In this era of incredible technology and scientific advancement, we unfortunately still cannot cure cancer or some of the everyday diseases such as arthritis or asthma. Maybe we are looking for these cures in the wrong place!

Our current healthcare system relies extensively upon the use of pharmaceuticals. There is a pill for every ill and a drug for every ache and pain. Being a multi-billion dollar industry, drug companies have no invested interest in seeing people taking care and taking charge of their own health. We have become the “Quick Fix Society.” Have a headache? Take Advil®. Acid indigestion? Take Nexium®. Sinus congestion? Take Sinutab®. And the list goes on…

The question that has to be asked to avoid this quick-fix cycle is: How do we really heal?

Within the process of living, we automatically heal. The healing system is always one step ahead, determined to restore balance. All we have to do is become aware of our own internal healing capabilities. Your system will repair itself whenever it becomes damaged.

We also have internal systems of rejuvenating our bodies. If we become fatigued from fighting a cold or have gone through chemotherapy, our physical bodies will correct the problem.

Nerves will regenerate, and a broken bone will mend itself.

Andrew Weil, in his book Spontaneous Healing, cites several basic activities of the healing system:

  • Healing is an inherent capacity of life
  • The system operates continuously and is always on call
  • The system is diagnostic and will recognize damage
  • Damaged structure will be removed and replaced with normal structure
  • The system will direct moment-to-moment corrections that maintain normal function.1

If we accept the premise that healing is an inherent capacity of life, then we need to go one step

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further to understand this process. Healing comes from “within,” it is not a force outside of the body. Some call this Life Force; others say that it is the human energy system that allows the body to heal.

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 role of energy fields in health and disease.2

Andrew Weil, believes that “Health, according to the energy model, is the harmonious flow of life energy, while imbalances in their flow (due to unhealthy habits) result in illness.”3

It would seem that the quick-fix syndrome would only have a band-aid effect, treating merely the symptoms and never getting to the actual cause of the problem. Therefore, looking for cures outside the body could affect us adversely and in some cases can harm us more than help. Medical errors, adverse drug reactions, dangerous drug interactions, botched surgeries and misdiagnosed diseases are currently leading causes of deaths in our world today.

How to Create Options

  • The first is to recognize and trust the healing process of the body.
  • Second is understanding that healing involves a unique system of balancing energy.
  • Third is knowing that there are energy-based and holistic therapies that help the body heal.

Let’s Explore Our Options

Polarity Therapy is one of the most integrated and holistic approaches to healthcare. It is based upon the energetic concepts of healing. As a holistic process, Polarity Therapy can be a very effective option for us all.

Polarity Therapy Turns The Circuit Breakers Back On!

The human body is like 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 is a short in the circuit or an injury to the system, the circuit breakers go out. Knowing how to turn these circuit breakers on is the essence of Polarity Therapy.

Disease prevention can be a matter of identifying problems first at the energetic level, and then bringing that energy back into balance and removing the blocks before the disease occurs.

Polarity as a Practice

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Polarity Therapy is a synthesis of many ancient theories and techniques derived from Indian Ayurvedic medicine and Chinese healing traditions. The term polarity relates to one of the basic universal laws of nature, electromagnetic force or attraction and repulsion.

Dr. Randolph Stone, the founder of Polarity Therapy, created a very detailed healing system that involves reflex points and energetic balancing protocols. A Polarity Practitioner will use various types of touch, from working with the hands off the body to a specific contact on the body. This system can be combined with gentle rocking to release tension patterns and/or acupressure points to relieve pain and congestion held deep in the body.

The Elements and Polarity

Polarity Therapy is based specifically upon the step down theory of energy. Energy moves from source to form and then returns to source. As energy steps down into form it moves through energy centers called chakras (transformers). There are five interrelated energy patterns emerging from each chakra and these are called elements.

Polarity, which is based upon understanding the five elements, ether, air, fire, water, and earth, will use hands on protocols, energetic assessment, energetic foods, Polarity exercises, and Ayurvedic lifestyle skills to bring these elements into balance.

Expression of the Elements

Understanding each element, and the areas of the body the elements reflex, will provide a wealth of knowledge that will signal when something is out of balance before it becomes a major problem. Below is a summary of the basic qualities of each of the five elements:


Basic Qualities:

  • Space
  • Stillness

Manifests as:

  • Physical Body – Throat
  • Emotional Body – Self Expression
  • Mental Body – Open vs. Closed Mindedness


Basic Qualities

  • Lightness
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  • Agility
  • Quick Movement

Manifests as:

  • Physical Body – Lungs / Chest, Breathing, Quick Response
  • Emotional Body – Desire, Clarity, Compassion
  • Mental Body – Innovation, Problem Solving, Analyzing Reflexes:
  • Shoulders, Ankles, and Kidneys


Basic Qualities:

  • Heat
  • Focus
  • Radiating Outwardness

Manifests as:

  • Physical Body – Digestion, Moving Warmth
  • Emotional Body – Anger / Resentment, Enthusiasm / Forgiveness
  • Mental Body – Intention, Action Oriented


• Head, Solar Plexus, and Thighs


Basic Qualities:

  • Flowing
  • Nurturing
  • Connections

Manifests as:

  • Physical Body – Lymphatic System, Generative Organs
  • Emotional Body – Attachment, Letting Go
  • Mental Body – Inclusion vs Separation, Relationship Issue Reflexes:
  • Breasts, Feet, Generative Organs

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Basic Qualities:

  • Density, Solidity
  • Organization
  • Structure

Manifests as:

  • Physical Body – Bones, Elimination, Stability
  • Emotional Body – Fear, Courage, Securely, Rigidity
  • Mental Body – Details, Practicality


  • Neck, Bowels, Knees

When the elements are in balance, the body will heal.

Getting rid of the notion that we can take a pill for every ill will allow us to focus on our internal healing capabilities more effectively. Healing is about creating an environment that allows us to heal naturally. In essence, within the process of living, we automatically will heal.

Mary Jo Ruggieri is the Director of Columbus Polarity, Center for Integrative Health and Wellness, and the Ohio Institute for Energetic Studies, which trains professional polarity and energy practitioners. For more information, visit


  1. Weil, A. (1995). Spontaneous healing. New York: Fawcett Columbine.
  2. Oschman, J.L. (2000) Energy medicine: The scientific basis. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
  3. Weil, A. (1995). Spontaneous healing. New York: Fawcett Columbine. p. 48