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How Zero Balancing Can Amplify Wellnes

Jan 31, 2017 04:42PM

by Four Pillars 


Zero Balancing is a leading-edge mind and body therapy that uses skilled touch to balance the relationship between body energy and body structure to amplify wellness. Dell Dell’Armo is a certified Zero Balancing practitioner, licensed massage therapist and one of 475 practitioners across the country offering these healing treatments.  

Zero Balancing is a hands-on healing modality, helpful in dealing with the issues of stress, physical pain or injuries, working on the combination of energy and structure. Zero Balancing was developed in the early 1970s by osteopathic physician and medical doctor Fritz Frederick Smith.  

Dr. Smith operated a standard osteopathic practice in rural California to which he added studies in acupuncture. He experienced remarkable results with his patients by integrating principles from osteopathy, involving manipulation of bony structures, acupuncture and balanced body energy. Patients have expressed feeling happier, calmer, and more grounded or centered. As one of Dr. Smith’s early patients explained, “I feel balanced…back to zero…sort of Zero Balanced.” The name resonated with Dr. Smith and consequently stuck.  

Zero Balancing, an emerging form of alternative healing, releases energy trapped in the bones to ease chronic physical and emotional pain. Zero Balancing helps harmonize body energy and structure to provide the following benefits: 

  • alleviated symptoms of stress 

  • relieved musculoskeletal tension 

  • reduced physical and emotional pain 

  • promoted feelings of well-being 


"Zero Balancing focuses primarily on key joints of our skeleton that conduct and balance forces of gravity, posture and movement." 


What can I expect in a Zero Balancing Treatment? 

The Zero Balancer will ask what is happening in the client’s life––physical, emotional and or spiritual influences are all welcome information. Each client can decide which of these is important to share. Based on that information, the Zero Balancer and client will decide together the goals and “frame” for each session.  

The job of the practitioner is to weave that chosen frame into the session. If a client has determined, for example, they wants the framework of their session to feel more balanced, integrated, clearer or “to release baggage” (whether physical or otherwise), the Zero Balancer finds an avenue for the body to become a vehicle for accomplishing that goal metaphorically, while simultaneously keeping in mind the aches, pains or other physical concerns the client has asked to have addressed. 

After a brief assessment, the practitioner will ask a client to lie on their back, fully clothed, on the massage table. With a series of traction movements and the application of pressure from fingertips called “fulcrums” (applied mostly to the underside of the client’s body), the practitioner will follow a set protocol of treating the entire body, from the toes to the head. 


The meditative quality of Zero Balancing also differentiates from traditional massage. The Zero Balancer brings a high level of focus to each session by listening to the client’s body with their hands, eyes and ears. Zero Balancing treats the whole person, not just the disease. As with acupuncture, the goal is to bring the client’s body back into balance and from that point, the body corrects many of its own ailments. Zero Balancing brings the body back into balance structurally and energetically which consistently makes for happier, healthier clients. 


Where can I get a Zero Balancing Treatment? 

With only 475 practitioners in the country, this is a unique healing service. Dell Dell’Armo is a certified Zero Balancer and offers his treatments at Four Pillars. He is also a licensed massage therapist and instructor at the Sarasota School of Massage Therapy for over 15 years. He participated in a two-year program, requiring 100 hours of class time on topics like “the alchemy of touch” and “form and fulcrums.” He has performed approximately 20,000 healing treatments and massage in his lifetime.  


Zero Balancing® at Four Pillars  

Zero Balancing® is a hands-on mind and body system of therapy that balances the relationship of energy and structure within the bones and tissues of the body. Zero Balancing promotes internal balance and harmony through the use of skilled touch. A Zero Balancing session consists of gentle acupressure focusing on joints and bones. The full session takes 60 minutes with approximately 40 minutes on the table.  

Your practitioner will assess your body for tension––particularly tension held in the bones, joints and skeletal structure. Then, your Zero Balancer will place gentle finger pressure (fulcrums) into foundational areas including spine, hips, feet and neck to release held tension. 

Zero Balancing provides clients the possibility of health and healing at the deepest level of energy flow in the body––the skeletal system. By working with bone energy, Zero Balancing provides relief from pain, anxiety and stress, while facilitating a profound experience of wellness and integration. Aligning energy with structure enhances the body’s natural healing processes and supports optimum health. Many people initially seek Zero Balancing to relieve symptoms but continue receiving sessions as their quality of life improves. 

Call Four Pillars, Lakewood Ranch at 941-373-3955 for more information or to schedule an appointment. 






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