HerbsIntentional Health

July 2012
Inside Intentional Health
Yoga Class Schedule
Alternative Physical Therapy
Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine
Alternative Therapy is relocating!!!
On September 1, 2012 our intentional wellness team will commence treatment at
5801 Braden Run, Bradenton, FL  34202.
New Building

Just off eastbound SR70 and less than a mile East of I-75 our new location
is a natural light-filled haven with a shaded deck and meditation inspiring lake view. 
Watch for more information on our exciting developments!

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 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.
as well as Adults
Class 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  Workshop Saturdays 

Alternative Therapy 


The Element of Pain Free Living

Part 3 - Focus

In "Commit to Change" (part 2 of

Andrzej Strzalkowski, RPT

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 necessity to clear the mind, center 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".)  

While breathing, we can concentrate on inhaling and exhaling, and typically, when the period of time starts to extend (longer than two or three minutes) suddenly we are bombarded with a multitude of 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 become aware of the tensions in their body and release them.


This is a much deeper level of relaxation.  Yoga, tai chi, qi gong are exercises we can use to guide us into this sphere of relaxation.  The intention of these practices,should be to synchronize our mind and our heart 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 positive side effect of the relaxation practice.  


 This deeper layer of relaxation; breathing (with the intent of quieting and listening to our whole body), begins with the mind.  To start, 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 still a superficial layer of the deeper 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. 


Successfully engaging in this communication with our bodies is relaxation at 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 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, qi gong 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, intentional wellness lifestyle (quarterly body adjustments, massages, practicing yoga, tai chi or qi gong) 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.


Curious about "Intentional Health"?  Contact Alternative Therapy for more information.



Ellen Teeter, AP, DOM
Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

Qi Gong Classes at

Alternative Therapy 


The words "qi gong" literally mean: life energy cultivation.  A smooth, zero impact practice of mindful breathing and movement that can be used for exercise, healing and meditation.  Ellen Teeter, AP, DOM is a qi gong instructors, recommending it for many health related issues such as imbalance, hypertension, obesity, to name a few.  Join Ellen and her class to find out what qi gong can do for you!


Class Schedule:
Mondays & Wednesdays 
At:  Alternative Therapy 6080 26th Street West, Bradenton, Fl 34207
Try a class for free, then $12 per class or
10 for $100. 
Practice Preventative Health!


Call 941-727-1500 for more information

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 "yoga like" stretching that is both stimulating and relaxing.


Bamboo Visage - French facial massage using bamboo.


Massages are $80 for 1 Hour


Experience profound relaxation. 

Schedule your "health smart" massage today:


Yoga for the Soul
 Summer Practice in Full Swing!
Join us for the "Summer of Shoulders"!  We're working on opening our chests and getting out of the computer/driving slump!  We'll get propped & tied and begin to train our bodies back to a state of alignment!
Come in and experience release in your neck, upper thoracic and relief from headaches.  Aligning our shoulders opens up a whole new perspective on your yoga practice, posture and general health.  Don't miss this series!
Look forward to seeing you in class!




For more information call  941-727-1500.
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