Neuro Synchrony Institute – 2016
Presentation of the Neuro Synchrony Institute on Electrodermal Activity during a Zero Balancing Session
With the introduction of Stuart Reynolds and James Strickland of the Neuro Synchrony Institute from Austin, Texas, a powerpoint and video presentation highlighted the physiological data collection project from September. Hosted by David Lauterstein at the Lauterstein-Conway School of Massage, the researchers collected data through wireless wrist sensors from both the ZB clients and ZB practitioners before and during each session. The measurement of electrodermal activity (EDA), temperature change and movement were then analyzed with intriguing interactions. Simultaneously, each session was videotaped for additional understanding and points of interest.
ZB practitioners for the study, faculty members Tom Gentile and Mary Murphy, then reviewed each video session and made notations as to when a “significant therapeutic moment” occurred. Their notations of “working signs” were compared with the clients EDA, temperature, and movement as well as correlations of their own sensory measurements. The data led the researchers to some interesting and exciting observations.
Far from complete, one finding seemed to indicate a connection where the client and practitioner came into balance with one another through EDA measurements of sympathetic nervous system awareness. You can see this in the graph below where the red lines are measurements of the Zero Balancer and the blue lines are the measures of the client and the vertical dark line is when the session starts. You can see the ZBer “seeking out” the client to connect with the client. After the colored lines come together they stay together and the ZBer and the client both get quieter and stay together.
They also demonstrated an example of how a ZB client in the study during a deep state of relaxation did not demonstrate the expected startle response that may be due to some form of an expanded state of consciousness engendered by the session. Although preliminary, promising and ongoing discussion with Stuart Reynolds and James Strickland are underway for a further study involving a larger number of clients that could lead to a scientific hypothesis and refinement of Zero Balancing suppositions.