therapy is an alternative medicine system that was created
in the mid 20th century by American doctor Randolph Stone.
It claims to be a way to keep fit and healthy on all levels,
by balancing the basic positive and negative energies that
constitute life. It involves bodywork and diet.
Between 1947 and 1954 Stone published seven books outlining
polarity therapy. Polarity therapy has been used to relieve
pain and relax patients in hospital studies. The model of
Polarity therapy is the intersection of eastern (ayurvedic)
and western (chiropractic and osteopathic) approaches.
The energy model reflects many of the concepts of Einsteinian
physics, craniosacral technique and psychological and nutritional
approaches to healing. The most basic principle is that
energy precedes form and the concept of involoution and
evolution (Energy focuses inward to be transformed into
form and then flow back out from form to energy or "source").
The model of how the energy goes from involution to evolution
is based on models of ayurveda and osteopathy.
These models define the paths of energy, the potential blockages
and how, through exercises, nutrition, change of attitude
and polarity bodywork techniques, the flow of energy can
be corrected. The theory states that by correcting the flow
of energy, the form will follow. Despite claims by practitioners,
there is no scientific evidence that this "life energy"
(See: Qi) exists. Polarity therapy has four distinct areas
of focus: Bodywork, energy exercises, energetic diet and
thoughts and attitudes or beliefs.
Polarity practitioners that are registered with the American
Polarity Therapy Association are supposed to be knowledgeable
in all four areas. The reality is that most practitioners
tend to favor one area over others. So, the work may vary
considerably depending on the practitioner. As with all
things related to bodywork, practitioners cannot and should
not make any claims as to polarity's ability to heal a condition
or illness. It is recommended that a person that is seeking
alternative wellness techniques monitor closely how they
react to any types of techniques.
It is also important to remember that every practitioner
is different. It is recommended that a client work with
more than one person until they find someone that they consider
a good match for them. Dr. Randolph Stone the founder of
Polarity Therapy, understood the Soul to be the animating
force in the body. Currents of life-force energy emanating
from the Soul sustain the energy fields of the body.