Certificate of Excellence in Polarity APP
Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA) is proud to be the only college in Arizona to offer full Polarity Practitioner training programs approved by the American Polarity Therapy Association (APTA). Our comprehensive 200-hour Polarity APP program may be taken to fulfill part of your primary specialty requirements within some of our degree or diploma programs, to enhance your professional status, or simply to further your own personal growth and development through continued education. See also Polarity RPP.
In this program, you will experience the exciting new paradigm of energy healing. Study the energy system of the human body and how it relates to and influences health and dis-ease. Once successfully completed, you will be awarded a Certificate of Excellence showing completion of 200 hours of specialization in the field of Polarity APP and will be eligible to apply for national certification through the APTA.
* NOTE: Certificates of Excellence are not necessarily designed to serve as stand-alone vocational training and may not prepare you for gainful employment if taken independently of a diploma or degree program.
What Is Polarity?
In this holistic modality developed by Dr. Randolph Stone, the body’s imbalances are interpreted as the result of physical and emotional choices and experiences from the past. Polarity serves as a key to "unlock" the source. Life force energy is then influenced via four distinct areas of technique: touch (acupressure or point-specific focusing), stretching and exercise, diet and nutrition, and mental-emotional processes.
Dr. Stone referred to Polarity as "energy medicine" and used esoteric language – such as the breath of life, ki, chi, prana, and life force – all from the many spiritual traditions he has studied including mystic Christianity, Ayurveda, Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sufism and Yoga. The practitioner seeks to restore the natural balance of energy which flows from the Universe into the body and chakra system.
Polarity practitioners work with the reciprocal, complementary or "polarized" forces, known as yin and yang. Although, the concept implies two forces in opposition, these dualities are believed to be mediated by a third subtle neutral factor, leading to the idea that phenomena are essentially triune in nature. The three factors are known as Rajas, Tamas and Satva, which correlate with the underlying Ayurvedic traditions on which this program is based.
What Are the Benefits of Polarity?
Polarity therapy recognizes and honors the interconnectedness of body, mind and spirit. When dis-ease is present, the goal is to remove interferences to health and support the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Many of the reported benefits of Polarity therapy include:
- Relief from stress and anxiety
- Deeper relaxation and improved sleep
- Enhanced immunity and resistance to dis-ease
- Reduction in chronic pain and fatigue
- Improve flow and balance of energy through the body
- Increase circulation and promote detoxification
- Increase in Life Force Energy
- Enhanced level of self-awareness
- And much more
Polarity APP Classes
Although the majority of its practitioners are licensed massage therapists, Polarity is a clothed modality and does not specifically require a massage license to practice. Students enrolled in the Polarity APP Certificate of Excellence program will study introductory and advanced Polarity, including cranial unwinding, reflexology, communications, resonance and relations, and more.
What We Teach
You will receive hands-on training in our classroom by our experienced and knowledgeable instructors. SWIHA's Associate Polarity Practitioner Program is under the direction of Gary Strauss, Executive Director of Polarity Arts of California.
- PC 100 Polarity - Basic I
- PC 850 Cranial Unwinding I
- PC 150 Polarity - Basic II
- PC 700 Polarity - Reflexology
- PC 400 Polarity - Communication, Resonance & Relations
- PC 200 Polarity APP/Cranial - Practicum
Interested in exploring Polarity but not completely sure about signing up for the full 200-hour program? At SWIHA, we are so committed to helping you find your bliss, we invite you to sit in on the first 4 hours of any introductory class before deciding whether to enroll.
Need additional information? We’ll be more than happy to explain all your options and answer any questions you may have. Just call 480-994-9244 and ask to speak with an admissions advisor today!