Polarity Therapy

Developed by Dr. Randolph Stone, an American osteopath, naturopath, and chiropractor, Polarity Therapy focuses on the proper balance of electromagnetic energy in the body, with the ultimate goal of uniting the body, emotions, mind and soul. Stone taught that four therapeutic techniques were related: bodywork, diet, exercise and self-awareness. In the bodywork portion of this therapy, practitioners place their hands lightly on the body to redirect the client’s energy. Cleansing diets and yoga-like exercises may be recommended to enhance the client’s health. Polarity Therapy has become increasingly successful in treating animals. It asserts that energy fields exist everywhere in nature, and that the flow and balance of this energy in the human body is the underlying foundation of health.

Stress, tension, pain, inflexible thinking, and environmental stimuli are among many factors that can contribute to the restriction of this energy flow in the human body. According to Polarity therapists, such energy blocks can be released by the use of four therapeutic methods: bodywork, diet, exercise and self-awareness. The founder of Polarity Therapy emphasized the interdependence of body, emotions, mind and spirit. Polarity therapy includes gentle body manipulation and holding pressure points (poles) as well as counseling on developing positive thoughts and attitudes, understanding the principles of food combining and easy exercises to increase energy flow. Caregivers in conjunction with many other therapies often use polarity.

Benefits/Contraindications

No contraindications noted. May be used with many other therapies.

Training/Licensing

Students can become registered or certified as practitioners in educational programs approved by The American Polarity Therapy Association. Introductory classes to the general theory are often offered by massage schools.