September, 2012

The Art of Engagement in Zero Balancing

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Finding the Point of Surrender


There is a point of surrender within each fulcrum where the person lets go, and that is where healing can happenWe can have the experience of being freer, happier and healthier.” 


Michael Oruch, one of the senior teachers in the Zero Balancing faculty, was addressing students during Form and Fulcrums I, an advanced Zero Balancing class offered ini July, 2012 in Portland, OR.


For both Zero Balancing students and certified ZB practitioners, Form and Fulcrums is an excellent class to expand, refine and deepen ZB skills.  The class is offered as a two-part series.  Form and Fulcrums I focuses on working with proper body mechanics and optimal positioning to deepen engagement and work with less effort.  Form and Fulcrums II accesses and works with rhythm and movement in Zero Balancing as a way to free up tenacious held energy.  This 2-day class will be offered in Portland, OR, Dec. 7-8, 2012.






Working with less effort and greater ease


Have you ever wanted to work more effectively without working harder?  A key goal of Form and Fulcrums I is to find optimal body positioning for each fulcrum, allowing the ZB practitioner to work more easily and with less effort.   To this end, fulcrums are deconstructed and reconstructed as a way to refine technique.


Oruch, the creator of Form and Fulcrums I & II, has a deep background in Chinese qigong and tai ch’i.  He was impressed by the ease with which a tai ch’i master moves, and wanted to incorporate the movement principles learned from these ancient arts into Zero Balancing.  These principles form the groundwork of Form and Fulcrums I.







Working with greater engagement


“We are able to engage our clients only to the degree we ourselves are engaged,” says Oruch.  Practitioners often think more structure is needed, but in fact more engagement is needed.  How do we deepen engagement?  Through proper alignment, good body mechanics, utilizing bone energy, knowing the protocol and — importantly — keeping a quiet mind.  “The quieter the mind,” says Oruch, “the more we can perceive motion.”  Quieting the mind is what allows us to perceive energy in the form of held tension, and introduce an effective fulcrum.


As a student in the class, I was impressed with how attention to micro-movements and small changes in my body position, such as dropping the sacrum slightly, freed up energy flow and deepened the work.  Working with and receiving feedback from my fellow students, I found out that small changes in my position often made a huge difference to the person receiving the fulcrum.  This recent class was the second time I have taken Form and Fulcrums I, but it by no means felt like a repeat.  I was able to refine my work and deepen my level of engagement in ZB.