Therapeutic Body work is a broad term for a wide range of physical therapies which includes various specialised massage techniques, as well as posture awareness and ease of movement exploration, such as:
Swedish Massage Therapy - Myofascial Release Techniques - Soft or DeepTissue Therapy - Bowen Therapy - Cranio-sacral Therapy - Feldenkrais - Hawaiian Lomi Lomi - Osteopath - Physiotherapy - Reflexology - Shiatsu - Thai Massage
Body Stress Release (BSR) is a complementary technique pioneered in South Africa by Ewald and Gail Meggersee since 1981. It has its roots in chiropractics (Ewald and Gail being chiropractors themselves), but is completely different from it in practice. This gentle technique assists the body in its own healing process and brings effective relief against all forms of tension, pain and discomfort caused by the build up of stress in the body ("body stress").
The practitioner makes use of a specially designed couch, that can transfer the client from a standing position to a lying position. In this way, even people with severe backaches, or with impaired mobility (wheelchair clients, for instance), can be lowered smoothly and without pain.
With the person fully clothed and lying down, the practitioner carries out a series of tests to locate the exact sites of the stress, and determine the precise directions in which the lines of tension exist. This is done by applying light pressure to various points on the body, and observing the response. In this way, the body acts as a biofeedback mechanism, supplying the information required.
The practitioner then applies stimuli, by means of light but definite pressure, in the exact directions necessary to encourage the body to release the stored tension. The applies pressure works on nerve impulses in the muscles; it is this activation of the nerves which releases the compression in the muscles and explains the body's rapid response. Thus a more efficiently functioning nervous system assists the body in maximising its self-healing capacity.
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