Polarity Therapy 101
Today we look at a form of massage therapy that is not that common but which does hold a place in the family of massage therapies – Polarity Therapy.
Polarity Therapy is a form of treatment that takes a holistic approach to illness and health, as a complement to traditional medicine. It was developed by Dr. Randolph Stone and employs a system, blending Western and Eastern health concepts. Stone was a Chiropractor, Osteopath, and Naturopath who had long held an interest in Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese Medicine, studying them for decades.
He took his understanding of prana and qi and blended them to establish Polarity Therapy, alone with exercise and nutrition principles.
Dr. Stone gave seminars and lectures on the therapy until he died in 1981, though it was not until 1984 that the American Polarity Therapy Association was founded. There are now more than 20 certification programs available throughout the US.
It is based on a belief that the electromagnetic energy surrounding the body, moves between the body’s poles (head and feet). We experience good health when the flow of energy is free of blockage and balanced. While, pain and diseases occur when our energy flow is blocked, or not flowing properly. Therapists aim to balance the energy field using nutritional advice, stretching exercises, self-awareness, and healing touch.
According to the Polarity Center, Polarity Therapy aims to deal with the patient as a whole, factoring in physical, emotional, and mental health, assisting the body in natural healing.
It is a true complementary science, recognizing that energy needs to move from a positive to a negative, via a neutral field. It’s a concept with Dr. Stone applied to the human body. This law of science is fundamental. Energy moves throughout the universe, and it manifests as energetic currents in our physical body. This is called the Wireless Anatomy of Man.
It addresses a variety of levels, including the nervous, digestive, musculoskeletal, respiratory, myofascial, and cardiovascular systems; subtle energy; and mental and emotional levels. It tackles a variety of diseases expressions, unlocking the patterns that led to the symptoms in the first place.
A Typical Session
- Your polarity therapist will interview you to find out more about your medical history, and your lifestyle.
- They will then evaluate the flow of your energy using polarity bodywork. In polarity bodywork, the therapist will move their hands over your body, from your head to your feet, across the chakras.
- You will be fully clothed throughout the session.
- Once they have completed the initial bodywork they will have a better idea of your flow issues.
- The therapist will then apply various amounts of pressure across the body to both stimulate, and balance, the flow of energy throughout your body.
The client may experience a variety of sensations and feelings during the session. Patients often experience a change in breathing, as well as pain relief, relaxation, improved range of movement, as well as sensations of hot and cold.
It may also cause old memories to surface, which can result in powerful emotional expressions of laughter, or tears. Every session is unique to the client, with the therapist able to adjust the session as the client expresses reacts to the treatment.
The therapist will also offer advice about exercises that you can complete at home, as well as necessary dietary changes.
The Benefits of Polarity Therapy
Polarity Therapy can be used to aid healing specific conditions, as well as for preventative methods. There are a variety of conditions that have seen benefits from Polarity Therapy, including stress and anxiety, digestive disorders, headaches, and migraines.
According to WebMD, Polarity Therapy can also be effective in treating fatigue, fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis pain.
If you want to find a Polarity Therapist, you can find one in your area by searching the American Polarity Therapy Association’s handy directory.