IN THE TREATMENT OF SPECIFIC PHYSICAL PROBLEMS WITH POLARITY THERAPY
Second in a short series of articles by Phil Young and Morag Campbell
physical problems in the shoulders come about as a result of
bad lifting practices, over exercising/sporting injuries and poor
alignment of the head in relation to the shoulder. Ears should be in line
with shoulders when viewed from the side. If the head is carried too far
forward then strain is imposed on the trapezius muscle as it
‘shoulders’ the entire weight of the head. This posture leads to a
chronic imbalance between the anterior and posterior muscles of the neck
and torso. Consider also if the shoulders are rounded forward in a heart
protecting posture or held up as if the person has a coat hanger beneath
his/her clothing. This built-in startle reflex can get structured into the
body in individuals who grow up in a threatening or loud environment where
they are frightened most the time or where they were waiting for a blow to
the head to occur for instance ( a good clip around the ear never hurt
anyone – did it?). This posture leads to a chronic shortening of the
trapezius muscle. The shoulders may also be un-naturally held back in the
classic military posture lifting the ribcage into a chronically held state
arthritic conditions (acid/alkali balance in the diet, bodyweight, wear
Air astrological triad v, air chakra, and disturbances in air oval
for air energy blocks – breathing patterns and general mobility of the
rib cage, Kidney problems or back pain and lack of flexibility in the
it at a Chronic – Acute stage.
emotion associated with the air element, of which the shoulders are the
positive pole of the astrological triad, is greed. A person with a mobile,
open, relaxed ribcage is able to be in touch with their heart feelings and
is able to relate to others with compassion. Often the chest is collapsed,
conveying a personality that never got its wants met, the shoulders clamp
down in a posture of defeat and the breathing is severely impeded so that
general vitality suffers as a consequence. The shoulders held in this
posture also add to feelings of inadequacy and defeat. Dr Stone referred
to the scapulae as the “wings of life” so keeping them clamped to the
ribcage ensures that life is never lived to the full and in deed is
perceived as a struggle.
pulled back form a protective function for the ribs and heart. This
posture also conveys a mistrust of life as the person is always waiting
for the “knife in the back”. Closing the back off in this way however over exposes the
front of the chest and the person still has feelings of vulnerability.
over- burdened or ‘shouldering responsibility’ can start with tension
and pain in the shoulder area but living in a state of continual anxiety
and stress can eventually affect the kidneys, the neutral pole of the
astrological triad for air, and can lead to eventual adrenal failure when
taken to extreme.
the relationship between air and water elements as both are negatively
charged and have a profound influence on each other. Both elements are
present in the chest or air oval, Air as respiration and movement (pumping
of heart and breathing) and water as emotion and mucus.
Pentamirus Combinations of Air
– Earth -
for any disturbance in the shoulders governed by these elemental
interactions to see which of the other four elements are perhaps
disturbing or unbalancing the air element. Particularly the earth and
that God will supply our needs and that we live only by his/her grace.
elemental work -
– Consider expression of wants and needs and free the shoulder girdle to
create more space between scapula and rib cage. Brachial plexus release.
work with the breath to increase respiration and mobilize the shoulder
girdle with brachial plexus work and trapezius release. Release the
diaphragm as contraction here will pull down on the shoulder girdle. Also
work on the thoracic inlet to ease off the trapezius muscle.
– Pain in the shoulder girdle is often as a result of poor digestion.
Digestive reflexes from the liver and stomach are often carried up into
the shoulders through the five pointed star. Work the five pointed star
and fire of digestion treatment. Free sore points on the scapula and
balance with the buttocks (sympathetic nervous system reflexes).
– Five pointed star work will bring up emotions for expression and
– Consider structural work on the pelvis and spine to give support to
the shoulders. Often feelings of being over burdened come as a result of
poor support from the lower body and the burden is carried on the
shoulders alone. The body no longer works as a team.