What is Polarity Therapy, and how does it work?
Medically reviewed by Kerry Boyle D.Ac., M.S., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., CYT — By Amanda Barrell on April 25, 2022 in Medical News Today
Polarity therapy is a type of alternative medicine. It is an energy therapy that some believe can help ease stress, pain, and the symptoms of some diseases. However, researchers have found limited scientific evidence for this.
Polarity therapy is an alternative medicine treatment. According to the American Polarity Therapy Association (APTA), it restores the balance of the body’s energy through touch, exercise, nutrition, and self-awareness.
Dr. Randolph Stone, an osteopath, developed polarity therapy over many years, starting in 1948. His aim was to combine conventional medicine with other complementary and holistic health practices.
This article will explain what polarity therapy is, its possible uses and applications, and how it compares to other energy therapies, such as Reiki.
What is polarity therapy?
Polarity therapy is a type of energy therapy. Other examples include:
- healing touch therapy
- therapeutic touch
All energy therapy comes from three basic assumptions:
- that blocked energy flows cause illness
- that the mind and body have the power to heal themselves
- that manipulating the internal energy flow, or life force, can help the mind and body to heal themselves
Unlike other energy therapists, those focusing on polarity therapy believe positive and negative charges in the body’s electromagnetic field control its energy. Advocates of polarity therapy sometimes call the body’s energy the life force, life energy, or chi.
Therapists use a combination of techniques, which they sometimes call “polarity balancing.” The Polarity Center says a typical therapy session will include bodywork or touch and a combination of nutrition, exercise, and counseling.
Although it is different for everyone, bodywork might include:
- the therapist placing their hands above the person’s body to manipulate energy
- the therapist touching the person’s body to manipulate energy
Polarity therapists believe the practice can boost well-being. They also claim it can help with several health conditions and their symptoms, including:
- fatigue or extreme tiredness
- malaise or feeling generally unwell
Many people say polarity therapy has helped them. However, it is worth noting there is little scientific evidence to back this up.
Researchers have conducted some studies, but these have tended to be small. Their results have been inconclusive.
An older 2011Trusted Source pilot study focuses on a clinical trial of polarity therapy in 45 women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer. The researchers concluded that it might be able to help with cancer-related fatigue but asked for more evidence.
A 2012Trusted Source study looked at whether the therapy could help with stress and pain in people whose family members had dementia. The researchers concluded it could decrease stress and improve well-being. However, the study involved just 42 people.
Uses and applications
People tend to use polarity therapy to:
- boost well-being
- help ease the symptoms of some health conditions, such as fatigue or pain
Polarity therapy vs. Reiki
All energy practitioners believe manipulating the body’s energy can contribute to healing.
Polarity therapists believe positive and negative charges in the electromagnetic field control the body’s energy.
Reiki practitioners believe that the body’s energy can run low. Therapists place their hands on the person to manipulate the energy and increase its levels in the body.
Unlike Reiki, polarity therapy also involves nutrition, yoga, and counseling.
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Please Note: This article is provided for informational purposes only, and not intended as specific holistic health advice to the reader. Therefore, reading this article does not create a practitioner/client relationship. Reiki Therapy is meant to be used as a complement to traditional care, and does not substitute for qualified medical or traditional care.