Many have been asking what Zero Balancing Therapy is now that we have a skilled and certified ZB practitioner, Connie Staley, on our team. This has been a difficult question for me to answer until very recently…until I had my own session with Connie. I will start by offering you the “definition” from the zerobalancing.com website to offer a little insight into this work. But to offer a more thorough understanding of this work, read further down, as I will share my personal experience on Connie’s table.
From www.zerobalancing.com/about: “Developed by Fritz Smith, MD in the early 1970s, Zero Balancing is a powerful body-mind therapy that uses skilled touch to address the relationship between energy and structures of the body. Following a protocol that typically lasts 30 to 45 minutes, the practitioner uses finger pressure and gentle traction on areas of tension in the bones, joints and soft tissue to create fulcrums, or 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 to clear blocks in the body’s energy flow, amplify vitality and contribute to better postural alignment. A Zero Balancing session leaves you with a wonderful feeling of inner harmony and organization."
How can Zero Balancing help you?
"Zero Balancing can help relieve body aches and pain, release restrictions in movement, and provide lasting relief from emotional distress to improve overall quality of life. 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 works in conjunction with medical therapy and is not a substitute for it.”
My ZB Experience
Now that you have a little background, let me tell you about my personal experience with Connie and ZB. One thing to note is that a Zero Balancing session is performed while the client is fully clothed. This can be very appealing to the more modest crowd who do not wish to disrobe for traditional massage sessions. The session will be on a traditional massage table, so the option of a heated table or blankets and the same soothing environment are all present.
Our session began with Connie doing a hands-on assessment using gentle joint motions to search for any restrictions in my skeletal structure. She lovingly (as other ZB practitioners do) calls these restrictions “bone gold”, and this “bone gold” gives her a little map of where to put some extra focus to help relieve blockages in those areas. Though she did work the rest of my body, as well, for that full balance.
I was so busy asking annoying questions that I admit I now have a hard time explaining the first part of the actual ZB session following assessment. Now, my real confession – I completely zoned out halfway through to the point that I woke myself up SNORING! I had meant to stay fully alert to take note of every move to share with others, but I went somewhere else instead, and I really don’t mind one bit…I’m just sorry I can’t tell you more about the middle of the session.
The strokes Connie uses are so subtle and intentional. There’s a calm that just washed over my tired body that was similar to massage yet not in the same way. With only these gentle movements I felt muscles and joints just melt “into place”, and I did what I needed to do – I let go.
The most surprising thing I experienced from my session with her was that, at the end, I felt lengthened. I felt taller! At no point was I a female Stretch Armstrong, being pulled in all directions – her technique is really, really subtle. So I found it odd and mentioned it to her. She told me that this is a common comment following a ZB session. How bizarre and how awesome!
After she did a brief post-session re-evaluation of the areas she worked, I hesitantly floated off of the table and realized I didn’t really want to go back to work for the rest of the day. I just wanted to flitter about in this peaceful state and not change a thing about how my body felt. But, alas, I had clients on the calendar that afternoon, so I moved forward with my day. What I found wonderful and shocking about performing massages later that day is that I so gracefully moved around the massage table and my clients that I felt I somehow passed that blissful serenity onto them as I worked. My mind was clear, and my focus was strong.
And this was after only one session. ZB clients are encouraged to receive a series of sessions (minimum of 3) to fully feel/gain the benefits it has to offer. I am genuinely looking forward to my next session with full intentions to actually stay awake the whole time. If you are seeking some peace, balance, tension relief, pain relief, and more, I highly recommend asking Connie if she may be able to help you. And if you have further questions about this unique therapy, she is happy and open to any and all questions as ZB gains popularity, and she seeks to educate people to continue to spread the good word….and good work.
Fun fact: In my quest to understand ZB, I asked Connie why it’s called “Zero Balancing”. She explained to me that the technique was originally called “Fritzing” after the founder of the work. But after one particularly memorable session with Fritz, his client stepped off the table and said that she felt she had found balance - zero balance - as in nothing more, nothing less. Sounds like a wonderful place to be, doesn’t it?
*We are currently offering a package of 3 introductory sessions with Connie for only $180 ($20 off each session to get started). Please call 434-466-7678 for more info or to schedule a session.