What happens in an appointment?
Your BSR practitioner will make three initial appointments over a two week period. It is important that you attend all three appointments as BSR is a process. The first appointment will last approximately 1hour with follow-ups lasting about 30 minutes.
During your first appointment the practitioner takes a detailed case history. The specially designed couch is used to transfer the fully clothed client to a lying position. The client stands against the bed and is gradually lowered in one smooth action, minimizing any painful and unnecessary movement. It is often necessary to lower a person slowly in the case of a severe lower back problem.
The design of the bed also enables those who use a wheelchair, and can bare weight, to transfer comfortably while the tests and releases are carried out. Certain areas may feel quite sensitive, but many people find the releases very relaxing.
Once located, the tension or ‘body stress’ is “released” using a gentle but definite pressure. Releasing is often rapid, but if the stress has been stored for a long time, more releases may be needed. This is because the tight, protective layers of muscle relax back to their normal state by degrees.
After the releases, your practitioner will give you feedback on their findings, simple self-help techniques are suggested and advice is given on the importance of good posture and correct exercising.
Most people who seek BSR are looking for relief from pain, stiffness or other discomfort. BSR has a broader objective- it is concerned with assisting the body in maintaining health. To promote efficiency of body function we need to keep ourselves free from stored tension. To prevent body stress from accumulating, it makes sense to be assessed regularly, before problems arise. Clients experiencing relief from long term pain or discomfort are highly motivated to continue with maintenance to prevent the problem re-occurring.
BSR releases body stress that may have been locked into the body for years. When a person has had a long-term problem with body stress, such as that originating from a past accident, there is an accumulation of layers of muscle tension. After several sessions of BSR, there may be total relief from pain and 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. A return of pain or stiffness means that the body is ready to deal with this, with some further BSR sessions. Therefore a client should not become despondent about a problem which appears to return. It is an indication that more stored tension needs to be attended to.
Body Stress Release is gentle, yet highly effective, and the body needs to be allowed time to respond to the releases. It is not advisable to undergo more than one type of complementary health technique at any one time, in the hope of a quick fix.