Why Should I Learn Zero Balancing?
An Answer by David Lauterstein
of The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School
and author, Putting the Soul Back in the Body

Zero Balancing is the ONLY bodywork therapy that deals fundamentally with the skeletal system. What a claim!

Most massage and other manual therapists concentrate understandably on the muscles, fascia, and, to a lesser extent, the skin. But there is a deeper layer to the body, and without addressing it, you are missing much of what is clinically significant!

Zero Balancing focuses on the skeletal aspect of the musculo-skeletal system. The skeleton is the armature around which your whole self is organized. Structurally, it is the central axis around which we balance. The bones articulate to allow movement. They help make levers, with the muscles, that enable us to sustain an upright posture and to move.

Of course, chiropractic and osteopathy have long appreciated the structural significance of the skeletal system. Zero Balancing applies a philosophy to the skeletal system, much like Rolfing does to the soft tissue. Zero Balancing does not take a piecemeal fix-it approach to the skeletal system. In Zero Balancing it is the balance, not the imbalance, of the skeletal system that is addressed. This helps the person experience much more deeply what’s right with them, not what’s wrong with them. When we amplify our balance, many problems just melt away without an allopathic intention for example to search for and destroy misalignment.

Energetically the skeletal system is the very core of your being. For the skeletal system is reserved a subjective sense of ultimacy. The fundamental experience of your self or your energy is that it originates deep inside you. We are through-and-through energy as well as structure. Accordingly, the deepest structure in the body also holds or conveys the deepest energy. When we consciously balance the skeletal system, we naturally enhance the deepest energy flows in the body. Thus, many fundamental psycho-spiritual issues, which we may feel in our core, also dissapate as we free the deepest places within us.

These understandings then take us to the second enormously unique aspect of Zero Balancing. Zero Balancing is the ONLY therapy that has a method and technique for simultaneously and consciously working with the energy as well as the structure of the body. We all know there is not only a physical aspect to the person, but also a psychological and spiritual aspect. As therapists, we are often excited about affecting both. But, as a therapist, I was never sure how to do so until I learned Zero Balancing.

I’ll explain briefly some of how we do this, but please be encouraged to attend the course and you will be able to do it! The method involves Zero Balancing’s use of the “fulcrum.”

First we explore methods of “centering.” By centering you access your body’s balance as well as organizing your attention to create mindful touch.

Secondly, we learn how to take out the looseness in the tissue. In this way, we develop an exact sense of when we are or are not in touch with energy as well as structure.

Thirdly, we learn about taking up the “slack.” Pressing, pulling, twisting, lifting, are some of the ways we learn to be incredibly specific in the way we engage the ligaments and bones.

Fourth, we learn to add “additional vectors” to engage energy requires a non-linear touch that has curiosity as an integral part of it.

Then we just “hold” the fulcrum and the person in the highest personal regard. Much of the balancing in Zero Balancing comes while we as therapists go to a “witness” state and the client comes to a more balanced place from the inside out. This has lead one writer to speak of Zero Balancing as “transformation through stillness” in contrast to Feldenkrais’ “awareness through movement.”

As we hold, we monitor for signs of bodymind change: eyes, the windows to the soul, have beautiful stories to tell; the breath, the window to the spirit, speaks its own volumes; and you learn a variety of other signs to help you see if you are working fully in harmony with the person.

Finally, we clearly disengage and give the client moments in which to savor and assimilate the experience they’ve just had. Zero Balancing allows time and room for the client to have the deepest healing—somewhat as acupuncturists do (although our pauses are micro-pauses during key moments of the session, and don’t involve leaving the room.)

Zero Balancing is extremely effective in every clinical context I’ve encountered. It yields remarkable results with low back pain, hip, knee and foot disorders, mid-back and shoulder problems, respiratory issues, neck tension and pain and headaches—to name just a few of the problems I’ve successfully addressed using only Zero Balancing.

It is such a completely satisfying therapy. It is so rewarding to work in a way that is clearly structural but that yet has the same level of clarity with respect to energy.

I look forward to sharing this incredible work with you this year in Maine at the Downeast School, October 27-30, 2005.

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