had gone from being a near cripple to regaining his strength and having a pain-free body. Ewald used to say that his body continues to upgrade with regular Body Stress Release. Clients experienced the benefits of this amazing technique and word quickly spread. Their practice began to grow exponentially and it became clear that more practitioners were needed. The first course was held in 1987 and the number of practitioners around the world continues to grow.

*Body Stress Release is a registered trademark in several countries.

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