Polarity Therapy Polarity Therapy is a comprehensive health system involving energy-based bodywork, diet, exercise and self- awareness. It works with the Human Energy Field, electro- magnetic patterns expressed in mental, emotional and physical experience. In Polarity Therapy, health is viewed as a reflection of the condition of the energy field, and therapeutic methods are designed to balance the field for health benefit.
Polarity Therapy was developed by Randolph Stone, DO, DC, ND (1890-1981), who conducted a thorough investigation of energy in the healing arts over the course of his 60 year medical career. Drawing information from a wide range of sources, he found that the Human Energy Field is affected by touch, diet, movement, sound, attitudes, relationships, life experience, trauma and environmental factors. Since Polarity Therapy lends an energy-based perspective to all these subjects, the scope of Polarity practice is often very broad, with implications for health professionals in many therapeutic disciplines. As a result, Polarity has strong, mutually supportive connections to many other holistic health systems.
Basic characteristics of the Human Energy Field are described in many sources, both ancient and modern. For example, the term "Polarity" refers to the universal pulsation of expansion/contraction or repulsion/attraction known as Yang and Yin in Oriental therapies. Similarly, Polarity integrates the "Three Principles and Five Chakras" of Aryuvedic tradition, and has been called the modern manifestation of ancient Hermetic Philosophy. At the same time Polarity Therapy also enjoys rich ties to modern science, which has confirmed its essential theme of energetic relationship as the basis of all phenomena.
According to Polarity Therapists, (http://www.polaritytherapy.org/ ) the body is a system of energy fields, with the life energy kept in constant motion by the magnetic pull of opposing poles. Depleted or stagnant energy currents result in illness and bad health. Practitioners believe that poor nutrition and digestion are frequent causes of many physical problems; for this reason, cleansing diets are often prescribed to rid the body of accumulated toxins. Simple yoga exercises are often advocated to maintain muscle tone and strengthen the spine. Polarity therapists will also counsel patients to enhance self-esteem, as negative thought can impede energy flow.