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Concept created by the Austrian born Dr. Randolph Stone in the early 1900s that is based on principles of energy and a philosophy derived from East Indian Ayurvedic teachings. Polarity therapy is designed to balance the body's subtle or electromagnetic energy through touch, stretching exercises, diet and mental-emotional balanced attitude.

A four-part program is involved that restores the body's proper energy balance: clear thinking (positive mental attitude), bodywork (to alleviate energy blockages), body movement (stretching postures combining movement, breathing and sound), and diet (fresh vegetables, fruits and natural foods). As in other forms of bodywork, the practitioner of polarity therapy is viewed as a non-judgmental channel that the client can use to discover his or her own self-healing powers.




Other Names:

Polarity Massage


Description of Offering

Polarity therapy's works with the natural flow of energy in our body through holistic healing. Polarity techniques work to enhance and unlock the energy flowing in your body through bodywork, diet and nutrition, exercise, and communication facilitation.


This offering is a modern creation (originated after 1800).


Creator of Offering (Nationality)

Dr. Randolph Stone (Austrian/American)


Comments about offering’s origin/creator

Dr. Randolph Stone has also worked with practices from India and China which have in turn enhanced his studies in polarity. Dr. Stone was a chiropractor, osteopath, and naturopath.


Brief History of the Offering

The offering was developed by Dr. Stone as he traveled through a sojourn in India. He used previous methods from Ayurvedic philosophy to create the modern techniques of polarity massage and therapy.


Fun Fact

The offering focuses on the five organs of our body: the brain, the cardiopulmonary region, the diaphragm, the small intestine, and the large intestine. The five air organs control the energy throughout the body and you can work hand in hand with these to balance your energy.




Primary Benefit Received

Energy Alignment


Other Benefits

Overall Wellness


Research Publication

Polarity Therapy for Cancer-Related Fatigue in Patients With Breast Cancer Receiving Radiation Therapy: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study

Karen Mustian, Josepy Roscoe, Oxana Palesh, Lisa Sprod, et. al.

Integrated Cancer Therapy, March 2011, 10(1), 27 - 37


Primary Findings of Research

The present pilot randomized clinical trial supports previous experimental research showing that PT, a noninvasive and gentle energy therapy, may be effective in controlling CRF.




Typical Length of Offering

75 - 90 minutes


The offering is most often provided one guest at a time.


Offering is primarily suited for:

Day Spa (wellness focus), Medical Clinic/Spa.


How many treatment providers are needed to produce the offering?



Common License/Certification or Training necessary to provide the offering:

Massage Therapist (with supplemental training),


Information about the most often used offering protocol

What is a Session Like?

American Polarity Therapy Association (2016)


Type of space/facility most often used for the offering:

One on One Consultation Area


Type of space/facility that can be use for the offering:

Private Dry Treatment Room.


How many towels are used?



Does the guest generally use a robe and/or a wrap for the offering?



How many sheets are used?



Does the offering require the use of products (i.e. lotions, lacquers, scrubs, cleansers, etc.)?



Does the offering require the use of disposable supplies (i.e. cotton squares, balls and swabs, lancets, etc.)?



Equipment and supplies needed to provide the offering:

Raised Massage-style Table, Massage Tools (stones, thumb protector, cups, etc.).


Beyond labor, linens, disposable supplies and products, please list any other direct costs associated with the offering?



Including only the following items (products, disposable items, linen laundry, and other direct costs---not labor), what is the typical cost of the offering?

$1 - $2 USD


Comments about offering costs.

Linen laundering.


Typical single session price of the offering.

$30 - $300 USD


Comments about offering price.

Your offering price depends type and location of spa and how long your service is.




Publication used to prepare this submission.

My Specialties

First Massage Therapy Denver, Colorado

Polarity Therapy (2016)


Polarity Therapy

Medical Dictionary

Polarity Therapy (1999)


Polarity Therapy

Roger Gilchrist

A Comprehensive System In The Energy-Based Healing Arts (1993)


My Story: Changing the Chronic Pain Polarity

Dr. Kent Smalley

Pain Medication (2015)


Author Information

Kelly Ann Stiegler

Florida Gulf Coast University


Author Biography

Kelly Ann Stiegler is a student at Florida Gulf Coast University in the Resort and Hospitality Management program with a Concentration in Spa Management.


Editor Information:

Mary Wisnom

Professor, School of Resort & Hospitality Management, Florida Gulf Coast University, USA