A Simple Way To Heal: An Introduction To The Potential Of Zero Balancing
What really excites me about the healing power of Zero Balancing is that while it is about working with bone energy, the principles supporting it also provide the bones of a philosophy for living life well.
Osteopathy to Acupuncture
The founder, Fritz Smith (now in his 80s - still thriving and teaching) moved in his career from osteopath, to medical doctor to acupuncturist. He comes with the fullest, most balanced background to exploring our humble body I know. He integrated his expertise about bones and body structure with ancient and modern understanding of energy medicine to create Zero Balancing. Yet, he didn't stop there. In training others to deliver Zero Balancing, it has been essential for him to ensure that practitioners work in a way that has simplicity and a spiritual basis.
Fritz refuses to have any diagnosis in the therapy, as labels limit and control us. Think of the doctor who, on looking at an x-ray tells their patient that they have a back problem. What image does that set up for a person and how does it affect how they feel, move, and use their body? More importantly, I have noticed when people have been given a diagnosis they tend to keep it for life “oh, I have a problem with my back – the doctor told me years ago”. Somehow, once given a label, we often cannot imagine that problem can leave us or no longer be something we have to be careful about.
Zero Balancers are therefore very careful with their use of language. We may notice a difference, for example, between the left and right side of the ribs, but make no interpretation about the rights and wrongs of it. It is not unusual when an area feels 'tense' or 'hard' for the corresponding area to firm up to match it, rather than that area to 'relax'. Who am I to say what changes need to happen for your body to balance?
This refusal to impose a value judgement allows an individual to be master of their own body, calling on inner wisdom to adjust as suits their self, not the therapist. As a result, I have found people with a pain or restriction which has not resolved by other methods, can find this gentle sequence of lifts, light pressure and stretches allows them to settle into their body. Better than limiting yourself to a particular way of being because of habit or a diagnosis.
Osteoarthritis and Hip Replacement
For example, a chap I saw who was unable to sit or stand comfortably because of pain from osteoarthritis, stepped off my couch with the words “This is the first time in seven years I haven't felt pain”. This was not a magical cure. He was on the waiting list for hip replacements, and had them within a few months. The change however was the awareness that was brought to his body: it allowed him to hold himself in a way which greatly reduced his discomfort, even keeping him pain-free for long periods during those months despite the deterioration of his physical body.
Where we constrict and block in our body, we can suffer pain even if there is no obvious damage. Research on viewing MRI scans and x-rays shows doctors are not able by looking only at the body structure to predict with any consistency who has back pain. Those with physical degeneration do not necessarily feel pain, while those with good structure may be in agony. In Zero Balancing, we understand this through the concept of the energy flow of the body moving freely or not. In these cases, how the person is has greater impact than how their body is.
One client who had thrown herself off a horse a number of times in her life, damaging her shoulder in the process, came saying that her doctor and physiotherapy had tried everything and the plan was for her to have an operation to improve movement in her frozen shoulder (she couldn't raise her arm properly). She instinctively felt that was not the solution for her particular case and consulted me.
“Can you help?”
“I don't know” was the honest reply, “but we can give it a go.”
I was as surprised as she was when she came to the next session, waved her arm up in the air, saying “Look!” We took seven sessions in total for her to feel her shoulder was as good as it could be and noticed an added benefit of feeling relaxed and well in herself more generally. She was saved invasive surgery, while the NHS saved a cost better used elsewhere.
I love this sensitive work: paying careful attention to what is happening beneath my fingers as I move over the foundation joints of a person who wants help to feel better. Yesterday, someone said to me “oh, it's so nice to just be touched with care!”
The careful precise way we touch is known as interface – no blending or streaming of energy, no channelling even. At interface, we meet at a point where both therapist and client know clearly where each energy field begins and ends. This stimulates the individual to draw and maintain their own energy bank. It plugs the leaks, clears the conduits and strengthens the container. In my view, this makes Zero Balancing the bodywork of choice for people with abuse issues, and those who want touch but feel uneasy about it. Energetically they feel they are given back control of their own body and boundaries.
Thank you for reading.
Cathy Towers is a BACP Senior Accredited Practitioner (Psychotherapy) and a fully certificated Zero Balancer. 07989 564660
copyright Cathy Towers 2013