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Certified Zero Balancing Practitioner

"KD is an extremely talented bodyworker, equally intuitive and insightful about the patterns in your muscles and bones as she is about those in your life."  ~ CT, Los Angeles

In 1985 I was certified as a Zero Balancing Practitioner. ZB is the most unique and inclusive styles of bodywork I have encountered. Its principles and application have allowed me to achieve all of my goals as a bodyworker.

Throughout my 27 years of practice, I have specialized primarily in neck, back, and shoulder pain, and supported issues of TMJ, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue, as well as many other human challenges including the process of death and dying. Zero Balancing has an impressive applifying effect on life-force energy.

My primary interest, however, is ZB's supportive role for people in transition, also known as liminal space, due to its facilitation for letting go of the old while simultaneously allowing in the new. Its integrative body-mind-spirit component is both powerful and lovely.

People receiving Zero Balancing feel they have been touched not only deeply, but in all the right places, too. It's one of the few styles of bodywork that I want to receive. 

A Zero Balancing treatment takes place lying face up on a massage table fully clothed in loose attire. The practitioners scoop their palms under your body and press up with their fingertips: using your bodyweight, a balance is achieved. The pressure points that are held act like fulcrums for healing movement and structural change. An altered state of consciousness is often experienced as well as a distinct increase in the recipient's overall sense of well being.

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KD sees clients in both Santa Barbara and Los Angeles locations.

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Q. What is special about ZB touch?

A. Zero Balancing touch feels good, and when there is some soreness, it should “hurt good.” A hallmark of ZB is what we call Interface Touch. In Interface Touch, the practitioner is aware of both his or her energetic and physical boundaries as well as those of the client. This touch is respectful, supportive, and meets you precisely where you are. ZB does not introduce outside energy into your body. Rather, ZB clears energy blocks in your system and allows your own energy to flow in stronger, clearer ways.

Q. How is Zero Balancing different from other modalities?

A. Some bodywork, such as massage, Rolfing and chiropractic, focuses primarily on improving the function of the physical body. Other modalities, such as acupuncture, Reiki and Polarity Therapy, work to enhance body energy. A Zero Balancing practitioner consciously and actively engages BOTH body energy and body structure simultaneously – bringing them into balance within themselves and with one another. The result is greater than the sum of the parts, enabling the person on the table to feel engaged on the levels of body, mind and spirit. Often, with Zero Balancing, both energy and physical function improve dramatically.

Q. How does Zero Balancing work?

A. (1) Zero Balancing addresses the structure of the body, the energy of the body, and the relationship between the two. 

(2) Zero Balancing focuses on the foundation joints – those joints whose function has more to do with transmission of force than with locomotion. When foundation joints are compromised, other tissues will compensate. This compensation results in many hidden imbalances that impact a person on both conscious and unconscious levels. Zero Balancing helps resolve imbalances in the foundation joints and release the compensatory patterns. 

(3) By squeezing and stretching bone and other tissues that conduct electrical currents, Zero Balancing uses the client’s energy to clear vibrations held in those tissues and in fields of body energy. Vibration holds information. When releasing, organizing or balancing vibration, Zero Balancing has the effect of harmonizing the mind as well as the body.

The above questions and answers are written and copyrighted by the ZB Foundation. For more information on Zero Balancing or to find a practitioner near you, visit their website.