zero balancing certification allows LMTs to work with bone By David Lauterstein

The nature of bone is miraculous. First, it is alive and responsive. That is contrary to most people’s imaginations because we usually see only the bones of dead animals, or static pictures in books, or empty skulls used as Halloween imagery etc. Most people have, as a result, a visualization of bones as static, unliving things.

However, in reality the bones inside of us are dynamic, vibrant, sensate organs. Just like muscles, they are responsive to touch. Living in the cells which form bones is a “mechano-sensor,” a protein called Piezo 1. Without this protein and its response to mechanical forces, studies have shown bones’ do not grow properly; they are shorter and weaker.

Zero Balancing and Bone

A therapy that uses gentle pressure on bone therefore can help support all its functions. Zero Balancing (“ZB”) is a singular therapy that systematically engages both bone and soft tissue through high quality touch. To my mind, the study and skill of ZB is essential both to understand and to promote health in this critical living layer of us.

The functions that will be enhanced by this work to promote healthier musculo-skeletal systems include:

  • production of red blood cells
  • structural support and locomotion
  • protection of vital organs
  • production of essential chemicals and hormones

At the Lauterstein-Conway Massage School, we have been engaged in the study of massage and musculo-skeletal bodywork since our founding in 1989. Beginning in 1986 I began studying Zero Balancing with its founder Dr. Fritz Smith, who is an Osteopathic MD, early Rolfer with a Master’s in Acupuncture, and also long-time student of meditation.

We are excited to be the only school in the U.S. that includes in its advanced curriculum the 50-hour Core Zero Balancing Training, Certifications in orthopedic assessment/massage therapy and Deep Massage: the Lauterstein Method plus studies of shiatsu, psychology of bodywork, and advanced integrative bodywork.

This 250-hour program runs once each year.

For students who’ve previously studied Zero Balancing we also offer “Advancing Skills” days through our continuing education program for people who’ve taken at least ZB I as well as advanced ZB classes enabling our students to become ZB certified.

Info on our Advanced Program

Advanced Program for Clinical Massage and Bodywork

Info on My Advancing Skills Day

Zero Balancing: Advancing Skills Day

Additional Resources for Reference

Article on the newly discovered vital endocrine functions of bone.

Article on Piezo1 + bones’ response to mechanical forces.