Zero Balancing with David Lauterstein

Zero Balancing I and II in Costa Rica

with David Lauterstein

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

David Lauterstein

David Lauterstein has studied with Dr. Fritz Smith for 33 years and been a ZB faculty member for 25 years.  He has taught trainings internationally and nationally since 1983.  In 1989 he co-founded, The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in Austin, Texas. He is the author of three books on advanced bodywork, “Life in the Bones:  A Biography of Dr. Fritz Smith and Zero Balancing” (Upledger Institute), “The Deep Massage Book” and “Putting the Soul Back in the Body”. He is one of the most highly respected educators in the massage and bodywork realm, inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame, awarded “Teacher of the Year” by both the both AMTA and the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education. His background prior to massage therapy was in philosophy and music composition. He is the composer of the massage music CD, “Roots and Branches.” He is perhaps the foremost world proponent for teaching massage and bodywork as both an art and a science.

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
$1,500 = Tuition + Shared Accommodations for ZB I and II
$780 = Tuition + Shared Accommodations for ZB I or II only

Single Room
$1,850 = Tuition + Single Room for ZB I and II
$960= 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.

2022 DATES

November 27th – December 8th ZB I & II

November 27th – December 2nd ZB I only

December 3rd – December 8th 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
  • 11 nights lodging 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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