Randolph Stone February 26, — December 9, was the founder of polarity therapy , a complementary technique of holistic, spiritually based energy healing. Stone was born Rudolph Bautsch in in Austria. He immigrated with his family to the United States in and changed his name to Randolf Stone in the s. Dissatisfied with Western approaches, he also began traveling and studying non-Western medical practices. He had a successful private practice in Chicago and he also worked for about 10 years in a clinic in India.
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As a scientific inquiry in health care is increasingly attuned to a holistic context, greater appreciation for integrative approaches to body, mind, emotions, and spirit has evolved.
One result is the development of new "specialty" fields such as psychoneuroimmunology. Many of these newer approaches to health care are reflective of the ancient medical wisdom throughout many cultures, with a core idea being an energy-based understanding of healing and transformation. Polarity Therapy is one of these approaches, having a well developed theoretical foundation combined with a broad spectrum of techniques used to facilitate client growth.
A significant body of literature suggests that changes in the human energy field are responsible for both degeneration into disease as well as healing, recovery, and personal psycho-spiritual development.
While substantial documentation of the human energy field exists, too little is currently known about the mechanism for movement of energy in the body. Eabry summarizes recent studies suggesting biogenic magnetite may be an important factor in energy currents in the body. Kiewe theoizes that subtle forces may be at work as well. Polarity Therapy has a comprehensive understanding of energy dynamics in the body and therapeutic interventions in those dynamics. Stone provided a detailed description of both the theory and techniques in Polarity Therapy based on a lifetime of experience and exploration in energy-based medicine.
Sills further clarified and explicated the model. Metz demonstrated the alignment of Polarity Therapy principles with those of quantum physics. Stone traveled widely, studying many of the tradtional and indigenous practices of healing. He became especially versed in the ayurvedic medicine of India and the Hermetic science of the Mediterranean area, and was generally familiar with Chinese medicine and other traditional systems.
Stone began to notice commonalities among these various healing systems and realized that all of them were founded on the idea of life energy.
While different names exist for this energy e. Core Concepts. Stone combined this emphasis on life energy with his Western medical knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and natural therapeutics. His osteopathic background integrated the importance of the body's cerebrospinal fluid system, fascial membrane, nervous system, and structural anatomy in their relationship to energy dynamics in the body.
Energetically, Stone drew concepts most strongly from Ayurveda. Ayurveda, in Sanskrit, means the science of life. Many important concepts in Ayurvedic understanding are now known to be the same principles as those in the disciplines of field dynamics and quantum physics. A primary notion is that energy has three states: a positive, outflowing aspect; a negative, receptive aspect; and a neutral, integrating aspect. If we examine any system in the universe, we will find these qualities present.
These three states of energy set up a charged field dynamic, which in turn creates the principles of energy movement. This field dynamic is repeated throughout the human body countless times in a range of large to infinitesimal patterns. The interaction of these fields gives rise to various currents of energy flow, which in turn support the physical structures of the body and their movement.
Another concept which is fairly universal among indigenous cultures is that of the five natural elements. These might be referred to as archetypal elements, because they describe the basic qualities of matter and consciousness.
The first four are manifest elements, while Ether is space, or the ground in which the other elements interact. One may notice the decreasing density implied in the progression from Earth through Ether and the correlation with Western science's states of matter i.
Polarity Therapy is a way of working with these various qualities of energy, the polarized energy fields, and the principles of energy movement as they manifest in the body. Polarity Therapists recognize blocked or flowing energy and work to restore life energy to optimal patterns in the body. Balancing a client's life energy is done through holding a series of polarized contacts throughout the client's body.
Through the action of the polarity, or field dynamic established, energy moves. Energy changes its quality, or concentration, and begins flowing more openly throughout the system. While Polarity Therapy is similar in practice to most other forms of energy-based healing, such as Therapeutic Touch, Reiki, and laying on of hands, it is my impression that Polarity Therapy has a much more detailed theoretical basis.
This allows comprehension of why the energy is doing what it is doing, and thus allows greater specificity in the therapeutic process. Polarity Therapy Training. All courses of study in Polarity Therapy which lead to becoming a registered practitioner are based on the Standards for Practice. The Standards for Practice summarizes a wide spectrum of concepts and techniques, including theory and principles of Polarity Therapy, anatomy and physiology both orthodox and the energy model , polarity bodywork, communication and facilitation skills, energetic nutrition, self-help exercises and stretching postures for energy balancing, as well as guidelines for clinical supervision, business management, and professional ethics.
Students of Polarity Therapy must complete specific studies within each area. Polarity bodywork and energy balancing techniques are inclusive of many other disciplines. For example, cranio-sacral therapy, reflexology, and myofascial release are all specific compoenents of Polarity Therapy.
The APTA supports a student-centered learning process which is competency based. Clinical supervision is an essential part of each training program. This allows instructors to guide the student's process of interacting with clients. Supervision fosters refinement of student's abilities with assessment, evaluation, treatment planning, clinical procedures and technique.
Supervision builds confidence and supports the student in ones evolution toward being a practitioner. Certification may be awarded through training programs e. Other Polarity Therapy associations model this lead. The American Polarity Therapy Association is the recognized professional organization providing support to its members, setting standards for professional competency and ethics, and promoting dialogue and research on the principles of Polarity Therapy.
Also, specialized seminars by masters of Polarity Therapy occur around the country. Multiprofessionalism is common with Polarity Therapy. Many polarity practitioners are members of other allied health professions.
The APTA membership includes medical doctors, nurses, psychologists and counselors, physical therapists, massage therapists, chiropractors, and naturopathic doctors in addition to those for whom Polarity Therapy is their sole practice. Part of the reason for this eclecticism is that health care providers recognize greater effectiveness with clients doe to energy balancing.
It is conceivable that Polarity Therapy could provide a unifying model for the many forms of energy-based healing. Because Polarity Therapy is based upon the natural dynamics of energy systems, it can easily provide an integrating focus through which we can perceive the movement of life energy as it seeks balance.
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Polarity Therapy: A Comprehensive System In The Energy-Based Healing Arts
Polarity Therapy was developed by Dr. Randolph Stone, doctor of Osteopathy, Naturopathy and Chiropractic, over a period of 60 years of practice and study which began in and ended with his retirement at age It represents a synthesis of the health wisdom from the West and the East. Stone are available for free. Use the link below to visit their Digital Dr. Stone project and to learn more about the work of Dr.
Polarity Therapy is a comprehensive health system involving energy-based bodywork, diet, exercise and self-awareness. It works with the Human Energy Field, electromagnetic patterns expressed in mental, emotional and physical experience. In Polarity Therapy, health is viewed as a reflection of the conditiion of the energy field, and therapeutic methods are designed to balance the field for health benefit. Polarity Therapy was developed by Randolph Stone, DO, DC, ND , who conducted a thorough investigation of energy in the healing arts over the course of his 60 year medical career. Drawing information from a wide range of sources, he found that the Human Energy Field is affected by touch, diet, movement, sound, attitudes, relationships, life experience, trauma and environmental factors. Since Polarity Therapy lends an energy-based perspective to all these subjects, the scope of Polarity practice is often very broad, with implications for health professionals in many therapeutic disciplines. As a result, Polarity has strong, mutually supportive connections to many other holistic health systems.
Polarity Therapy. Modern scientific research is just beginning to document this simple truth which has been the basis of Eastern medical traditions for thousands of years, and it is revolutionizing how we think about our health. Polarity Therapy is on the cutting edge of this revolution — bringing the study of energy out of the esoteric realm of quantum physics and nuclear particle accelerators into, quite literally, the palms of our hands. Just as there are subtle electromagnetic forces which bind the parts of an atom together, there are subtle patterns of energy which create and sustain all living things. Polarity works with life energy in all of its forms, using a comprehensive system of bodywork, exercise, nutritional guidance, and verbal counseling to bring body, mind, emotions, and spirit into a state of balance, harmony and vibrant health. Polarity Therapy was developed by Dr.
Polarity Therapy and Biodynamics
Polarity Therapy was developed by Randolph Stone, an Austrian who emigrated to America at the beginning of the twentieth century. Stone studied chiropractic, osteopathy and naturopathy and after learning the healing methods of China and India he realised that illness was caused by an imbalance of the life energy also called "chi" in Chinese medicine and "prana" in ayurvedic medicine. Polarity Therapy works with the human energy field. Drawing on traditional Chinese medicine, ayurveda and western therapies, well-being is seen as a result of an unobstructed flow of "life energy". The positive pole: the head and right side of the body. The negative pole: the feet and left side of the body.