Zero Balancing (ZB) is a gentle form of hands-on body therapy.
It can be defined as the art and skill of balancing body energy and body structure through touch.
If you, (or your pets or animals), want general stress relief or relaxation, rather than treating a specific injury, then a zero balancing session may be the best choice. It is great for soothing the emotions, clearing non-verbal emotional/stress patterns from the body, and seems to be just the trick for horses with jammed fetlocks…
Benefits of Zero Balancing:
- improved ability to cope with stress
- pain relief
- support for coaching or counselling work
- feel more centered, calm and grounded
A new breed of body-mind therapy
An intentional union of energy and structure, Zero Balancing (ZB) is a hands-on modality that blends Eastern and Western healing philosophies to help clients find balance on all levels. The creator is Fritz Smith, M.D., who found a way to blend what he had learnt as both an osteopath (structure) and an acupunturist (energy).
Most modalities tend to be hands on/structural or purely energetic, using hands either off the body or very passive and soft on it. In Zero Balancing there is a characteristic fullness and clarity in the touch, and the depth to which the pressure points or stretches are held is usually reported as just the right balance of nurture and challenge.
Says Tim Newman, an acupuncturist and Zero Balancer from Cornwall, England, “In Zero Balancing we engage both aspects (energy and structure) simultaneously and deliberately, and work with the overall relationship … rather than with specific pathology. This can appear vague in theory and amazingly precise in practice because it truly makes no division between body/mind/spirit and engages the receiver in the undivided experience”
“The working focus in Zero Balancing is the interface between the structure of the bone, joints and soft tissues and the energy flowing through our skeletal system”, writes Paul Cohen, a New Zealand-based Zero Balancer and acupuncturist. “It uses specific finger pressure and held stretches, called fulcrums, that provide a point of stillness (a stationary point) around which energy and structure can reorganize.” The ensuing result, he says, is the release of held tension and pain and the healthy discovery of a new level of integration.
What is a session like?
As ZB is capable of addressing the entire system, including emotional patterns, it is useful to spend a few minutes finding out what you want out of the session. Most of the session is received with you lying on your back, while the practitioner engages your system in a number of the “fulcrums”, mentioned above, in the form of pressure points on your back and ribs, or stretches thru your hips, feet and neck. The sessions tend to be deeply relaxing, and most clients report feeling very clear, centered and grounded. They also also often report insights about whatever the session intention was for them, both during and in the following days.
Zero Balancing is best experienced rather than described, so come and receive a session!