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The Science of Energy Therapies and Contemplative Practice: A Conceptual Review and the Application of Zero Balancing

Denner, Sallie Stoltz MSN, CCIT, CZB, CRNA

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e3181bf3784

The topic of energy therapies is prompted by the increasing attention of healthcare practitioners and consumers to Eastern philosophies and ancient healing practices. This article includes a conceptual framework of quantum physics principles providing the basis of interpretation of energetic phenomena, along with the exploration of theoretical concepts involving energy as a communicational network. An overview of the contemplative tradition of meditation indicates its necessity as a requisite element of energy therapies, the practice combining a knowledge base of the core scientific precepts with the experience of restorative strategies. The relevance of energy therapies as a path to self-transcendence along with the application of a specific touch technique, Zero Balancing, is highlighted.

Department of Anesthesia, St Joseph Medical Center, Towson, Maryland; and Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions, Program in Complementary and Integrative Therapies, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ms Denner is also a Certified Zero Balancer in York, Pennsylvania.

Corresponding Author: Sallie Stoltz Denner, MSN, CCIT, CZB, CRNA, 1400 E. Market St, York, PA 17403 (

The author thanks Effie Nomicos, MSN, CCRP, Senior Nurse Specialist/Coordinator, National Cancer Institute, Dermatology Branch/CCR National Institutes of Health, for her generous support of the author's efforts during the composition of this manuscript.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.