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What is Polarity Therapy?
Polarity Therapy is a mixture of both Eastern and Western energy therapies. It is based on the belief in an electromagnetic energy field that surrounds the body and moves between the poles of the body. Health is experienced when the energy flow is balanced and free of blockages, and pain and disease occur when the energy is not flowing properly. Polarity Therapists balance the energy field through touch, stretching exercises, nutritional advice and self-awareness.
What is the history of Polarity Therapy?
Dr. Randolph Stone created Polarity Therapy as a complete healing system in the late 19th century. Dr. Stone was an Osteopath, Naturopath and Chiropractor who had an interest in the Eastern health care systems of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. He incorporated his understanding of the energy principles of qi and prana from these two systems to establish Polarity Therapy, along with principles from his own medical training such as nutrition and exercise.
Dr. Stone gave lectures and taught seminars on Polarity Therapy until his death in 1981. The American Polarity Therapy Association was established in 1984, and over 20 certification programs exist in the U.S. today.
What are the principles behind Polarity Therapy?
Polarity Therapy is based on the belief that the body is surrounded by the human energy field, through which energy is constantly flowing and moving between the head and feet, or poles, of the body.
The Human Energy Field is affected by diet, touch, exercise, relationships and life experience. Polarity Therapists are trained to balance these effects through bodywork, yoga exercises, counseling and nutritional advice.
What happens during a typical session?
After interviewing you on your lifestyle and medical history, the Polarity Therapist evaluates your energy flow through polarity bodywork. This is done by moving their hands from the head to the feet and over the chakras and is done completely clothed. They will then apply differing amounts of pressure to the body to stimulate and balance energy flow. The practitioner will then advise dietary changes or demonstrate exercises to try at home.
What are the benefits?
Polarity Therapy is used both as a preventive and to heal specific conditions. Some conditions benefited by Polarity Therapy include headaches and migraines, digestive disorders and stress.
How can I find a practitioner?
Therapists can be found by visiting the American Polarity Therapy Association.
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