Zero Balancing is a manual touch therapy developed in the 1970s by the osteopath, surgeon, and acupuncturist Dr. Frederick Smith.
It’s said that the name “Zero Balancing” came about when a patient described their feeling after a session as “I feel so well-balanced, like I’m zero, zero-balanced.” However, in another version, it’s claimed that the receiver described the experience of the session “… as being brought back into balance, back to zero.”
In any event, the modality is influenced by Osteopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Structural Integration, Rolfing, and Vitalism, claiming that the Energy Field or Biofield of human beings can be manipulated by manual operations in order to achieve health benefits.
More particularly, Zero Balancing addresses the energy flow of/in the skeletal system with the idea that this type of energy can affect physical and mental well-being.
As Frederick Smith states: “Zero Balancing teaches that the deepest currents of energy are in bone, that memory can be held in tissue, that energy fields in the body underlie mind, body and emotions, and that imbalances in the field precede pathology.”
In a Zero Balancing session, the therapist works with acupressure and traction techniques on joints, bones, and soft tissues, which typically takes between half an hour and an hour. The session is applied on a massage table through the client’s clothing.