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Polarity therapy is based on the concept that a person's health and well-being are determined by the natural flow of energy through the body. Polarity refers to the positive and negative charges of the body's electromagnetic energy field. Practitioners use touch, movement, and other methods to help this energy flow.
How is it promoted for use?
Polarity therapy is based on the theory that a smooth flow of energy maintains health, while disruptions in the flow caused by trauma, stress, poor nutrition, and other factors lead to energy imbalances, fatigue, and illness. There are believed to be three types of energy fields in the human body: long-line currents that run north to south on the body; transverse currents that run east-west in the body; and spiral currents that start at the navel and expand outward.
Therapist of polarity therapy can identify the sources of energy blockages and disruptions by observing symptoms such as headaches, tight shoulders and back muscles, muscle spasms, pain, abdominal discomfort, and even tumors. Polarity therapy can also be used to promote relaxation and range of motion, relieve tension, increase energy, and reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling.
What does it involve?
The first polarity therapy session includes detailed questions about physical and mental health, diet and exercise, health concerns, work, and more. The patient lies on a massage table while the therapist scans for imbalances and checks energy flow in the body. The polarity therapist may use a variety of techniques to balance and clear energy field paths. Some of these include twisting the torso, spinal realignment, curling toes, rocking motions, and moving the hands or crystals along the body's natural energy pathways. Other aspects of polarity therapy may include supportive counseling, deep-breathing exercises, diet changes, hydrotherapy, stretching, and yoga.
Because polarity therapy is based on the unique needs of the patient at the time, no two sessions are exactly alike. Most often, weekly sessions are suggested for six to eight weeks, although this may vary depending on the person and his or her needs. During a successful session of polarity therapy, the patient is said to reach a state of deep relaxation. A polarity therapy session lasts about an hour or more. Generally, polarity therapy is recommended for use in addition to standard medical care.
What is the history behind it?
Polarity therapy was developed in the late 1940s by Randolph Stone, a chiropractor, osteopath, and naturopath. Dr. Stone studied several forms of traditional medicine practices from India and China. He taught that each person is responsible for his or her own health and that simple steps such as those involved in polarity therapy improve physical and spiritual well-being. According to the American Polarity Therapy Association, about one thousand polarity therapists are registered in the United States. Various schools and people from around the world teach polarity therapy. Some organizations have training programs to certify polarity therapists. However, these organizations are not regulated by any government agency.