What is Zero Balancing?

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What is Zero Balancing?

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by David Lauterstein The common ground between modern bodywork and energy work is perhaps the most fertile within the entire mind/ body realm. Virtually all studies of trauma indicate that healing involves more than the physical “fixing”. Equally it requires the resolution of attendant emotional, mental or spiritual dis-ease. However, the common ground between structural and energetic approaches to healing is notoriously difficult to map. Physical medicine for the most part has nothing to say regarding the flow of energy. Frustratingly, energy work, on the other hand, all too often relies on unproven belief systems rather than tangible physical evidence. One may sympathize with that closet mystic and genius, Ida Rolf, who, when asked why she worked with the connective tissue, fascia, answered in exasperation, “Because that’s what I can get my hands on!” And so the great question in holistic bodywork is – how can a therapist get his/her hands on both a person’s energy and on the physica

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Zero balancing is a health treatment strategy that is considered to be part of the category of treatments known as bodywork. Essentially, zero balancing incorporates the use of therapeutic touch and several other disciplines to restore an alignment between the flow of energy throughout the body. Dr. Fritz Smith first developed the concept of zero balancing in 1973. Drawing on his background as a practitioner in the fields of osteopathy and acupuncture, Smith developed a treatment series that combined Western understandings about the function of the human anatomy with the Eastern concepts about the flow of energy through medians around the body. By combining elements of these and other treatment types such as Rolfing, zero balancing could be employed to address both physical and emotional issues. Key to the basic administration of zero balancing is locating blockages in the body’s flow of energy. From this perspective, the process is not unlike the practice of identifying medians in acu

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by David Lauterstein Zero Balancing is a fascinating advanced bodywork which specializes in the balancing of both the human energy field and its anatomical structure. The common ground between modern bodywork and energy work is perhaps the most fertile within the entire mind-body realm. Virtually all studies of trauma indicate that healing involves more than the physical “fixing”. Equally it requires the resolution of attendant emotional, mental or spiritual dis-ease. However, the common ground between structural and energetic approaches to healing is notoriously difficult to map. Physical medicine for the most part has nothing to say regarding the flow of energy. Frustratingly, energy work, on the other hand, all too often relies on unproven belief systems rather than tangible physical evidence. One may sympathize with that closet-mystic and genius, Ida Rolf, who, when asked why she worked with the connective tissue, fascia, answered in exasperation, “Because that’s what I can get my

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Zero Balancing is a hands-on body/mind system designed to enhance health by balancing body energy with body structure.

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