Returning to Source

2017 Annual Polarity Conference

Conference Presenters

John Bodary

founded the Polarity Center in 1985 in Dearborn, Michigan. He has taught Polarity throughout the Midwest. Prior to being a Polarity Practitioner and teacher, he was a school principal, athletic coach and high school teacher.He also was in seminary and a Gestalt Therapist in private practice. As an educator, therapist, and a person on a spiritual path, he saw Polarity Therapy as an art, science and way of life. He also could see how polarity was a holistic model of health and well-being. His intention in teaching has always been to create an educational environment that allows people to learn from their experience instead of having an “expert” tell students how things are. While knowledge is helpful for the mind, John believes wisdom and competence arises from our experience and learning through experimentation.



Karen Kerns, RPP, RCST – Owner and Director

is a Registered Polarity Practitioner,  Registered Craniosacral Therapist, massage therapist and dental hygienist. NCBTMB provider 450122-06. Karen describes her discovery of Polarity Therapy:“From 1982 to 1986 I was working as a dental hygienist and a massage therapist. One aspect of my massage training was the study of energy and energy techniques. I used the V-spread energy technique in my hygiene practice to stop gingival bleeding. I was intrigued by the result of rapid cessation of bleeding from this seemingly simple hold. I wanted to find out more about this ‘energy.’

In 1986 I received a notice of a Polarity Therapy class being offered in Dearborn, Michigan by Mr. John Bodary. While attending this class I realized the possibility of achieving similar relaxation results from this new discipline as I witnessed in massage. Pain relief and muscle relaxation could be accomplished without always using an elbow or deep painful inhibition techniques.

Polarity Therapy and Dr. Stone, its founder, has instilled in me a deep realization of the healing ability of the life force behind our very existence.”



Eleanora Lipton, BCPP

As founding Director of Atlanta Polarity & Intuitive Yoga Center (AP&IYC), 35 years ago, I am excited to announce the new name of our center, Paths For Wholeness.  This new name feels to more fully express the growth of my work and the expansiveness of our vision, i.e., “Our vision is to grow health and well-being for everyone and everything, everywhere.”

The energy principles as taught by Dr. Randolph Stone are consistently the heart and soul and foundation of our work.  Over the years this has expanded into deeper connections with clients and students through bodywork, Intuitive Yoga, and meditation.  Paths For Wholeness allows for inclusiveness of more teachings and more outreach for the benefit of all; health and well-being for all humans, creatures, and our precious earth.

One of thirty original American Polarity Therapy Association, APTA honored RPP and RPE; a three term APTA Board Member; co-author of The Therapeutic Art of Polarity;   internationally recognized Polarity and Intuitive Yoga instructor, including the on line video of the Intuitive Yoga Retreat in Berlin;   Intuitive Yoga,  Polarity Therapist, and Mindfulness instructor  at Accelerated Recovery Centers (recovery center for alcoholics);  B.A. in Religious Studies, University of Colorado; Spiritual studies and extensive retreats with the School of Spiritual Healing.

Extensive community outreach includes supervised practices at the local fire station. My intention is to bring skill, sensitivity, and experience to the facilitation of the health building process, growing inner and outer harmony and living with passion.  With all the challenges of this life….at this time of life in the world; I hold dear the strength and inspiration to be a part of Tikkun Olam which means, to repair the world.

Eleanora Lipton is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider – 451635-11.


Melissa R. Peet MSW, PhD

is a researcher, teacher and inventor currently at the University of Michigan. Dr. Peet creates generative methods and tools that support people in discovering, building upon, and demonstrating the vast hidden forms of knowledge, strength and intelligence they already have, but often do not know they possess. She works with individuals, groups, organizations and communities to transform confusion, resistance and fragmentation into clarity, coherence, and purposefulness.Dr. Peet’s methods have been adopted by colleges, universities and non-profit organizations throughout the US, Europe and Australia, including many who serve under-represented minority groups, first generation college students, and first nation communities. In the last decade, she has worked with people from a wide array of fields, professions and disciplines, including business, public health, dentistry, medicine, social work, engineering, education, art, design and nursing.

Melissa R. Peet, MSW PhD
Director, Integrative Learning and Knowledge Management
Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan



John Chitty

operates Colorado School of Energy Studies ( in Boulder, CO. He is author of Dancing with Yin and Yang (2013) and Working with Babies (2016), and co-author of Energy Exercises (1990). He is currently on the Board of Directors of APTA and has served APTA in several positions, including five terms as President (1993-1998).



Sonia Guadalupe Pillar

is an Associate Polarity Practitioner, Wellness Practitioner, movement enthusiast, artist and author of “Illuminated Universe: A View from the Source”. Sonia is the owner of EnergyBody Health through which she provides various energy therapy modalities and energy education to individuals and groups. Sonia’s passion is to bring energy awareness to the masses so that all may know the importance of managing one’s energy in building a healthy lifestyle. Find Sonia at;; and also on Facebook and Instagram @energybodyhealth.



Peggy Bradley

is a Registered Yoga Teacher and a Wellness Practitioner in the greater Detroit area.  Her commitment is to moving with ease and balancing body and mind. (