May 2009 Newsletter
Article of the Month

Balance is Power
Alternative Medicine Research Report

Polarity Therapy aims to maintain health by balancing the body's electromagnetic field. Polarity therapy was initially developed in the 1940s by Randolph
Stone, ND, DC, DO. Pierre Pannetier, ND, continued Dr. Stone's teaching after the mid-1970s.

Polarity integrates:

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• The three principles and the five chakras of Ayurvedic medicine
• Draws from ancient Hermetic philosophy.
Exercise and lifestyle changes
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Touch with the hands is used with the intention of influencing flow of body energy.

Polarity Therapy has predictable pathways:
student touch

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1. Polarity is based on a theory that energy flows through the body along five predictable pathways, and that this flow can be affected by the placement
of hands at specific points to correct disorders or imbalances.
2. It has been hypothesized that cells in the body have negative and positive poles that are involved in this flow of energy.
3. Polarity practitioners believe that the clockwise flow between the positive and negative aspects of the body's electromagnetic field must be in balance
and flow freely to maintain health.
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The spinal column is thought to have five neutral energy centers (ether, air, fire, water, earth), with each of these areas corresponding to bodily functions.

Practitioners aim to access a client's energy using energetic touch, observation, and client interviews. Polarity shares some principles with the yin-yang
concept in Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Chakra system in Ayurvedic medicine.
Polarity Practitioners believe that maintenance of good health requires free flow of life energy through the body.

Polarity therapy uses four different approaches with the goal of balancing life energy:

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1. Energetic Touch
2. Energetic Food Awareness
3. Exercise
4. Life Style Skills Education.
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An overall goal of the Polarity approach to health and well-being is to give clients multiple tools to use in maintaining a balanced way of life. Responsibility
and self-esteem are often encouraged.

Polarity is also known as: acu-Polarity, biofield therapy, chakras, chi, energy anatomy, IDA, ki, life force, oval fields, Pingala, Polarity balancing,
polarity energy balancing, Polarity Therapy touch, polarity yoga, prana, qi, rajas, rajasic, sattvas, satvic, somatic process, subtle energetic therapy,
sushumna, tamas, tamasic, yang and yin.

Reference: Full text of this article appeared in the August, 2003 issue of Alternative Medicine Research Report.

Mary Jo Ruggieri PhD. RPP
Holistic Health Consultant

Author's Bio: 

Sonya Dawn Brink is a Registered Polarity Practitioner. She is an Alum of the Ohio Institute of Holistic Health Careers. She has a private practice and a virtual office for holistic health and lifestyle consultations.