Fritz Frederick Smith
Fritz Frederick Smith, MD, is an osteopathy (1957), allopathic physician (1961), cranial osteopath, Rolfer (1971, inactive), licensed acupuncturist (1972), and founder of Zero Balancing (1970s). He had always been fascinated by the healing power of touch because of his father, a prominent Chiropractor, and was a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine. During the late 1960s, Dr. Smith studied at Esalen Institute in Northern California with many of the forerunners of the body-mind therapy movement, and became a certified Rolfer®. Through Esalen he met J.R. Worsley, founder of the College of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture in England, whose demonstrations “cracked” Dr. Smith’s beliefs in the purely Western medical model. Soon after their meeting, Dr. Smith traveled to the UK to study with him and became a licensed acupuncturist in 1972. His study with Worsley continued over the next ten years earning him both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in acupuncture, and becoming a fellow in the Chinese College of Acupuncture. Throughout these years he explored yoga, meditation, spiritual teachings in India, Eastern energy medicine, quantum physics, and developed the system of Zero Balancing.
Dr. Smith’s observations of, and experiences with, both anatomy and energy as a force in the body led him to develop the manual body/mind therapy system of Zero Balancing (ZB). It is a system based on the Western view of anatomy and medicine with the Eastern view of energy and healing. In ZB both energy and structure are engaged simultaneously through touch and, as they are brought into balance, healing and feelings of well-being occur. The name Zero Balancing came about when someone receiving his work described the experience as being brought back into balance, “like I was Zero Balanced.”
Dr. Smith was in active general practice in Watsonville, California, from 1957 until he retired in 1990. He has been practicing and teaching Zero Balancing throughout the world for more than 35 years. He’s the author of many articles and two books, Inner Bridges: A Guide to Energy Movement and Body Structure and Alchemy of Touch: Moving Towards Mastery Through the Lens of Zero Balancing.