Colorado School of Energy Studies

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Energy Therapies explore the subtle factors that underlie health conditions. These systems look beneath surface, mechanistic explanations of symptoms to address deeper causes of healing and disease. Energy therapies are effective, gentle, safe encounters with generally unseen factors in physical, emotional and mental wellness.

Energy Therapies generally offer a new paradigm for wellness, the idea that healing comes from within. This is in contrast to the prevailing mainstream belief that healing comes from outside, via medical authority, pharmaceutical correction or surgical procedure. The energy-based approach states that patients can benefit greatly from introspective self-awareness and gentle, natural remedies to facilitate and enhance the body’s own inherent healing resources. External corrective strategies are still used, but with more caution, and emphasis is placed on empowering people to take more responsibility for their health conditions.

Craniosacral and Polarity Therapies both originated with American osteopathic physicians in the mid-twentieth century, and were subsequently adopted outside the medical profession. Both propose that human health is driven by a subtle inner intelligence which can be palpated. Both employ hands-on methods to support this intelligence in its numerous expressions in the body.

Craniosacral Therapy, indirectly derived from the work of William Sutherland, DO (1873-1954), grew out of modern osteopathic medicine. Craniosacral Therapy focuses on an energetic “ordering principle” which permeates the body and can be palpated as a subtle tidal movement emanating from the body’s midline. The ordering principle provides a blueprint for health throughout all systems.

Polarity Therapy, developed by Randolph Stone, DO, DC, ND (1890-1981), is based on ancient esoteric health concepts. Polarity emphasizes the body’s natural cycles of energetic expansion and contraction (called yang & yin in the Orient), and functional energetic centers along the spine (called chakras in India).

We consider Craniosacral and Polarity Therapies to be elegant and practical expressions of energy healing art and science. They inform and support each other profoundly, giving health practitioners of any modality effective, gentle and safe methods for understanding and affecting the subtle dimensions of human well-being.

Great Quotations

from Energy Therapy Pioneers


James Oschman, PhD:

In a few decades scientists have gone from a conviction that there is no such thing as an energy field around the human body, to an absolute certainty that it exists. Moreover, science is explaining the roles of energy fields in health and disease. The main reason for the recent change in outlook is the development of sensitive instruments that can detect the minute energy fields around the human body.


Robert Fulford, DO:

It is my firm belief, after more than a half century of reading, debating, questioning, and contemplating, that the human body is surrounded by something that I call a life field...

This life field conveys vitality to your physical body and provides you with your spirit. Whenever you feel a disturbance or an injury, the life field manifests its shock in the physical body with a depletion of energy. If left unchecked, this deficiency can lead to dysfunction, disease, and, ultimately, to the body's total collapse; but if the deficiency is discovered and restored, the body can repair the health that it has lost...

In a sense, the electromagnetic pattern creates a mold, which is eventually filled by matter, giving rise to a tangible, material body. Both the material body and the field have their own "brains," but the life-field brain is nothing like the physical brain; it's more of an organizing pattern that maintains the structure of an organism and also instructs the body's new cells– the ones that replace those cells constantly dying within us– where they belong in the human body.


Randolph Stone, DO, DC, ND:

“Energy is the real substance behind the appearance of matter and forms.”


Franklyn Sills, RCST, RPP:

The Original Matrix is a bioelectric form expressed at the moment of conception and is the organizing matrix of the human system until the moment of death.


Andrew Weil, MD:

At the very center of our being is rhythmic movement, a cyclic expansion and contraction that is both in our body and outside it, that is both in our mind and in our body, that is both in our consciousness and not in it.


Rollin Becker, DO:

The bioenergy field of health is a palpable sensation to the examining hands of a physician... It is a rhythmic feeling of interchange between the patient's body and his biosphere in which there is a total interchange without any areas of restriction, impaction, trauma, or stress. It is a feeling of total internal and external environmental capacity to express wellness. It is the end point of a physician's treatment program...

It is the clinical experience of utilizing this stillness, this total energy, this total body, this total force, in the concept of the treatment program... You experience the stillness with its motivating energy, centering the total body... When I sense this interchange taking place through my hands as a palpable mechanism and through my mind as an awareness of the stillness interchanging with body physiology, then the treatment is complete.


William Sutherland, DO:

        I consider the fluctuation of the cerebrospinal fluid to be the fundamental principle in the cranial concept. The “sap in the tree” is something that contains the Breath of Life, not the breath of air–  something invisible...

        There is a deeper layer of activity that has barely been touched upon. This deeper layer has to do with the energies that integrate the animated, living, homeostatic body. The day will come when they too will be catalogued and their laws understood.

Robert Fulford, DO:

Since the dawn of history, every civilization has sought to define life's spiritual side. These efforts have led to diverse results, from a pantheon of anthropomorphic gods to the worship of primeval nature or of a single, great deity. To my mind, what is spiritual in the world is the universal source of this cosmic electrical energy, this life force that keeps us all alive.

I suspect that this universal life force may well be another name for God, or the universal creator. And I believe that God, therefore, exists within all of us, embodied in this energy. Most people today have been schooled to believe that God exists without, rather than within themselves. I think this is a mistake.

Certainly, if you believe that God is within, you will start to take much better care of your body, for your body truly is your temple.

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