At the age of 36, I all of a sudden found myself in complete body chaos: I sat in a sauna and moved down to a lower bench when out of nowhere my lower back locked up and I felt unbearable nerve pain down my left leg. It did not ease over the next days and my situation became worse and worse. I could not sit, walk, sleep, use the bathroom, put on my own trousers. I found myself exhausted. On top of it all I was 9 weeks pregnant. There was nothing else to do then to go to the hospital where a severe L5-S1 hernia was diagnosed. The time at the hospital, because of my pregnancy, was a hell. Orthopedists were arguing with gynecologists about what could and could not be done for me. They agreed on epidural and “soft” pain killers, not causing damage to the fetus. After 2 weeks on these, gynecologists and pain experts, came in and told they could not guarantee the baby would be ok. They thought I should consider abortion.  I thought I was dying! First they told medication was ok for the fetus, 2 weeks later after given me all of this, they come in and tell I should consider abortion. My physical state had NOT improved, my heart BROKE, my soul turned INSIDE OUT; UPSIDE DOWN. But we took the decision to have this baby taken away from us. My body was broken, the baby was maybe not going to be ok, and I was still breastfeeding my 1,5 year old. It all was too overwhelming. Emotional and physically empty, full of sorrow, guilt and so much tears, we went home the day after the abortion. My hands full of heavy medication that could start help me get better physically.  I took the medication 2 days and decided I’d rather feel the pain over the strange side effects of those chemicals. Yes, the pain was gone from the moment I took them, but I had to face dizziness, stomach sickness. I got very angry and went to see BSR practitioners from the moment I could sit more than 2 hours in a row. I live in Sweden, and I went to Holland. The BSR treatments were eye opening. Just so unbelievable helpful. First of all, I was given a good explanation on how the body builds in tension which can lead to herniated discs. And the treatment itself felt like exactly the thing my back needed and wanted. I received several releases, which was a roller-coaster of both things improving and sometimes getting worse. But I felt things happening in my body as never before, and I felt improvement. After 5 months I was fully healed. Not only the hernia had healed, I found myself with freed from headaches, sleeping arms in the nights, lockups in my Lower back. I did not feel menstruation pain, or abdominal cramping. It was and still is just too good to be true. But very true! I am now a BSR practitioner myself, and see great results with my own clients, coming to me with similar and other kinds of problems. The only thing that remains tough, is the loss of my baby… What if I had had access to BSR… I would be having the most wonderful child in my arms, instead of a traumatic scar in my soul. My recommendation is to get yourself, family, friends AND children/teenagers to have BSR! It is truly only enormously beneficial in many ways.

~ Submitted by Sophie Stamper