Body Stress Release…
What is it?
How can it help my stress levels?
One of our Beauty Warriors went on a mission to uncover some truths about what Body Stress Release is all about with professional practitioner Stuart Garvie….
Misconception number 1…Isn’t it just like massaging?
No, although some of it might feel like a massage, BSR’s focus is to activate the body’s healing abilities through a precise technique, not to stretch out tight muscles, since these tight muscles are often a reaction to the stress built up in your body in the first place.
The next thing most people want to know is what is it and how can it help me?
We have put together some FAQ to help with the process of understanding and delving into the truths of this awesome treatment.
Does BSR really work?
I first found BSR after a car accident, this left me with anxiety about driving I suffered with neck problems, and nothing worked to fix it. The frustration of not being healthy and not being able to live my daily life to the fullest got to me and I eventually gave in to family requests for me to try BSR. It worked and it has worked for me ever since. It worked so well and it changed my life so much that I decided that I would study it further and be able to change people’s lives like I had my life changed.
Don’t believe me yet? Here is a direct quote from one of my clients about her 9 year old grandson, who now comes for sessions once every month; “Thank you Stuart for helping my Grandson who was being bullied at school. His confidence is on the mend, and with a few more sessions I am confident that this bad experience will be healed.”
There are dozens of testimonies just like this, and for so many more problems that people face daily and for more unique problems out there. We are here to help as many people as we can, and would love to help you.
Stuart Garvie, answered some of the more FAQ
Who can benefit from Body Stress Release (BSR)?
Anyone, from people sitting behind a desk all day and feeling the stress build up in their back and shoulders to people who are active at every moment but have always had that knee that gives them trouble. BSR is for everyone!
Is there an age limit to BSR?
No, none at all. BSR is extremely gentle and adaptive to any age and body, from newborn babies to the elderly.
How does it differ from other health practices?
We do not diagnose or treat any specific condition or disease, and do not focus on one body part either. Its primary focus is to locate and release tension stored in the muscles so that the body, as a whole, can start its’ own healing process.
How many sessions will I need?
It varies greatly from person to person but, we recommend that every client come for at least 3 initial sessions and at the end of the 3rd session we convene on the results and work from there.
I have had a lot of operations though, can you still work on me?
Yes, most definitely! Although we do not work directly on replacements we do release stored tension surrounding the areas that will help with mobility and function.
Do I need to undress or wear any special clothes?
No, clients remain fully clothed with their shoes on during the session.
To find out more information or to book your first session with Stuart and BSR contact him today,
Just because October is over, doesn’t mean we should worry less about our breast health. Here’s a few tips on how to keep the girls healthy all year round.
Eat your veggies
Consume more cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower), dark leafy greens, carrots, tomatoes, citrus fruits, berries and cherries.
We all know exercise is important for your general health overall. Try adopt an active lifestyle. Aim for 30 minutes or more of moderate aerobic activity at least five days per week
Alcohol is one of the most well established dietary risk factor for breast cancer. Women who consume more than two glasses of alcohol a day are at higher risk.
The risk of many cancers, including breast cancer, and other health problems increases if you smoke.
Do your monthly at home check up
We all know how important it is to know our own breasts. Do it monthly, 7 days after your cycle. If there is ANYTHING irregular, go see your doc, ladies.
Have you been looking for that all-in-one magic supplement to just do the most for your hair, skin and nails without having to take 9 different vitamins and minerals? We have found the solutions for you. Beauty Gen has created a 5-in-1 beauty booster called Beauty Greens that makes it super easy for you to take ALL the necessary ingredients to promote beautiful skin, hair and nails all at once, without the fuss.
Here’s the lowdown. Beauty Greens consists of 5 key ingredients. These ingredients are natural and haven’t been damaged by heat. Here are more on each of the 5 ingredients in Beauty Greens.
It promotes plump, wrinkle-free, supple skin, supports healthy aging, it strengthens your nails and builds long, thick hair. It supports all the connective tissues, promoting healthy joints and strong bones along with supporting lean muscle mass, strength and enhances muscle regeneration.
Probiotics helps to balance out the good bacteria in your digestive system and alleviates digestive discomforts. It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties to help tackle skin issues and promoting a clearer complexion. Probiotics also hydrates the skin, builds collagen and strenghtens the skin’s barrier function. It supports the liver, help eliminate toxins and free radicals, contributing to a smoother, more youthful complexion. It supports the immune system, digestive system and general health, nourishing your body from within.
Omega-3’s are powerful anti-inflammatories that helps to tackle skin issues such as psoriasis, allergies and acne. It strenghtens the skin barrier function, helping to hold moisture in and keep irritants out. It combats dry, brittle hair follicles, promotes stronger and shinier hair too. In the same way, it promotes stronger nails too. It helps preventing heart disease and strokes, it also assists in lowering the blood pressure and supporting a healthy immune system.
4. Vitamin C
Vitamin C promotes collagen synthesis and speeds up the healing of wounds, brightens the skin and battles free radical damage with antioxidants. It figts bacteria on the scalp, thanks to it’s antiviral properties and may help to even combat hair loss and prevent premature greying. It also assists in supporting a healthy immune system.
This helps your body reach its quota, giving it the tools it needs to run at and look it’s best. High in vitamins and minerals, superfood improve all processes in the body. A rainbow of phytonutrients means a rich supply of antiioxidants – one of your best anti-aging weapons. Once again supports a healthy immune system, containing 50 organic superfoods ranging from Kale and Wheat Grass to Beetroot, Berries and even 10 medicinal mushrooms.
With Beauty Greens you won’t ever have to question if there is a lack of anything in your system or not.
You can miz this in with your morning porridge, smoothies, yogurt, smoothie bowls and even have it just as it is mixed with a bit of milk or water.
We all want it, we all envy babes who have it and we are all wondering how they do it. We here to tell you it is not as hard as you think it is and that you too can glow from within without having to put on about 4l of face & body oil.
We here this ALL.THE.TIME and it is probably one of those things we all know we should be doing but don’t always stick to 2l a day. This makes a huge difference. Drinking 2l of water today won’t have you glowing tomorrow BUT drinking AT LEAST 1l a day (try for more though) will certainly have you glowing in a few weeks time.
Water isn’t the only glow from within magic potion and I want to rather swift focus onto green juice and how amazing green juice is for your skin. This is tried and tested and know from personal experience that green juice is absolutely amazing for clearing up the skin and having it glow from within.
I had a green juice daily for a month & the difference I saw in my skin after just 7 days of doing this was incredible. While green juice doesn’t only just do wonders for the skin, it really does do so much for your overall health and wellness too.
– It keeps your hair looking healthy too
– It has you feeling more energised during the day
– It boosts your immune system
– And it assists in weightloss
I think the magic is in the word GREEN. And incorporating a lot of green veggies into your daily meals and beverages does make the world of a difference.
Winter is the time of year where we find we are not as social, but it is the time of year where you enjoy taking time out for rest and pampering. South Africa is home to some amazing restaurants, spas, and retailers that will cater to your every need, while Croatian luxury-crafted Nikel Cosmetics is a skincare option that promises to make sure your skin looks its best
Shopping and window-shopping is a great way to stay indoors and chase away the cold. When it comes to simple elegance and high-quality design and fabrics, Country Road will exceed your expectations. Originating from Australia, Country Road has become the must-have store to get all your fashion needs met. This high-end women’s fashion store is located throughout South Africa and within many Woolworth’s stores. Volpes is another fan-favorite of ours, specifically, their white Egyptian cotton linen, scatter cushions and linen mists, our personal favorite is the baby chamomile linen spray, and luckily for us there’s a store really close to where we live.
Enjoying an entertaining night at the movies is another enjoyable way to spend a winter’s night. Nu Metro premium offers 4D movie experiences that will awaken all your senses with scents, seat movement, sprays, wind, smoke and lighting effects. Nu Metro premium offers these 4D experiences across South Africa and is fun for the whole family. We watched our first 4D movie a few years back and it’s a completely different experience. It’s truly incredible. Ster-Kinekor has something similar called a D-Box which is just as spectacular.
The art of good food
The cold months evoke memories of comfort food oozing with flavour and richness. What better place to eat than at an authentic Italian restaurant that epitomises delicious meals steeped in tradition and recipes from their Italian roots? The Mastrantonio Group has restaurants in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban and has been sharing the art of good eating since 1996 and is also a favorite place for Brlečić to visit when in South Africa. Banish the winter blues with their homemade gnocchi smothered in three-cheese sauce or slow-cooked saltimbocca.
The Marabi Club in Maboneng, offers some really fresh, acidic options and Punchinello’s opposite Monte Casino offers a great pea, butternet and sarmesan risotto.
Heart-warming wines can make this even more indulgent, why not pair your meal with a wine produced right here in South Africa. No need to go all the way to Italy when South Africa now produces wines using traditional Italian grape varietals like Sangiovese that works well with tomato-based pasta dishes.
A day at the spa
The sheer indulgence of a day at the spa will allow you to mentally unwind, while a range of treatments will revitalise your body from top to toe. An absolute must for me is a delicious, hot-stone massage or a warm paraffin-dip pedicure.
When visiting Cape Town founder of Nikel Cosmetics Mirjana Brlečić loves to enjoy a Kalahari signature spa treatment at the Cape Grace situated at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. “My favourite treatment is the Body Cocoon as it boosts circulation and energises the body using only natural ingredients based on plant oils, red sand, and mineral salts.” The treatment involves a detoxifying scrub and finished off with an antioxidant treatment and then cocooned in layers of warm blankets.
“Winter is harsh on the skin, so keeping moisturised is essential to prevent it from being dry and flaky,” says Mirjana Brlečić. Having a full body wrap will help give your skin a moisture boost and a beautiful all-over glow.
Next, on your spa-day to-do list is a soothing and moisturising facial to make sure your skin looks its best. “I have a facial at least once a month, so my skin is looked after and pampered and can benefit from the natural plant oils in the Nikel skincare range,” says Brlečić. Introducing the Evening Primrose oil into your daily skincare regime is the perfect way to prevent the dryness and flakiness synonymous with winter in many parts of our country. This luxurious oil concentrate also contains sweet orange and jojoba oil giving it a beautiful scent while restoring moisture in the deepest layers of the skin.
Just like Mirjana, I too have a facial once a month, the last facial I went for was a Dermalogica facial and I really enjoyed it. Skincare is a really personal thing and you need to find what works for you, at a price point that you can afford and are comfortable paying. Remember, what works for your friends’ skin, may not work for you. Diet, hormones, and stress can also wreak havoc on your skin. While I haven’t tried Nikel skincare yet and cannot personally endorse the brand, I’ve only heard good things about them and as a commitment to always offer you, my readers’ different beauty offerings and brands I am happy to give you insights into the brands ingredients without having tested it yet.
What are your winter pampering tips?
We’re all well aware of the fact that exercising is beneficial for our bodies and minds, but a good workout often wreaks havoc on our skin and hair.
From dry, brittle hair to breakouts brought on by residual sweat, there’s no doubt that going to the gym can bring with it an onslaught of beauty woes… but there are products to help combat these. We’ve rounded up 8 of the most underrated beauty products that we believe are essential for your gym bag… don’t leave home without them!
Huxley Deep Cleansing Foam
First thing’s first: there’s no more important post-workout task than washing your face. A thorough cleanse not only removes all traces of sweat, makeup, and other debris, but it’ll also prevent congestion caused by blocked pores. We’re huge fans of Huxley Deep Cleansing Foam, which is a gentle, foaming cleanser that doesn’t strip your skin. It contains nourishing Vitamin E, Tangerine extract (to exfoliate and smooth your skin’s texture), and Blue Lotus extract to help relieve redness – along with a slew of other great ingredients.
Foreo LUNA Mini (R2500)
This award-winning cleansing device is both compact and waterproof, making it the perfect fit for your gym bag. It’ll help ensure that your skin is properly cleansed and exfoliated, without causing any irritation. If you’re prone to post-workout breakouts, you need one of these in your kit!
Thoclor Labs GF2 Skin Rejuvenation (R799,25)
Refresh and rebalance your skin with 8 – 10 pumps of this incredible facial mist on freshly cleansed skin. This genius product offers a multitude of benefits for your skin, from calming and soothing sensitive, inflamed skin to reducing the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles. It’s also ideal for use on post-laser or post-peel skin, and we love that it’s vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and locally made!
PCA Skin Dual Action Redness Relief (R2330)
This restorative moisturiser contains Niacinimide, which helps to relieve redness and inflammation. It also helps to improve an impaired barrier function, and is suitable for sensitive and rosacea-prone skins.
Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush-On Sunscreen SPF30 (R880)
After you’ve cleansed and moisturised your skin, this compact loose mineral foundation and brush is a must for when you have to head straight to the office or drinks after hitting the gym. It not only hides blemishes and other imperfections, but also mattifies your skin and offers broad-spectrum sunscreen. It comes in four shades (fair, medium, tan, and dark) and is suitable for all skin types.
Biosilk Organic Coconut Oil 3-in-1 Shampoo, Conditioner & Body Wash (R269)
Save time – and space in your gym bag – with this sweet-smelling 3-in-1 shampoo, conditioner, and body wash that’s designed to cleanse and moisturise both your skin and hair. So handy, right? It contains nourishing coconut oil and silk to not only add moisture, but to remove impurities at the same time, and is gentle enough for daily use.
Tangleteezer Rose Gold Compact Styler (R295)
Sure, it may be tempting to leave your wet (or sweaty) hair tied back with an elastic band, but wet hair is more prone to breakage – that’s why it’s vital to (gently!) untie your ponytail and comb through your locks using a Tangleteezer before going about the rest of your day. This nifty, rose gold Tangleteezer has us swooning!
Original Invisibobble (R80 for a pack of 3)
While we’re on the topic of hair breakage, it may be worth switching from traditional elastic hair ties (known for their damaging effects on your hair) to their gentler, traceless counterparts. The original Invisibobble boasts a spiral design to prevent telltale bumps and dents in your hair, and they also reduce breakage on both wet and dry hair.
Is there anything we’ve left off this list? We’d love to hear all about your recommendations and gym bag essentials – leave us a comment below!