zero balancing

True health is more than the absence of symptoms; it must include the capacity for contentment in life as it unfolds
— Fritz Smith, M.D., Founder of Zero Balancing

Zero Balancing is an advanced, light-touch bodywork which guides you into a deeply relaxed state, as in meditation. While in this state, stressful thoughts diminish, the breath deepens, and your entire body softens. Zero Balancing uses gentle fulcrums (points of contact) to encourage movement in restricted joints as well as throughout the body. Zero Balancing is a supportive tool, whether you wish to relax from the stress of the day and enjoy deep sleep, refine a specific goal, and/or to move through life with greater ease. 

Zero Balancing uses the following fundamental osteopathic principles:

  • The body is a unity, a totality.

  • Structure and function go together.

  • Stresses and strains in one part of the body relate to problems in other parts of the body.

  • The body heals itself via self-regulatory mechanisms--homeostasis.

"The primary function of every structure in the body is motion, so we need to restore inherent mobility, restore the part of the body that isn't working well, and normalize physiological motion. A principle within Chinese medicine states: wherever energy is flowing freely and in balance, disease cannot manifest.

In Zero Balancing, we use touch to help the body heal itself. The body is the best pharmacy of all time. It makes medicines that are designed for it to be delivered at just the right time for the best benefit. When the body isn't able to heal itself, it is because the medicines can't move through the blood vessels, membranes, and other tissues owing to restrictions, tensions, and apprehensions within the body. Zero Balancing finds those places in the body and helps to rebalance them. By maintaining the body in good working order (just as we maintain our cars with regular oil changes), we can find imbalances and correct them before they can cause dis-ease (Beyond Zero Balancing, Judith Sullivan, BCTMB, CST-D)".

After a Zero Balancing session, clients report feelings of deep relaxation and inner calm, along with decreased body aches and muscle pain. Zero Balancing is well-suited to clients who want to feel deep results with a gentle touch.

During each session, clients are fully-clothed and comfortably lie face-up on a massage table.

When you sever past emotional and thought patterns, especially those related to stress, you actually free the body to perform its natural healing functions
— Herbert Benson, M.D., Founder of Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine (Massachusetts General Hospital)

Specific benefits

People in creative fields: Increased holistic/nonlinear thinking, making unusual associations, creative inspiration, being in the present moment.

Seniors: Increased joint mobility, decrease in chronic pain, increase in feelings of wellbeing and connection to others.

Business Executives: New approaches in managing relationships, nonlinear solution-oriented thinking, ability to take on more tasks without feeling overwhelmed, clear thinking in stressful environments.

Times of Life transition: Having balanced emotions within a stressful situation, access to your inner voice/intuition, feeling grounded.


Additional information/Links

Fritz Smith, M.D.

YouTube Video Link: the founder of Zero Balancing, explains how Zero Balancing quiets the mind through touch, to achieve a meditative state in which change can occur.

Zero Balancing

PDF File: a comprehensive introduction to Zero Balancing and its history.

Massage & Bodywork Magazine 

PDF File: Going Home, Zero Balancing Takes The Body Back

Zero Balancing Association Website