What is Zero Balancing®?
Balancing Structure and Energy
Zero Balancing is a holistic bodywork therapy, rooted in both leading-edge Western medicine and an Eastern understanding of energy and healing. With this awareness of both structure and energy, ZB treatments focus on releasing restriction and improving energy flow within the bones, joints and skeletal system, soft tissues and energy fields of the body.
During a ZB treatment, practitioners follow a simple protocol to evaluate physical qualities and energy flows throughout the skeletal system and body, focusing on areas where imbalance more commonly occurs: rib cage, spine, sacrum, pelvic girdle, hips, feet, shoulder girdle, neck, head, arms and wrists. Practitioners may also evaluate the subtle energy fields of the body, looking for unresolved patterns of physical, mental and emotional stress/trauma.
Using a combination of skilled touch, finger pressure and gentle traction, practitioners release restriction, tension and blockages wherever they are found. Following a protocol that lasts about 45 minutes, ZB treatments ground us deeply within ourselves and leave us with a wonderful sense of inner harmony and organization.
How can Zero Balancing® help you?
Where energy flows freely, disease cannot manifest ~ Eastern proverb
- Relaxation, balance and alignment throughout the body
- Relief of physical restriction, aches and pain
- Increased energy levels
- Supporting our body’s innate ability to heal itself
- Lasting relief from emotional distress
- Freedom from limiting mental and emotional patterns
- Support for inner work, counseling and recovery
- Greater clarity of self, purpose and direction
Zero Balancing can help bring relaxation, balance and alignment throughout the body, relieve body aches and pain, release restrictions in movement, improve posture, increase energy levels and support our body’s innate ability to heal itself. Zero Balancing can also help provide lasting relief from emotional distress, freedom from limiting mental and emotional patterns, support inner work and recovery, and encourage greater clarity of self, purpose and direction.
Because ZB supports our wellbeing on such a deep level, we are also being supported in our life-long process of self-discovery; ZB helps guide our awareness into what lies below our habitual patterns of thinking and perceiving, into who and what we are at the core of our being. Returning again and again to our innate wholeness, we are gently encouraged to release what holds us back from living the most relaxed, natural and satisfying life possible. In this regard, ZB treatments can also be a valuable asset to those participating in their own inner work, recovery, counseling or therapy process.
“Our body is the template of who we are. It holds our hopes and potentials, our fears and limitations, in both our inner and outer worlds. As we alter the template the person is given a fresh opportunity for change, growth, and inner peace. ”
~ Dr. Fritz Smith, Founder of Zero Balancing
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Another hallmark of ZB is it’s use of interface touch, which means that the energetic boundaries between practitioner and client are always clear. With clear boundaries, we are able to experience what truly safe, healing touch feels like. In turn, we respond to interface touch with deep relaxation, trust, and the felt-sense that we are free to let go and be fully ourselves.
Also, interface touch means that we aren’t trying to force change to happen, but providing opportunities for the bodymind to reorganize itself in whatever way it feels it is most needed. By honoring the bodymind’s innate intelligence and wisdom, space is held for the healing process to unfold in the most natural way. These qualities are especially significant and beneficial for anyone healing from trauma, abuse and/or loss. In our modern world, the healing potential of interface touch cannot be overstated.
During the treatment
Sessions begin with time for questions, sharing, and getting clear about what the focus (or frame, as we like to call it) of our work will be. While ZB sessions can address any physical, mental or emotional concerns, they are also non-diagnostic. In ZB sessions, we aren’t trying to diagnose issues or work with a ‘fix it’ mentality, but rather listen deeply to the bodymind and release restrictions where we find them.
ZB sessions are received fully-clothed on the treatment table, and follow a full-body protocol that lasts about 45 minutes. Sessions finish with time for sharing and feedback.
After the treatment
Zero Balancing treatments take 24-48 hours to fully integrate, and during this time we recommend drinking plenty of water and taking it a little easier than usual. The bodymind is in a more sensitive and vulnerable place, so making sure to get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous activity (as much as is possible) is important to receive the full benefit of the treatment and prevent injury.
2-4 weeks between ZB treatments is usually recommended, though more frequent treatments are possible depending on the circumstances and individual needs. Each treatment ‘re-educates’ the bodymind to function more optimally, and a steady rhythm of treatments can be valuable asset for creating lasting and positive change. At least 3 treatments are generally recommended before evaluating the benefits of this work.
Zero Balancing works in conjunction with medical therapy and is not a substitute for it.