Everything You Need to Know About ZB and Zero Balancing Certification
What is Zero Balancing Anyway?
In Zero Balancing (ZB), both the body's energy and structure are engaged to bring about healing and wellness. The name came about when someone receiving this work described the experience as being brought back into balance, "like I was Zero Balanced."
"Zero Balancing (ZB) is a powerful touch therapy for body and mind. Deeply relaxing and energizing, ZB touches your core, at the level of bone, to promote wellness and balance."
Upcoming ZB Courses at Lauterstein-Conway Massage School
Lauterstein-Conway Massage School offers a range of massage therapy continuing education workshops including Zero Balancing courses. It is the only school in the United States that offers all the courses needed for ZB certification.
Core Zero Balancing is being offered as the first segment of our Advanced Program in Clinical Massage and Bodywork (see listing below) and as a stand-alone workshop for those wanting just this 25-hour Core ZB I class. Zero Balancing is the most powerful modality addressing the musculo-skeletal system with particular focus on the skeletal aspect of that system. It combines detailed Western anatomical knowledge with energetic insights drawn from acupuncture and Eastern psycho-physiology. The fascinating theory and very precise techniques will add a whole new dimension to your practice!
The Advanced Program is a 250-hour course designed for licensed massage therapists who understand the value of continuing their massage education at a deeper, ongoing level. Topics and modalities covered include Zero Balancing (Core I and 2), Shiatsu, Orthopedic Massage (certification), Deep Massage (certification), Psychology of Bodywork and Advanced Integrative Bodywork. The Advanced Program begins on July 10, 2020 with the Core Zero Balancing I class.
The Core Zero Balancing: Advancing Skills Day class will enhance the skills and understandings of new ZB students, sharpen the skills of those who have not taken courses recently, and develop relationships among ZB practitioners.
The People and History of ZB
Founder, Fritz Smith
In the 1960's, Dr. Smith, already an Osteopathic M.D., studied at the Esalen Institute in Northern California and became a certified Rolfer®. During this time, he began to explore yoga, meditation, Eastern energy medicine and quantum physics.
Beginning in 1972, Dr. Smith traveled to the UK to become a licensed acupuncturist, earning a bachelor's and master's degree in acupuncture. He also studied with the famous teacher, Swami Muktananda. Zero Balancing consciously works with body, mind and spirit.
Dr. Smith has practiced and taught Zero Balancing throughout the world for more than 45 years and continues to teach to this day.
Dr. Smith is the author of many articles and two books, Inner Bridges: A Guide to Energy Movement and Body Structure and Alchemy of Touch: Moving Towards Mastery Through the Lens of Zero Balancing.
Faculty Member, David Lauterstein
David Lauterstein is the Lauterstein-Conway Massage School's Co-Director and has been in massage and bodywork practice since 1977. He is certified in Structural Bodywork and Zero Balancing and has been a teaching faculty member of the Zero Balancing Health Association for over 20 years.
He was inducted in 2011 into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame, honored as the 2012 recipient of AMTA’s Jerome Perlinski Teacher of the Year Award, and in 2013 by the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education as “Educator of the Year.”
David is the author of many articles and books, among them, "The Deep Massage Book: How to Combine Structure and Energy in Bodywork", and "Life in the Bones: A Biography of Dr. Fritz Smith and Zero Balancing."
Zero Balancing Certification Process
In total, you will need a minimum of 100 hours of ZB courses approved for certification credit plus a written and practical exam and an evaluation submitted to the Zero Balancing Health Association.
Certification begins with Zero Balancing I and Zero Balancing II (both included in our Advanced Program) and two of the following courses are required to complete your ZB certification. (ZB I and/or II can be repeated also to qualify to arrive at your 100 hours).
The Zero Balancing Certification Program is open to licensed health care professionals including massage therapists, acupuncturists, physical therapists, chiropractors, movement therapists, medical doctors and others, but it does not provide a legal license to practice. Learn more.