Bodywork: Zero Balancing Level 1 (BODYWORK-20ZERB03)

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March 6 2020 1:00 pm   through   March 8 2020 6:00 pm
14500 Juanita Dr. NE
Bastyr University
ROOM 186
Kenmore, WA 98028-4966
Phone: (425) 896-6717
Professional $ 595.00
Bastyr Alumni/Faculty/Staff Discount $ 535.00
Full-Time Student $ 365.00
Retake $ 350.00
Campus Kenmore Campus
Audience Healthcare Professionals
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Zero Balancing (ZB) is an innovative, holistic and powerful hands-on method for integrating the body’s energy and structure. ZB integrates Western concepts of anatomy with Eastern principles of energy flow through the bones and joints of the body.


March 6-8, 2020
Friday: 1:00PM-8:30 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Prerequisite: Participants must be a licensed to touch healthcare provider

Description: Zero Balancing (ZB) is effective at relieving a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, as well as reducing pain and inducing a deep state of relaxation. Over time, ZB sessions can change long held patterns of behavior and function, at physical and mental levels, and remove obstacles to the expression of inner wellness. Zero Balancing can help one feel stable, grounded, clear, connected, happy, relaxed, energized, youthful, and more deeply oneself. Old traumas, injuries and issues are released at the deepest layer of the body/mind - the bones.

This is the first course of the Core Zero Balancing curriculum and introduces the intellectual and practical framework of the art and science of Zero Balancing. Instructors provide a detailed study guide, clear presentations, and demonstrations of Zero Balancing. In practice sessions, students experience both how to perform Zero Balancing and how Zero Balancing feels to receive.

You will learn

  • The basic Zero Balancing protocol
  • Theory and principles of ZB
  • To distinguish body energy and body structure through touch
  • The skill of using energy as a working tool
  • The energetic anatomy of the skeleton
  • The theory and application of fulcrums
  • How to give a ZB session

Class Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, the student will:

  1. Define Zero Balancing and the theory of Light.
  2. State Core ZB principles.
  3. Demonstrate a series of fulcrums, including the Half Moon Vector (HVM)
  4. State the difference between slack vs looseness
  5. Describe the indication and implication for health and disease and working with ZB.
  6. State how energy moves in the body and the implication for health and disease.
  7. Demonstrate how to evaluate and balance the body:  neck, upper back, the dorsal hinge, lumbar spine and SI joint, the limbs.
  8. Demonstrate the session components:
  • How to interview the client
  • How to determine contraindication and cautions
  • How to frame a session
  • Present the session format, showing proper placement of various fulcrums
  • Identify the slack and looseness
  • Close and end the session

Cost note: Fee includes a detailed workbook ($20 value)

Cost Note: Receive a discount register by February 14, 2020

Optional Book: "Inner Bridges", by author Dr. Fritz Smith.

23 Continuing Education Units (CEUs, PDAs, CMEs):

Approved for the following credentials:

  • NDs licensed in the state of WA (Oregon Pending)
  • MDs (Category II)
  • RNs (Category II)
  • LMTs
  • LAcs
  • PTs
  • OTs
  • DCs

The Zero Balancing Health Association is approved as a continuing education provider, unless otherwise noted, by the following:


  • National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, Provider #025786-00
  • National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Provider #ACHB 554
  • American Holistic Nurses Association, for Zero Balancing I only: (1) this continuing nursing    education activity was approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (2) Approved to award 30.5 CNE through 1/9/2020 AHNA approval  #1275.  (3) Approval for contact hours through the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) based on an assessment of the educational merit of this program and does not constitute endorsement of use of any specific modality in the care of clients.


  • California Acupuncture Board, Provider # CEP 129
  • California Nurses Association, Provider # CEP 10954
  • California Physical Therapy:  Zero Balancing II only Approved for 2.5 CEUs by ACEND.  Provider ACE 1636-02
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapy, Provider # 50-4864
  • Illinois Division of Professional Regulation for Physical Therapy, Provider #216-000129
  • New York State Education Department, Office of Professions for Massage Therapists, Approved Sponsor #0016 [under IAHE]
  • New York State Education Department*, Office of Professions of Physical Therapy [under IAHE]
  • Vermont Office of Professional Regulation*, Board of Chiropractors approval for Chiropractors Zero Balancing I only. Vermont has accepted Certificates for all other ZB classes for Chiropractor license renewal CEs.
  • ProCert*, has certified Zero Balancing I only in the amount of 21 CCU’s for PT’s, PTA’s licensed in 31 states and Puerto Rico as follows:  Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Puerto Rico.

About the Instructor

Michael is one of the most experienced, clear, and vibrant teachers of Zero Balancing in the worldwide community.

He lives in New York City and has taught Zero Balancing in the U.S. and Internationally since 1996.   

Michael has served on the ZB Board of Directors since 1997 where he is currently t President. He is also one of the three co-directors of the Zero Balancing Teacher Training programs. 

He is the developer of the ZB Form & Fulcrum l & ll, the 5 Minute ZB, The 15 Minute ZB, The Restorative ZB and ZB Fields & Fulcrums. Each year he teaches a retreat ‘ ZB by the Sea’ with Dr. Fritz Smith the founder of Zero Balancing.

Michael also has produced two teaching videos- “ The ZB Protocol review” and “ The Fifteen minute ZB”.

Michael has studied and practiced Tai Chi and Qigong since 1986 and taught Qigong for many years before teaching Zero Balancing. He was also trained and certified as a NYS EMT.

He earned an MFA degree in painting from Northwestern University and has maintained his career as a practicing artist.