BODY STRESS RELEASE is a complementary health profession which is concerned with assisting the body to release stored tension, thereby allowing it to maximise its in-built ability to maintain and heal itself. This technique has been developed and practised in South Africa since 1981.

Stress becomes locked into physical structures when the body fails to adapt to an overload of stress. This may result in pain, stiffness, numbness and postural distortions. The practitioner performs a series of pressure tests, with the person lying down fully clothed, and the muscular responses indicate the sites of body stress. The body stress is released using light but definite pressure in the indicated direction, and the body’s natural self-healing mechanism initiates communication which has not been optimal due to stress overload and the resultant circulatory and nerve inefficiency. The body is now able to heal and maintain itself from a wide range of conditions.

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 and re-generating damaged or old cells (hair, skin, blood cells etc.)

Stress Overload
Stress becomes a negative, destructive factor in life when it goes beyond the individual's ability to adapt to it. When the point of stress overload is reached, instead of the stress being released from the body, it becomes stored in the physical structure as "body stress". Due to the fact that we differ in our emotional and physical makeup, we have varying degrees of susceptibility to stress overload.

Stress and Health
We are constantly subjected to various forms of stress in our daily lives, and a certain amount of stress is necessary as it provides us with challenges and stimulates us as we strive for survival and progress. For example, a mind that is not challenged by problems to be solved becomes bored and stagnates; to maintain and strengthen muscles, they must be provided with the mechanical stress of exercise.

Clients have reported improved health relating to a wide range of conditions as referred to on the "Body map" page.

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

to Dan Hugo BSR