The Importance of Body Stress Release and Health Maintenance

Body stress occurs when the body fails to adapt to an overload of stress and tension becomes stored in physical structures. The causes may be mechanical, mental/emotional or chemical factors.

BODY STRESS RELEASE assists the body in its in-built ability to maintain and heal itself. It is a gentle procedure, where areas of body stress are located, using the body as a biofeedback monitor. Light, precise stimulation encourages the body to release stored tensions, which usually manifest as backache, headaches, postural distortions or fatigue. Releasing is rapid, but if stress has been stored for a long time, more releases may be required over a period of time.


Most usually people are looking for relief from pain, stiffness or other discomfort. Often it is because of lower back pain or leg pain, caused by stored tension in the lumbar spine; headaches, resulting from body stress in the neck; numb fingers due to compression in the lower neck affecting the nerve supply to the arms and hands.
However, BSR has a broader objective – it is concerned with assisting the body in maintaining health.


The body’s natural ability to maintain health depends on the coordination of all functions – this is controlled by the brain and nervous system. If there is tension locked into the physical structures, the irritation to the nervous system undermines its efficiency. For example, pressure in the lower back may not only cause pain, but also disturbs the nerve supply to the internal organs, such as the digestive and reproductive systems. Compression in the neck means that there is an impact on the nerves which have connections to the eyes, mouth, heart, etc.
Therefore, to promote efficiency of body function we need to keep ourselves free of stored body stress.


In our daily lives we are subjected to various forms of stress. Mechanical stress may arise from accidents, poor posture and incorrect lifting. Chemical stress may be caused by harmful substances which we consume such as food additives, or inhale, eg. insecticides, or absorbed through the skin, such as certain cosmetics and cleaning products. Mental and emotional stresses cause us to tense our neck, shoulders and abdomen. Even if the stresses are mild, they tend to build up, causing the muscles to gradually lock up. Obviously it is preferable to have the body stress released, before it accumulates to the level of causing pain and malfunction.


As the stresses become stored in the body a person will become aware of not feeling completely well. It may manifest as a lack of energy or difficulty in thinking clearly. There may be some stiffness on rising in the morning which eases as one moves about. Babies will become irritable and children may appear uncooperative and lacking concentration.


When a person has completed the series of BSR sessions it is advisable to have a follow-up appointment within a month’s time, or in some cases sooner, as recommended by the practitioner. In this way, any re-stressing of areas – due to the body going through a process of learning to deal with the stresses of daily life – may be released before symptoms arise. After that, the appointments may be spaced further apart. As the body stabilises in its ability to cope with the stresses it is subjected to, it is advisable to have a BSR session several times a year, eg. every 3 months. The frequency will vary according to the individual.


When a person has had a long-term condition of body stress, eg. originating from a past incident, there is an accumulation of layers of muscle tension. After several sessions of BSR there may be total relief from pain or 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. The return of pain or stiffness means that the body is ready to deal with this, with some help from further BSR sessions. Therefore one should not become despondent about a problem which appears to return – it is an indication that more stored tension needs to be attended to.
To Whom It May Concern

I met Michelle during her training and practical session at the Body Stress Release academy here in the Wilderness.

She treated me 4 times over a period of 2 weeks and despite the fact that I went into the whole procedure somewhat sceptical, I was at first pleasantly surprised, that then extremely happy with the relief I got from the chronic knee and ankle pains I have experienced for years.

I can strongly recommend BSR to anyone – and I congratulate Michelle on her grasp and understanding of the whole technique. I wish her success in this new and exciting venture for herself.


Michael E. Millard
Dear Michelle,

Thank you so much for all your help during the period before and after my foot operation. I have found that BSR made a tremendous difference to my recovery and pain management before and after.

I really appreciate your commitment in helping me and would not have coped without the treatments.

The Homeopath
Dr Audrey
“Thank you Michelle for the great BSR sessions. I have had numerous Physiotherapy sessions for my neck in the last few years with very little pain relief and for very short periods. Since my BSR sessions I have not looked back !!! The pain and never ending stiffness has gone and even the headaches have disappeared. I know maintenance sessions are essential for continued healing so I will definitely book sessions on my next visit to SA.”
Tania G.. Dubai
“I battled with whiplash for a long time. It was not until I was introduced to Body Stress Release that I finally found relief from the tension in my neck and shoulders. The technique used in BSR is very gentle, non invasive and relaxing. I continue to have maintenance sessions with Michelle who has always been very professional and knowledgeable. Thank you Michelle for the experience of BSR and its healing process.“
Natalie Holme – Muldersdrift
“Dear Michelle,
Thank you so much for all you have done to help me with both my back problems and headaches!
My headaches are less severe now….when I get one. These used to come every 2nd week and last 4 to 5 days, now I get one only when very stressed and they only last a night and I can sleep them off with only taking 2 pain killers instead of the 8 a day I used to take!
My back has never seized again, must be from my monthly “maintenance” sessions with you!
Thank you once again for not only helping me to heal, but helping me cope with my day to day life.
Many thanks again
Your ever grateful headache free patient”

Eve Mc Luckie
My aching leg pain is gone !! That draining, constant pain is no longer … BSR has definitely made a difference in my life, and my work as I stand a lot on some days… I will be back for my regular maintenance sessions as discussed, thank you Michelle, the impact BSR has had for me is such a relief.
Bev P.
Dear Michelle
As a 26 year old, newly married young lady, I was not happy to have been diagnosed with a problem with my aesophagus, and that there was little that could be done for me… my diet had to be changed along with my lifestyle in major ways. However after my sessions of BSR, I am feeling much “lighter” and better able to cope with my digestive issues. The future does look much brighter.

Kind Regards Lizanne L R.
Ek is 58 jaar en werk voldag by ‘n dokter se praktyk. Ek het vir ongeveer 2 jaar lae rug pyn, wat ek aan my lang werksure toeskryf. Laas jaar het die pyn baie erg begin word, en ek het kruppel begin loop a.g.v van die regter been wat lam begin word het. Ek kon nie meer uit ‘n stoel opstaan nie, en ook nie in die nag omdraai in die bed nie. Dit was baie pynlik. My dokter het my vir x-strale gestuur wat gewys het dat my derde en vierde rugwerwel geskuif het en dit druk ‘n senuwee vas. Ek was na ‘n spesialis verwys wat ‘n rug operasie aanbeveel het a.g.v die drukking op die senuwee. My man het vir Michelle ontmoet, wat toe dadelik ‘n afspraak gereel het. Na die eerste sessie het ek nie veel geloof in BSR gehad nie. Ek wou ‘n vinnige oplossing he. My man het my aangemoedig on terug te gaan. Ek is toe vir 5 sessies elke tweede week. Ek het elke keer teruggegaan en begin om minder pyn pille te drink. Sy het my ook geleer om nie my rug te veel onder spanning to sit nie. Die posisie waarin ek sit is ook aangepas. Dit het toe elke keer beter begin gaan. In November laasjaar het ek besluit om die pyn pille heeltemal te los, en net vir BSR te gaan. Toe gebeur dit!! Dit het met elk sessie beter begin gaan. Ek kon self opstaan, en het heeltemal normaal begin loop. Ek volg haar raad om my rug in stand te hou en gaan nou elke ses weke vir ‘n sessie . Dit is wonderlik om geen pyn te he nie en ‘n goeie kwaliteit lewe te lei, en dit sonder ‘n operasie.
Ria O.

About us

Michelle Lottering has been a Body Stress Release practitioner since 2013. Helping people to discover the amazing power of BSR is her passion.
She is a member of Body Stress Release South Africa

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Tel: 082-8904571
Email: giggledoo
Hair & Therapy Wellness Centre.
97 Frederick Cooper Drive.
Kenmare, Krugersdorp.
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