What Is Polarity Therapy

What is Polarity Therapy?


Energy fields and currents exist everywhere in nature. Polarity Therapy asserts that the flow and balance of energy in the human body is the foundation of good health.

In the Polarity model, health is experienced when:

  • Energy systems function in their natural state, and
  • Energy flows smoothly without significant blockage or fixation.

When energy is unbalanced, blocked or fixed due to stress or other factors, pain and disease arise.

Typical Polarity Session

What can I expect in a typical Polarity Therapy session?

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.

Energetic Touch is the work Polarity Practitioners perform with clients – verbal interaction is energetic communication which has to do with reading the energy in people’s words and staying neutral vs. engaging in the emotions of the patient and verbal interaction. Contact may be light, medium or firm. In the session, the practitioner supports the client in increasing self-awareness of subtle energetic sensations, which are often experienced as tingling, warmth, expansion or wavelike movement. The results of Polarity Therapy sessions vary, and may include profound relaxation, an understanding of energetic patterns and their implications, and relief from numerous specific problematic situations such as hypertension, anxiety attacks and breathing disorders.


  • What is Polarity Therapy?
    Polarity Therapy is a natural health care system that works with the Human Energy Field.  Energy fields and currents exist everywhere in nature. Polarity Therapy asserts that the flow and balance of energy in the human body is the foundation of good health.

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History of Polarity Therapy

The History of Polarity Therapy

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Dr. Randolph Stone published his first work in 1947, and by 1954 had completed the seven books which contain his published findings. In his holistic medicine practice in Chicago, he applied the energy approach in a wide range of conditions and experienced remarkable success with patients. He began to teach in the 1960's and finally retired in 1974, at the age of 84.

Legal Guide

State Legislative Links & Massage Therapy Practice Laws Info Guide

Currently, 43 states plus the District of Columbia regulate the practice of massage. Some states such as Minnesota and Idaho either have or are pursuing Freedom of Access Laws. See the State Listing below.


Polarity Therapy:  Nutrition

A blend of modern science and Complementary medicine, Polarity Therapy is a comprehensive health system involving energy-based bodywork, diet, exercise, and self-awareness. Scientifically, it works with the Human Energy Field, electromagnetic patterns expressed in mental, emotional and physical experience—energetic relationships are the basis of all phenomena.  In Polarity Therapy, health is viewed as a reflection of the condition of the energy field, and therapeutic methods are designed to balance the field for health benefit.

In the healing arts, Polarity Therapy is special in its comprehensive exploration of the different dimensions of the human condition (physical, mental and emotional).  Polarity Therapy seeks to bridge the full spectrum of body, mind and spirit.

Somatic Process (Touch)

Somatic Process (Touch)

Polarity Therapy is best known for its energy-based approaches to somatic contact (touch). As an osteopath and chiropractor, Dr. Stone was well aware of the value of touch. His study of the "Energy Anatomy," The Illuminated Chakras was fully integrated into his western scientific training to create a unique blend of modern and ancient perspectives.

Polarity Yoga

Polarity Yoga

In Polarity Therapy, great emphasis is put on self-help and personal responsibility. Clients are encouraged and supported in taking charge of their health physically, mentally and emotionally.
Polarity Therapy exercises offer many self-managed energy-balancing strategies which facilitate the movement of energy in the body-mind. These movements and postures are reminiscent of the techniques of traditional Hatha Yoga and related systems, but generally are easier to do and are specifically designed for energy balancing benefits.
Communication & Facilitation

Polarity Therapy:  Communication and Facilitation

The fundamental concepts of Polarity Therapy communication and facilitation:

  • HEALING. Polarity Therapy has specific touch and verbal tools for nervous system support and healing. These are invaluable in dealing with post-trauma symptoms, in which the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems may be disabled due to overwhelming threat in the near or distant past.

  • RELATIONSHIPS. Polarity Therapy is a very effective support for relationships. Emphasis is on clear commitments, acceptance of responsibility and effective communication between partners, all based on energy principles.
  • STRESS MANAGEMENT. Polarity Therapy is very effective for building inner resources to manage stress. As a person is more able to sense and appreciate subtle inner energetic experience, he or she is more capable of self-regulation and less likely to be affected by external factors.

  • The Polarity principles of expansion and contraction, or yang and yin, are universal in human experience, and may support healing in areas such as trauma resolution, relationship dynamics and personal empowerment.

  • The Polarity model has identified specific links between body and emotions, including the mental-emotional attributes of the elemental chakras and the psychodynamics of yang and yin experienced internally (as mental-emotional health and coherence), and externally (in relationships).

  • Polarity Therapy emphasizes personal responsibility. Practitioners support clients in taking charge of their lives and finding their own solutions.


American Polarity Therapy Association

122 N. Elm Street, Suite 504
Greensboro, NC  27401
P (336) 574-1121
F (336) 574-1151

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What others are saying


"I have studied and experienced a wide variety of somatic therapies and believe everyone can benefit from Polarity Therapy."

C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D. Founding President, American Holistic Medical Association President, Holos University Graduate Seminary www.normshealy.net


"I have studied, practiced and received Polarity for over 15 years. Polarity  Therapy is a central healing resource in my life. It allows a person the opportunity to realign with the true self and to restore health and balance. It allows the person the space to love himself or herself. The Polarity Therapy community itself is unique. I am constantly amazed by the curiosity, intelligence, integrity and non-judgmentalness within the community. Polarity Therapists and those attracted to Polarity are uniquely maverick individuals. We are truth-seekers."


Anita Lee Sloan, M.D., RPP University of New Mexico Fellow, Division of Endocrinology Fellow, General Clinical Research Center