I am writing this post 2 days after receiving my second full ZB session. Go back and read my most recent post about Zero Balancing (ZB) if you haven’t already.
I should point out that off and on for the past 5 years, I have been dealing with neck stiffness. Sometimes I even experience torticollis – a condition where muscle spasms high in my chest make it so I can’t turn my neck without having a lot of pain – and on those days, I have to turn my entire body to look a different direction. Fortunately those days only come about twice a year or so.
Also, I’m the type of person who yearns for any kind of compassionate bodywork done by a skillful (or caring) practitioner – massage, Craniosacral, ZB, acupuncture, etc – count me in. So if nothing else, these 3 free ZB treatments are providing excellent maintenance to keep my system more loose – softening my edges as it were.
I noticed several positive changes between this recent treatment and the first:
- First and foremost, my neck stiffness feels much different. Overall I would say the level of discomfort has dropped at least 50%. Not only that, but the texture of the pain has shifted. Instead of being a full blown pervasive stiffness, it is now localized tenderness – like I am more aware of the few areas of discomfort.
- Second, I relaxed very deeply during the treatment. I was grateful to Connie for being silent unless I was the one talking. She would only say something if it was necessary or maybe once every 10 minutes. This allowed me to drop much deeper into a relaxed, aware state.
- Off and on for the past couple of years, I think due to my being a waiter, I have noticed right shoulder discomfort when I move it in certain ways. My range of motion is fine, but there is stiffness with certain regions of movement. I think that is slightly shifting as well.
So far, I would say that ZB is approaching my body in a new beneficial manner. I think it works with certain physiological AND emotional layers of the body. It helps to bring awareness to the chest and ribs, breathing, and to the hips and legs, as well as the shoulders and neck. And I think I might continue on with it – after my 3 free session, I intend to get 2 sessions of ZB per month.
And like I mentioned above, if nothing else, if ZB helps to abate the stiffness in my neck, I would go back every month! When I get the torticollis, I am pretty much laid low for a day or two – if I have to go out, I literally look like a frankenstein’s monster 🙂 It is sad really. So, I am grateful for what I am learning about my body from ZB – and I think a lot of that learning is happening subconsciously.
I must admit (for the sake of science), that there are several variables to be aware of (full disclosure):
I am staying massively busy with nursing school and work. I wonder if I would notice even more breakthroughs with ZB if it weren’t for these large burdens on my shoulders. Also, while I suspect ZB is what is responsible for my neck improvement, I can’t be 100% certain – correlation does not equal causation 🙂 But I am very certain about that – considering I am not doing much different over the past few weeks.
And I should point out that I am extremely sensitive to bodywork practitioners – if someone is not very conscious or aware or compassionate or caring, I feel that and I would not go back for a second or third treatment – even if it was free. [Because in energy work – energy always flows from a higher source down to a lower source – like electricity or gravity. So if I am significantly more energetically full than my bodyworker, then they would potentially be energized for treating me!] And I say that with as much modesty as possible – it is just what I have been taught by my teachers.
So Connie is a phenomenal practitioner – she does massage and Craniosacral work as well as ZB. But she is trying to promote Zero Balancing, so if you contact her, she might give a discount if you need one (at least for the first treatment). Here is her contact info:
434.996.2640 or email her at conniemstaley [at] yahoo [dot] com
Thanks for reading!