The History of Body Stress Release

How Did Body Stress Release Come About?     Fear of becoming totally paralysed while still in his 30s led Ewald Meggersee, together with his wife Gail, to pioneer the body-wellness system known as body stress release (BSR).  "I had the distorted posture of a 120 year-old and would frequently wake up paralysed from the waist down," says Ewald. "And all my life – from the age of five when I fell out of a tree and lay unconscious for a week – no one had been able to find the source of the continuous shooting pains and cramping I suffered in my lower back and legs." His school days were a nightmare; he couldn't sit still at a desk and was shouted at for fidgeting. He would often collapse from a deep ache in his knees if asked to stand for any period of time – so Cadets was always a problem. Gym teachers 'forced him to touch his toes until he collapsed in agony. When he was 15, he was told his pain and severe cramping were psychosomatic, because no one could find any physical cause for it. Ewald qualified as an industrial chemist, and met and married Gail, a teacher. His body pain didn't let up. "Sometimes," says Gail, "Ewald would scream out in his sleep and leap out of bed in the grip of intense cramping in his calf muscles. Our blackest moment came the day he woke up feeling no sensation from the waist down. I watched in horror as he rolled out of bed onto the floor, pulling himself up via the wardrobe for support while he waited for sensation to return to his legs."  The nightmare became a regular occurrence for Ewald. "You can imagine my fear of going to sleep at night when 1 didn't know if I was going to wake up permanently paralysed," he says. "Eventually it got so bad that I faced losing my job and spending the rest of my life in a wheelchair. We felt we had nothing to lose, so we decided to pack up everything and both train as chiropractors in America."  Over the years, Ewald had received temporary relief from regular chiropractic treatments, but the pain would always...

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Referred Pains and Body Stress Release

My Feet Hurt Often, new Body Stress Release clients come to me because they are suffering from symptoms that have come up recently, and that are bugging them there and then. It could be headaches, migraines, sciatic pains, pins and needles, jaw pains, difficulty with breathing, lower back pain, neck pain, etc. The Body Stress Release client I had in front of me that day told me she was suffering from painful feet. They were "killing" her. The pain was all over the bottom of the soles of her feet, and made walking and standing quite a painful exercise. Could I help her get rid of that pain, was the question put to me. As always, I ran a quick medical history. How's your back? Nah, my back is fine, was the reply.And so was everything else, it seemed. If not for the feet….. I kept asking. How was your back about 5 years ago? Well, that was a different story. she had had a car accident, and her back was hit hard. It took several months for her to "get over the pain", but "now it was okay". Working on releasing the body stress in her lower back, I found the muscles in her back were virtually as hard as my desktop. After a number of Body Stress Release sessions, mainly focussing on the lower back, the pain in this client's feet disappeared, without me ever working on releasing tension in that area specifically. There is a fairly straightforward explanation for this phenomenon. Once muscle tension starts to set in, either because of long-term poor posture or trauma, "shorts" in our main electrical wiring, our nervous system, will start appearing, and muscle tension (or "body stress") occurs. Generally the symptoms ("shorts" being pain and/or discomfort) will be localised -not always, there may be instant referred effects, like pins & needles in your fingers when your neck gets affected. If the trauma is in your lower back area, then generally that's where you will notice it. If the tension doesn't lift off that area, it will settle in the "deeper" muscles, the small ones that surround your spine, creating more serious body stress. We cannot feel the tension in those muscles as much as...

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