ZBTF Sponsors Ongoing Research for Zero Balancing

Preceding the first offering of the Zero Balancing and Consciousness class by Dr. Fritz Frederick Smith – an exciting initial data collection study on Zero Balancing was conducted recently in Austin, TX.

Sponsored by the Zero Balancing Touch Foundation and hosted by the Lauterstein-Conway School of Massage, two path breaking researchers, Stuart Reynolds and James Strickland, worked with ZB faculty members Tom Gentile and Mary Murphy by monitoring both ZB practitioner and client with wrist sensors designed for measuring and recording physiological changes during 4 ZB sessions. The data was captured to help begin to understand what is occurring within a ZB session for both practitioner and client.

Sponsoring research into the benefits of ZB is an essential element of the ZBTF mission to examine the benefits of skilled, conscious touch. Hosted by the Lauterstein Conway School of Massage, owned by ZB Faculty member David Lauterstein, this study evolved from dialogue between ZB faculty member Tom Gentile and James Strickland over the course of the last several years.

James Strickland and Stuart Reynolds have done multiple studies involved the interactions between various groups of people, primarily parents and children and have opened up the possibility that such initial study designs with Zero Balancing may provide data to more clearly understand what is happening within a session.

The study consisted of monitoring both ZB practitioner and client with wrist sensors that can measure electrodermal skin response (EDA), temperature and movement. The sessions were videotaped and will be reviewed by the practitioner to note any therapeutically significant moments which will be correlated with the data generated from the sensors to see if there are synchronicities between the EDA readings on the client and the practitioner and describe these circumstances.

This exploratory study included 4 sessions with ZB Faculty members Tom Gentile and Mary Murphy and 4 clients. As the data is analyzed, future studies with specific hypotheses will be considered to further our understanding of what is happening in the interaction between client and practitioner in a ZB session.