The Body Stress Release Academy

Becoming a Body Stress Release practitioner is a life-changing experience and offers a fulfilling, highly rewarding and satisfying career that enhances the wellbeing of others.

Courses are run at the European branch of the Body Stress Release Academy in the beautiful Norfolk Broads, England and at the original Body Stress Release Academy in Rondevlei on the famous Garden Route of South Africa.

Course overview

This is a full-time residential course. The curriculum covers anatomy, principles and philosophy of Body Stress Release, the Body Stress Release technique (theory and practical), communication, client management and the Body Stress Release Constitution. Class sizes are limited, as a great deal of one-to-one teaching is provided. Students are expected to work together outside of the classroom to revise the theory and practise the technique learnt each day.

In England, the course runs from November to March, with a two or three week break over the Christmas and New Year period. Class hours are 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday for a total of 16 weeks (with one half day per week) and includes a two-week apprenticeship.

In South Africa, the course runs from the beginning of May to the end of September each year, with a 10-day break in June. Class hours are 9am to 1pm on three days, and 9am to 3pm on two days. The course lasts a total of 21 weeks including a three-week apprenticeship which takes place in the final month.

Course overview


On passing examinations in anatomy, principles, technique theory, technique practical and client management, followed by successful completion of the apprenticeship programme, students are awarded a Body Stress Release Academy Practitioner Certificate. Body Stress Release is a proprietary technique and is only taught by the Body Stress Release Academy. It is not accredited by any state or other academic authority.

Body Stress Release Academy Europe

The first training course at the Body Stress Release Academy Europe was held in 2014 at a beautiful venue just outside of Dorchester in Dorset. The Academy has now relocated to a new venue for the 2022/2023 course in the beautiful Norfolk Broads.

The course is residential offering fully furnished accommodation in a tranquil setting in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, located 20 minutes from the historic city of Norwich. At weekends there is also time for leisure activities. There are wonderful woodlands and waterways to discover as well as charming villages, an opportunity to enjoy quiet cycle ways and paths, miles of peaceful country lanes and wonderful coastal walks along Norfolk’s beaches.

The Academy faculty are five highly experienced European Body Stress Release practitioners from both the United Kingdom and The Netherlands, who all continue to run their own busy practices. They are Tracy Highton, Chris Balaam, Erik Onderweegs, Kees Varkevisser and Björn van der Ree who all have undergone the Body Stress Release Teacher Training Program.

If you are interested in finding out more about how to train to become a Body Stress Release practitioner, with a mission to help change lives, please email:

European Academy:

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SA Academy

Body Stress Release Academy South Africa

The Body Stress Release Academy is located at Rondevlei, a small village near the scenic lakes on the Garden Route in the Western Cape. Rondevlei is 6km from a major highway, the N2. The largest towns nearby are Knysna and George. George Airport is a 35-minute drive from the Academy.

Leisure activities in the area include hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, birdwatching and water sports on the sea, lakes and lagoons. Reasonably priced accommodation is available in local holiday cottages and guest suites at Rondevlei, Wilderness and Sedgefield.

The Academy faculty are four highly experienced Body Stress Release practitioners who have also undergone the Body Stress Release Teacher Training Program and are also running their own busy practices. They are, Boetie Toerien, Sandy Damant, Jeanette Gibbs and Mary Parker.

If you wish to enquire about training in South Africa please email: