More about body stress

Stress only becomes a negative factor when it goes beyond your ability to adapt to it.

When stress gets too much for your body to adapt to positively, it reaches the level of overload and becomes stored in your body as body stress. Thus your body is less able to deal with any further stress that it is subjected to and enters a cycle of negative adaptation.

Body stress occurs instantly, the moment the point of stress overload is reached. Of course every individual has a different threshold of stress overload but the effects are the same. Overload triggers your body’s survival mode of action. This is automatically activated by a reflex reaction, which is controlled by mechanisms located in your spinal cord. This action does not involve your brain and may happen anywhere in your body. The tissues surrounding the site of involvement tighten in order to protect the area. It is very noticeable how the overlying muscles contract in order to restrict movement.

As muscles are designed to move and support the body structures, they cross over the joints. When body stress occurs, your muscles tighten to restrict movement and the joints involved become squeezed together. This compressive force has an impact on your nerves. When it occurs in your spine, the pressure on your spinal nerves has a far-reaching disruptive effect on your body’s communication system. Your brain may not be aware of the site of body stress, thus your body’s self-healing mechanisms are not activated to release the stored tension. Your body then requires some outside assistance and this is the function of the Body Stress Release practitioner.