I am inspired by all those people doing great work out there in the fields of health and wellness. We highlight these skilled Wellness Professionals in this series on the Super Shazzer Wellness Blog.
“The key to wellness is to accept personal responsibility for your health and well-being.”
Next up for our Q & A with a wellness professional is Beatrix Britz, Body Stress Release Practitioner.
Q. Firstly, welcome and please share with us exactly what it is that you do?
I own and run my own practice as a Body Stress Release practitioner in Bellville, Western Cape, SA.
Body Stress Release is a complementary, non-therapeutic health technique that assists the body in its own healing process. Body Stress Release is suitable for everyone, from babies to the elderly.
Areas of locked-in stress in the body are located, using the body itself as biofeedback monitor. A gentle, but precise impulse is applied by hand to these areas, which encourages and assists in releasing body stress.
When the tension is released, the body is better able to heal and maintain itself.
Remember: your body’s natural desire is to be stress free!
Clients remain fully clothed during a session, can even keep their shoes on.
Q. Tell us about your training and how you got to be a Body Stress release Practitioner?
Sometimes the truth really is stranger than fiction!
I was introduced to Body Stress Release (BSR) in a mysterious way, through the intervention of two dachshunds at the Dassiesfontein Farm Stall on the N2. A fellow traveller (and now BSR colleague) was on her way to complete her BSR apprenticeship, and as we were both walking our dachshunds, we started talking. Her explanation as to the effects of stress on the body, and how a simple and gentle technique can assist the body to become stress free made such an impression on me that I applied for the course.
Body Stress Release (BSR) is a proprietary technique, developed and researched in the early 1980’s in South Africa by Gail and Ewald Meggersee. I think it is absolutely phenomenal that BSR is currently practiced worldwide in 21 countries and growing!
The only two places in the world where you can train and qualify as a BSR practitioner, are at the BSR Academy SA in Rondevlei, Garden Route or at the BSR Academy Europe in Dorset, England.
The intensive training takes place over a full time period of five months, with a three-week apprenticeship at the end.
A BSR student studies anatomy, principles and philosophy of BSR, the BSR technique –theory and practical, communication, client management and the BSR constitution.
After graduation, practitioners are registered with the BSR Association. The BSR Association ensures that professional standards of practice are maintained.
The BSR Association of South Africa is a member of COCHASA, the Confederation of Complementary Health Associations of SA.
The British BSR Association is a member of the British Complementary Medicine Association and is recognised by the Guild of Holistic Practitioners.
Q. How will Body Stress Release help people? How would they benefit by doing it and working with you?
The long-term benefits of BSR often depend on the commitment of the client.
To quote the Meggersees: “It could be said that healing is usually a process, not an event!”
In order to better understand the effects of stress on the body, let’s explore the concept of stress. We all encounter stress in our everyday lives. This is normal and in fact a certain amount of stress will assist us in increased performance.
These stressors can be divided into 3 types:
• Mechanical/ physical stress: such as injury, strain, bad posture sitting/ using computer
• Chemical stress: such as additives/pesticides in the food we consume, pollutants, harmful chemicals in toiletries
• Mental/emotional stress: financial/work worries, fear, frustration
The good news is: our bodies are designed to adapt to these stresses in a positive way! But sometimes, we find ourselves overloaded by stress.
In order to cope with this overload, the body stores the stress in the muscles –this is what we call ‘body stress’. Locked-in stress in the muscles can put pressure on our nervous system, disrupting the body’s communication system.
So, if you feel stressed, lack energy and vitality, suffer from acute or chronic pain, discomfort, cramps or stiffness, you could be suffering from locked-in body stress.
BSR sessions will assist your body in unlocking tension and restoring self-healing.
Clients have reported relief from back pain, sciatica, headaches, migraines, neuralgia, indigestion, IBS, restricted movement, general fatigue, ‘brain fog’, etc.
Q. Any helpful advice you can give to our wonderful readers on how to live a more purposeful, inspired and fulfilled life?
No one can deny that being alive in a physical body is a stressful experience. Some stresses are avoidable, some manageable and some beyond our control.
So: avoid what you can, manage what you must, and when the uncontrollable happens, be kind to yourself and listen to your body.
I can be reached through our official website: location Boston, Bellville.
Q. Is there anything else you would like to share?
I would like to recommend a book to all my fellow readers: “Self-healing with Body Stress Release” by Gail Meggersee
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