Polarity Therapy is a model of the human energy field derived from a combination of the health tenets of osteopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, and Ayurveda created by Dr. Randolph Stone to promote health in a natural way, supporting our body’s innate intelligence. Our bodies have innate intelligence to fight off disease, heal wounds and injuries, and carry on complex actions throughout the day and night. The Polarity energy model describes how energy moves to create physical form, the movement of energy in the human body, and energetic patterns called Gunas underlying the 3 types of touch used in Polarity. It describes the relationships of various parts of the body, not only to each other, but also to nature’s elements--Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth—as well as to the larger whole of nature. Polarity bodywork engages the body’s innate ability to heal itself using the practitioner’s hands, energy exercises for good energy flow, self-awareness and helpful emotional/mental habits, and the energetics of nutrition to promote health. A polarity session at SynergyAlive is more than just having something done to you, it also involves learning about the world of energetics. It uses gentle awareness and knowledge-based touch, and is done with the client clothed in a relaxing atmosphere.
The Raphaelite Work™ is a path for healing and transformation developed by Himayat Inayati, ThD to support gaining wisdom and realization of the sacredness of life. It is illuminated by the universal teachings of Sufi wisdom updated by modern and post-modern Western thought and research, and is accessible to all no matter what spiritual path they travel. The Raphaelite Work offers "inner journeying" as a way to develop insight and personal growth using breath and presence. A five body model is the basis for this work--the physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual. In addition to using The Raphaelite Work with Angela at SynergyAlive, knowledge about using the Raphaelite Work enriches personal meditations outside SynergyAlive.
Like Polarity Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy also works with the body’s natural intelligence. And, also like Dr. Stone who created Polarity Therapy, Dr. John Upledger was also an osteopathic physician who developed the branch of CranioSacral Therapy offered at SynergyAlive. CranioSacral sessions touch in with the cerebrospinal fluid, and the bony and soft tissues surrounding that fluid protecting the brain and spinal cord to release tension throughout the body, allowing it to return natural functioning. CranioSacral work focuses on the energetic qualities of the Life Force, the "prana," or "chi" reflected in the cerebrospinal fluid, and then on the sacrum, spine, head, the tissues, and nervous system. Its effects involve the whole body. Dr. Upledger emphasized that each person has an “inner physician” to help guide the practitioner to the body areas and situations needing to be addressed. The practitioner uses awareness of the cerebrospinal fluid rhythm, its flow thru the body, bone positions and movement to support the body’s natural functioning.