By Fritz Frederick Smith, MD.
ISBN (10) 0-9673034-6-X
ISBN (13) 978-0-9673034-6-8
Fritz Smith is the founder of Zero Balancing. In his latest book, Alchemy of Touch, he uses the “lens” of zero balancing to help practitioners move toward mastery in energy-based body work. Rather than a procedural manual, Alchemy of Touch is a guide to the universal principles of using touch to heal and enable ourselves and others. The book begins with a fascinating description of Dr. Smith’s own spiritual journey and awakening to the power of spirit and the benefit of touch. In his experiences with Ida Rolf, J.R. Worsley, and initiation by Swami Muktananda, we see the roots of Zero Balancing in the on-going revelation of his life. By sharing his personal journey in his own words, he establishes a foundation that invites the reader into a deeper exploration of touch and healing. Each of the seven session chapters is interspersed with Fritz’s expert observations about body work. Using Zero Balancing as a focus for experience, Fritz engages topics that broaden and deepen our understanding of the essential interchanges in body work– for example, energetic fields and their relationship to the body-mind, the integration of energy and structure, how memory is retained in the body, and the various alchemies of body work. Like yin and yang, these alternating chapters make an integrated whole that advances our understanding of the body and our influences upon it.
About the Author
Fritz Frederick Smith, MD, is the founder of Zero Balancing, a body / mind system of healing designed to integrate body energy with body structure
Licensed as an MD, DO, and Acupuncturist, Dr. Smith practiced general medicine for 15 years before changing his focus for the next 20 years to Chinese acupuncture and Zero Balancing. He retired from active practice in 1991 to devote himself to further developing and teaching Zero Balancing.
Dr. Smith teaches internationally, has written numerous articles, and has authored 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. He lives with his wife in Borrego Springs, California.
Praise for The Alchemy of Touch
“For centuries the Eastern philosophy of healing has been based on energy balancing. In Alchemy of Touch, Dr. Smith balances his insights on healing with the Western view of medicine and invites readers to explore the technique of Zero Balancing. It is a great gift for mankind that will surely help millions.”
-Dr. Issac Mathai, Chairman & Medical Director, SOUKYA International Holistic Health Centre, Bangalore, India.
“Science has repeatedly shown that touch is essential to the growth and development of human beings. We are far from finished learning of the ways our lives can be enriched through sensitive and sensible touch. Hence my excitement that one of the forerunners of the nature of the human interface is telling us of methods emerging from decades of sensitive observation and hands-on experience. Through his Zero Balancing teachings and treatments, Dr. Smith has exposed many to a unique and profound wisdom of the body. The pages of this book distill key insights that continue to emerge from a remarkable journey of exploration.”
-Jim Oschman, Author, “Energy Medicine: the Scientific Basis”
“I have known Fritz Smith and his work for many years. His being and his philosophies are very much worth knowing. Fritz’s work enhances self-healing for every person he touches. His concepts and doings are wonderfully shared in Alchemy of Touch. This book is very much worth reading. It should indeed help homosapiens to find health and peace.”
-John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M., Founder and Director, Upledger Institute and Foundation
“Using clear language and practical examples, Dr. Smith has applied alchemical principles to a therapeutic use of touch and made alchemy meaningful in the 21st Century.”
-Mary Williams, DO, Osteopathic Psychiatrist, Fellow, American College of Neuropsychiatrists , Certified Zero Balancing