Continuing Education at Downeast School of Massage, Waldoboro, Maine

Zero Balancing I

with David Lauterstein

October 11, 12, 13 and 14, 2018

Thurs., Fri. , Sat,  9am-5pm each day and Sunday 9:00am-3:00pm   25 CE Hours

Early Registration$695.00
(30-60 days in advance)

Late Registration:  $795

(1-30 days int advance)


Course Description:

Zero Balancing was described in the Massage Therapy Journal as ”…the most revolutionary development in bodywork in the last quarter century.”

David Lauterstein has been actively teaching and writing about Zero Balancing since 1996.  For every massage therapist and bodyworker Zero Balancing is an essential skill and knowledge.  Whereas many approaches view our practice as soft tissue manipulation, the fact is the system we address is rather the musculo-skeletal system.  Without muscles bones can’t move and without bones the muscles have nothing to work with.  The deepest approaches to bodywork, accordingly, address both the muscles, joints and the bones involved in movement, posture and health.  Zero Balancing teaches a gentle, non-manipulative way to engage the bones and the soft tissues connecting them.  In so doing it not only deeply relieves pain and tension, but it helps the person feel relaxed in the deepest of ways.  When we say “I just feel it in my bones” – this is the layer of experience that ZB works with.


In this class you will learn new techniques (in ZB called “fulcrums”) for:

  • The feet
  •  knees
  • hips
  • sacrum
  • lumbar area
  • all the ribs
  • neck
  • scapula
  • shoulders
  • arms


You will also learn 

  • Interface and how to touch structure and energy simultaneously
  • The Steps of the Fulcrum
  • Observation Skill to see “working signs” of mind body healing
  • Framing sessions to address individuals’ highest health goals
  • Anatomy of the body joints most critical in structural balance and energy transmission
  • How to Work with Expanded States of Consciousness

Zero Balancing is unique in that it consciously and simultaneously works with the structure of the musculo-skeletal system as well as the energy flowing through the bones, joints and muscles.  The roots of Zero Balancing provide this wonderful range of therapeutic effects and benefits.  Its founder, Dr. Fritz Smith, MD, still alive and teaching at 88, has in his background Osteopathy, an MD, Rolfing certification (having received instruction and sessions from Dr. Ida Rolf), a Masters in Acupuncture (studying five-element acupuncture with J. R. Worsely in England), and extensive yoga studies and experience with Swami Muktananda, Sai Baba and other Asian and Western teachers.


Whether you have previously taken Zero Balancing or not, this class with David will greatly deepen your practice.


David Lauterstein, LMT, Cert. ZB Faculty, Co-Director of The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in Austin, has been in massage and bodywork practice since 1977.  He was certified in Structural Bodywork in 1982 by Rolfer, Daniel Blake, and in Zero Balancing in 1993.  He is the author of three books, Putting the Soul Back in the BodyThe Deep Massage Book, and Life in the Bones. He was inducted in 2011 into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame, is the 2012 recipient of AMTA’s Jerome Perlinski Teacher of the Year Award, and the 2013 Alliance for Massage Therapy Education’s “Educator of the Year.” His background prior to massage therapy was in philosophy and music composition (BA, U of Illinois, 1972), and is known world-wide for teaching how to combine art, science, structure and energy in bodywork and massage therapy.


To register or for more information, contact Downeast School of Massage, 207-832-5531.

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