Zambia Outreach

Zambia Outreach

It’s been said that all great accomplishments require four things:  A dream, action, patience, and a whole bunch of miracles … and that’s exactly what SuréTredoux and Anika Meijer (BSR practitioners from South Africa and Holland respectively) experienced when they visited Mfuwe Zambia to work on underprivileged children with various disabilities and autism.  At the outset they literally left SA and Holland on a wing and a prayer, hopeful that they could make a difference, but with little idea of what to expect.

Having never worked in a severely disabled environment (some children with the diagnoses of cerebral palsy, spina bifida and various degrees of autism) neither were sure what their outcomes would be – but they both knew that Body Stress Release, with its intense power to stimulate the nervous system – would likely have some encouraging effects.

They left the parents and carers with strict instructions to look out for anything that might change with the children, and to please record and report back any changes at the next visit.

The results post BSR were quite astounding – and both practitioners were amazed as they were once again reminded that the body has an innate blueprint to heal – Suré and Anika were witness to nothing short of a series of self-healing miracles:

​A Cerebral Palsy child (6 years) who had spastic limbs and couldn’t do anything for herself started to stretch out her hands and could eat and go to the toilet much easier after her second release. After 3 releases her co-ordination improved substantially and she was able to catch objects with her right hand and use sign language to indicate to her mum when she needed to go to the toilet.

A five year old boy suffering from impaired brain development and presenting with spasms and weakness in his right arm experienced some improvement.

Two brothers had distended stomachs and some deformation of skeletal structures.  Their condition was undiagnosed but they both experienced some radical changes between the first and third releases.  By the third release their stomachs were less hard and the swelling had reduced quite substantially, even the swelling in their faces was visibly different. Their mother was very happy to report they also had more energy to help with house work.

A girl aged 11 who was afflicted with an intellectual disability and was unable to speak or use her right hand started to regain the use of her right hand (and carry buckets) after her second BSR session.  By the third release she had further improved and was able to clean up after herself, and was becoming far more expressive with her actions.

A 3 year old boy, who couldn’t talk, started to make gurgling sounds after his first Body Stress Release session and after 3 visits he started to form words and call out for his granny to ask for food – something he’d never been able to do before.

A five year old girl had brain damage and Epilepsy and the untreated fits had caused slight paralysis in the right arm.  After her second release she as able to begin using her right hand to hold a cup and her speech had improved. By her third release she was able to go to the toilet by herself and she was interacting and playing with other children, which she had never done before.

A 3 year old boy who had Cerebral Palsy and Autism,  who used to put everything in his mouth and had little control over his legs, came back after his first session with his mother reporting his body had heated up a lot, he had started to crawl for the first time, and he was eating a lot more.  By the third release he was able to kneel down and crawl, and he was refusing to eat the Nshima (local maize meal), he only wanted to have the cooked up green leaves.

These case studies are only a small representation of the 67 children that were attended to over the three week period. “We felt so humbled by the experience and the incredible healing capacity of the body,” Suré commented, adding that “it’s incredible to witness these sorts of dramatic changes and it’s such a powerful reminder of how effective Body Stress Release is at stimulating the nervous system and how improved communication in the body just triggers the body’s self-healing response!”

Both Suré and Anika have big dreams to continue this type of work with the underprivileged and acknowledge that they couldn’t have done this without the financial support of family, friends and clients who donated to the project.  Their dream is to return to continue the work they started there and elsewhere, where needed.

(Article kindly submitted by Suré Tredoux)

 

 

Running

A thirty-six-year-old man had a passion for running and was hampered by tight hamstrings. He explained that he had to do repetitive toe-touching every morning to try to stretch his short hamstrings. He found it hard to believe when we explained that this repeated exercise was stressing the lower back, and therby causing irritation to the nerves from the lumbar spine which supply the hamstrings, keeping them constantly tense. Eventually he was persuaded to give up the toe-touching to allow his lower-back stress to be released, and normal communication restored to his leg muscles. He was amazed to find his hamstrings were no longer ‘short’.

An excerpt from Self-healing with Body Stress Release Unlocking stored tension by Gail Meggersee

Case Study: Kate

Case Study: Kate

This 39 year old female teacher was brought in by her mom with spasms to left leg and intermittent loss of power to the leg. Her emotional status was very fragile, as this had been a 15 month journey of pain and lack of movement. She’d been in hospital the year prior  to coming for BSR.  She had been prescribed lots of pain medication to ease symptoms and had been stretched as one of the treatments. MRI scans had shown hairline fractures along L1 and L2 vertebrae. Heartburn and headaches had been the norm every day; she’d taken Gaviscon© and anti-inflammatory painkillers daily. When she stood, she’d rock constantly as a way of checking strength in her left leg.

1st Visit

On lying down on the bed, she couldn’t straighten her leg and the practitioner had to put a pillow under her legs due to discomfort. On the first visit the client experienced some discomfort and her leg twitched and was sensitive to touch.

2nd Visit

On the 3rd visit the practitioner noticed that her foot had relaxed more medial in position. After the 4th visit the client panicked as she experienced increase feeling and a return of symptoms  but the practitioner  explained how feeling may intensify as muscle adaptations  take place and encouraged her to continue. After 6 visits, daily secondary symptoms like headaches and heartburn had eased off and her consumption of up to 8 painkillers per day and heartburn tablets had ceased. The practitioner also noticed that during releases the left leg was more relaxed and the client no longer experienced  twitching and pain.  The client had no back pain after 8th visit even though her back was sensitive to touch. After the 9th visit she started driving short distances which served as good encouragement to her in this long journey.

6th Visit

9th Visit

Legs straight, feet flat on the ground and walking with confidence. The biggest challenge was to get her to trust her body and the BSR process and not to be hunched over and rocking while standing. I reminded her to walk slower, but to concentrate with heal-toe walking so that we could correct her gait, thus running in less stress on her back.

I asked her for her perspective on how BSR helped her, especially when you read what she went through medically, and it’s amazing how they forget how much they have achieved in the long run, that it’s good to have photos to show their progress

This is a picture of the client with legs straight, feet flat on the ground and walking with confidence. The biggest challenge was to get her to trust her body and the BSR process and not to be hunched over and rocking while standing. The practitioner reminded her to walk slower, but to concentrate with heal-toe walking so that we could correct her gait, thus running in less stress on her back.

The BSR process from Kate’s perspective

17 months ago I made the decision to visit a chiropractor due to a pain in my front right-hand side. I had been for a colonoscopy and scope, wherein the doctor found nothing out of sorts. His referral was to see a back surgeon or chiropractor, as the pain could be a referred pain stemming from the back. So off I went to the chiropractor, in the hope of sorting out my burning pain.

On my first visit I explained to the chiropractor what my problem was as well as what tests I had already undergone. He stated that he felt he could definitely help me as it could more than likely be a referred pain from my back. He proceeded to crack me. The week thereafter I had terrible cramps and muscle spasms in my legs. I didn’t think anything of it as I was an avid runner as well as gym goer at the time and I assumed it was from over training. The following week I went for my second visit to the chiropractor. I did inform him of my muscle spasms and cramps however he seemed positive that it was nothing and in no way related to what he has done. He proceeded to crack me again.

A week later, I got up from the couch and my legs seized. I couldn’t move. I had to phone an emergency ambulance. The paramedics gave me morphine, however still couldn’t get me on the stretcher to transport me. They had to administer strong muscle relaxants in order to be able to move me. I was thereafter admitted into hospital under the care of a neurologist. An MRI was done and it showed hair line cracks in the lower discs of my back. (L1 and L2)

I was in hospital on three different occasions having MRI‘s and x- rays and ultra sounds. They also tried to stretch me. I was on crutches for 3 months and bed ridden for 4 weeks prior to being on crutches. Extensive nerve damage to the left leg was one of the informal diagnoses as none of the tests showed anything barring the cracked discs. I attended water physiotherapist for 6 weeks and eventually was walking independent of the crutches and started driving again. I recovered about 60% when I experienced loss of power in the leg and was not confident to drive. In December 2017 I made the decision to start therapy again, but thought I’d try Body Stress Release and I so desperately wanted to be able to run again. After the 4th session my legs regressed to almost 95% bad again. My practitioner explained that muscle adaptation very often takes the muscles through a journey, which can be painful as life force returns. Through lots of encouragement and perseverance I continued with BSR and slowly started to improve again. It has been a 4 month journey and I would say I’m 90% better again now. I do believe that with continued BSR and time that I will recover fully. I still have really bad days where I feel I am unable to drive let alone walk, however I do have really good days where I feel 70% better again. My practitioner has explained that this will be a long journey as I had been struggling for 15 months prior. With her encouragement and “miracle working” hands, I remain hopeful and believe for 100% healing.

Case Study: Angela

Case Study: Angela

Angela experienced her first lower back spasm after writing an exam when she was a student in Cape Town. She was unable to walk for a few days due to the pain, but after a week or so her back settled down and she thought that was the end of it.

Unfortunately over the next number of years the back spasm would recur after seemingly harmless activities like dancing or bending over to put her jeans on.

This would become the new pattern for Angela. Every two to three months she would be laid flat by a back spasm that would be excruciatingly painful for three days and then it would take a further three to four days to ease up enough for her to get back to normal daily activities.

X-rays showed no structural damage so Angela managed her lower back problem with visits to therapeutic modalities, pain killers and anti-inflammatory pills.

To make matter worse she pulled the muscles on the right side of her neck, which would inevitably cause the lower back to tighten, and vice versa.

Angela decided to try Body Stress release in her early 30’s, initially coming in to try and get relief for her neck and shoulder. Due to the holistic nature of the technique, the practitioner would attend to the entire spine and as a result she started experiencing less and less lower back pain as well as relief in the neck.

Once the initial problems had settled down, Angela realized that regular Body Stress Release maintenance sessions would be an extremely effective way of managing her back problems. She is a busy working Mum, and cannot afford to be off work for days at a time recovering from back spasms. Over the last thirteen years she has not experienced a single back or neck spasm. A visit to her Body Stress Release practitioner once a month allows any additional muscle tension to be released before it gets deep enough to cause an irritation.

A while ago Angela mentioned that she had not realized how effective Body Stress Release was until she was trying to find a pain killer for her husband. Due to her lower back history, she was never without pain pills. When she could not find any in the house she realized that she had not renewed her script in months, as she had not experienced any pain!