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November/December 2012

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technique CLASSROOM TO CLIENT | @WORK | ENERGY WORK | MYOFASCIAL TECHNIQUES Polarity Therapy in Hospice Care By Anna C. Palmer Polarity therapy is a holistic energy healing modality developed by Randolph Stone, DO, DC, ND, between 1940 and 1980. Stone integrated his studies of ayurvedic medicine in India with his Western knowledge of osteopathic and naturopathic medicines, allowing laypersons to apply hands-on techniques to balance energy. He also created recommendations for diet, yoga, and attitude adjustments to enhance health and wellness. This article discusses the basic principles of polarity therapy and how they may be applied to working with clients who are in the final months or days of their life. THE PRINCIPLES OF ENERGY MOVEMENT Polarity therapy teaches that energy is constantly in movement. Life force energy arises from a source and informs all life, splitting into two oppositely charged currents when life begins. This is seen in our physical form, as in the right and left hemispheres of the brain. The interplay of these currents creates the underlying energetic patterns in our bodies, including our energy centers (chakras) and fields. 110 massage & bodywork november/december 2012

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