Zero Balancing I and II

Zero Balancing I and II in Costa Rica

We are musculo-skeletal beings, yet most therapists focus only on the muscular side of that equation. That addresses only half of that system!  Zero Balancing – by adding a mindful focus on the bones, key joints, and the energy flowing through them, as well as on the soft tissues associated with them – for the first time, also gives you access to the deepest layer of the person – who they are in their bones – thus Zero Balancing adds a much needed wholeness to your work and your clients’ experience.  Zero Balancing is the missing piece in the world of bodywork and bodymind therapies.

This class in Costa Rica (with a break in the middle for exploring Samara and its wonderful beachfront) is additionally special in that Zero Balancing is usually taught in two segments separated by months.  In this very special class, ZB I and II will both be taught, giving you in 8 class days, the entire Zero Balancing Core Protocol!  And, for people who’ve previously studied ZB, you are welcome to join in the ZB II portion of the curriculum.

David Lauterstein has taught this course at CRSMT for several years. In 2023 Lisa Bardarson and Clare Gowen will be the co-instructors of Zero Balancing at CRSMT utilizing the same great curriculum and methodologies developed by the Zero Balancing Health Association.

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2023 Instructor

Lisa Bardarson

Lisa will be co-teaching the Zero Balancing course in 2023.

Lisa Bardarson’s professional experience as a dancer and choreographer were a glimpse into the transformational power of structure (the body) and energy (movement). She was a prominent member of the Philadelphia dance scene for many years and a writer for the on-line dance journal, thINKingDANCE. Her love of movement led her gracefully towards a successful career as a massage therapist starting in the early eighties. Around 1990, her curiosity in Eastern concepts of health drew her towards acupuncture and ultimately, Zero Balancing (ZB) which integrates Western medical science with Eastern modalities of healing. In 2015 she became certified in ZB and more recently as a teacher of ZB. Additional studies include in-depth study at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies and certification as a 500 RYT with a specialty in Yin Yoga. At the start of the pandemic, she formed SloMoYo, a movement-based program that she offered gratis via Zoom, as part of my dharma/outreach to promote well-being. After 40 years of work and study, Lisa is pleased to fold her understanding of the body and Qi, into teaching Zero Balancing.

Lisa is excited to be back at CRSMT teaching ZB again along with her colleague, Clare Gowen.

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2023 Instructor

Clare Gowen

Clare will be co-teaching the Zero Balancing course in 2023.

Clare Gowen PT, CZB started studying Zero Balancing in 2006. Her first session in Zero Balancing (ZB) in 2006 was absolutely transformational. Having trained in so many different manual therapy techniques she could not understand how something so gentle could have such a positive effect. As she felt lighter on her feet and more self-aware ZB training became a priority! In 2010 Clare became certified in ZB. In her more than 30-year career as a Physical Therapist she has found ZB to be one of the most comprehensive techniques for working with the whole person. Research tells us that in ZB sessions we are assisting the client in their own evolution on the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual levels of wellness. She is looking forward to teaching again at the Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy with her colleague Lisa Bardarson,LMT CZB.

Playa Samara Location



Playa Samara is a perfect paradise for massage therapy continuing education in Costa Rica. The town is nestled in the beautiful green hills of the famous Nicoya Blue Zone on the Pacific Coast of the peaceful Central American nation.


Enjoy strolling the streets of the small downtown area and visiting the many local and international restaurants, bars and discos, and cute gift shops. The beautiful and tranquil Samara Bay is surrounded by miles of palm tree lined white sand beaches and provides a perfect and safe location for kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, SUP, and swimming as well.

Samara Costa Rica


Shared Room
$1,800 = Tuition + Shared Accommodations for ZB I and II
$900 = Tuition + Shared Accommodations for ZB I or II only

Single Room
$2,150 = Tuition + Single Room for ZB I and II
$1,100 = Tuition + Single Room for ZB I or II only

$350 Deposit required to enroll and save your space, remainder due 30 days prior to start of class.

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Please be sure your state board of massage therapy will accept NCBTMB approved continuing education units for license renewal prior to enrolling in this course.

2023 DATES

November 26th – December 6th ZB I & II

November 26th – December 1st ZB I only

December 2nd – December 6th ZB II only

Dates include 1 day on each end for arrival and departure.


Enjoy simple and comfortable accommodations in our Costa Rican style bungalows tucked away in the heart of Playa Samara just seconds from the beach. Each 2 or 3 bedroom bungalow is fully furnished with a fully equipped kitchen, bathrooms and living room. Single or double bedrooms are available as well as studio apartments. Enjoy the swimming pool, lush gardens, WiFi access, hot water showers, and fans. A/C is available at an additional charge. Learn More

What’s Included with ZB I and II

  • 50 NCBTMB CEU credits
  • Accommodations in our Oasis Villas – fully appointed bungalows with complete kitchens in the heart of Playa Samara
  • Airport Pickup and Dropoff
  • Text book and use of all classroom facilities (tables, linens, lubricant etc.)

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Meals – all accommodations come with fully equipped kitchens, and there are several local grocers including an organic market all within 5 minutes

Why Study Zero Balancing (ZB)?

The background of Dr. Fritz Smith, the founder of ZB

  • Osteopathic physician and MD, still teaching at age 90
  • Early Rolfer trained by Ida Rolf
  • Master’s in Five-Element acupuncture from J.R. Worsley’s school in England
  • Deep Meditation studies with teachers from the east, especially Swami Muktananda

Zero Balancing is a one-of-a-kind fascinating therapy:

  • Helps relieve chronic tension and pain in the muscles, ligaments, joints and bones
  • Helps alleviate stress-related disease
  • A direct way to heal past trauma
  • Enhances self-growth
  • Helps one connect more with spirit as well as body and mind
  • Enhances structural alignment
  • Amplifies graceful movement
  • Evokes an experience of health at one’s very core

Learning Zero Balancing:

  • Cultivates a dramatically heightened quality of touch
  • Gives new methods for assessing structural and energetic imbalances
  • Gives you a whole new modality to offer your clients
  • Integrates Asian therapy and thought with Western medicine and anatomy
  • Utilizes an osteopathic understanding of foundational joints in the body
  • Has detailed teaching regarding the precise anatomy of energy flows in the body
  • Gives you a whole new group of powerful hands-on techniques

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