How did Zero Balancing originate?
The name ‘Zero Balancing’ came from a client’s description of her experience of a session: “I feel like I’ve been brought back to balance, like a return to zero”.
Dr. Fritz Smith, the American originator of this bodywork approach, received his Bachelor of Science in 1951, Doctor of Osteopathy in 1955 and Medical Degree in 1961. He practiced osteopathy and general medicine from 1957 to 1972. During the 1960’s and ‘70’s, seeking a deeper understanding of illness and health, he became a student of yoga and meditation as well as a certified Rolfer and a licensed Acupuncturist.
His scientific viewpoint was increasingly challenged by Eastern influences and particularly by his clinical experience of acupuncture. In 1975, while studying with Professor J. R. Worsley at the College of Traditional Acupuncture in England, he evolved Zero Balancing as a project of excellence for his Bachelor of Acupuncture degree. He has since taught Zero Balancing internationally to thousands of practitioners. In 1986 he published his book ‘Inner Bridges’, which describes the path of discovery, which led to Zero Balancing. In 1991 Dr. Smith retired from active practice and now devotes himself to teaching and exploring the unfolding possibilities of Zero Balancing.