Zero Balancing (ZB) developed by Dr. Fritz Smith is a hands-on bodywork system designed to align your physical body with your energy body. Essentially, these two bodies work in concert with one another and with the external world, yet function independently of each other. The structural body is what you can see and touch -- bone, soft tissue and all the body organs. The energy body is the seen and unseen movement, including muscular movements, movement of tissue fluids, cellular and molecular vibrations, movement within the body fields and movement of the life force itself.
Your energy body directly affects, and in large part is responsible for, your mood, emotions and vitality. Changes in body energy and its fields usually precede illness and have a causal relation to disease. It can be useful to think of the structural body as the sail of a boat and the energy body as the wind. At some point the wind meets the sail. When structure and energy are not integrated, you're like a sailor floundering at sea, not "tacked into the winds of life." Life is less satisfying and you're more susceptible to all manner of emotional distress and disease.
Zero Balancing process generally takes between 30 and 40 minutes and is performed with you fully clothed lying on your back. Zero Balancing focuses on your whole person, even when addressing specific needs. Using touch, the ZB practitioner evaluates your energy fields and energy flow and balances the structures as needed. He or she may focus on body, mind, spirit or all three, depending on where the fields are disturbed or the energy is blocked.
Throughout the Zero Balancing session, attention is given to the skeleton in particular because it contains the deepest and strongest currents. Everything in a ZB session is designed to promote maximum relaxation and a sense of well-being. The process is "distinguished by a form of touch known as interface. Gentle and noninvasive, it's pleasant for both the ZB practitioner to give and the client to receive. Some people describe experiencing "expanded awareness," others "tension melting away, and still others say it's like "feeling balanced to zero".
Dr. Fritz Smith received his Doctorate of Osteopathy in 1955 and his Doctor of Medicine in 1961. During the '60s and '70s he went in pursuit of a deeper understanding of illness and health, becoming a student of Rolfing, yoga, meditation and Eastern philosophies. Dr. Smith became a licensed acupuncturist in 1972 and later studied with J.R.Worsley of the Chinese College of Acupuncture in England, earning both bachelor's and master's degrees in acupuncture. It was during this time that he also experienced intense personal revelations under the teaching of Swami Muktananda. These latter two experiences became the catalysts for his ultimate creation in 1975 of Zero Balancing.
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