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Polarity Therapy

18 CE Hours - E589

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Add knowledge of Polarity Therapy to your practice. Based on the groundbreaking work of Dr. Randolph Stone, Polarity Therapy is a powerful energy healing modality. In this course, Mary Sullivan LMT, MA (Polarity and Acupuncture practitioner/instructor) will explain the three principles of Polarity Therapy: the Female or Water Principle, the Male or Fire Principle and the Etheric or Joint Principle, including how to evaluate the five elements: Ether, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth and how they relate to your client. You will learn the three currents of energy: Transverse Current, right to left; Bipolar Current, head to foot; and Umbilical Current, from umbilical area to connect with sun energy. Also covered are the three modes of touch: Satva or light touch, Rajasic or activating touch (rocking, moving), and Tamas touch, which is a strong, deep touch used to remove blockages of energy.

You will learn techniques for balancing the flow of the body's energy currents in various areas (or positive and negative poles) of the body. You will see video demonstrations of how to balance your clients using the Five Pointed Star, the Six Pointed Star and the Joint Balancing Session.

Included in this course is the course manual and one DVD entitled Polarity Therapy, Five Elements & Three Principles. The video presentations clearly demonstrate the techniques and give you a variety of close-ups detailing the work. Besides practicing along with the video programs, the manual offers several practice activities to further enhance your learning experience.

Featured Reviews

I am beyond impressed with the quality of this course. The teacher, Mary Sullivan is wonderful. I loved how clear and organized she is and her presentation both in writing and video is inspiring. I would like to meet her one day. Thank you for providing such a high quality course online. all the best to the staff, Kayla Becker

- Kayla Becker Lowe

I've taken many hours of bodywork training over the past 18 years, both in person and home study. I can easily say that this is one of the best distance courses I've ever taken. From the reading, to the DVD's (which I loved and also enjoy having anytime I need to review as I start adding this training to my existing practice) to the testing process - a great experience! Some distance courses leave you feeling like "Ok, that was nice but I don't feel like I truly was taught anything." not so with this course. Each morning I read and/or watched a lesson - I went into my day feeling as if I HAD been taught new information and honestly started applying it towards clients the first day I started my studies! Lastly, I'll say my favorite part of this course - as a professional holistic body-worker for many years now, my focus on CEU's is always 'What can I learn to share with clients?" and that is a great goal. Yet, with THIS course something else happened, not only did I learn a ton to help my clients grow and balance - I learned ways to help MYSELF grow and balance! Instructor Mary Sullivan was amazing, as was my whole experience. Thank you.

- Ren Matney

I have had prior exposure to Polarity Therapy, progressing to an Associate Polarity Practitioner, yet, I still loved the depth and poetry of Mary Sullivan's Polarity Course and she put together a good solid review for me of basic polarity principals informed by her many years of experience. I now feel that I can work polarity principals into my treatments every time I work. This knowledge is illuminating for me as a therapist and for me a student of spiritual thought integrated into bodywork. it was marvelously non-linear yet logically presented

- Manorama Rakhmanov

I loved this course. I did not expect a video and reading materials to grab me the way that it did. Mary Sullivan is an inspiration. That she chooses to focus on Polarity Therapy even as a licensed acupuncturist says volumes to me not only of her experience and tools on hand, but of Polarity Therapy itself. I am very grateful to discover Polarity Therapy as a combination of many esoteric and ancient practices. And thank you to the Institute

- B. Karpenko, LMP, AMTA

Excellent! Very clear presentation of concepts. I loved it because I am a Reiki Master and loved seeing the tape how you can remove energy blockages. One of the best and important courses I have even taken; loved to learn how to take out energy blockages. Thank you so much.

- C. Lachkey, NCTMB

Excellent! Very clear explanation of concepts. Practice exercises helped me integrate and utilize the information presented. One of the best and most important courses I have ever taken. Mary Sullivan is absolutely marvelous!

- J. Piel, LMT

I've had healing touch courses, but his polarity therapy course was presented with more detail, and at first looked very complex. After breaking down the system and approaching a step by step routine, the energy work became clearer and I've been able to apply these therapies in my day to day massage practice. I can see that I can use these therapies for years and continue to learn.

- C. Koretz, LMT

Excellent course, very well outlined and presented. Video is a priceless reference.

- Meredith Gazzetta, LMT

This course is very informative. It's a lot of information but it's essential in the healing of the body. I highly recommend this course!

- Stephanie Bellocchio, LMT

I loved this course- I had some knowledge of polarity, but this was so insightful. I completely resonated with the material. The test was clear and easy to understand.

- Ellen Feldman, LMT

The card and the DVD are very helpful. The material is a good introduction to the therapy.

- Catherine McGlasson, LMT

This is the course for you, if you really want to know more about Chakra balancing. You will feel confident about letting your client know about the intention of this work before their treatment.

- George S. Andrews, LMT

Excellent course! I'm inspired to learn more and delve deeper into this healing modality. I very much enjoyed learning the material and watching the DVD. It's one of the first energy work modalities that I've studied that has captured and held my attention.

- Megan Lopez, RMT, NCTMB

The best course that I have taken from this institute so far. She is a great teacher and I will be studying these materials for a while since there is a lot to grasp. Far exceeded my expectations!

- Kerri Finnecy, NCTMB

The course appeals to both the physical and esoteric healing of a person and the world. I gained a new perspective of healing and my role as a health care practitioner.

- J. Madsen, NCTMB, AMTA

Excellent course. I will be able to use this in my own practice. A wealth of information. I am very grateful for your home study courses.

- R. Woods, NCTMB


  • DVD - 120 minutes
  • Manual - 73 pages (available for shipment or online)
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to test online please select the "test online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.


Mary Sullivan, MS, BA, L.Ac., LMT

Mary Sullivan, MS, BA, L.Ac., LMT

Mary Sullivan received her massage training through the Santa Barbara School of Massage in 1981 and continued her education, earning her license in Acupuncture. As a faculty member of the Body Therapy Institute since 1991, Ms. Sullivan has taught such courses as Cranial-Sacral, Lymphatic Drainage, Polarity Therapy and Pregnancy Massage. She also holds certifications in Cranial-Sacral Therapy, Pre and Perinatal Massage and Polarity Therapy. Mary is the author and instructor of the Polarity Therapy and Cranial-Sacral Fundamentals courses.

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