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About Polarity Therapy

Polarity Therapy (PT), as described on the American Polarity Therapy Association (APTA) website, is "a natural health care system based upon the universal principles of energy: attraction, repulsion, and neutrality."

Like many other forms of energy healing, PT asserts that the flow and balance of energy is the foundation of good health; that pain and disease arise when energy is unbalanced, blocked or fixed; and that the body is naturally self-healing.

PT seeks to find blockages, release energy to normal flow patterns and maintain the energy field in an open, flexible state.

PT asserts that the energy field is affected by touch, diet, movement, sound, attitudes, relationships, life experience, trauma and environmental factors. Thus PT can involve diet, exercise and self-awareness as well as energy-based bodywork.

PT practitioners receive extensive training in subtle listening, energetic boundaries and respect, to help them create an environment of safety in which a client's self-healing processes can work fully.

PT posits three types of energy fields in the human body: Long line currents running north to south, transverse currents running east-west and spiral currents starting at the navel and expanding outward.

PT Sessions

In hands-on Polarity work (as described on the APTA website), a practitioner places two hands on specific energetic pathways (long line, transverse, spiral) of a client, enhancing current flow through that channel. PT is often oriented to relieving limiting attachments to events, people or things by "supporting the full cycle of energy out from the core to the periphery, and then especially, the return current back to the source."

In a session, the practitioner may also use verbal skills to support the client's awareness of their own energy movement. Awareness of energy movement is seen as being supportive of an individual's inner intelligence and "self-regulating" capacity.

In the PT model, the client responds not only to touch, but also to the energy and consciousness of the practitioner.

The APTA website describes a typical session as follows:

In a typical session, the practitioner assesses energetic attributes using palpation, observation and interview methods. Sessions usually take 60-90 minutes, do not require disrobing, and involve soft touch, some rocking as well as point specific touch.
PT was developed by Dr. Randolph Stone, DO, DC, ND (1890-1981).

American Polarity Therapy Association

The APTA is a robust organization that offers approved training programs, conferences, a code of ethics, a certification process, a practitioner directory, and an online bookstore.

The website for the APTA is:

[PT practitioners, please feel free to contact me with more specific information. Objective information that differentiates PT from other forms of energy healing will be most appreciated.]

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