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Polarity Massage Certification

Approved for 8 Online Continuing Education Units/Credits (CEU's) for Pennsylvania Licensed Massage Therapists

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Introduction
History
Summary

Polarity therapy (PT) is a synthesis of ancient theories and techniques of energy medicine that integrates four aspects: Polarity bodywork, energetic nutrition, exercise and stretching postures, and communication/facilitation. PT is rooted in concepts derived from Ayurvedic medicine and integrated with cranial osteopathic manipulative techniques and pressure point/meridian therapies. The theory of PT suggests that all forms and processes arise from a universal source of life energy that is in constant motion and of polarized positive and negative actions and reactions around a neutral core.

Dr. Randolph Stone was the founder of PT. A lifelong student of the healing arts, he published seven books between 1947 and 1954. He was born Rudolph Bautsch in Austria in 1890 and immigrated to the United States of America in 1898. He settled with his family in Wisconsin and then in Minnesota. In the 1920s, Dr. Stone completed his primary medical certification as a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) and then received the degrees of doctor of chiropractic (DC) and doctor of naturopathic medicine (ND). He maintained his practice in Chicago and worked with patients whose disorders were considered incurable, using techniques he learned from many other healing systems. Stone studied yogic meditation in Beas, Punjab, India, for personal development, and yoga and Ayurvedic medicine deeply influenced his thinking. His theories and techniques suggest that the principles of polarization are universal phenomena. These ideas were influenced by Dr. Albert Einstein’s atomic theories of the early twentieth century. PT is not only a set of techniques but a principle, he proposed, that should guide all therapeutic applications including both assessment and energy balancing at the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels of existence. Stone1 delineated concepts of energetic, myofascial, and structural manipulation based on what he referred to as “wireless energy currents”—a concept linked to the field theory explicated by physicist David Bohm. Bohm postulated a cosmic “ocean” of interrelatedness among all things,2 saying that “individuals are interconnected and energies interchanged in ordinary human interactions are modulated in (via) a universal field that permeates all matter.”3

Although Stone wrote about the reciprocal effects of emotion and autonomic nervous system dysregulation, he did not emphasize the integrative psychosomatic processing that has evolved with Polarity into the process-oriented bodywork therapies of the early twenty-first century. Indeed, by all accounts, this deeply spiritual, gifted healer’s no-nonsense approach to verbal processing consisted of no more than to give a “Dutch uncle talk” to his patients and to leave it at that.1 Nevertheless, Stone encouraged the extension of his work by leaving out critical details in his charts, he said, to stimulate new thinking and avoid clinical dogma. The many contributions by Polarity practitioners who have followed since his death include an emphasis on the use of PT for somatoemotional health by practitioners who are dually trained in both Polarity and Western psychologic counseling, the integration of Polarity with massage therapy, the development of comprehensive Polarity dance, the application of sound and tuning forks, and the amplification of the Polarity diet based on Ayurvedic principles.

PT provides a comprehensive approach to biofield touch therapies that incorporate touch, attitudinal healing, nutrition, and exercise. Polarity is a synthesis of the Ayurvedic system of assessment, pressure point therapies, and the cranial osteopathic manipulative therapies. It provides three depths of touch, which makes it suitable for people of all ages and degrees of imbalance. PT does not diagnose but rather helps each individual find balance by releasing energy flow throughout the body. Polarity is a principle that understands the cyclical nature of change—of action and reaction—and requires self-care activities, fosters self-awareness, and encourages taking responsibility for one’s health to achieve maximum benefit. PT is practiced as part of a massage practice or as a separate modality outside of a massage practice.

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