Posted by: BSR for Renewed Life | March 25, 2013

Practical Uses of Crystals and Gems

Much time, effort and energy is spent on planning, whether it be a vacation, new project, friends or socialising simply over a weekend.                                                                                               

How much time is being dedicated to the nurturing of self?

Come spend an evening with Vivienne from STONES FOR AFRICA and learn about crystals and gems. 

And NO they are not just pretty, sparkly little stones!

Click here for your invitation.  You are so welcome!

Crystals Invite 8Apr

Posted by: BSR for Renewed Life | February 21, 2013

Carbs, curves & everything in between

Carbs, Curves & Everything in between

OPEN Your invitation to an evening workshop that will change your body issues for

GOOD NEWS!  We were over subscribed for Monday 11th March 2013 so we decided to repeat the workshop on Monday 18th March 2013.  Same time, same place.  Do not miss this opportunity.  Lisa really de-bunks the issues we have with our bodies.

Come have a fun evening with your friends while facing your body demons.

Posted by: BSR for Renewed Life | January 6, 2013

Are Your Beams Holding You Up?

What is stress as experienced by you and me and how do we manage it?

Stress is a sensation/ s that we become aware of in our physical and emotional beings that is a result of unresolved incidents in our lives. Let’s look at a technical example.  You build two columns and place a beam across the top connecting the two pillars. The beam has certain dimensions which makes it capable of handling a specific weight load. If weight is placed on top of the beam within the specifications of the weight it can bear – no problem the whole will hold and be stable.

Should the weight load be exceeded then there is a future problem starting to develop. Stress will start to build up in the beam.  Should the builder then prop up the beam to stop it from sagging,  the structure will look OK,  but the initial stress load will not go away.

This is what happens in our bodies – physical and emotional – when there has been an incident that has overloaded our coping mechanisms. The important thing to note is that there was an event that caused overload and that is what created a reaction in us which manifests as stress. There is no bogey man out there with the name Stress. We re-acted in a non-coping way to an incident / event and that re-action is what caused a stress sensation within us.

This puts a different slant on the phrase ‘Coping with stress’ . Now we look at what triggers the stress re-action and because it is a very actual situation it is more identifiable and manageable. If you say ‘manage your stress’ it is like putting a support in for the beam as referred to above.  The stress never goes away in the beam it is just glossed over with a support. This is like thinking that if you increase your vitamin supplements you will cope better with your stress.  Yes, you most probably will feel better and seem to cope,  but the cause of the stress re-action is not being addressed and it is a melt-down waiting to happen.

I have placed a test developed in America that quantifies the probable stress re-actions of life incidents on my blog. Please follow this link .  The test has been adjusted slightly as there were a number of points tested that were very American.  I have made it slightly more generic.  It is a reasonable indicator of what, on a mostly psychological level, could have caused stress re-actions for you.

Something to remember – our bodies are self-healing and strive to always bring us back to a state of functional health within our daily lives. It is up to us to actively spend time and energy addressing those things which cause us to re-act in a way which is not up building to ourselves. So if commuting to work is an unpleasant experience – what can you do about it? What are your options? Leave earlier to avoid some of the traffic congestion; take a taxi; take a bus; take turns to car pool; change the type of radio station/music you listen to; maybe change your car from a manual gear shift to an automatic and even think of moving home, job or transferring to another branch of your employer? If none of these are feasible then changing your attitude to the commute and on the road might bring some relief. The moment you look at a situation from a different angle,  you feel more in charge of your life and the situation,  and that in itself already helps with your re-actions to the situation and stress induced by it.

Taking action to live more positively should also include having regular Body Stress Release. When there has been an overload of stress re-actions the communication in your body along the spinal cord has become impaired. BSR assists with releasing the tension – manifested as excessive muscle contraction – so that the communication between body and brain is restored and therefore self-healing becomes optimal again.

I trust this has helped you form a positive picture of how you are going to live in 2013. I wish all a joy filled life, free from the pain that prevents you from being the ultimate and unique creature you are.

Beams Newsletter Jan2013

Posted by: BSR for Renewed Life | January 6, 2013

Stress Test

Please read this test in conjunction with my newsletter ‘Are Your Beams Holding Up?’.  Thank you.

I have taken the liberty to make the test more generic as the original is more applicable to American citizens. Holmes and Rahe for blog

DISCLAIMER : This is just a tool for you to use so that you may start taking action to improve the quality of your life. The test and indicators used do not indicate a diagnosis of any nature what-so-ever.  If you believe the results highlight a problem in your life / lifestyle then please see a professional for help as soon as possible.

Posted by: BSR for Renewed Life | November 18, 2012

2012 Year End Newsletter

I wish all my clients and contacts a very healthy,  happy and stress free end of 2012 festive season. Have fun, enjoy and have a good rest.

Thank you for your support during 2012. May the spirit of Allowingness guide you in all you do and encounter,  Lourentia

Please follow the link below to read my newsletter.

My Occasional BSR Newsletter

Allowingness = tolerance with love – also for yourself

Posted by: BSR for Renewed Life | October 10, 2012

October – Breast Health Awareness Month

Breasts are such an integral part of most women’s self-image.  Just as you care for your hair,  your skin and your nails,  so you need to spend time caring for your breasts. Doing breast self examinations regularly is what it is all about.

There is no real “this spot should feel like xyz” because everybody’s breasts differ slightly.  What you need to do is get to know what your breasts feel like at a certain time within your monthly cycle. And then – from knowing how your breasts usually feel you can pick up any changes.

I have found the following information from various sources on the internet.  You can also go to  to see a guide on breast self examination – often referred to as BSE.

When you start doing BSE you will find that you feel many lumpy areas in your breasts. The tissue that makes up your breasts does feel lumpy. When you first start with BSE any lump that is sensitive to the touch could be an indicator for further action. It is only as you get to know the feel of your breasts that you will be able to detect changes in any area.

These are general guidelines of what the various areas of the breast feel like. Remember that you are unique and that if you think your breasts feel different do not panic and do not procrastinate  – get a medical opinion.  Once you have had the all clear from your medical practitioner, then do a BSE again so that you can confirm for yourself what your breasts feel like. Now you have a basis from which to compare each month.

Breasts tend to have differently textured areas.  The upper, outer area — near your armpit — tends to have the most prominent lumps and bumps. The lower half of your breast can feel like a sandy or pebbly beach. The area under the nipple can feel like a collection of large grains (this area reminds me of those bags filled with grain that you warm in the microwave). Another part might feel like a lumpy bowl of oatmeal.

Does something stand out as different from the rest (like a rock on a sandy beach)? Has anything changed? Bring to the attention of your doctor any changes in your breasts that last more than a full month’s cycle OR seem to get worse or more obvious over time. It is not unusual for lumps to appear at certain times of the month, but then disappear, as your body changes with the menstrual cycle.

Love yourself – love your body. Many diseases have their origin in unmanaged stress that we allow to take away the joy in our lives. For information on how to manage stress in your life go to

Also see for more information about breast care.

Although rare, men can get breast cancer too. Early symptoms include a painless lump, skin ulceration,  nipple changes and/or discharge from a nipple.

Always get a second opinion!

Posted by: BSR for Renewed Life | May 10, 2012

Anger and Stress

Heart Fact #5 “The most dangerous heart killers are anger and stress” ( May 2012). These two issues have been on the forefront of my clients’ minds, my friends’ minds and my own lately.  Mostly because of the potential impact of e-toll on our lives. Stress vs. anger, which is the chicken and which is the egg?

Before I knew about Body Stress Release (for more on BSR – ) and had most of my stress released,  anger was the emotion that kept me going.  Do you know that some emotions are spontaneous awareness of a feeling and at other times an emotional reaction is a conscious decision you take? Anger most often is a decision you make in response to a situation.

Pre-BSR,  I would wake up in the mornings and my first awareness was body pain and discomfort. I recall wondering what it would feel like when I was in my 60s if I felt like a physical wreck in my 40s. My reaction was anger at life being unfair.  And then a determination to beat this discomfort and pain. “ I’ll show the world I cannot be floored!”  Never mind that the world did not have a clue about how my body felt. I was angry at life because I believed that I dared not show weakness and all that I was actually aware of was how much everything hurt!

I use to love a taxi ‘incident’ on the commute to work.  It gave me the perfect excuse to be morose, angry and snappy when I got to work. What a vicious cycle : stress -> pain -> anger ->stress -> pain -> anger.  Thanks to my friend Yvette who was able to look past the anger walls I tried to build around myself and suggested I try Body Stress Release.  BSR was what put an end to the cycle and helped me divert my attention and energy to getting better.

How close was I to a heart attack? I do not know,  but I know I was doing my best to put all the required factors in place. Where did this cycle start? It started with an injury to my body that I did not give sufficient time to heal and my body being forced to take protective action.  As my muscles contracted more and more to try and protect my body against further injury,  the more pain I experienced and the more I raged against my frail humanity.

Now aren’t you lucky?  Reading about this experience of mine and identifying with it – you now know the solution – Body Stress Release. You do not have to stay stuck in a red fog of pain.  You do not have to compromise your personal relationships.  You only need to make the time for BSR once a week.

As these things work, I received an e-mail this week about a woman’s experience of a heart attack.  It rang true for me because of what I had read in a TIME magazine about three years ago where the whole edition focused on women’s health including the different way women experience heart attacks. Also,  somebody close to me had a heart attack at a New Year’s Eve dinner party and his experience was not dramatic either. We thought ‘heart burn’ at first until he felt the clenching jaw,  then we realised ‘heart attack!’ .

I quote the content of the ‘Heart Attack’  e-mail as a separate blog entry.  Please click here

Posted by: BSR for Renewed Life | May 10, 2012

Women and Heart Attacks (MI)

I place this on my blog not knowing who the author is.  I thank the woman who wrote this sharing her experience and apologise for not being able to properly give credit where credit is due.

Women and heart attacks (Myocardial infarction). Did you know that women
rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have when experiencing
heart attack… you know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold
sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in the
movies. Here is the story of one woman’s experience with a heart attack.

‘I had a heart attack at about 10:30 PM with NO prior exertion; NO prior
emotional trauma that one would suspect might have brought it on. I was
sitting all snugly & warm on a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap,
reading an interesting story my friend had sent me, and actually thinking,
‘A-A-h, this is the life, all cosy and warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy with
my feet propped up.

A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, when
you’ve been in a hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it down
with a dash of water, and that hurried bite seems to feel like you’ve
swallowed a golf ball going down the oesophagus in slow motion and it is
most uncomfortable. You realize you shouldn’t have gulped it down so fast
and needed to chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water
to hasten its progress down to the stomach. This was my initial
sensation–the only trouble was that I hadn’t taken a bite of anything
since about 5:00p.m.

After it seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing
motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE (hind-sight, it was probably
my aorta spasms), gaining speed as they continued racing up and under my
sternum (breast bone, where one presses rhythmically when administering

This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out into
both jaws. ‘AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about what was happening — we all
have read and/or heard about pain in the jaws being one of the signals of
an MI happening, haven’t we? I said aloud to myself and the cat, Dear God,
I think I’m having a heart attack!

I lowered the foot rest dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a step
and fell on the floor instead. I thought to myself, If this is a heart
attack, I shouldn’t be walking into the next room where the phone is or
anywhere  else… but, on the other hand, if I don’t, nobody will know that
I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not be able to get up in a

I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the next
room and dialled the Paramedics… I told her I thought I was having a heart
attack due to the pressure building under the sternum and radiating into my
jaws. I didn’t feel hysterical or afraid, just stating the facts. She said
she was sending the Paramedics over immediately, asked if the front door
was near to me, and if so, to un-bolt the door and then lie down on the
floor where they could see me when they came in.

I unlocked the door and then laid down on the floor as instructed and lost
consciousness, as I don’t remember the medics coming in, their examination,
lifting me onto a gurney or getting me into their ambulance, or hearing the
call they made to St. Jude ER on the way, but I did briefly awaken when we
arrived and saw that the radiologist was already there in his surgical
blues and cap, helping the medics pull my stretcher out of the ambulance.
He was bending over me asking questions (probably something like ‘Have you
taken any medications?’) but I couldn’t make my mind interpret what he was
saying, or form an answer, and nodded off again, not waking up until the
Cardiologist and partner had already threaded the teeny angiogram balloon
up my femoral artery into the aorta and into my heart where they installed
2 side by side stints to hold open my right coronary artery.

I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have taken
at least 20-30 minutes before calling the paramedics, but actually it took
perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and both the fire station and St Jude
are only minutes away from my home, and my Cardiologist was already to go
to the OR in his scrubs and get going on restarting my heart (which had
stopped somewhere between my arrival and the procedure) and installing the
Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail? Because I want
all of you who are so important in my life to know what I learned firsthand.

*1 *. Be aware that something very different is happening in your body, not
the usual men’s symptoms but inexplicable things happening (until my
sternum and jaws got into the act). It is said that many more women than
men die of their first (and last) MI because they didn’t know they were
having one and commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox or
other anti-heartburn preparation and go to bed, hoping they’ll feel better
in the morning when they wake up… which doesn’t happen. My female
friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I advise you to
call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is unpleasantly happening that you’ve not
felt before. It is better to have a ‘false alarm’ visitation than to risk
your life guessing what it might be!

*2. *Note that I said *’Call the Paramedics*.’ And if you can take an
aspirin. Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!

Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER – you are a hazard to others on the

Do NOT have your panicked husband who will be speeding and looking
anxiously at what’s happening with you instead of the road.

Do NOT call your doctor — he doesn’t know where you live and if it’s at
night you won’t reach him anyway, and if it’s daytime, his assistants (or
answering service) will tell you to call the Paramedics. He doesn’t carry
the equipment in his car that you need to be saved! The Paramedics do,
principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your Dr. will be notified later.

*3. *Don’t assume it couldn’t be a heart attack because you have a normal
cholesterol count. Research has discovered that a cholesterol elevated
reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it’s unbelievably high and/or
accompanied by high blood pressure). MIs are usually caused by long-term
stress and inflammation in the body, which dumps all sorts of deadly
hormones into your system to sludge things up in there. Pain in the jaw can
wake you from a sound sleep. Let’s be careful and be aware. The more we
know the better chance we could survive.

Posted by: BSR for Renewed Life | April 19, 2012

A New Life Story

Do you have a new life story?  Body Stress Release is about releasing stored stress in your body so that communication between your brain and body can be restored.  This is what allows the body to start its self-healing journey and write its new life story.

While BSR is assisting your body to re-write (self-heal) its history of injury and stored stress – what are you doing with your life story in your head?

Are you willing to support your body in its journey to self-healing by willingly letting go of past issues and hurts?  The change can be as simple as waking in the morning and thinking “ I am delighted that my body has sorted out an ache while I was sleeping.” Versus “ I wonder which new ache will rear its head today?”

Your body is the most magnificent vehicle you could ever imagine to have to transport you through this life.  Your body endeavours to protect you, but at the same time be of service to you. Your body will honour your wishes as best as it is able to. Do you return that courtesy by spending quiet quality time with your body?  Like most skills it takes practice to tune out from the busy-ness of your life and communicate with yourself. Going for a brisk walk may help.

Now start supporting your body’s self-healing journey with positive thoughts about what is happening to you and before long you will no longer be the victim of stress,  but the pro-active, victorious person letting go of stress.

You will have embarked on a new life story!

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