This book is the clearest introductory polarity book I have found. Seidman gives a good introduction to the very detailed energy-based healing system of Polarity. This book is a good place to begin studying polarity. The original texts written by Dr. Stone quickly move into esoteric principles, and other polarity books either simplify things so much that not much polarity is included, or the books suffer from difficult explanations of the concepts.
Seidman's book uses illustrations to show hand positions, and clear explanations of what to do and how polarity is thought to work. The overall holistic view is also covered in this book, as approaches to diet and an introduction to ayurvedic principles as understood by the founders of polarity are explained. By using this book, someone could give a polarity session going through the positions as listed, and once the practitioner has gained more experience they would be able to create unique sessions using the positions based on a clients individual needs.
Much of the information that is not polarity specific positions can be found in other energy-based systems and texts. I think it is really handy to have it all in one little volume so that if I want to focus on polarity, i need only look in one place. I really enjoyed the refexology chart of the foot that is given. It is comprehensive enough to find most organs reflex location on the foot, without being so complicated that I can't be sure where the same point would be on a real foot with its slight variation from the book picture.
This book is a good one to have in the library of any massage therapist or bodyworker. The most recent edition I have found was revised in 1991. The needs of the general public always change some, as well as what foods we may have available to us. This leads the book to being a little bit dated since it has been 20 years since its last revision. This is really a small quibble, but it is one that keeps this book form being five stars today. I am sure it would have been five stars in the 90's, and it is certainly still full of good information.
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: NORTH ATLANTIC; 1 edition (15 July 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1556433298
- ISBN-13: 978-1556433290
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.1 x 25.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 465,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)