Definition Polarity therapy, refers to a holistic treatment aimed at harmonising the flow of energy in the body. Origin Polarity therapy was invented by the Austrian Randolph Stone (1890-1981), who worked as a naturopath, osteopath and chiropractor in the United States. Stone also studied the therapeutic remedies of ancient Eastern medical systems, particularly traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda and the hermetic medical science originating in Egypt. On the basis of his studies, he developed polarity therapy, also called Polarity, a holistic treatment method that combines Eastern and Western therapeutic remedies. However, interest in the new method only gained prominence at the beginning of the 1970s. Today, polarity therapy is especially popular in the United States, but its level of popularity is also increasing in Europe. Fundamentals The entire existence is based on the polarity of the elements, such as the relationships between heat and cold, man and woman, stillness and movement, light and shadow, etc. Likewise, every organism is characterised by the presence of innumerable polarity relationships. Polarity therapy is based on the concept that the human body is traversed by the flow of life energy within a tension field between two poles, analogous to the Qi of traditional Chinese medicine. The therapist acts as a neutral pole, stimulating the vital energy flow through dialogue, mindfulness, instruction and exercises, while also considering the three universal principles of the Gunas: Satva, which brings calm, balance and space; Rajas, which stimulates movement and activation; and Tamas, which works deep within to awaken resistance.
Polarity Therapy offers a method that promotes transformation at the physical, psychic and mental levels. It brings accumulated energy to reflux, the breath increases, the nervous system relaxes, a new balance and self-regulation between body, soul and mind is formed giving way to a new awareness and perception of self through the holistic perspective on which the therapy is based.
"Thanks to my research on endorphins, I know the power of physical contact to stimulate and modulate the production of natural chemicals, those that are tailored to act at exactly the right moments and in the right doses to enhance feelings of health and well-being."
(Candace B. Pert, in Molecole di Emozioni, 1997)
Every year, on 26 February, we celebrate World Polarity Therapy Day!