Polarity Therapy is a truly holistic health systemfounded by Dr. Randolph Stone, D.O., D.C., N.D. Dr. Stone believed that life was much more thanchemistry and that healing was greater than freedomfrom symptoms. He saw life as a spiritualjourney and healing as the total alignment withthat journey. Dr. Stone's understanding of the healing artsbegan with the study of Western medicine whichincluded structural manipulation, nutrition, andnatural therapies. He then journeyed throughoutEurope and the Far East studying different healingmodalities. In the Far East, he studied Ayurveda,(the traditional healing system of India), acupuncture,yoga, and meditation. In Europe, he studiedhomeopathy and Hermetic philosophy and visitedmany nature cure spas. Polarity Therapy is based on the premise thatwe are fields of pulsating life energy made up ofspecific frequencies known as the five elements:Ether, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. Each elementrelates and flows in a balance of positive and negativeattractions arising from a neutral center. Whenour thoughts, emotions, and physical body are outof alignment with the energy necessary to meet alife challenge, an energy imbalance results. Theseimbalances may appear as physical, mental, andemotional discomfort or pain. Polarity teaches usthat this pain and discomfort is a signal for us tolearn, change, and realign our lives. An ongoing and dynamic balance of lifeenergy is our foundation for health and well-being. Polarity Therapy helps us to develop thisbalance by promoting the flexibility, spontaneity,creativity, and clarity necessary to meet the challengesof everyday life. Dr. Stone says, "e;Obstaclesare God's design to make man with a spine."e;We must have challenges to grow spiritually. Meeting these challenges is a life-long processin which we learn to increase the depth of ourunderstanding and awareness and apply this toevery moment of our lives. A Polarity practitioner utilizes the tools ofbodywork, exercise, nutrition, and verbal guidanceto evaluate and balance life energy. Polarity bodyworkinvolves gentle rocking, stretching, and pressure-sensitive touch based on energy flow. Polarityexercises are easy stretching postures combiningsound, breath, and self-massage. Polarity nutritionviews food as energy and develops an ongoing,ever-changing, and creative nutritional awarenessrather than a rigid set of rules. Polarity verbalguidance is based on the assumption that "e;rightthinking"e; is the cornerstone of good health. Verbalprocesses involve understanding and feeling ouremotions, taking responsibility for our lives, andcreating life-enhancing thoughts.