You have explored a number of forms of body work, what drew you to Zero Balancing in particular? I was drawn to it by chance. What kept me there is that it gave me insights into working with the body and mind that no other therapies had done.
You mentioned dancers, with their heightened physical awareness particularly benefit, but what can others gain from Zero Balancing? Dancers bodies are their working tool, so most are very aware of any imbalances when moving, however I believe that most human beings wish to be as free in their movement and as clear in their minds as possible. So Zero Balancing can be of enormous benefit to all.
Has Zero Balancing changed the way you approach your day to day life? The simple answer is yes. There is a phrase,your clients are your teachers. By working with so many people over the years I have been taught a great deal.
As a blend of Eastern and Western ideas, how does the technique vary and develop over time? Over the past twenty years that I have been involved with Zero Balancing a few techniques have been added. But the main thing is that the more you work with it the more your understanding deepens. I would liken it to Yoga or Tai-Chi, one learns the postures or form and then you can spend a life time appreciating the depth and insights it gives you.
What benefits can a professional dancer gain from Zero Balancing? There are many benefits, but three areas spring to mind immediately. It is excellent in helping dancers recover from injuries (old and new). It is especially helpful for dancers to understand and release compensatory patterns in the body. It has the ability to take a person to a place of connection and stillness, from where one can dance with freedom. Over the years, various artists such as writers, film makers, singers and dancers have said it has put them back in touch with their creative side.
Is Zero Balancing something that could be helpful for someone who dances socially and to keep fit? I do believe it is very helpful and a number of my clients do fit into the category you describe.
What is next for you and the UK Zero Balancing Association? Dr Fritz Smith the founder of Zero Balancing has decided at 83 years old not to teach in Europe any more. The responsibility of maintaining and continuing this great work will be shared by the teachers in Europe and the UK of which I am one.
“After having hip surgery from an ongoing dancers injury I decided to try Zero Balancing after countless recommendations. I had felt very unbalanced in my back and hips especially after surgery. Most of the time I would opt for getting a massage, but any relief I had didn’t last long. After the Zero Balancing treatment I felt totally relaxed and in a somewhat meditative state like my body could take on anything. I felt tensions slip away and worries I had seemed smaller. When I stood up I was amazed at how balanced and grounded I felt and there was a wonderful feeling of general wellbeing and optimism. I have been going ever since, I have done class after a session and felt like I could turn for hours”. – Isabella