Zero Balancing: An Introductory Talk and Experience
Jim McCormick October 2010
The first thing you need to know about Zero Balancing (ZB) is that it feels really good to receive. ZB is a natural complement to massage therapy and other healing skills, and a wonderful tool for personal growth. It has been shown to be very effective for a wide range of mind-body issues, ranging from musculoskeletal disorders, to anxiety, and for those working at a personal transformational process.
Dr. Fritz Smith, an Osteopathic physician and Acupuncturist from California, developed Zero Balancing in the early 1970’s by working with combining his practices of these modalities. What Dr. Smith’s research and practice showed him was that when structure and energy flows are balanced, dysfunctional habits, such as outmoded emotional patterns and imprints from past traumas, tend to decrease.
Key Zero Balancing principles include:
bones function as key conduits for the deepest energies in the body
the foundation joints in the body also have a key role in energy transmission
working with the energy of the bones helps take clients into a deeper connection to their core energy
working with ZB’s signature “Interface Touch” allows for deep contact and establishes clear boundaries between practitioner and client and within the client
working with the energy and structure of the bones facilitates work with altered states and expanded states of consciousness
There will be demonstrations of some Zero Balancing techniques and some experiential exercises to help participants embody the principles of ZB, a therapy on the cutting edge of transformational bodywork.
“I love teaching ZB because it is so alive – so in the moment – so in touch with the flow of energy in myself and in the students and in the room. I almost always leave a class feeling high yet grounded, exhilarated and satisfied that I have helped students make a difference in their practices and their lives. Over time, the ZB classes have become more about personal transformation, as well as about learning ZB skills. Any feedback we get on our ZB work is directly applicable to our personal lives as well, so I feel I’m always learning and growing when I teach ZB.” - Jim McCormick
Jim McCormick, L.AC., began his Zero Balancing training in 1974 with ZB’s founder, Dr. Fritz Smith. In 1979, he became the first teacher of ZB approved by Dr. Smith, and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors until May, 2009. Jim is on the Faculty of the Zero Balancing Health Association.
Jim was one of the earliest Americans to study Five-Element Acupuncture, graduating in 1973 from studies with Dr. J.R. Worsley, in Kenilworth, England. He currently teaches Acupuncture and Zero Balancing across the country. He is a past president of the Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts, and was a founding Commissioner of the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Jim is co-president of Cambridge Health Associates, a holistic health center in Cambridge, Mass., where he integrates Zero Balancing and Traditional Acupuncture.