STRESS AND HEALTH

Ever wondered how to reduce body stress?

We are constantly subjected to various forms of stress in our daily lives.  A certain amount is necessary, to provide us with challenges, and to stimulate us to strive for survival and progress.  For example, a mind that is not challenged by problems to be solved becomes bored. To maintain and strengthen muscles, they must be provided with the mechanical stress of exercise.

The body is designed to be self-healing. It has mechanisms that constantly monitor every function that is taking place, and is continuously adapting to both external influences and stresses, and to internal changes and stresses.

Health may be defined as: The body’s ability to constructively deal with all the stresses to which it is subjected.  In this way it is constantly repairing itself, and maintaining its optimum level of efficient functioning.

Certain stress factors will cause a temporary reduction of the body’s efficiency, or health, eg. a strained muscle will be stiff and painful for a few days; then it will return to its normal condition.

The body is capable of healing wounds and fractures, counteracting harmful chemicals, adapting to sudden changes in temperature, etc.

REDUCING THE NEGATIVE STRESS IN OUR LIVES

We all need to take responsibility for our own health, by striving to reduce the negative stresses to which we are subjected.

To minimise chemical stress, it makes sense to follow a balanced and varied diet.  Eat foods in forms close as possible to their original state, and choose those containing the fewest additives.  We should avoid contact with harmful substances, being careful not to inhale sprays, or allow them to contact our skin.

As for the emotional/mental stress in our lives, we need to learn to consciously relax when we feel ourselves becoming tense.  It is also advisable to seek out whatever activities and techniques help us as individuals, to approach emotional balance and inner peace.

By minimising stress overload, together with Body Stress Release, we allow ourselves the opportunity of expressing our highest potential.

WHY DO PEOPLE SEEK BODY STRESS RELEASE CARE?

Most usually people are looking for relief from pain, stiffness or other discomfort.  Often it is because of lower back pain or leg pain, caused by stored tension in the lumbar spine;  headaches, resulting from body stress in the neck;  numb fingers due to compression in the lower neck affecting the nerve supply to the arms and hands. 

However, BSR has a broader objective – it is concerned with assisting the body in maintaining health. 

OUR BODIES ARE SELF-HEALING AND SELF-MAINTAINING

The body’s natural ability to maintain health depends on the coordination of all functions – this is controlled by the brain and nervous system.  If there is tension locked into the physical structures, the irritation to the nervous system undermines its efficiency.  For example, pressure in the lower back may not only cause pain, but also disturbs the nerve supply to the internal organs, such as the digestive and reproductive systems.  Compression in the neck means that there is an impact on the nerves which have connections to the eyes, mouth, heart, etc. 

Therefore, to promote efficiency of body function we need to keep ourselves free of stored body stress.

HOW DO WE ACQUIRE BODY STRESS?

In our daily lives we are subjected to various forms of stress.  Mechanical stress may arise from accidents, poor posture and incorrect lifting.  Chemical stress may be caused by harmful substances which we consume such as food additives, or inhale, eg. insecticides, or absorbed through the skin, such as certain cosmetics and cleaning products.  Mental and emotional stresses cause us to tense our neck, shoulders and abdomen.  Even if the stresses are mild, they tend to build up, causing the muscles to gradually lock up.  Obviously it is preferable to have the body stress released, before it accumulates to the level of causing pain and malfunction.

IN THE ABSENCE OF PAIN, WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF BODY STRESS?

As the stresses become stored in the body a person will become aware of not feeling completely well.  It may manifest as a lack of energy or difficulty in thinking clearly.  There may be some stiffness on rising in the morning which eases as one moves about.  Babies will become irritable  and children may appear uncooperative and lacking concentration.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD A PERSON BE ASSESSED FOR BODY STRESS?

When a person has completed the series of BSR sessions it is advisable to have a follow-up appointment within a month’s time, or in some cases sooner, as recommended by the practitioner.  In this way, any re-stressing of areas – due to the body going through a process of learning to deal with the stresses of daily life – may be released before symptoms arise.  After that, the appointments may be spaced further apart.  As the body stabilises in its ability to cope with the stresses it is subjected to, it is advisable to have a BSR session several times a year, eg. every 3 months.  The frequency will vary according to the individual. 

THE RETURN OF SYMPTOMS: DOES IT MEAN THAT BSR HAS NOT BEEN EFFECTIVE?

When a person has been suffering from body stress for a long time, eg. originating from a past incident, there is an accumulation of layers of muscle tension.  After several sessions of BSR there may be total relief from pain or 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.  The return of pain or stiffness means that the body is ready to deal with this, with some help from further BSR sessions. Therefore one should not become despondent about a problem which appears to return – it is an indication that more stored tension needs to be attended to. 

Note:
**Information presented here is not qualified medical advice, as BSR is a non-medical and non-therapeutic technique. Nothing expressed herein creates a BSR Practitioner-Client relationship.

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