Polarity Therapy is a method of healing that was developed by Dr. Randolph Stone over a sixty-year career as an Osteopath, Chiropractor and Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine. His work blends eastern and western approaches to health and homeopathic wellness. His research is based on the fundamental knowledge of energy flow and its movement throughout the universe. The Patient is considered to be an energetic expression of this movement.
The Treatment of Dis-ease - East Vs. West
The Western scientific model of life in the universe was defined in part by the work of a seventeenth century mathematician named Descartes. He viewed the universe as a perfectly functioning mechanism. Just like a clock, every mechanism in the clock has a place and function. He viewed the mind and soul of each individual to be completely separate entities, each functioning in its own domain. In short, he divided the human form into pieces and saw these pieces as separate from one another. Shortly thereafter, Newtonian Physics came into focus bringing with it the concepts of gravity, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, chemical reactions, and so on.
Modern day healthcare in the West was constructed by adopting the laws of material dynamics, as presented by Newton, with a Cartesian world-view of the universe as it's foundation. So in essence, Westerners tend to separate reality into individual parts. The body is considered to be a closed, ordered and mechanical system that is separate from the whole of the universe. This philosophy enabled scientists to discover the specific mechanism behind the manifestation of a dis-ease. With a universal pathology now in place, doctors were able to locate the root causes of dis-ease in the body which led to the development of specific treatments in the medical industry.
Eastern belief systems view this "separateness" as an illusion caused by a misperception of our experience. Somewhere in the process of deduction we loose touch with the "wholeness" of everything as it unfolds. Instead, the focus is on the natural order of things in the universe. Holistic principles represent a complete system where the dynamics of humanity plays an integral part in its own development and evolution. This dynamic is expressed as the movement of Chi (Qi) through the human form which acts as a vessel.
An Eastern Ideal Reaches A Western Approach To Integrative Health Care
An ancient Chinese philosopher named Lao Tzu referred to the physical world as “The Land of 10,000 Things” in his famous written work entitled "The Tao Te Ching". This discourse on the nature of existence presents suggestions on how to attain harmony in 100 short passages. The intention is to enlighten humanity where the emphasis is to achieve balance between the physical, mental and spiritual domains through practice.
"In Tao the only motion is returning. The only useful quality, weakness. For though all creatures under heaven are the products of Being, Being itself is the product of Not-being."
What Lao Tzu is describing in this passage is the same concept behind Dr. Stone’s Polarity Therapy. If the energy that is responsible for all things derives from one source, then this energy must return to the place from where it came. In this case, the origin of source energy is referred to as the Tao. To be present with the Tao is to be at peace. This stillness is at the core of every human being.
Out of the infinite Tao springs forth the primordial truth that splits to form the first polarity relationship known as Yin and Yang. This energetic expression steps down in density as it filters through the construct of the Five Phases, also known as the Five Elements, that are represented as Fire, Water, Earth, Moon and Metal. These phases are part of a control cycle consisting of checks and balances that exist within all of nature. Each element relates to an organ in the human body and each organ represents a virtue. As we relate to our emotions we refine our purpose of attaining a sense of wholeness in both body and mind. Inner resistance to wholeness inhibits energy from returning back to its source which inevitably causes dis-ease.
This dynamic system supports the core philosophy of Dr. Stone. He expressed that the movement of opposites is evident in all facets of creation and in order to have movement, polarity relationships must be setup and active. These relationships flow outward from an origination through a centrifugal or outgoing force where they meet at the perimeter to form the expression of the whole. Every “Pattern Unit” of life is limited by the nature of the original impulse that emanated from source energy. These expansive energies eventually meet a resistance and slow down. This forms a "surface tension" which acts as a protective mechanism. It is essential that all finer energies are concentrated into developing patterns or exhaustion inevitably takes place.
The Polarity Process
A Polarity Therapist gains insight into how a Patient relates to the information coming in to their subtle energy system by studying his or her habits which may include their speech, posture, mannerisms, mental belief systems, diet and sleeping patterns. In order to harmonize the person's physiological and mental well being, any obstruction in the Patients energy pattern is balanced by working with the polarity relationships that were made evident through the Therapist’s assessment.
Once a Patients imbalance has been established through a visual scan and verbal consultation with the Therapist, a series of bodywork protocols may take place. One of the methods employed involves the use of localized touch with three degrees of pressure. The level of touch relates to the three phases of energy movement which are positive, negative and neutral. The positive, or Yang touch, is a stimulating touch that directs awareness to one area or the other. It may be a subtle vibration back and forth with one finger at a polarity point to induce a moderate emotional response within the Patient. It isn’t as deep as the Yin touch which relates to the negative side of polarity. The Yin touch is employed to release deep trauma and long-sustaining energetic blocks that eventually manifest in the Patient’s physiology. The tissues under the Therapist’s hands may seem to be contracted in blocked areas such as these. The last method of touch is neutral which is firm yet stable. The intention is to bring balance to a polarity relationship that does not challenge the Patients acceptance of the healing process.
It is important to understand that the Patient is mostly responsible for the healing to take place. The objective for the Therapist is to release past trauma by subtly provoking the Patient to “feel through” the experience. In the act of re-visiting harbored emotions suppressed by the subconscious, any physical imbalance related to past trauma can now be released. A simple method used by Cranio-Sacral Therapists called a Cranial Hold may also be used as a way to provide support for a Patient who seems like he or she is about to “un-wind”. This happens when unconscious guarding patterns break down and the area of the body related to the trauma attempts to release itself through movement.
The Polarity Therapist is completely engaged with the Patient and his or her well being throughout the entire process. The Therapist must be able to sustain a non-biased view of the individual. The most important aspect to a Polarity Therapy session is the intention and level of presence that is respected and shared between the Patient and Therapist. The Patient is willing to participate and is relied upon to accept the healing process and the Therapist must have the right intention in place for the therapy to be effective.
The Method Behind The Modality
In this example, we will explore how an imbalance in the Fire Element may affect the Patient and how the Therapist may choose to correct it.
The polarity relationship for a Fire imbalance is noted in the words of Dr. Stone:
"The superior pole is manifested in the light of the eyes (Brow Chakra) and descends over the region of the heart and chest (Heart Chakra) as respiration and the fiery warmth in the blood, to supply every cell of the body. It crosses over the abdomen in the region of the umbilicus, where it becomes the fire of digestion in the splanchnic area in the Solar Plexus (Chakra). It centers especially in the duodenum as an emotional seat (Root Chakra) of the fire principle; also in the gall bladder and duct as the organ of anger, jealousy, envy, hatred and bitterness. Its third function is action and motion which are expressed through the skill of the hands in the neuter pole and as running through the action of the thighs."
The Fire Element is an energetic step down from the Air element. Air fuels Fire. It represents the driving force within us. It is felt as the warmth in our hearts, the heat in our digestion and the rage in our anger. Consideration for the Patients diet may be taken into account. If the Patient uses too much of his or her Fire on maintaining their level of anger, they may tend to eat more spicy foods. This may have adverse effects on their digestive system. A Fire imbalance may express itself in the form of anger or frustration. The Therapist would first decipher if an energetic imbalance is evident in the Patients Fire before treating that particular polarity relationship.
The Therapist may employ several degrees of touch at the Brow (+), Solar Plexus (neutral) and thighs (-). These areas of the body make up the polarity relationship for the Fire element that needs to be balanced. The Patient may be directed to maintain an exercise regiment of specific stretches that are similar to Yoga. Squats are helpful to release emotional buildup at the Sacral and Root Chakras. Acupuncture and reflexology at the feet may also be used to access the related Polarity Zones.
By: Joseph Esposito – The Bioenergist
The Polarity Process: Energy as a Healing Art Franklyn Sills www.karuna-institute.co.uk
Dr. Randolph Stone’s Polarity Therapy The Complete Collected Works - Volume One Dr. Randolph Stone (D.C., D.O.)