Polarity Therapy Massage

Polarity therapy is based on universal principles of energy–attraction, repulsion, and neutrality. The interrelation of these principles forms the basis for every aspect of life, including our experience of health, wellness, and disease. With this understanding, polarity therapy addresses the interdependence of body, mind, and spirit, the importance of relationships, and the value of creating a way of life in harmony with nature. Founded by Austrian-born naturopath Dr. Randolph Stone in the mid-1950s, polarity therapy is a clothes-on, noninvasive system complementing existing modalities with an integrated, holistic model. Polarity is based on the belief that positive and negative poles exist in every cell. The body is gently manipulated to balance the positive and negative energies. In addition to physical manipulation, blockages and toxins are eliminated through a cleansing diet and simple exercises. Treatments are suggested in a series of four. 

These Practitioners can offer Polarity Therapy Massage in their Sessions:

Aaron Drake

Aaron is a graduate of Cypress Health Institute  in Santa Cruz. Aaron specializes in Deep tissue, and is trained in a multiple of modalities, including Swedish, Cranial Sacral, Polarity, Reflexology and Structural Integration. Aaron enjoys the symbiotic relationship with his clients. He loves to help people feel more comfortable in their bodies, because it makes him feel better too. In his free time, Aaron enjoys playing percussion, juggling, and performing puppet shows for children.

Jason Mandell

Jason Mandell has been offering massage to the world since 1995.  Initially trained in Swedish and Polarity, Jason has gone on to study and incorporate into his own unique style other various modalities including Shiatsu, Thai massage and Phenomenal Touch. He views his mission in massage as a way to locate holding patterns held in the nexus of the physical, mental/emotional and spiritual body. Once found, an invitation is given to redirect the energy of these holding patterns, offering a release of tension and an opportunity to find more groundation in one’s body and one’s sense of self. All is connected. The less tension in the body, the less tension in the world.  The less tension in the world, the less tension in the body.

Laurel Wanner

I graduated in 1992 from Twin Lakes College in Santa Cruz, certified with a focus in Swedish and Polarity.  I have since studied table Shiatsu, deep Swedish and Prenatal which I incorporate into my work when appropriate. [Read more…]

Nicholette Keel

Nicholette Keel graduated from Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts in Santa Cruz, CA. She incorporates modalities of Swedish, Shiatsu, specialty Pre-Natal, stretching, acupressure, and Polarity Therapy with her fifteen years of industry experience. Her intuitive understanding of the mind-body-spirit connection serves to assist clients in releasing chronic tension and imbalances. Her goal to her clients is for general well-being and optimal health. Her style is best described as slow, firm, relaxing, and nurturing. She accomplishes this by using a combination of long flowing sweeping strokes with specific pressure points that target key areas of stress. Her unique sensitivity enables her to fine tune and craft the massage session around each client’s individual needs. As an active athlete and body-worker, she understands the importance of flexibility and range of motion that massage therapy serves to address repetitive stress injury, fatigue, and tight muscles. She is skilled in using pressure from light to firm with a diverse range of modalities to help clients achieve deep relaxation and recovery.

Pearl Jones

Pearl is native to Santa Cruz, and second generation massage therapist. Graduated locally from Cypress Health Institute in 2011. She has spent the last 8 years practicing massage and becoming the intuitive healer she is today. Specializing in Deep Tissue, Swedish, Prenatal, Hot-Stone, Chakra- clearing, and Polarity energy work. On her time, off she enjoys adventuring about our beautiful community with her husband and 3 sons. After all of her years in Santa Cruz, she still finds new treasures to be experienced. Change and newness are joys in life.

Sofia K

Sofia has been practicing massage therapy since 1992 and studied Swedish, Deep Tissue, Integration, Polarity, Acupressure and Sports techniques. Her transformational massage reduces depression, anxiety, insomnia and painful injuries, creating a mind, body and spirit alignment.

Steven Kananen

Steven practices a slow, thoughtful, and client-centered approach to bodywork. From light pressure to deep, from energetic to orthopedic, Steven tailors each massage to the wants and needs of each individual client. He has studied locally at both Twin Lakes College of the Healing Arts and Cypress Health Institute, in addition to a private mentorship in Structural Integration. His modalities include Swedish, Deep Tissue, Polarity, Craniosacral, and Structural Integration.