From the 1995 book, Bodywork, by Thomas Claire (Page 247): “Energetic bodywork is on the cutting edge of modern thought, where scientist, mystic & sage meet. Practices grouped under this heading have a common goal of influencing a subtle invisible, electromagnetic flow of energy that surrounds & infuses the body & that is referred to as the human energy field. This life energy is known variously as chi’i (Chinese), ki (Japanese), prana (Sanskrit), orgone (Reichian therapy), & bioplasm (Soviet research). Energetic bodywork approaches represent contemporary interpretations & synthesis of age-old practices that are descended from a variety of healing traditions, including Chinese medicine, Indian Ayurveda, Tibetan Buddhism, & Western metaphysics.They are complemented by contemporary insights gleaned from quantum physics, the burgeoning field of psychoneuroimmunolgy (PIN), depth psychology, Western medical practice, & modern consciousness research.”
A form of energy medicine developed in the 1950’s by Randolph Stone (1890-1981) an Austrian-born naturopath, osteopath & chiropractic doctor. Dr. Stone traveled widely & researched eastern philosophies & modalities extensively. As a result of his research, Dr. Stone defined a “wireless anatomy” of polarized energy pathways in & around the human body.
Dr. Stone based his new findings on seeing traditional medicine in the context of modern physics, primarily as polarized electromagnetic energy. This provided a modern explanation for the principle that it is the dynamic tension of energetic opposites which creates & sustains our universe. (All nature, in fact manifests a polarity between positive & negative charges, with an intermediate neutral area.
All energy, whether positive or negative, is neither good nor bad. Energy simply “is”). The human body, then, is also comprised of these positive, neutral & negative poles, which exist in various zones throughout the body. It is the magnetic forces of attraction & repulsion between these poles that propel the circulation & flow of life-sustaining energy in the body. The art of polarity therapy lies in balancing the rhythmic flow of energy between these poles, thereby promoting & restoring health.
Dr. Stone named his approach “Polarity Therapy” because it is based on the premise that these vibrating fields of polarized electromagnetic energy within the body can be affected therapeutically by human touch & attention. When we experience emotional, mental or physical trauma, the electromagnetic charge of the bodily tissues is altered, disrupting the polarity & causing blocks. If these blocks are left untended, illness & disease are likely to develop, as well as feelings of mental & emotional imbalance. (Taken in part from Bodywork).
Dr. Richard Metz’ Fundamental Field® Theory & Therapy starts with Polarity Therapy & Dr. Stone’s approach of understanding traditional medicine in the context of modern science, primarily electromagnetic energy. Stone’s Polarity model did not include Acupuncture or Jin Shin meridians, nor did he provide a scientific description of spirit/mind/body connections. Fundamental Field Theory does these things (with an atom-like Positive/Neutral/Negative Pole configuration).
Dr. Metz has organized his thinking in such a way that he can describe simply, & access vast amounts of information, relatively quickly & easily according to how he thinks & knows the body works. He knows & understands the intricacies of our systems’ interconnectedness & therefore he knows the meaning behind what he does.
Dr. Metz’ brand of energy work was developed through 30 yrs. of education, research & training in psychology, chiropractic, polarity therapy, acupressure, quantum physics, systems theory, mind/body medicine, his successful private practice, & highly integrated intuitive sense. His work is groundbreaking in several ways. It theoretically unites the formerly separate healing disciplines of energy medicine – Cranio-sacral, Acupuncture & Jin Shin meridians, Ayurveda & Polarity Therapy – all branches of the same family tree. By integrating these disciplines into one therapeutic approach, Dr. Metz has created a distinct method which is as efficient as it is effective.
It is based on a scientific theory that he developed which illustrates exactly how our body, mind, spirit & emotions are energetically intertwined, & how we as humans are connected to the spiritual & physical realms of creation via a specific energy pattern he’s named the Fundamental Field® of Life-Energy (FF).
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