Life in the Bones, The Book I Didn’t Write and the Book I Did

by David Lauterstein Beginning about ten years ago, Aminah Raheem, the wife of my Zero Balancing mentor, Dr. Fritz Smith, asked if I would consider writing his biography. At the time I was still working full-time on my second book, The Deep Massage Book, so I thanked her and declined but promised I would give it more thought. Periodically Aminah would check in with me. Fi...
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I first met the founder of Zero Balancing…

I first met the founder of Zero Balancing, Fritz Smith, MD, in 1986 at the AMTA National Convention in Washington, D.C. At that time, I was a therapist, instructor, and the editor of the Massage Therapy Journal. I had heard of Dr. Smith as teaching, at the Esalen Institute and elsewhere, this modality called “Zero Balancing”. I had traded with a few of his students but I still ...
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How Are Deep Massage and Zero Balancing Related?

I began teaching what I call Deep Massage in 1982. This was after studying extensively with Rolfer, Daniel Blake, studying cranial work with early students of John Upledger, and teaching anatomy and deep tissue massage at the Chicago School of Massage Therapy. I realized that "deep" has more to do with quality of touch and anatomical accuracy than with quantity of pressure. So ...
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What Happens When Your Massage Client Disappears?

I have received student sessions for years - it's a requirement at our school (I know - tough life for us teachers!) I commonly have the experience that, in the best sessions, one forgets the therapist is there.  The touch feels so trustworthy and clear that the focus is not on the therapist's touch, but rather on the experience in one's own body (or mind or heart). Years...
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Massage for the Soul – Zero Balancing

If you wanted to massage your soul, how would you do it? We all want to feel healthy - not just in our bodies.  We want to enjoy clear thinking, emotional vibrancy, spiritual inspiration - things more commonly more associated with soul than with body. Recently someone called Zero Balancing a "massage for the soul."  Why is that? The deepest part of us, even below our s...
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Nothing To Be Ashamed of – Massage Helping with Ancestral Chi

Yesterday I got a wonderful session of Zero Balancing from its founder, Dr. Fritz Smith.  One of the biggest learnings was connected with shame. You know, most of us when we look closely have some sense of shame.  We feel we're not good enough, especially when things get challenging. We may tell ourselves inside, "You shouldn't be this way."  And those feelings and though...
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Advanced Clinical Massage and Bodywork Training at TLC

On November 7, TLC's Advanced Clinical Training (ACT) starts!  We are now beginning enrollment for this unique class! Nowhere else  in the US can you learn to systematically integrate in Clinical Practice - Structural Bodywork, Deep Massage, Shiatsu, Zero Balancing and Psychologically-Oriented Bodywork. To be a well-rounded therapist, we need these competencies with advanced te...
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ARE YOU BONE-TIRED? – reflections on Zero Balancing

When we say we’re “bone tired”, what does that really mean? It means tired to our core, not just sleepy.  It refers to a feeling of depletion – that we’ve drawn upon our vital stores of energy, which are now in need of replenishment. In Chinese medicine and philosophy, the energy that flows through the bones is called “ancestral chi”.  It is not the energy we make through...
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Massage Continuing Education: The World Needs a WIFE

By David Lauterstein In marketing everyone just thinks "What's In it For Me?" and accordingly that all promotion needs to assume "W.I.F.M." is primary. WIFM is true in many ways. I am always struck how most health magazines are mostly sales tools for WIFM - filled with ads for herbal remedies, health foods, and cosmetics. But there's so much more to life and to health tha...
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Zero Balancing: Special Donkeys

By Zanna Heighton Zero Balancing has been my inspiration for over 25 years.    There's not much you can't work out with the Zero Balancing principles that its originator, Dr. Fritz Smith, teaches alongside the manual skills.  When I started looking at the principles closely, I came to the conclusion that they resonate with the psychology of the energy body  -  the part that ...
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