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AUTUMN | 2019

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Zero Balancing is a body-mind therapy that uses skilled touch to address the relationship between energy and structures of the body. Developed by Fritz Smith, MD, in the early 1970s, Zero Balancing follows a protocol that typically lasts 30–45 minutes. The practitioner uses finger pressure and gentle traction on areas of tension in the bones, joints, and soft tissue to create points of balance around which the body can relax and reorganize. Zero Balancing focuses primarily on key joints of our skeleton that conduct and balance forces of gravity, posture, and movement. By addressing the deepest and densest tissues of the body, along with soft tissue and energy fields, Zero Balancing helps clear blocks in the body's energy flow, amplify vitality, and contribute to better postural alignment. For information on Zero Balancing, visit www.zerobalancing.com. Zero Balancing A Balance of Energy and Structure www.massagetherapy.com—your resource for all things bodywork 15 This bodywork, which focuses on physical structure and energy simultaneously, can help relieve body aches and pain, release restrictions in movement, and provide lasting relief from emotional distress to improve overall quality of life, according to the Zero Balancing Health Association. "Zero Balancing can also be helpful with specific goals such as relief from back pain, improving concentration or sleep, releasing unwanted stress, eliminating old behavior patterns, or boosting well-being." Zero Balancing expert David Lauterstein says because this work focuses with mindfulness on the deepest layer of the tissue, it often can evoke deep relaxation and the sense of inner peace. "Like a great yoga or meditation session, it can give rise to a sense of bliss, inner restoration, and a deeper contact with one's essence." Adapted from www.zerobalancing.com

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