In our daily lives we are subjected to various forms of stress: (1) mechanical stresses such as accidents, poor posture, incorrect lifting; (2) chemical stress, such as pollutants, or harmful substances which irritate the nervous system; (3) 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 some discomfort. This 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 may become irritable and children may appear uncooperative or lack concentration.
STRESS CAUSES DISRUPTION TO THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM AND IS A MAJOR CAUSE OF ILLNESS
It is therefore logical that to maintain health and happiness our bodies require release from stress overload We are all subjected to various stresses on a daily basis. A certain amount of stress is necessary, to provide us with challenges and to stimulate us to strive for survival and progress. Stress becomes a negative, destructive factor when it goes beyond the individual’s ability to adapt to it. The hurried pace of modern life and the competitive environment of both our work and leisure time creates stress. Once the body’s capacity to effectively deal with this has been reached, it becomes locked into the physical structure. It is like bending your finger backwards; it can only go so far before it breaks!
WHY DO PEOPLE SEEK BODY STRESS RELEASE CARE?
Most commonly people seek Body Stress Release 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.
Body Stress Release has a greater purpose than merely the alleviation of symptoms – 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 co-ordination 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 may also disturb the nerve supply to the internal organs, such as the digestive and reproductive systems. Compression in the neck means that there may have an impact on the nerves, which have connections to the eyes, mouth, heart, and so forth. Therefore, to promote the efficiency of optimal body function we need to keep ourselves free of stored body stress.
BODY STRESS RELEASE FOR HEALTH MAINTENANCE
Body Stress Release is for everyone, from infants to the elderly, whether sick or healthy. Everyone’s quality of life may be enhanced, by being assessed for body stress and having it released from time to time. Regular Body Stress Release sessions can effectively help the body to maintain its innate sense of balance.
It is impossible to overestimate the magnitude of the health benefits once locked in tension has been released from the body.
The body is capable of healing wounds and fractures, counteracting harmful chemicals, adapting to sudden changes in temperature, fighting off infection and more. While stress over-load or tension remains stored in the body, the normal tone of the body is disturbed, causing a reduction in its general efficiency. As its defence mechanisms become weakened, the body becomes less and less able to deal with further stresses to which it is subjected daily.
Making a conscious shift to empower change becomes a reality, once the life force flows freely again.
Releasing locked in tension may result in restoring all vital communication pathways between the brain and the nervous system.
Body Stress Release prompts the body’s natural homeostasis. In this way the individual moves increasingly towards the optimum state of health.
Perfect health and wellbeing is the result of a balanced and harmonious body. By enhancing the lines of communication Body Stress Release enables us to constructively adapt to the stresses of life, thereby assisting the body to heal and maintain itself.
It is essential that during pregnancy the lower back must be kept free from tension. If there is body stress present in the lumbar spine, additional tension is exerted on the ligaments connecting the uterus to the sacrum, causing severe discomfort in the lower back. This may also cause irritation to the nerve supply to the legs, resulting in leg pain.