August 2013 Newsletter


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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.


Deeper acupressure points help relieve energetic congestion held deep in the body.


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.

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Remember, to maintain quality health, the life energy must flow freely through the entire body.


Reference : Ruggieri, M. J.

Healthy Tidbits: Polarity and Energy

All Life is Energy!


ENERGY IS PERPETUAL, can not destroy it, can not create it, all you can do is manifest it.
  • Every cell in your body has electric charges and electric currents.
  • A cell is a mini battery which pumps out 70-90 millevolts (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!

Reference: Mary Jo Ruggieri PhD


Benefits of Polarity Therapy
1.Helps appropriate movement of fluids through the system including
lymph, blood in the arteries and veins, glandular secretions and removal of toxic waste.
2. Increases muscle response such as elasticity of connective
tissue, diminishes muscle fatigue, and increases muscle energy.
3. Restores vital organ function including respiration and circulation.
4. Increases neural activity benefiting both the central and peripheral
nervous systems.
5. Increases the balance in reflex patterns.
Massage therapist


Polarity Therapy and Bodywork: Reduces Stress

Polarity Therapy, Massage, Elemental Reflexology, Acupressure and any form of bodywork will reduce stress, relieve pain, and reduce levels of stress related chemicals such as cortisol and noradrenaline. Endorphins are induced during bodywork which decreases anxiety.
Bodywork stimulates blood circulation and improves oxygen and nutrients to body tissues. It also helps improve lymphatic circulation which flushes away waste products.
“Bodywork is a nearly perfect therapy because it taps into the body’s natural ability to heal itself, often eliminating the need for medication.”

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Energy Medicine Research


Ongoing research into touch and touch therapies has become progressive and well-established. 


The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami’s School of Medicine is actively involved in research that focuses on areas such as touch for newborns, reducing pain through bodywork and lymphatic healthcare through massage.


Even the United States Army funded a study that demonstrated that therapeutic touch eases pain and stress in burn patients.


A similar study on reducing anxiety and pain in cancer patients was done in our own backyard by Pauline King, who led the study at the James Cancer Hospital.



The study produced positive results showing that massage reduces the level of pain and anxiety experienced during many of the invasive treatments being used for cancer. Kudos to the medical Buckeyes!


A study designed by researcher Sue Benford, CEO of Pro Comp Inc., set out to identify and measure “healing energy.”


According to the study, energy medicine operates on the principle that health can be influenced by the subtle realignment of a person’s “vital energy”–energy that is in all living things and when blocked, creates disease. 


Benford, along with researchers from Ohio State University, using polarity therapy, a holistic bioenergy modality, tested many volunteers. The results suggest the importance of the self-healing mechanisms within the body; touch, which is used in polarity therapy, may provide a vehicle for introducing energy directly into the body.



More on Polarity Therapy


 American Polarity Therapy Association     (APTA)


APTA is the primary national organization that supports the promotion and development of its members and the Polarity Therapy profession. An autonomous and self-regulating organization founded in 1984,

APTA is led by a volunteer Board of Directors to fulfill the following functions:


* set standards of excellence for practice, education, and ethical conduct;


* actively protect the right to practice Polarity Therapy;


* be responsible and accountable to its membership;


* support harmony, diversity, and relationship as essential ingredients to a functional and balanced organization; and more


For more information on APTA click here

Dr. Leslie Korn


Dr. Korn is licensed in psychotherapy, and certified in nutritional therapy, Polarity Therapy, and Massage and Bodywork.

Dr. Korn is director of research at the Center for World Indigenous Studies, a non-profit American Indian organization, and is a 2009-2010 Fulbright scholar in Mexico.

She is the author (with Dr. Rudolph Ryser) of Preventing and Treating Diabetes, Naturally: The Native Way (DayKeeper Press).  Dr. Leslie Korn also founded The Center for Traditional Medicine

For more about Dr. Korn, click here.

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