Whether you are seeking holistic methods as part of your heathcare, or desire to learn holistic methods for yourself or your career, Columbus has much to offer. One established organization in the community is the Polarity Center for Integrative Health and Awareness, located on 5th Avenue in Columbus. The Polarity Center offers holistic health services for the public including aromatherapy, craniosacral therapy, Feldenkrais, herbal healthcare, massage therapy, meditation relaxation, Polarity Therapy, Polarity Yoga, reflexology, Reiki, and Rolfing.
Its affiliate, the Institute of Holistic Health Careers, offers diploma level training as a Holistic Health Practitioner or Registered Polarity Practitioner, and certificate courses in Associate Polarity Practitioner, Elemental Reflexology, and Total Sensory Integration, as well as Reiki, Herbal Education, and continuing education for nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapy, activities directors, chiropractors, and bodyworkers. The Institute is registered with the State Board of Career Colleges and Schools, and has approvals by the American Association for Drugless Practitioners and the American Polarity Therapy Association.
The founder and Director, Mary Jo Ruggieri, PhD, RPP has a doctorate degree from the University of Cincinnati and did her undergraduate work at Kent State University. She has a 30-year background in all facets of education with a focus in health science, physiology of exercise, sports training, and physical education. Mary Jo is a retired assistant professor of 25 years from Ohio State University where she also coached national and Olympic athletes in synchronized swimming. In addition, Ruggieri was a two time Olympic coach in 1988 and 1992.
The American Polarity Therapy Association describes Polarity Therapy as a “natural health care system that works with the Human Energy Field. Energy fields and currents exist everywhere in nature. Polarity Therapy asserts that the flow and balance of energy in the human body is the foundation of good health.” The Columbus Polarity website describes it as “ a system of energetic touch, reflex and acupressure points that balance energy flow in your body. Polarity, an integrative approach to healing and wellness, involves energetic bodywork, energetic exercise and polarity yoga stretches, and energetic food awareness.”
Some of the benefits claimed for Polarity Therapy are reducing stress, increasing vital energy, promoting healing through self-awareness, restoring and maintaining proper energy flows throughout the body, decreases anxiety, strengthens resilience to stress, enhances immunity, and anti-inflammatory effect on joints.
Ruggieri also writes extensively on holistic health topics for magazines, as well as E-Newsletters on the Polarity Center and Institute of Holistic Health Careers websites, and shares her knowledge via E-videos and YouTube. To locate on YouTube, type in Holistic Health Now.