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June 2012
Inside Intentional Health
Yoga Class Schedule
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Alternative Therapy 

Class Schedule:
 Mondays & Wednesdays 5:30pm-6:30pm 


At:  Alternative Therapy 6080 26th Street West, Bradenton, Fl 34207
Try a class for free, then $12 per class or
10 for $100. 


Yoga Schedule 
Range of Motion 
(Gentle Class)
4:30   -   5:30 pm
Mixed Level Class
5:30   -   6:30 pm


Mixed Level Class
8:30 am   -   9:30 am


Range of Motion 
(Gentle Class)
4:30   -   5:30 pm
Mixed Level Class
5:30   -   6:30 pm


Mixed Level Class
8:30 am   -   10:00 am


Wear comfortable clothes and join us for alignment based yoga.
$10 per class
*$20  Saturdays
*$30  on Workshop Saturdays


Look forward to seeing you there! 

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The Key to a Pain Free Life

Andrzej Strzalkowski, RPT


Part 2:  Commit to Change

 In last month's article, the levels of relaxation were compared to the layers of an onion as the question was raised: How do we get to that innermost layer of relaxation?    


Reviewing; There are three steps:  first, is recognizing the need to relax (See "Relaxation" article in May's issue of Intentional Health); second, is the willingness to commit to change and thirdly; we must work on controlling our thoughts and focusing on one activity.  "Relaxation" for this month will focus on...

   Commit to Change (or "Deeper into the Onion")

When we are willing to make the change, we need to set a goal to relax and further, develop the ability to differentiate between the layers of relaxation.  For example; watching TV is one way of relaxing.  But, if we are watching news related accidents and calamities that happen around the world, this is very possibly going to create some tension in us.  Yet, we're going to consider watching TV a relaxation activity.  Well, are you relaxed?  Yes, probably to some degree, but not enough.  Another example is reading a book.  We are removing ourselves from the daily activities, daily stresses, daily problems, however what are we doing? Taking our mind away from reality to the content of the book, yet at the same time we also take our mind away from our bodies.  So, we are not paying attention to the body. 
Another option would be to just sit in a chair and breathe.  This is a perfect example of true relaxation.  Focus on one activity, breathing as opposed to watching TV or reading a book. The question, however, is are we recognizing at the same time there are about 100,000,000 thoughts going through our head as we are sitting in this chair and breathing?  


Relaxation breathing is reaching a deeper layer into the onion.  An activity that is highly successful at eliminating tension and achieving a deeper state of relaxation.   

Breathing is a meditative technique.  We can utilize other methods to assist in accomplishing relaxation.  These tools can be tai chi, chi gong and I would say the most popular and common choice is yoga.  All of those tools should be directed with a sense of enhancing our ability to listen to our body and relax.  Accomplishing this listening skill will further enhance the other benefits of these practices such as firming, stretching and pain elimination.


Learn to listen to the "whispers" of your body,

to avoid feeling it "scream!"


Our body is whispering to us continuously, but our hectic mind doesn't allow it to be heard.  So, when we practice yoga and are in downward facing dog, our thinking is often;  "Oh my goodness!  My back cannot stretch!  I'm aching there! Oh, my hamstrings are not stretched enough! My calf is hurting! How long do we have to hold this pose?" 


Choosing to go deeper into the onion, look internally and listen to our body we may choose to think; "Ok, I'm in a certain position.  Is my body tense?  Am I able to relax?  How is my breathing? What small adjustment can I make to ease the tension?"  


Paramount in making the commitment to relaxation is recognizing the difference between tension and pain.  Tension being a slight abnormal state of the muscles.  Ignoring these slight "whispers" of our body and pushing through them takes us from the path of relaxation and inner healing to pain and illness.  Do we continue to ignore the tension, push past them (as most people do) or are we going to stop and focus our mind on reducing the tension.. through relaxation via meditation? 


Our willingness to make that change and consistently fine tune the level of our ability to "intentionally focus" can eliminate the problem of constantly being diverted by other thoughts.


This "re-education" of our thought process can allow us to center our mind on relaxing tension anywhere in the body, before the tension escalates into pain or illness.


The goal of our treatment at Alternative Therapy is to increase the patient's body awareness by developing their ability to hear the tensions in their body and learn, through meditative techniques, to successfully release these tensions. 


  Look for part III in the "Relaxation" series in next month's Intentional Health.  Part I can be found in May's Issue at myalternativetherapy.net under "the News", under the bright blue button marked "Intentional Health".  Contact Alternative Therapy for more information:  941-727-1500.

Ellen Teeter, AP, DOM
Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

6 Ways to Improve Your Health in the Summertime

  1.  Awaken earlier in the morning.  The early morning air is fresh and the energy bright.  It's a little cooler and you can get your morning walk done before the heat sets in.
  2. Go to bed later in the evening.  If we follow the sun the summer days are longer and we can be more active.  We are too much indoors these days so get out and garden, walk on the beach, find ways to enjoy the outdoors in the evening.
  3. Rest at midday.  During the hottest part of the day the body needs a break from the heat.  If you are indoors this is not as important.  If you are spending the day at the beach or work outdoors arrange it so when the sun is at its zenith you are cool and relaxing in the shade.
  4. Drink plenty of fluids.  The pores are more open with the hot weather and we lose a lot of fluids through sweating and from the heat.
  5. Keep calm and even tempered, refrain from anger.  The heat can increase irritability so count to 10 before losing your cool.  Chinese medicine views anger as damaging the blood. Intense anger can lead to headaches, dizziness, even strokes.  We all have moments where anger is appropriate and suppressing it can be harmful.  If you find yourself irritable and out of sorts, often it's time for an acupuncture tune up.
  6. Eat more cooling foods and lighter fare.  You've heard the expression "cool as a cucumber", this is one food that can really beat the heat.  The first recorded medicinal use of the cucumber was in the 7th century. In Chinese medicine, cucumber is considered to have heat-dissipating, diuretic, laxative, and detoxifying effects. Its major uses include the treatment of excessive thirst, sore throat, laryngitis, acute conjunctivitis, and burns.

         Here are some more foods to cool you down this summer







Chinese Cabbage


Snow Peas




Mung Beans


White Mushrooms

Bok Choy








Summer Squash


Practice Preventative Health

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Bamboo-Fusion Massage

 Treat yourself to a Massage!


Nathalie Cecilia, LMTCreator, Bamboo-Fusion 

 Swedish Massage - Traditional European style, promoting overall relaxation and renewed energy


Craniosacral Therapy - Alleviate a range of illnesses, pain and dysfunction.  Light touch will be used to release problem areas.


Bamboo-Fusion Massage - A deep tissue technique using warm bamboo for extreme relaxation.


Ah Shiatsu Massage - The therapist uses her feet to release pain and provide a deep tissue massage.


Traditional Thai Massage - A deep, full body treatment of gentle stretching that is both stimulating and relaxing.


Bamboo Visage - French facial massage using bamboo.


Experience profound relaxation. 

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Yoga for the Soul
  Bone Density Health Alert!
Brook Longobardi, CYI
 Adding yet another reason, to the lengthy list of  why yoga is so good for our body, a recent study reported in Yoga Journal found an increase in bone mineral density in the spines of women who regularly practice yoga!  Let me repeat...an increase in bone mineral density through yoga practice!
Practitioners of yoga repeatedly use asanas (poses) that apply opposing muscle group forces.  These opposing forces greatly exceed gravity and encourage bone cells (osteocytes) to produce more bone!  The force gradually increases as the yoga practitioner builds strength and "hang time" in each asana and this produces even more bone cell growth.  What a fabulous cycle!  What wonderful miracles our bodies can be!  Imagine, improving and perhaps even reversing your osteoporosis through a disciplined yoga practice, DRUG FREE!
Find out what can yoga do for you!
For more information call  941-727-1500.
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