BSR Technique Explained - Ralph Dinkelmann - BSR Practitioner

The BSR Technique Explained

How is body stress assessed?
What can I expect at a body stress release treatment session?

Finding body stress:

  1. You will be asked to remove your shoes. Other than that, you remain fully clothed.
  2. You will lie face down on a body stress release couch.
  3. The BSR Practitioner will activate the body’s biofeedback mechanism by moving your feet in a very specific way.
  4. He will then carry out a series of body stress tests by pressing lightly on various points and in specific directions while monitoring for body stress.
  5. Body stress at a particular site is identified when gentle pressure triggers a minute withdrawal reflex which the BSR practitioner observes in your feet. 

Releasing body stress:

  1. Once a site of stress has been located, the BSR practitioner performs releases.
  2. Using his thumb or a finger, he will administer a slight pressure or pulse to alert your brain to stored tension in that area.
  3. The brain will then command the body structures at that site to release the tension.
  4. Because the process is so precise, a forceful stimulus is not required. Gentle pressure is enough.

Learning about body stress:

  1. The body stress release practitioner will let you know where sites of tension exist in your body and the relevance of these.
  2. Knowing more will help you to understand the cause of your discomfort or pain, and help you to help your body heal itself.
  3. Recommendations may be made regarding your posture or exercise routine based on the assessment and release performed.
BSR Technique Explained - Ralph Dinkelmann - BSR Practitioner
Body Stress Release stimulates the body's natural ability to heal itself

After your first body stress release session:

  1. Your body will start healing.
  2. As one muscle releases, many related muscles may need to change their tone too.
  3. The body needs time to integrate these changes.
  4. Sometimes it will revert to old stress patterns.
  5. Once healing has occurred and the area is not re-stressed, the new released state should be more permanent.
  6. To encourage this healing process, three body stress release sessions are advised.

If you’d like to book your first body stress assessment and treatment, please use the calendar below, or drop me a line by clicking the button on the green box below.

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Body stress release. Do you need it? Ralph Dinkelmann - Body Stress Release Practitioner

Do you suffer from body stress?

When a health problem persists, in spite of a variety of treatments, one needs to consider whether the source of the condition has been overlooked. Dealing with symptoms will not resolve the situation if the cause is not addressed. If you suffer from any of the following, you may suffer from body stress:

  • Discomfort
  • Stiffness
  • Pain
  • Persistent illness
  • Continuous tiredness and listlessness
  • A prolonged feeling of not being 100% well

Who needs body stress release?

Body stress release is for everyone from infants to the elderly, whether sick or healthy. As we are all subjected to the stresses of living, we all tend to accumulate stored tension, which results in a decline in the body’s efficiencies. Even babies have body stress after a difficult birth. So, everyone’s quality of life may be enhanced by being assessed for body stress and having it released from time to time.

Body Stress. Do you suffer it? Ralph Dinkelmann - Body Stress Release Practitioner
Your quality of life may be improved by body stress release

Find out if body stress release can help you

Book a consultation with me for a full assessment. At this consultation, I will:

  • Explain more about what body stress release does.
  • Take notes on your medical history and general lifestyle, including any discomfort you are experiencing.
  • Then, while you’re fully clothed and lying on a specially-designed body stress release couch, I’ll do a series of body stress tests. Wherever a stress site is discovered, a release will be carried out.
  • At the end of the session, I’ll explain what I’ve found and make suggestions on how to avoid overloading the body with stress. Ideally this consultation should be followed by two more appointments. Find out why here.


Body stress release and the health care spectrum

It’s important to note that body stress release is a complementary health care service in that it works alongside medicine - in co-operation, and not in competition. I will not diagnose or prescribe or treat medical conditions. I leave that to the field of medicine. What I hope to do is find and remove the tensions that may be standing in the way of your body’s natural ability to heal itself.

I have personal experience of the benefits of body stress release. If you're still wondering how this gentle treatment could help, please click here to read about how it helped me or book a consultation to experience it first hand using the calendar below.

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Consequences of body stress release - Ralph Dinkelmann - Body Stress Release Practitioner

Consequences of Body Stress

The consequences of body stress are far-reaching and varied. Untreated and prolonged body stress pushes your body to the point of stress overload. The stress becomes locked in to the body, manifesting as lines of tension. This tension compresses tissue; irritates and even blocks nerve pathways. As a result:

  • Internal organs may stop functioning optimally, leading to:
    • Illness
    • Discomfort or pain
    • Continuous listlessness and tiredness
  • Spinal nerve supply may be compromised, causing:
    • Stiffness
    • Posture distortion
    • Loss of flexibility
    • Numbness
    • Pain
  • You may also feel:
    • Tense
    • Tired
    • Lacking in energy and enthusiasm for life
  • Other common symptoms may occur, such as:
    • Headaches and migraines
    • Backache
    • Indigestion
    • Tingling and/or numbness in the arms and hands
    • Muscle cramping
    • Burning and painful feet

It is also possible for body stress to be present without suffering pain or stiffness. Have you simply come to accept as normal the sense of being less than 100% well?

While stress or tension remains stored in the body, the normal tone of the body is disturbed; decreasing its general efficiency and weakening its defence mechanisms. The body, therefore, becomes less and less able to deal with the stresses we experience daily, and we move further and further away from the optimum state of health.

Consequences of Body Stress - Ralph Dinkelmann - BSR Practitioner
Consequences of Body Stress - Ralph Dinkelmann - Body Stress Release Practitioner

Consequences of Body Stress in Babies and Children

It’s worth investigating body stress release in the following instances: 

  1. Does your baby:
    1. Cry for no reason?
    2. Cry when you lift his hips at nappy change?
    3. Suffer with constipation?
    4. Experience colic?
  2. Does your toddler:
    1. Refuse to walk and demand to be carried?
    2. Complain of sore legs?
    3. Walk with her toes pointed inwards?
    4. Wet the bed? Read more about BSR for Babies and Toddlers
  3. Does your child:
    1. Lack concentration and disrupt the class?
    2. Complain of unexplained aches and pains? Read more about BSR for Children and Teenagers 

Body stress release has proven helpful in relieving the stresses that could be at the heart of the problems listed above. Please give me a call if you’d like to find out how I can help.

Consequences of Body Stress - Ralph Dinkelmann - Body Stress Release Practitioner
Consequences of body stress - Ralph Dinkelmann - Body Stress Release Practitioner
Effects Body Stress - Ralph Dinkelmann Body Stress Release Practitioner

Effects of Body Stress

Stress is a feeling of tension. It may be emotional or physical and may arise from any event or thought that triggers frustration, anger or nervousness. It's your body's reaction to a challenge or demand.

In short bursts, stress is positive. It's what helps you avoid danger or meet a deadline. But - when stress lasts for a long time - it becomes harmful. There are two types of stress:

  1. Acute Stress is short-term and dissipates quickly. This is the kind of stress you feel when you slam on brakes, or argue with someone or bungee jump. It helps you out of dangerous and often occurs when you do something new and exciting.
  2. Chronic Stress last for a much longer period of time. You may experience it if you have financial problems, a troubled relationship or ongoing work-related issues; and you may become so used to its presence that you don't even realise it's there.

Left unmanaged, chronic stress may lead to a variety of health problems. 

The Effects of Stress on Your Body

Your body releases hormones in response to stress. These put the brain on alert. Your muscles tense in readiness to act. Your pulse rate quickens. In the short term, these reactions are good. They could save you. But, over time, they put you at risk for health problems, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Skin problems
  • Menstrual problems

And - if you already have a health condition, chronic stress can make it worse.

Signs of Stress

Stress may cause many and varied physical and emotional symptoms. Here are just some of the signs that stress may be affecting you:

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Causes Body Stress

Causes of Body Stress

It’s a little over a week into January, and I hope you’re still feeling the positive effects of the holidays. Before the year picks up pace, spend a little time thinking about what creates stress for you. If you’re aware of your personal stressors, you’re better able to manage them. Are you exposed to mechanical (physical) stress, chemical stress factors, and/or emotional and mental ones? How can you reduce or remove these?

Let's look at the 3 Types of Stress Factors that cause your body to store stress:

Emotional and Mental Stress

Emotional and Mental Stress Factors

Fear of the future, financial worries, competition in the workplace, difficult family relationships … these are some of the most common causes of emotional or mental stress. Are these creating stress in your life? Or do you struggle with ongoing mental strain: depression, anxiety, resentment?

When we shield ourselves from emotional and mental stress factors like these, we take on a defensive attitude which finds physical expression in the tightening of the diaphragm, jaw, neck and shoulders, and causes body stress.

Mechanical or Physical Stress

Mechanical or Physical Stress Factors

What are mechanical stress factors? And how do they cause body stress? They could be sudden and violent – a car accident, a severe fall or lifting a heavy load incorrectly. They could be milder – a gradual build up as a result of bad habits, like sitting incorrectly or doing the wrong exercise routine.

In short, when mechanical stress goes beyond the body’s ability to adapt, the effects may be stored as body stress.

Chemical Stress Factors

Chemical Stress Factors

Air pollutants; insecticides; food additives, colourants and preservatives; artificial growth hormones … the list of chemical stress factors in our daily lives continues to grow even though we may steer clear of tobacco, alcohol, and pharmaceuticals.

Chemical stress may manifest in severe headaches and nausea. It puts our bodies on the defensive, creating body stress.

Are you prone to one of these causes of body stress? Or a combination of two or three?

Now you've identified your stressors, you're better able to defend yourself against them. You'll be more aware of them and better able to consciously make decisions or take action to reduce their effects.


What is sciatica?

Do you have it?

What causes it?

What relieves it?

Here's a short video to help answer your questions:

Sciatica Video

6 Common Causes of Sciatica

The more you know about your body, the more you can help it heal. If you suffer from sciatica, the root of your discomfort could be now of these 6 causes:

  1. Lumbar herniated disc
  2. Degenerative disc disease
  3. Isthmic spondyliothesis
  4. Lumbar spinal stenosis
  5. Piriformis syndrome
  6. Sacroiliac joint disfunction

Read more about these here.

Gentle Stretches To Ease Sciatica

These gentle stretches can bring immediate relief. It’s worth giving them a try. Why not work them into your daily routine? They’re quick and easy and you may even find they help as a preventative measure.

Scissor Hamstring Stretch for Sciatica Relief

Stretch both hamstrings at the same time with these easy exercises.


Seated Chair Hamstring Stretch for Sciatica Relief

Add this exercise to your exercise regime for sciatica relief.


Easy Hamstring Stretches for Sciatica Relief

These stretches are performed while lying on your back. You'll need a towel.

Back and Neck Pain Relief Tips - Ralph Dinkelmann

Tips to Minimise Back and Neck Pain

Back and neck pain is a miserable experience! But, changing just a few bad habits can not only bring pain relief, but also protect the spine for the future. Have a look at these easy ways to ease your back or neck pain.

Ralph Dinkelmann - Back and Neck Pain Relief Tip

When lifting … let your legs do all the work

Back or neck injury or discomfort is commonly caused by lifting things awkwardly. The object doesn’t even have to be too heavy. Lifting something light can be just as harmful if you’re twisting your spine to get to it.

The trick is to make your thighs work, and not your back.

  • Bend your needs.
  • Keep your back straight.
  • Hold the object you’re lifting close to your body.
  • Stand up slowly.

If it’s a heavy bag you’re carrying, don’t sling it over one shoulder. Cradle the bag in front of you, or use a backpack instead.

Do you spend a lot of time seated? Here’s what to do.

Sitting in the same position for extended periods of time can cause back and neck strain. It’s important to be aware of your seated posture to minimise strain. Here are the actions you can take:

  • Choose a chair with good lower back support.
  • Sit up straight.
  • Tilt the seat of the chair slightly forward, so that your knees are lower than your hips.
  • Hold in your stomach to support your back.
  • Keep both feet on the floor.

Back and Neck Pain Relief Tips - Ralph Dinkelmann

Bad posture puts pressure on your spine. Change the way you stand, sleep, and sit on a sofa.

When standing:

  • Keep your shoulders down and relaxed and your neck long.
  • Ensure your back is slightly curved, but don’t hollow you back by sticking your bottom out.
  • Hold in your stomach.

In bed:

  • Throw out a sagging mattress and choose one that’s well-sprung but not too hard.
  • Lie on your back or your side.
  • Avoid too many pillows, which twist your neck and back.

On the sofa:

  • Slouching on a sofa is a terrible idea! Low slung sofas (where your bottom ends up lower than your knees) are the worst. Choose a higher, firmer sofa where you can sit upright.
  • Don’t tuck your legs up beside you. This can over-extend the hip bone and twist your spine.
  • Follow the tips above for the ideal seated posture.
Back and Neck Pain Relief Tips - Ralph Dinkelmann

Take a good look at your shoes. Could they be adding strain to your neck and back?

High heels push your lower body forward, forcing your upper body to arch. This puts enormous pressure on your spine. Test your shoes  to see which allow you to adopt the ideal standing posture.

Avoid shoes with leather soles. These send shock waves through your skeleton as you walk. Choose shoes with cushioned or shock-absorbing soles.

Back and Neck Pain Relief Tips - Ralph Dinkelmann

Go on the offensive!

Now you’ve removed any bad habits that contribute towards back and neck pain, it’s time to work on protecting your spine. Exercise is integral to injury prevention.

Concentrate on exercises to strengthen your back and stomach muscles. Go gently. You’ll start feeling the benefits very soon.

In a little while, I’ll post a 5-minute exercise routine that – followed regularly – should help with both pain relief and protection. Until then, try these Tips to Minimise Back and Neck Pain and let me know how it goes.

Body Stress Release Information | How often is body stress release needed?

How often is body stress release needed?

Experience has taught me that body stress release is most effective and has optimal results if treatment is delivered over three sessions:

  1. The first Body Stress Release appointment, in which I’ll take a detailed case history and, after the release, explain what I’ve found, give you advice on posture, and show you some simple self-help techniques.
  2. The second release, three days after the initial appointment
  3. The third session, one week later

After the third release, progress feedback from the client allows me to spread the appointments further and further apart – often going to two or even three weeks and then a month, and so on.

Why does it take three body stress release sessions?

As one muscle releases, many other related muscles need to change their tone as well. The body needs time to integrate these new patterns and, being a creature of habit, it will sometimes revert to old stress patterns. Once healing has occurred and the area is not restressed, the new released state should be more permanent

What happens after the first three body stress release appointments?

Many of my clients who were in severe pain before, only come in for the occasional six-monthly maintenance check. In other more severe cases, they may not go beyond the three or four-week mark. Each person’s body is unique, with its own specific strengths and weaknesses, and each of my clients needs a uniquely-formulated body stress release programme.

How will I know when I need a body stress release treatment?

Once the initial state of overwhelm has settled down and many of the tensions have dispersed, you will have clearer and clearer messages from your own body. I am always encouraging my clients to listen to what their own body says to determine how far apart body stress release appointments should be.

We all know what it is like when we experience a state of overwhelm due to a disaster at work or a family problem. Suddenly things we could have easily handled become almost impossible to manage. The body undergoes a similar experience when dealing with the physical stresses and the physical workings of the body.

  • Allergies may suddenly become more acute
  • Susceptibility to infectious diseases may increase
  • Muscle spasms may occur, simply because you’ve performed a physical action that is not part of your normal daily routine.

As you become more aware of your own body, you will hopefully feel the slight, ever-increasing tightness in your muscles and help your body release accumulating tensions before you reach the stage of muscle spasms and severe pain.

A body stress release treatment may not be needed every time your body starts tightening up (although it can be quite convenient). You could try:

  • Getting more rest
  • Gently stretching or strengthening a complaining body part
  • Eating a healthier diet
  • Cutting back on coffee, which could be overstimulating your nervous system.

The point is: we need to listen to our own bodies. If our bodies have been “disregarded partners” for too long, they will start to complain and, when they do, we won’t know what they are saying because they will have become overwhelmed. We can, however, become better partners by listening to each other.

You’ll be amazed to what lengths your body will go to give full expression to your life. Body stress release is just one of the avenues to make this journey possible and enjoyable.