AFTER three Body Stress Release (BSR) sessions, I am convinced this complimentary technique has set my body back on track and banished stress and tension for good.
This year was a tough one for me. Studying after almost eight years of working and the unavoidable tension that comes with being a journalist, I knew that my body was taking some strain. As a journalist, I also spend an awful amount of time at my desk.
Other than bad posture, especially when sitting, and a lot of slouching, I have had my dose of accidents: I rolled my vehicle, jumped off a house roof believing I was Superman, and fell out of trees and off jungle gyms when growing up. These are just a few I am willing to admit to . . .
However, until I went for Body Stress Release, I was unaware of just how stressed and unhappy my body was. But after three sessions with Elmi Brink I am as right as rain again - for now anyway.
BSR is the brainchild of two previous South African chiropractors, Gail and Ewald Meggersee, who developed the technique after many years of research into stress and the highly negative effect on the body.
However, as Elmi, a BSR practitioner in Jeffreys Bay points out, BSR is neither a medical treatment nor an alternative therapy. “It is a complementary technique which helps the body to heal itself by releasing stored tension,” says Elmi.
“As a BSR practitioner, I enable the body to heal itself by locating the precise areas where the body is stressed, such as along the spine, in the neck and head, even the buttocks and hips.
“I use the client’s body as a biofeedback mechanism, and by my applying light and firm pressure to the key areas, the body is activa-ted to release the stress.”
BSR is most commonly used to counteract the physical effects of stress, such as lower back pain, neck pain and headaches. It even aids digestion and helps to reduce heartburn.
How it works
As I approached her office, her loyal ‘secretary’ Katrien, welcomed me with a wagging tail while accompanying me to the door.
Before we started, Elmi explained exactly what BSR is and how it works. A session generally takes between 45 minutes to an hour - it all depends on the severity of your condition and the level of stress your body is carrying.
According to Elmi, she starts off by doing three releases. “Ideally, the second session follows three to four days after the first session, and the third one week later. More sessions could be required. I usually recommend clients to come back for regular maintenance releases.”
You are fully clothed during the session, you can even keep your shoes on.
Elmi also took notes on my medical history and general lifestyle, including any pain I was experiencing. This helps to pinpoint areas where the tension may be stored.
Then it was time to get onto the bed.
As I lay on my stomach, Elmi moved between my feet and my back. The reason for this? “By your moving the feet in a very specific way, the biofeedback of the body shows,” says Elmi. This procedure is called the monitor.”
Elmi then did a series of body stress tests on my back, pressing lightly on various points in specific directions along my spine.
“It there is stress present at a specific site, this slightly irritates the body in that area, after testing, which reacts with tiny withdrawal reflex of the one foot,” says Elmi. “This response lasts for several seconds, which allows me to carry out the monitor manoeuvre and observe a small, temporary shortening of one leg. If there is no stress at the site tested, there will be no muscular response.”
She repeated the process on my buttocks, hips, my shoulder blades, neck, shoulders and the base of my head.
The whole process is so non-evasive, that you wonder if it will really make a difference.
But, it certainly has an effect.
After the first session I have not had a tension headache. After the second session, I experienced a warm-tingling feeling over by back for several hours, but this is not unusual. It just shows that the process is working. After three sessions the pain in my lower back is gone - and has not returned - I have far less heartburn and I am sleeping better.
Elmi pointed out that I will have to work on my posture if I do not want to come back time and again. This includes core strength exercises and to take note not to slouch whenever I am sitting, especially when working on my computer or when reading.
For more information, contact Elmi Brink at 079 602 1212 or visit www.facebook.com/elmibsr.