Body Stress Release

Body Stress Release (BSR)

Are aches and pains preventing you from experiencing optimal health?

Do you suffer from headaches, back pain, joint pain or arthritis  Do you wake up stiff and uncomfortable, or complain of numb fingers and toes, sciatica, nerve sensations or debilitating migraines?


All of these subtle symptoms may indicate the presence of stored body stress which disrupts the body’s communication to the muscles and nerves, resulting in imbalances in the system.   These imbalances may present in a variety of ways; from pain or joint stiffness, to mobility issues, or systemic issues (such as digestive discomfort, constipation etc.). The effect of stored tension often starts off slowly but gradually escalates to more acute pain and discomfort.  Click here to view frequent complaints and related case studies.  


BSR Optimises the nervous system – prompting a self-healing response:

The premise of Body Stress Release is to address the underlying cause of stress and trigger the body’s innate healing response.  In order to do this, the practitioner will assess the client by performing a series of reflex tests to pin-point the precise areas of the body that are affected.  The BSR technique is accurate and precise and has a direct effect on the nervous system, boosting the body’s self-healing ability and prompting it to restore its natural balance.  


Founded in South Africa in 1981 (See The Origins of Body Stress Release) Body Stress Release is now practiced in 23 countries worldwide.  BSR has literally assisted hundreds of people in their path to restored vitality and optimal health.


Sarah Davies has been practicing as a Body Stress Release Practitioner since 2010 – read her Google Reviews

For a personal account of the Body Stress Release technique from the Health Editor at  Health24: click here 

What to expect from a Body Stress Release appointment with Sarah Davies:

In the initial appointment, I take a detailed case history, noting any previous operations, accidents, and underlying conditions.  If you have had MRI scans or X-rays you may bring the written reports along to your first appointment.


After giving the client some guidance on the BSR process I then perform a series of light, directional reflex tests to locate the exact sites of body stress while the client lies down (fully clothed) on a special BSR bed.  By recording the reflex responses to these tests, I can accurately pinpoint the underlying sites of tension. A firm directional stimulus is applied to the area to prompt the body to let go of the underlying patterns of stress, and this initiates the body’s healing response.

If the body stress is as a result of a very recent injury the healing process may be rapid.  However, if the stress has been stored in the body for a long period of time, the client might need a number of consultations before full mobility/flexibility and function is restored.

The consultation takes approximately half an hour and is suitable for all ages, from infants to the elderly, sports people to pregnant women.

Who needs Body Stress Release?

While most clients discover Body Stress Release because of various aches or pains, one doesn’t have to be in physical pain to experience the benefits.

 We are all subjected to stress (chemical, physical or emotional) and as a result, the body is constantly attempting to cope, adjust and adapt.  Over a period of time, the body will start to accumulate stored tension which may start to disrupt the nervous system.  The BSR technique is based on the principle that the body is self-healing and, in the right circumstances, if the nervous system is functionally optimally our health and healing potential will similarly be optimal.  Since our spinal nerves are key to our overall functioning it’s essential to be checked for underlying body stress from time to time.

Frequently asked questions:

“I’ve had multiple operations and procedures – can BSR still help me?

Yes – most definitely.  The BSR practitioner will ask you for details of your procedure and may ask you to bring your medical reports or X-Rays to the first consult.   We do not work directly on joint replacements but we do release areas of stored tension in surrounding areas which will assist in optimising mobility and function.

Do I have to get undressed or wear any special clothing?

The client remains fully clothed, with shoes on, for the entire process – there’s no need for any special clothing, just dress comfortably.

Can you work with my newborn baby?  Can you work on someone really frail?

BSR is a gentle non-manipulative technique that is suitable for all, from babies to the elderly.

Can you work with someone who is wheelchair bound?

Some practitioners have a special wheel-chair friendly bed but most practitioners will work with a wheelchair client if the person comes with an assistant or career to help them on to the special BSR couch.

How many sessions will I need?

You will need to commit to 3 appointments:  After the initial appointment, as body stress is released, there is usually a re-arrangement of muscle tension which needs to be attended to a few days later. Thereafter a follow-up appointment is scheduled for approximately one week’s time.

It’s impossible to predict how many appointments are needed for full recovery as each client comes with a different set of circumstances (and history).  A client’s recovery rate may also be dependent on the client following certain guidelines regards to posture, exercise and the client getting sufficient rest (particularly in the initial stages of the process).  However, most people will start to notice some changes in the first 3-4 consults.

What is Body Stress Release?

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Types of Stress

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Origins of BSR

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My Story

I spent most of my adult life as a corporate high flyer in the media industry, exhibition industry and later as brand manager in a large publishing house. For many years I thrived on the busy...

The Appointment

Body Stress Release is carried out in a professional setting in a private consulting room. The practitioner takes a detailed case history before assessing the client for areas of body stress...

Who Needs BSR?

Body Stress Release is suitable for both young and old alike. The technique is gentle so it is ideal for young babies all the way through to the elderly or infirm. While most clients discovery...