Polarity Therapy Definition and History

Karen Frazier
Practitioner applying polarity therapy to a client's back

A holistic alternative treatment designed to balance the flow of energies within the body, polarity therapy includes various techniques to achieve maximum physical and emotional health. It is a form of hands-on energy healing that can help create balance of the body, mind, and spirit.

Dr. Randolph Stone - Founder of Polarity Therapy

Born in 1890, Austrian immigrant Rudolph Bautsch always had a great interest in religious studies and alternative practices and approaches in medicine. In the early 1920s, he earned holistic medical degrees as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Doctor of Naturopathy, and Doctor of Chiropractic. Changing his name to Dr. Randolph Stone, he continued studying both alternative medicine and Eastern spirituality and religious beliefs.

An Unconventional Approach to Healing

Maintaining a private practice for more than 50 years, many viewed Dr. Stone's medical approach as unconventional. By incorporating healing techniques and approaches from around the world in the treatment of his patients, his motto Whatever works, works! became very well-known.

Combining Eastern and Western Medical Knowledge

By combining his Eastern and Western medical knowledge and experience with his strong belief in its success, Dr. Stone developed and published a series of books in the 1940s, on the polarity therapy and its many uses in healing. It wasn't until the 1960s that Dr. Stone's works were finally accepted and polarity therapy became an accepted form of holistic treatment.

What Is Polarity Therapy?

Polarity therapy is a form of energy healing. It aligns imbalances in the human energy fields by working with the whole person including their body, mind, and spirit.

Polarity Therapy Balances Energy

Everything in the universe is made up of vibrating strands of energy. This includes inanimate objects, such as rocks, and living organisms, such as plants and animals. Polarity therapy balances energy and adjusts vibrational frequency in humans in order to allow the body, mind, and spirit to achieve health and well-being. When the energy fields are in balance and the energy of life is flowing freely, you feel relaxed and peaceful. A polarity session leaves you feeling energetically renewed.

Polarity Therapy Works With Three Types of Energy Fields

Humans have three types of energy fields:

  • Currents that run in a north to south direction called long line currents
  • Currents that run in an east to west direction called transverse currents
  • Currents that begin at the navel and flow in spirals in outward directions called spiral currents

In polarity therapy, practitioners use hands-on energy work to create a balance of positive and negative poles in these energy fields.

Polarity Therapy Balances Five Elements

Eastern and Western philosophers theorized that along with vibration, all matter contained a balance of five elements. In the Eastern philosophy of feng shui, these five elements are fire, water, earth, metal, and wood. Polarity therapy works with the four classical elements of earth, air, fire, and water and adds the fifth element of ether (aether). These elements run in channels through the core of the body and extremities, and polarity therapy seeks to balance all five elements in order to achieve harmony.

Polarity Therapy Practitioners

Polarity therapy practitioners engage in hands on and energetic work to balance energy and elements of the human body using techniques such as deep tissue massage, light touch, and non-physical energy work. By balancing these elements, energy is able to flow freely, and issues of the body, mind, and spirit can begin to heal.

Polarity Therapy Definition

Polarity therapy is a specific type of body and energy work; however, you will find practitioners that use it as a looser term without following the specific protocols or practices of true polarity therapy. Always ask to see a polarity therapy certification in order to ensure the practitioner knows how to follow the protocols and philosophies Dr. Stone developed.

American Polarity Therapy Association

The American Polarity Therapy Association (APTA) can help you find practitioners trained in polarity therapy, and the site offers resources for practitioners, professionals, and people seeking treatment.

Try Polarity Therapy

Polarity therapy is an effective and gentle form of energy work that can help you balance your energetic fields in order to reach better health. It works well by itself or with other energy or bodywork therapies such as massage therapy, Reiki, or sound healing.

Polarity Therapy Definition and History