Increasingly, people are recognizing the power of Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CIM) in maintaining their own health and wellness as well as that of their pets. Energy medicine, a form of CIM, is emerging as the medicine of the future. As stated below, ‘conventional medicine has long used machines such as x-rays, lasers, EKGs and EEGs-that record various forms of energy to diagnose or treat disease.’ The concepts upon which these familiar techniques are based can help in understanding energy medicine techniques, such as Reiki, polarity therapy, craniosacral therapy, reflexology, and therapeutic touch as well. I routinely use these energy medicine techniques to maintain health and wellness for my dogs. In fact, it is not uncommon for Frankie or Susie to jump up on the couch next to me and ‘ask’ me to do energy work on them — more on that later!
In the following post, Dr. Mary Jo Ruggieri describes in some detail how polarity therapy, a form of energy medicine, works.
POLARITY FOR BALANCE
We are about to begin a new revolution! An innovative science is emerging, a science that holds the secrets of past systems of healing and future cures for humankind.
Lifeforce, chakras, auras, prana and chi are words often expressed when discussing the human energy field. Chinese acupuncturists believe that channels of energy run through the body; when these channels are blocked or out of balance, pain and disease can result.
Practitioners of polarity therapy use their hands to balance the human energy field, believing that, when in balance, the body will begin to automatically heal.
Research has shown that in disease, the natural flow of energy is obstructed, disordered and often depleted. Think about how you feel when you’re sick — no energy. As long as energy is flowing freely, we maintain optimal health.
James Oschman, in his book Energy Medicine, says in a few decades scientists have gone from a conviction that there is no such thing as an energy field around the human body to an absolute certainty that it exists. Moreover, he states, science is explaining the roles of energy fields in health and disease.
Life in many cultures is based on the principles of energy, and many of these cultures use energy medicine for healing. Chinese and Indian traditions use the principles of energy as the foundation for their entire healthcare system.
Dr. Andrew Weil, in his bestseller Spontaneous Healing, believes that “Health, according to the energy model, is the harmonious flow of life energy, while imbalances in this flow (due to unhealthy habits) result in illness.” He points out that conventional medicine has long used machines-such as x-rays, lasers, EKGs and EEGs-that record various forms of energy to diagnose or treat disease.
How does all of this energy really work? Simple. What happens when you blow a fuse in your house? The breakers go out, movement completely shuts down in the entire house and you’re without lights, refrigeration and, of course, TV.
Energy that comes into your house comes from a source, the power plant. This plant pumps high-voltage electricity through a series of lines and transformers to slow it down so we can eventually use it.
The human body is also an electrical plant that runs on high-voltage energy. The spine, representing the utility pole, sends energy via all the nerves (or wires) to every part of the body so movement can occur. If there’s a short in the circuits or an injury to the system, the circuit breakers go out. Knowing how to turn these circuit breakers back on is energy medicine.
Everything has energy, as Einstein pointed out; matter is energy and energy becomes form and matter.
Therapies such as polarity therapy concentrate on keeping the positive pathways of energy open. Pain is a blockage of energy and eventually leads to disease and structural dysfunction.
Polarity therapy is becoming a household word. It’s a synthesis of many ancient theories and techniques derived from Indian Ayurvedic medicine and Chinese healing traditions such as acupressure and acupuncture.
Dr. Randolph Stone, the founder of polarity therapy, created a very detailed science that uses various reflex points, holds for stress reduction and specific energetic manipulations aimed at releasing tension in the body. A polarity practitioner will use various types of touch-working with the hands on or off the body-which can be combined with gentle rocking to release physical tension patterns.
Polarity also involves yoga exercise as well as Ayurvedic “live food” principles. It truly is a holistic approach to healthcare. A common belief in all aspects of polarity therapy is that life energy is the link between the mind and the body.
A polarity session can often get to the heart of the problem, tracing the energy blocks to the physical centers of pain. Once the source of the pain is identified, along with the help of the polarity practitioner, the client will be able to remove the blocks.
Remember, to maintain quality health, the life energy must flow freely through the entire body. All Life is Energy!
ENERGY IS PERPETUAL, it cannot be destroyed and cannot be created All you can do is manifest it. Did you know that…
- Every cell in your body has electric charges and electric currents.
- A cell is a mini battery which pumps out 70-90 millivolts (when in balance).
- Muscle movement is powered by chemical energy.
- Digestion is a slow form of burning that produces energy.
- One cell goes through 100,000 chemical reactions per second! (per second)
- So…….All Life is Energy!
Mary Jo Ruggieri PhD, RPP
Institute of Holistic Health Careers
Director, Columbus Center for Integrative Health and Wellness