Zero balancing is a type of bodywork that originated in the 1970s by an osteopath, medical doctor, and acupuncturist named Frederick Fritz Smith. Zero balancing is different from other types of bodywork because it focuses on both body structure and energy flow at the same time.
Zero balancing incorporates both Eastern and Western approaches to integrate and balance "body energy" (also called life force) with the body's physical structure. A type of gentle touch is used during therapy. The practitioner holds the patient in certain positions to release energy currents and improve energy flow. There is a great deal of focus on the skeleton, which zero balancers believe contains the most energy.
It has been theorized that a balance of structure and energy may help create and maintain health and wellness.
Dr. Smith was also educated in Rolfing®, yoga, meditation, and other Eastern practices. He has been practicing and teaching zero balancing since the mid-1970s and is the author of Inner Bridges: A Guide to Energy Movement and Body Structure (Humanics Ltd Partners, 1986).
Zero balancing is intended to work in conjunction with primary healthcare performed by a wide range of practitioners, such as medical doctors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, massage therapists, and acupuncturists.
Zero balancing is primarily focused on wellness, not healing. In fact, practitioners believe this type of body work may help prevent illnesses by eliminating stress before it translates into physical problems. The goal of this practice is to relieve physical discomfort and mental stress and to promote a sense of well-being and integration. Candidates include those under stress, as well as those looking to boost their sense of wellness.
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