POLARITY THERAPY was developed by Dr. Randolph Stone, DO, DC, ND (1890-1981), who conducted a thorough investigation of energy in the healing arts over the course of his 60-year medical career. Drawing on information from a wide range of sources, he found that the Human Energy Field is affected by touch, diet, movement, sound, attitudes, relationships, life experience, trauma and environmental factors. Since Polarity Therapy lends an energy-based perspective to all these subjects, the scope of Polarity practice is often very broad.
Polarity supports strong connections to many other healing and holistic health systems. For example, basic characteristics of the Human Energy Field are described in many sources, both ancient and modern. From the Ayurvedic tradition, Polarity integrates the "Three Principles and Five Chakras" and has been called the modern manifestation of ancient Hermetic Philosophy. Polarity is experienced as the universal pulsation. Energy moves out from a central source (repulsion), then back to the source (attraction). Polarity practitioners use this natural phenomenon as a way of tracking energy flow.
In a typical session, the practitioner assesses energetic attributes using palpation, observation and interview methods. Sessions are done with clothing on and usually take 60-90 minutes. It involves soft touch, point-specific contact and some rocking.
Contact may be light, medium or firm. In the session, the practitioner supports the client in increasing self-awareness of subtle energetic sensations, which are often experienced as tingling, warmth, expansion or wavelike movement. The results of Polarity Therapy sessions vary, and may include profound relaxation, an understanding of energetic patterns and their implications, and relief from general and specific tensions, pain, anxiety, and breathing disorders.