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Byline: Samantha Booth

A SESSION of Body Stress Release (BSR) is different from any other alternative therapy I have ever tried.

First of all you get to keep all your clothes on, which is a big plus for many people, and secondly, you don't even have to climb on to the plinth.

My BSR therapist at the Medic alternative Centre in Edinburgh uses a specially-designed bed which reclines patients into position so older people or those with conditions such as arthritis can take advantage of the relief BSR can give.

So having been lowered into place, face down to start with, I did wonder what was going to happen next.

BSR is all about releasing the built-up tension in your muscles which can accumulate through everyday wear and tear, injury or as a side effect to other medical problems.

In fact BSR has been shown to help with a range of conditions from general stiffness to asthma, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, insomnia and eczema.

My therapist had already spent 10 minutes quizzing me about my health and fitness so she now knew what kind of issues she was dealing with - including general stress and fatigue brought on by a severe throat infection.

So without further ado, she started to work her way down my neck and back pressing and prodding at various muscles while watching my feet to see what kind of reaction her touches were getting.

It is nothing like a massage but the 'release' effect on the muscles was relaxing and even although I chatted happily with my therapist throughout, I did feel myself relaxing more as the session moved on.

After spending around 15 minutes on the back, I was then turned over for the same on my front.

Then I was given instructions for a few exercises which I could do at home to help my muscles relax and some tips on posture to help stop stress and tension building up in my muscles in the first place.

For full benefits of BSR, three sessions are recommended but even after just one I certainly left feeling lighter and more relaxed than I did when I came in.

For more information call 0131 225 5656 or click on or

One 30-minute session at Medic alternative in Edinburgh normally costs pounds 30.


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 11, 2006
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