What is Zero Balancing (ZB)?

zero balancing bodywork calligraphyZero Balancing (ZB) is a hands-on bodywork system which aligns energy and physical structure in the body. Gentle and non-invasive, ZB is performed with the client lying face up and fully clothed on a treatment table. A full-body session takes about 30 to 40 minutes to complete. ZB works holistically with the energy and structure of the entire body. It is designed to promote maximum relaxation and a sense of well-being. Clients often experience an expanded state of consciousness, where the mind quiets and the energy body is available for healing. ZB is excellent for relieving physical pain and emotional distress. It can give you a sense of fluidity that allows you to cope with things more resiliently and enjoy life.

What Does Zero Balancing Help?

  • Symptoms of blocked or excessive energy – headaches, back pain, fatigue, depression
  • Problems related to stress – tension, insomnia, nervousness, anxiety
  • Enhanced quality of life – relaxation, feelings of contentment, ease, mental clarity, well-being

How Does Zero Balancing Work?

ZB goes beyond conventional Western bodywork therapies because it incorporates Eastern concepts of energy and healing. The originator of ZB, Fritz Smith, M.D., studied Five Element acupuncture and was deeply influenced by it. He created ZB by integrating the principles of Five Element acupuncture and osteopathy. By aligning energy and structure in the body, ZB creates a clear, strong field of energy that releases imprints of trauma and stress. The ZB practitioner uses touch to evaluate where the energy and structure are blocked or disturbed, and then balances it as needed. ZB pays particular attention to the skeleton and to the energy held in bone, because these are the deepest and strongest currents in the body.

Zero Balancing & Five Element Acupuncture

ZB is an excellent complementary therapy with Five Element acupuncture, because it works on the same principles: treating the whole system, and treating the root, not just the symptoms. Many conditions — musculoskeletal pain, anxiety, post-traumatic stress — respond more quickly when a few ZB sessions are included along with the acupuncture treatment plan.

Zero Balancing Classes & Events

Beginning and advanced Zero Balancing classes are offered in Portland, Oregon several times each year. These classes are open to bodyworkers, healthcare professionals, and anyone interested in learning how to heal through touch. A complete certification program is available. Go here for a complete list of scheduled events. Check out our free monthly study group!

Inner Works Acupuncture helps clients achieve lasting full-body health and relief through Zero Balancing and Five Element Acupuncture. To learn more about these methods or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Elizabeth Zenger, contact us today at (503) 227-2127.