In a sense "Fritz" Frederick Smith was born into the 'world of touch'. His father was a noted Chiropractor recognised by the Monterey California Chiropractic Association as "Chiropractor of the Century", and who continued in practice up to the age of ninety three!
He became a licensed acupuncturist in 1972 after studying with Professor J.R. Worsley of the College of Traditional Acupuncture in the UK, earning both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in acupuncture. It was during this time that he also experienced intense personal revelations under the teaching of Indian teacher Swami Muktananda. These latter two experiences became the catalysts for his ultimate creation of Zero Balancing as a complete format of therapeutic bodywork in 1975.
Fritz Smith has been practicing and teaching Zero Balancing throughout the world for more than forty years. He has published two books :
Inner Bridges - A Guide to Energy Movement and Body Structure and Alchemy of Touch.
The structural body is what you can see and touch - bone, muscle, skin, and the organs. The 'energy body' is concerned with the forces that course both through and within the body - the forces involved in muscular movements, the relationship with gravity, movement of blood, tissue fluids, digestion, and breath.
The stated aim of Zero Balancing bodywork is to “enhance the relationship between body energy and body structure”. This relationship is similar to that which exists between the wind, and the sail of a boat. When the relationship between wind and sail is in good order, the ride through the water will be both effortless, and exhilarating! If the sail is tacked too tight, even a gentle breeze may turn the boat over; too loose, and movement through the water may be sluggish or non-existent.
An experienced and skilful sailor can make effective use of even a minimal amount of wind energy. Similarly, in the human ‘boat’ if body structure and body 'energy' are relating well, the various ambulations of life becomes more ‘ease-ful’, and energy usage economical, thus leaving energy freed up for creativity and fun! When structure and energy are not well integrated, it is comparable to being a sailor floundering at sea, not "tacked into the winds of life". Life feels less satisfying and one becomes more susceptible to all manner of emotional distress and dis-ease, ranging from simple irritability, to more profound mental or physcial symptoms and illnesses.
When the structure of the body, and the forces that course through it are brought into a good working balance, ease is amplified, and dysfunctional habits, such as outmoded emotional patterns and imprints from past traumas tend toward release. Clients often report that they are able to function with greater comfort, efficiency and resilience in the face of life's changing circumstances, and that they cope with things better and enjoy more robust health. Following a Zero Balancing session, people often experience a sense of fluidity, integration and well-being.