Moving with the Elements
Book Review by John Chitty
This is a delightful addition to the Polarity Therapy section of your library, although it is not directly about Polarity. Thea Beaulieu is well known in the APTA community, having presented at many conferences in the past and being a steady supporter of Polarity Therapy over the years.
As the book describes, Thea Beaulieu’s primary training and passion is dance, specifically … more
Polarity Therapy Workbook
Book Review by John Chitty
John Beaulieu is the ultimate Renaissance Man of Polarity Therapy. Therapist, teacher, author, APTA leader, scientist, musician, businessman, even champion golfer: what is left to do. Among his several books, Polarity Therapy Workbook (1996) is probably most influential for Polarity Therapists. Now he has re-published this classic in a second edition, no doubt to the delight of Polarity teachers everywhere whose jobs … more
This review of Dancing with Yin and Yang just appeared Summer 2014 edition of the quarterly journal of the American Polarity Therapy Association.
APTA Dancing With Yin and Yang Book Review
It is great to see the practice of Mindfulness rising in recognition and prominence, as the cover of the above popular science magazine attests. Similarly, the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium last month in Washington, DC had numerous presentations and references to Mindfulness, a further indication that this method is gaining high popularity.
Mindfulness as it is presently developed (by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jack Kornfeld and others) derives from Zen Buddhist meditation and practices. It also has some … more
A Polarity Therapy “Three Principles” Perspective on Relationships
By John Chitty, RPP, BCST
In an era when long-lasting marriages are increasingly rare, Polarity Therapy principles offer guidance for strengthening this vital institution.
Divorce has many negative consequences, including financial loss, emotional distress and one person ending up more wounded or disadvantaged in the process. When … more
It is common to hear “Direct” and “Indirect” healthcare providers snipe at each other. This article encourages a truce between the two camps.
The Direct camp — mainstream medicine and science — often ridicules1 the many versions of Indirect camp — a very diverse sets of holistic practitioners and alternative providers. The Indirect advocates frequently launch counter-attacks. The fact that the Indirect camp is experiencing excellent marketplace growth adds spice to the debate. However, even within the … more
This new e-book is a fast tour of psychological issues facing boys and young men — generally age 35 and under. It offers many research-based observations about a mental health crisis facing this population which is losing its sense of direction and motivation to participate in real world activities like relationships and careers, due to brain (particularly within the nucleus accumbens and pleasure-reward circuits) and behavioral changes which are adaptations to over-use of online pornography … more
This new book is a great exploration of one part of the history of manual therapy, particularly the story of soft tissue work and its presence within Dr. Randolph Stone’s Polarity Therapy. It tells the story of Dr. Dewanchand Varma (ca. 1861-1950) and re-prints his long-lost book The Human Machine and its Forces. Revival of this book alone is a hugely beneficial fascination, but Pranotherapy goes further … more
When I was first learning Polarity Therapy, one of the more preposterous concepts being presented was the idea that the shape and condition of a client’s toes can be a useful reflexology indicator of the Three Principles/Five Elements situation, guiding the process of creating a strategy for the session.
Having paid attention to this for many years, I can only conclude that the concept is valid, though … more