Body & Mind


By John Hamwee, author of the book:
Zero Balancing:
Touching the Energy of Bone

Introduction to Zero Balancing

The Background
The Basic Idea

The Background
About thirty years ago Fritz Smith, an American osteopath and doctor, was asked to be present when an Indian man walked barefoot for twenty yards on burning coals; it would be his job to provide urgent medical care if necessary. Fritz watched the man perform the fire walk and examined him immediately afterwards. He could find no trace of any injury, nor any damage to the skin on the soles of the feet. At that moment he realised that what he had been taught at medical school was not an adequate explanation of how the body works, and he knew that he wanted to understand more. He qualified and practised as an acupuncturist, and as a result came across an added difficulty. It seemed that western and eastern descriptions of the body were both true, and both partially true; was there some theory or principle from which they could both be derived? He worried away at this question for some years, and when he got the answer he also got Zero Balancing.

The Basic Idea
Fritz Smith saw that the skeleton, the body's structure, and its energy are intimately related. For example, if the bones of the skeleton are not well aligned, then the flows of energy through the body will not be effective. And that causes problems because it is these flows which, in his view, maintain the integrity of a human being as a separate functioning entity and also connect that being to the life force which is in all things. Similarly, if there is a disturbance in the energy flows, for example following a fracture or an emotional shock, that would leave its mark on the skeleton. As a result, it would not provide the optimum combination of stability and flexibility; a combination which is so essential to our well-being.

In other words, he saw that restoring a balance of energy and structure to the body would have a powerful healing effect. In fact it turned out to be much more powerful than he realised. Initially, he saw potential only for the relief of pain and the improvement of muscular-skeletal problems such as back ache, stiff knees and so on. However, after some years of clinical experience, he noticed that many of his patients were returning for sessions long after their pain had gone away; they were coming because it helped them feel well, robust, clear and confident. This was particularly marked at times when his patients were going through difficult and stressful times. He realised that it wasn't just the body which worked more effectively when energy and structure were balanced, so did the mind.

Some time later, he discovered that during a session a considerable proportion of clients were moving into states of consciousness which could normally only be reached through prolonged meditation. In those states they were experiencing the kinds of insights, calm and well-being similar to those reported by thousands of meditators over the centuries. So this kind of balancing, he hypothesised, also has a powerful effect on what is normally called the spirit.

Perhaps it is the fact that Zero Balancing works on all these three levels at once that makes it such a powerful therapy; some combination of all three will be involved in healing for a person who is not well. It will also be involved in reaching and maintaining a state of real well-being; a state which is commonly overlooked and undervalued in everyday life.

By John Hamwee
Zero Balancing practitioner and teacher, and author of several books (
Zero Balancing: Touching the Energy of Bone, Energy Medicine - Reiki, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Love's Energy: How to Stay in Love)

From Editorial Reviews of the book:
Zero Balancing : Touching the Energy of Bone
by John Hamwee, Fritz Smith

Paperback - 144 pages (May 2000)
North Atlantic Books; ISBN: 1556433352

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