HerbsIntentional Health

September 2010
Inside September's Intentional Health
Relaxation... The Element of Pain Free Living
Acupuncture & Herbs
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 6080 26th St. West
Bradenton, FL  34207
 A warm and inviting health care haven offering progressive therapy to ease pain in the body, center the mind and soothe the broken spirit through gentle and intuitive, osteopathic physical therapy, massage (including Bamboo-Fusion), acupuncture,oriental medicine and yoga.
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Andrzej Strzalkowski, RPT
The Element of Pain Free Living
Focus Part 3
In "Commit to Change" (part 2 of Relaxation...) we pointed out the need to set a goal to relax and further, develop the ability to differentiate between the onion-like layers of relaxation.  We touched on breathing as a meditative form of relaxation, recognizing the need to focus and eliminate the problem of constantly being diverted by our thoughts.  "Relaxation" for this month will focus on the third, deeper level of...
Intentional Breathing (Approaching the innermost core of the "onion".)  We can concentrate on inhaling and exhaling, but when the period of time starts to extend (longer than two or three minutes) suddenly we are bombarded with our thoughts.  How can we remedy this?  This is the goal of our treatment at Alternative Therapy:  To  assist each patient in training their mind to quietly listen and hear the tensions in their body and release them.  This is a much deeper level of relaxation.  Yoga, tai chi, chi gong are exercises we can use to guide us into this sphere of relaxation, but only under one condition:  our mind and our heart are synchronized to focus on that one goal of relaxation...not getting rid of the pain, not stretching the muscles, not acquiring more flexibility.  These are byproducts, a side effect of the relaxation practice.  .
This third layer of relaxation; breathing with the intent of quieting and listening to our whole body, begins with the mind.  To begin, we make sure not a single thought is crossing our mind, then we seek a deeper, listening level.  As we listen to our body we will start to hear the tension in our chest, in our shoulders and in our elbows.  Continuing, mentally, to travel through the body, we can release these tensions, one by one.  This is a superficial layer of the third level of relaxation; the sensation of relaxing the muscles.  There are other structures: fascias (connective tissues), internal organs, muscular/skeletal system which may have energy blocks in need of release, as well.  The quieter we are, the more in tune to our bodies, the more success we will experience releasing these tensions, until finally our body becomes a channel for freely flowing energy. 
This is relaxation on the highest level:  "The core of the onion!"  There are documented cases of several gurus in yoga whom, through pre-meditative techniques have achieved levitation, proving there are even higher levels of transcendental meditative states...relaxed states.  The layers are multiple and our intent determines where we want to be, how we want to accomplish it and what we are going to use to achieve this level of relaxation.
Alternative Therapy treatment begins with osteopathic manipulative techniques (total body adjustment, myofascial, visceral manipulation, craniosacral, etc.)  then according to the patient's condition, techniques such as acupuncture, massage, tai chi, qigong and yoga are incorporated, to release tensions in the body.  This method provides the patient a quick "short cut" from a great deal of  tension to very little tension.  However, the patient must be an active partner and ultimately take over treatment.  Using the training received at Alternative Therapy in meditative exercises and embracing a balanced wellness lifestyle (quarterly body adjustments, massages, practicing yoga,tai chi or qigong) the patient will possess the necessary tools to maintain a tension free body.  Is it easy?  No.  Should we do it?  I would say we have nothing to lose and a stress and pain free life to gain.

Questions?  Contact Alternative Therapy for more information: 
Ellen Teeter, DOM
Acupuncture & Herbs
"Fall" into the Habit of Prevention

 The weather is hot and humid and I'm telling you to get ready for the Fall! What gives? Well, NOW is the time to get your body ready for the first cool breezes that will be blowing in cold and flu viruses. By preparing your body now you get the jump on those nasty bugs and can ensure an Autumn of delight instead of the sniffles.

A famous formula, "Jade Windscreen Powder", is often used as the basis for building immunity.  In Chinese Medicine theory it strengthens the "Wei qi" (defensive energy) of the body by "tonifying" the lungs and digestive system. 

The chief herb Astragalus Root has phenomenal immune system boosting effects.  Along with increasing the number of various infection fighting white cells (in particular the 'hunter' T-cells) it also assists in the identification of viruses, bacteria and other rogue cells. The University of Texas has shown that Astragalus seems to be an adaptogenic herb 'offering up' viruses, bacteria and even cancer cells to be identified by the immune system.  Seeing invaders or damaged cells is the important first step for the immune system to respond to a threat.

If you easily catch colds or struggle with allergies in the fall season, Jade Windscreen  may be  just what the herbalist ordered.  Arrange for your personal herbal consultation  with Ellen Teeter, DOM today.  Call 941-727-1500.
Thai Massage
Mystery Revealed
Nathalie Cecilia, LMT Certified Thai Massage Therapist
Nathalie Cecilia
What is Thai Massage?
Thai massage is believed to have been developed in India by Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, physician to Buddha, more than 2,500 years ago.  It made its way to Thailand, where the Ayurvedic (alternative) techniques and principles gradually became influenced by traditional Chinese medicine.  For centuries, Thai massage was performed by monks as one component of Thai medicine.  Today massage therapists must complete over 80 additional hours of training to certify in Thai massage.
How does it feel to have a Thai massage?
Thai massage is more energizing and rigorous than other classic forms of massage.  The combined use of muscle compression, joint mobilization and acupressure work together in this unique modality for a massage described as both relaxing and energizing.  In fact, Thai massage is often referred to as "Thai yoga massage", because the therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches.  Many people say Thai massage is like doing yoga without any work.
What should I expect during my visit?
Thai massage is commonly experienced on the floor using a padded mat or on a large padded table.  Comfortable clothing is recommended and you remain fully dressed, as no oils are applied.  A typical Thai massage is 60 minutes to 2 hours in length.
What are the benefits of Thai massage?
Many people find that Thai massage has the following benefits:
  • Relaxation
  • Stress Reduction
  • Improved Circulation
  • Increased Energy
  • Increased Flexibility
  • Improved Range of Motion
  • Centering of the Mind and Body
Experience the time tested benefits of Thai massage.  Schedule yours by calling Alternative Therapy at 941-727-1500.
Yoga for Body & Soul
Brook Longobardi,
Yoga Tree Pose
When I began to practice yoga, I used it simply as a means of escape.  Not from anything dramatic like abuse, depression or a broken heart.  No, my escape was quite literal.  Content as I was with my three precious infants who were my pride and joy, a beautiful home and a wonderful husband, the demands of motherhood had completely depleted any time for self care.  I needed a change of venue as well as some time for me.  Apathetic at the thought of even one more "play date" conversation with other mothers of multiple infants,  I was weary of discussing the mammoth amount of diapers, laundry and hours awake that went with this idyllic lifestyle. In short, I needed to "escape!"
 My friend Donna had invited me several times to practice yoga.  Donna was a refreshing change though also a mom, she had teenagers, so at least I could enjoy the shift in conversation from "learning to walk" to "learning to drive" if we did talk about kids.  After several invitations, fate intervened and I accompanied my friend to yoga.
Little did I know the changes that would occur in my life due to yoga!  That first class was a portal through which, if I choose to pass through, would lead me to a deeper understanding and maturity about myself. I didn't even know I wasn't finished growing!  I thought I was in good shape, both physically and emotionally, yet these seemingless benign classes began to chip away at not just the softness I had maintained in my body since becomming a mom, but the shell I had built around my emotional self that "protected" me, yet constricted growth.  Through meditation and the rigors of various asanas I was "deconstructed" and awakened to the possibility  of "re-building" a whole, self-loving individual eternally open to growth, both emotional and spiritual. 
I embraced this new lifestyle wholeheartedly.  Converting my family's already well balanced diet to whole, organic foods,  seeking emotionally specific help in the form of books and classes and finding an amazing alternative health care facility:  Alternative Therapy.  Their care continues to train me to love, forgive and commend myself for the growth I have already experienced and gives me the courage to continue on my quest for absolute wellness.
Who would have thought, from that selfish motivation to "escape" I would stumble upon a lifestyle that continues to enrich myself and famly's life ten years and counting?
What will you find at yoga practice?
Enhance your mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing with the gentle practice of yoga.  Call Alternative Therapy at 941-727-1500 for more information.

"Free Fall" into Yoga!

Experience 1 free yoga class through the month of September and get a second class free when you bring a friend!
A $30 Value!
Attend any scheduled yoga class at Alternative Therapy, free of charge!  Bring a friend to the next class you attend and both participants enjoy a free practice! (Offer available on any regularly scheduled yoga class.  See "Yoga" above left for class schedule.)  Offer expires September 30, 2010