My Story: Migraine headaches and my road to recovery
SARAH DAVIES: BSR PRACTITIONER M.B.R.S.A. (SA) : Graduated 2010
I spent most of my adult life as a corporate high flyer in the media (magazine) and exhibition industry and later became the Brand Manager in a large publishing house. For many years I thrived on the busy pace my career demanded, often burning the candle at both ends and juggling late hours and a social life. In my 20’s I thrived, working late, traveling, and fitting friends and family in the available gaps.
By my 30’s I’d become an expert juggler, but my body started to show signs of strain. I found I needed more sleep, I was less resilient to infection and I had mild aches and pains that I put down to aging. I’d been plagued with hormonal imbalances from my mid-20’s which wreaked havoc in my system and soon started suffering from frequent and severe headaches, with debilitating migraines at times.
The pressure at work was unrelenting so I found myself in a mad cycle of trying to find quick-fix solutions, medicating symptoms where I could, and endlessly trying to get to the bottom of these awful headache bouts.
There were days that I felt I couldn’t lift my head off the pillow. I remember one particular scuba-diving holiday where my tension headaches were so severe I missed out on some of the dives, and I found myself questioning how it could be that I was still so “tense” and “stressed out”, even on a long holiday? It just didn’t make sense!
I was fortunate to discover Body Stress Release through a recommendation from a friend. At that point, I’d been sent for MRI scans and I had tried every imaginable solution to get to the root cause of my pain. Doctors were at a loss. Simply put – I was desperate! With BSR I found a gentle technique that not only alleviated my headaches, it also assisted with my general health and vitality.
While most of the previous health care professionals I’d seen had focused only on my head and neck area, from manipulation to x-rays, massage, and migraine medications, with BSR I discovered that my neck was only part of the problem. My upper back stress was influenced by stress at the base of my spine. The lower back is a powerhouse of communication, and nerves exiting this area radiate down into our hips, knees feet, and even influence organs (affecting things like digestion and elimination). The muscular stress in my back, coupled with 2 whiplash injuries and my pressured lifestyle meant that my body was battling to adapt, it was simply attempting to make the best of a bad situation.
Body Stress Release didn’t focus on the symptoms, my practitioner simply nudged my body into restoring its natural innate communication, and by doing this so many other things fell into place. I went from being a sub-functioning headache-zombie to an energised positive person with a far better understanding of my body! By releasing body stress one automatically upgrades the body’s entire communication system – allowing it to focus on getting on with key activities rather than having to focus all its energy on “protective” (locked up) muscular action.
It was then that I realised that this technique was so logical and so far-reaching for healthcare that I wanted to be involved. I took a leap of faith and left the corporate world to study BSR.
I established my primary practice at the Milnerton Mediclinic in Cape Town in 2010 and I can honestly say I’m blessed to wake up every day with the enthusiasm to help others on their journey back to health. I work with babies, children, corporate high flyers, pensioners, and sometimes even their pets.
Optimal health is so much more than popping pills and quick fixes. So many people come to me in a frazzled, frenzied mess and it brings me huge joy to work with them and watch them evolve as they start their recovery.
The biggest privilege I have is in this line of work is to witness the transformation that takes place when clients start to take control of their own health and discover that the human body has a unique ability to regenerate and repair. I never tire of seeing someone’s joy when they suddenly realize their bodies are finally worth trusting with their health once again. That kind of feeling doesn’t have a price-tag, that’s a kind of a feeling you just feel lucky to witness and one you feel compelled to share with the world!