HerbsIntentional Health

June  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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Safety 1st!  (Inside & Out)

If you are interested in "chemical free"  health care, Alternative Therapy has what you've been seeking.

Our acupuncturist; Ellen Teeter, AP, DOM, has the combination of prescriptive herbs  to remedy most ailments.  

Working with your medical doctor, you may replace over the counter medications with herbal combinations personally designed for your body!

You can often lower the levels of synthetic chemicals in your body and reduce the side effects of prescription drugs through acupuncture treatments and custom herbal prescriptions!

Historically Chinese medicine has been used to treat symptoms of ...

Skin Problems
High Blood Pressure
Ear Pain
Digestive Difficulties
Menstrual Difficulties
Low Energy
...and more!
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Alternative Physical Therapy
Old Injuries, New Treatment

In last month's article we discussed the expedient use of Alternative Therapy for injuries; as soon as two hours after the injury, after the swelling has receded.   


Andrzej Strzalkowski, RPT


What about old injuries and the chronic pain experienced from them? Alternative Therapy can assist in these circumstances as well. 


The practice of Alternative Therapy teaches the body to relax, allowing the mind to listen and "zero in" on the root cause of pain.  Identifying the true source of pain in the body is the first step in addressing and eliminating it, once and for all. 


Throughout the summer months, Andrzej will address common sources of pain from old injuries and the specific that can be taken to reduce and even eliminate pain from the body.  Watch for July's article on rotor cuff injuries; the cause and Alternative treatment.


You can be rid of pain!  The cure is within you.

 Call for your appointment 941-727-1500.

Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine


Ellen Teeter, AP, DOM

Five Strategies for Sprains, Strains and Pains

1. Avoid injury when possible!  Being aware of proper body mechanics can help avoid many of the strains and pains of increased activity. 


 Having a regular morning tai chi or yoga practice can connect you to your body while gently opening up joints and ligaments, warming the muscles and in classes you can learn how to target problem areas.  (Alternative Therapy offers both yoga and tai chi classes to help you get in touch with your joints and muscles!)


2. Get proper nutrition.   Eating a balanced diet of well cooked whole grains, lots of lightly cooked vegetables and small amounts of animal proteins gives the body the building blocks for repair.  Eat a wide variety of foods with plenty of colors, textures, and flavors to help get in all the super nutrition you need.  For more on "Chinese Dietary Therapy"  click here.


Food provides the building blocks for your body to repair itself at night.  If you are eating a lot of processed foods, fats, sugars, flour products, corn products and potatoes then you are getting plenty of fuel to keep going during the day but nothing to repair and restore the body at night.  


Poor nutrition catches up to us when we are injured with slow healing and chronic pain.  Why do 2 people with similar injuries have such different healing rates?  The one whose body has the right nutrition and good circulation will heal faster than the person who is deconditioned and eats poorly.  Chinese medicine along with acupuncture and herbs helps restore the body's self healing capacity.                      


Nothing truly replaces the benefits of good nutrition

 and the right exercise.


3.  Get treatment as soon as possible .  Any injury should be looked at ASAP.  If there's any question that it might be broken get checked out!

If it's not broken, get treatment in order to speed recovery and prevent long term problems.  If not completely resolved old trauma can revisit you 10-20 years later.  


Chinese medicine has a long history of treating trauma using acupuncture, pastes, plasters and ointments.  The initial acute phase is treated with heat clearing, dampness resolving herbs which actually take the swelling down without the use of ice!  As the stages of recovery progress different herbs are used to continue promoting healing.


4. Heat or Ice?   The judicious use of ice can help reduce swelling immediately after an injury occurs, but cold interferes with long term healing.   Keep a Chinese sprain ointment in your medical chest, wrap the affected area overnight and get acupuncture the next day.  I've used sprain ointments routinely and you can see swelling go down within hours. 


Use gentle warmth for short periods of time along with herb packs to encourage circulation.  Good circulation into and out of the area promotes healing.


5.  Give it a rest!   If there's pain after an injury, there's no gain to keep using the affected area.  Rest the injured area, treat it with acupuncture and herbs and you will quickly be back in the game!


Practice "safe" medicine...Chinese medicine is not a "one size fits all" medicine, it is custom tailored to the individual.

Call for your personal evaluation with  today: 



Nathalie Cecilia, LMT

Founder, Bamboo-Fusion

Benefits of Massage:
 Good Medicine
(Excerp from title article.)

Massage as a healing tool has been around for thousands of years in many cultures. Touching is a natural human reaction to pain and stress, and for conveying compassion and support. Think of the last time you bumped your head or had a sore calf. What did you do? Rubbed it, right? The same was true of our earliest ancestors. Healers throughout time and throughout the world have instinctually and independently developed a wide range of therapeutic techniques using touch. Many are still in use today, and with good reason. We now have scientific proof of the benefits of massage - benefits ranging from treating chronic diseases and injuries to alleviating the growing tensions of our modern lifestyles. Having a massage does more than just relax your body and mind - there are specific physiological and psychological changes which occur, even more so when massage is utilized as a preventative, frequent therapy and not simply mere luxury. Massage not only feels good, but it can cure what ails you.


By Editorial Staff

Originally published in Body Sense magazine, Fall 2001.
Copyright 2001. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.


Experience the change in your body's health!  Call 941-727-1500 for a Bamboo-Fusion Massage or select another from our wide menu of massage offerings.


Yoga for Body & Soul

Safety 1st!  Body Mechanics Awareness

June is "National Safety Month" and a great time to re-educate ourselves on how we can to prevent injury to our body.  Each time we bend, stretch or lift, the position and weight distribution of our body allows this movement to be smooth and effortless or, if done incorrectly; wrought with  pain.  Getting into the habit of using the correct muscles, aligning our  joints and well timed shifting  of our weight can prevent pulled muscles and strains from our neck to our ankles.

This is where yoga comes in..(as you knew it would!)  Every activity we perform with our bodies requires muscles and joints to work in tandem to "get the job done".  Yoga teaches us to use only the muscles that are necessary for the movement and relax muscles (like the neck, jaw and shoulder muscles) that are often not involved in the task.
Becoming aware of everyday movement such as chopping vegetables, pumping gas, standing, bending etc. is a key element in health and longevity.  The practice of yoga trains your body to move in a safe and aligned manner that promotes muscle memory, thereby using and resting the proper muscles becomes second nature.
Make yoga a habit in your lifestyle! 


Brook Longobardi,


 Call or look online for the yoga class schedule:  941-727-1500. 


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