BABIES AND CHILDREN
PREGNANCY AND BODY STRESS
Body stress in the lower back
may affect the nerve supply to the ovaries and uterus, undermining their
efficient functioning. This may result in menstrual cramps, excessively
heavy menstruation, irregular ovulation and infertility.
During pregnancy it is essential to keep the lower back free of body
stress as pressure in this area may cause tension of the ligaments
connecting the uterus to the sacrum (the bone at the base of the spine).
This could lead to lower back discomfort and also may irritate the nerve
supply to the legs resulting in leg pain (sciatica).
There have been many cases in
which women who were assumed to be infertile were able to become
pregnant after the pressure had been released in the lower back.
OF BODY STRESS IN BABIES AND CHILDREN
If the birth process was
difficult, a baby may be born with body stress, especially in the neck
and lower spine
children are likely to accumulate body stress as a result of
frequent falls and jerks while playing, or trying to lift heavy
Children may sit incorrectly, e.g. reading or studying while sitting
hunched over on a bed will induce stress in the neck and lower back
Watching television while in a half-lying position which reverses
the normal lumbar curve will cause pressure to build up in the spine
they approach puberty children become more self-conscious and may
develop poor posture. Hunched shoulders, a contracted chest and
downward tilted head occur as a defensive mechanism against the new
challenges and stresses of life. Muscles tighten and tension becomes
locked into the body
EFFECTS OF BODY STRESS
common sign that a baby has body stress in the neck is constant
crying for no apparent reason
body stress is present in the lower back the baby will cry when the
hips are lifted while the nappy is being changed
impact on the nervous system may cause constipation
stress in the area of the diaphragm may result in colic
Toddlers who refuse to walk and demand to be carried, or who
complain of sore legs, (so-called growing pains) very likely have
body stress in the lower back
leg muscles may be affected, causing a tendency of the feet to turn
Bed-wetting may occur if the nerve supply to the bladder is
school, a child with tension in the neck may lack concentration and
there is pressure in the lower back, the child may be restless and
unable to sit still
SHOULD A BABY OR CHILD BE ASSESSED FOR BODY STRESS?
process is stressful to the baby. It makes sense to have a baby
assessed for body stress within a few months of the birth, even
if there do not appear to be any problems. In this way, if
there is any tension stored in the baby's neck or back it will
be released before it accumulates to have an adverse impact on
the nervous system.
practitioner carries out the checks and releases while the baby
is lying on the mother's chest or lap. The pressure applied is
very light and comfortable for the baby. After the stored
stress is released a baby will often fall into a sound sleep.
Small children cannot
always verbalise what they are feeling, but the parents may observe
signs indicating the presence of body stress. For example, a normally
good-natured child will become sullen and uncooperative, or the child
may talk about a "funny feeling in the tummy”, or complain of sore legs.
experiencing BSR as it is a gentle procedure and they become aware of
how different they feel once the stored tension has been released.
Often a small child will be aware of the body stress and will ask to be
taken for a BSR session.
Babies & children respond
very quickly to BSR, as the pressure has not been present in the body
for a long time and is readily released.
By keeping a
child's body free of body stress, it is assisted in ensuring
that the growth and development are normal and healthy.
A two day old baby could
not suckle, as her tongue kept flicking to the corner of her mouth.
After body stress was released in the neck she began suckling normally.
A mother reported that her
twelve week old baby had cried almost constantly since birth, and he
hunched his shoulders and screamed when moved. Immediately after body
stress was released in the neck the exhausted baby fell asleep for 10
hours. Much to the relief of the distressed parents, he became placid
A five month old baby kept
his arms in spasm against his chest and his gaze appeared to be
unfocused. Cerebral palsy was suspected. After one session of BSR his
arms relaxed. After a second session his mother reported that he was
able to focus on her face and respond to her. Six months later his
grandmother sent a photograph of him and a letter to say that his
development was normal in every way.
A six year old
brain-damaged boy had both arms and legs bent in constant spasm, and his
mobility was limited to rolling on the floor. After four sessions of
BSR the limbs had relaxed completely and he began crawling. Two weeks
later his parents reported that he was walking.
A three year old girl was
described by her father as naughty, as medical tests showed no reason
for her continual bed-wetting. During the two weeks after the stress in
the lumbar spine was released, the bouts of bed-wetting steadily
decreased in frequency, and then ceased entirely.