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Who likes Zero Balancing?


child seated ZBSo far I haven’t met anyone who dislikes Zero Balancing. Occasionally I’ll share a session with someone who doesn’t feel any changes from their session but usually that is because of reduced sensitivity to bodily sensations caused by medications or being so intellectual that the person doesn’t have much awareness of the sense of touch.

I recently attended a Zero Balancing Refinement Day held in Charlottesville, VA at Studio ZB in my office building. My faculty colleagues, Elliot Abhau and Judith Sullivan, facilitated the great day of exploring a very succinct Zero Balancing protocol that can be done almost anywhere in just a couple of minutes. In an earlier post I describe a typical ZB session that is done on a massage table. This one is done with the client seated and begins with the practitioner standing on one side and ending at the client’s feet kneeling in front as pictured. The beauty of this is that many people who can’t or don’t want to lie down can feel relaxed and grounded in a couple of minutes. So far I’ve offered it to my son’s classmates sitting on a garden bench waiting for their parents to pick them up in the midst of a noisy group of middle schoolers. Each child I balanced  paused, relaxed into my hands and returned to their assigned waiting area much more quiet than before. I also have used it for a couple of elder clients who get stiff from being prone too long. I can see the potential for helping people confined to wheel chairs and for young children when they are sitting on their parent’s lap.

Elliot developed the basic seated form out of a desire to provide people quick care and refined it while offering sessions to massage practitioners at a convention. Judith added some of her flavor to it and along with Roxanne Broadbent shares it during volunteer days with The Haven, an organization supporting the homeless in Charlottesville. When our Refinement Day was over we all felt very refreshed from having given or received the seated session three or more times. That’s why I love ZB!

Author: Cynthia Allred

I'm a Zero Balancing Faculty member and practitioner and Licensed Massage Therapist Graduate of Crestone Healing Arts Center. My bodywork is done through the lens of Zero Balancing -connecting to the innate capacity of the body to release tension and unhelpful patterns and build back the natural fluidity and resilience that allows us to move forward to our full potential. Helping people connect with their inner resources is my passion and joy. My practice serves young children through elders.

3 thoughts on “Who likes Zero Balancing?

  1. I noticed that two or three passes with some extra fulcrums are amazing. I also had a miracle happen on just one pass! Zero Balancing is magic without mirrors!!!!
    Ps .. The seated protocol is an excellent marketing tool…..


    • Thank you for sharing your experience Dell! You’ve been practicing ZB long enough to expect and be ready for the magic to manifest.


      • I wanted to update you on the seated Zero Balancing protocol experience I offered today. A client had kidney surgery yesterday afternoon and I went to see her just before noon today. She had done very well and was sitting up in her chair attached to a few IV drip lines. I was able to stand at her side to begin with a small neck traction and having had 2 years of monthly sessions she immediately dropped into a relaxed and receptive state. When i finished she commented how nice it was to have the deep touch. Her husband and daughter had been holding her hand and spent much time with her but after the anesthesia and incisions her body craved a familiar healing experience. In only 2 or 3 minutes we both felt a grounding shift and her next visitors appeared!


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