HerbsIntentional Health

April 2011
Inside Intentional Health
Alternative Therapy
Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine
Yoga for Body & Soul
New at Alternative Therapy... SPA PARTIES!
Sweet 16 or Fabulous 50
Corporate Perks for a team that is nifty,
Treats for the Staff whose work is great,
Reunion of Friends or Anniversary date,
Announce an Engagement, Promotion or Child,
A Girls' Night Out that's healing, not wild,
Think out of the box for your next event,
Time at Alternative is always well spent! 
Whatever the occasion, celebrate your next event at Alternative Therapy.  In this tranquil setting you may design the party including choices of services such as:
Private Yoga Sessions
Bamboo-Fusion Massage
Relaxation Acupuncture
Wellness Classes
Private Tai Chi Class
Armoa Therapy Massage
Choose one or several and build your unique event that's sure to be the "talk of the town!"
Call Alternative Therapy for more information:  941-727-1500 or email us at myalternativetherapy.net
Please Note:  Event size limited according service choices.

 Alternative Therapy
  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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Alternative Physical Therapy
" A human being is a part of a whole, called by us; 'universe', a part limited in time and space.  He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest...a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.  This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.  Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."


Andrzej Strzalkowski, RPT

 Albert Einstein



Learn to embrace yourself thereby opening your heart to the "whole of nature in its beauty"  Obtain release at Alternative Therapy.

Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine
Affordable Wellness Classes...
Learn the Oriental Medicine Secrets of Health and Longevity.


This 4 part series will cover:

  1. Introduction to the basics of Oriental Medicine principles
  2. Using dietary therapy to improve your health
  3. 4 Simple qi gong exercises to increase your energy
  4. 2 techniques to achieve deep relaxation.


Ellen Teeter, AP, DOM

Dates:  April 6, 13, 20, 27

Time:  6:30pm-8:30pm

Cost:  $20 each class or $50 for the series



Class size is limited so call today to register: 941-727-1500


For questions please contact ellenteeterap@orientalmedicineoptions.com





Bamboo Massage:  A Meeting of Past and Present 
by Sonia Osorio 
Part 2
Bamboo massage is a technique that incorporates bamboo stalks of varying lengths and diameters to provide deep-tissue work.  Some practitioners combine elements of shiatsu, traditional Chinese medicine, Thai massage, lymphatic drainage and even ayurveda into the technique and sticks are sometimes heated or essential oils are incorporated into the massage.  The massage itself promotes circulation, sensory nerve perception and lymphatic drainage and provides a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.  An added benefit for the practitioner is that using the bamboo sticks helps to reduce stress and strain on hands and fingers while still allowing for deeply penetrating maneuvers.
Bamboo Structure and Benefits
Although bamboo matures fully in approximately seven years, most bamboo flowers only once in 60 to 120 years, with large heads much like those of sugarcane.  After blooming, all bamboo plants of the same species die, which occurs worldwide at the same time.  Overall, there are more than 1,200 species of bamboo, all of them related to sugarcane and corn.  Bamboo is, in fact, a giant grass.  The bamboo stalk can be cut, leaving the root system intact for rapid regrowth.  This makes bamboo a highly renewable resource.  In a favorable habitat, it can grow as fast as one foot in 24 hours and will grow back to full-size in a few years.  In addition to it sustainability, bamboo is also recognized for its suppleness and resilience.  With its unique combination of strength and flexibility, bamboo lends itself to a variety of uses.  Because of its hardness, bamboo has been used for bridges, floors, furniture, gutters, masts, utensils and vessels.  Because the fiber is soft and can be finely crushed, it can also be used for clothing, bedding and towels.
Part of what makes bamboo hard and straight, yet flexible and light, is that its outer cell walls are covered with silica.  This creates a crystalline-like matrix, much like that of a quartz crystal or our own connective tissue.  Some practitioners believe that releasing tension or fascial adhesions held within this matrix can help restore and rebalance the body's electromagnetic field.  In his article, "Bioenergetics of Man", for the Academy of Applied Osteopathic Association, osteopathic physician R.B. Taylor writes; "Manipulative pressure and stretching are the most effective ways of modifying energy potentials of abnormal tissues."
If we look closely at what's just beneath the surface of this statement, it takes us directly to what's beneath the surface of both our bodies and the structure of bamboo itself.  Crystalline like matrices are known to exhibit two very specific properties:  piezoelectricity and pyroelectricity.  Piezoelectricity is activated with pressure and pyroelectricity  with heat.  On a physiological level, these two properties are believed to contribute to some of the healing effects seen in bamboo massage.
Check out next month's issue for "Bamboo Fusion", part 3 of this Massage Bodywork article!
 Osorio, Sonia. "Bamboo Massage." Massage Bodywork May/June (2008): 84-91. Print.
Experience this ancient ritual for yourself!  Call 941-727-1500 for a Bamboo-Fusion Massage appointment today
Yoga for Body & Soul

Yoga...on the go!
After experiencing an entire weekend of Dr. Baxter Bell, yoga master, I realize a once a year "shot in the arm" for my personal yoga practice is just not enough!  As a yoga instructor, mother, wife, Girl Scout Troop Leader and office manager here at Alternative Therapy, it is often easy to forget to "practice what we preach" which is: honor, respect and love yourself.
Everyone needs personal practice time, time to meditate and time with a more experienced yoga teacher to learn and grow, personally as well as professionally. This is why I am taking the opportunity to offer my studetns an entire week with Dr. Bell, at Feathered Pipe Ranch in Helena, Montana on July 16th through 22nd, 2011.


Brook Longobardi,


Offered at an extremely reasonable cost ($1,295, including meals, classes and accomodations) this week long experience is called "The Healing Heart of Yoga".  Concentrating on the therapeutic benefits of yoga on the body as well as the the Global benefits for the body & soul through
 asana, pranayama, concentration, meditation and mantra.
Evenings of fireside meditations and mantra practiced in echoing , sacred Indian caves will round out the experience.
Contact Brook Longobardi @ 941-727-1500 for more information and check out Featheredpipe Foundation at www.featherdpipe.com.
Hope to see you there!




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