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, how energy moves in the human body, and notes energetic patterns called Gunas underlying the 3 types of touch used in Polarity. It describes the relationships of various parts of the body to each other, the elements-(Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth), as well as to the whole of nature. Polarity bodywork engages the body’s innate ability to heal itself using touch, energy exercises for good energy flow, energetic value of foods, and self-awareness as well as helpful emotional/mental habits 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 energy. 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 using presence and a five body model as its basis. Presence to the physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual of one's own system. The Raphaelite Work offers "inner journeying" as a way to develop insight and personal growth using breath and presence. Derived from universal teachings of Sufi wisdom updated by modern and post-modern Western thought and research, it was developed by Himayat Inayati, ThD to support growing insight and realization of the sacredness of life. It is accessible to all no matter what spiritual path they travel. In addition to using The Raphaelite Work with Angela at SynergyAlive for personal insight, using it enriches personal meditations outside SynergyAlive also.
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. He developed the branch of CranioSacral Therapy offered at SynergyAlive. CranioSacral sessions touch in with the body's vitality, cerebrospinal fluid rhythm, and the bony and soft tissues surrounding the fluid that protect the brain and spinal cord. This can release tension throughout the body to allow return to more natural functioning. CranioSacral work focuses on the energetic qualities of the Life Force, the "prana," or "chi" reflected in the cerebrospinal fluid, and involves the sacrum, spine, head, tissues, and nervous system. Its effects can be experienced in 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 and its flow thru the body to support the body’s natural functioning.