Bradenton’s Origin Health & Wellness Takes a Unique Approach to Self-Care

It’s no secret that life is full of stressors and few of us take the time we need to really care for our health and wellness. Four friends from Upstate NY aim to change this by offering a unique approach to self-care, designed to help you recharge and reconnect with less time and effort.

Michelle and Kurt Bednarcyk and Melissa and Chad Curtis moved down to Bradenton in 2022 to pursue their dreams of opening a holistic health practice, and just last month, Origin Health & Wellness was born.

The offerings you’ll find here combine cutting-edge wellness technology with ancestral energy techniques such as cold water immersion, breathwork, movement, and community connections.

Visitors have a choice of experiencing three unique session types, each of which lasts for approximately 30 minutes. Here’s a look at what you can expect.

Fire & Ice

This contrast therapy uses a mixture of heat and cold that allows you to relax and raise your core temperature in an infrared sauna, then take a plunge in an ice bath.

While you have the ability to adjust this experience to your comfort level, the standard protocol is 20 to 30 minutes in the infrared sauna (approx. 150 degrees Fahrenheit), a warm rinse shower, and then 20 seconds to 5 minutes in an ice bath at either 39 or 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

In addition to the potential benefits of each of these treatments, the extreme temperature change creates an acute stress response, also known as “fight or flight.”

According to Kurt and Chad, this gives you an opportunity to really feel the discomfort and get through it, leaving yourself with a higher sense of confidence and the knowledge that you have the ability to do hard things.

Chad says you’ll really feel the benefits when you allow yourself to “lean into the discomfort, embrace the silence and stillness, and listen to what’s in your heart.

This is an excellent group activity that can accommodate up to four people during one session timeslot.

P-4 (PEMF, Play, Pen + Paper)

This session includes PEMF therapy, movement play, and growth-oriented journaling. While each of these activities supports well-being, when combined, they’re ideal for dealing with those times when we are experiencing anxious thoughts, feel overstimulated by technology, or simply need a half hour to settle down and refocus.

A PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy) mat pulses electromagnetic waves through the body to rebalance magnetic energy. This therapy may help with pain reduction, arthritis relief, decreased teeth grinding and overall body tension, as well as potentially improving focus and energy and decreasing anxiety and depression.

After your PEMF session, you’ll have some time to relax in a peaceful place and spend some time journaling. Then, you’ll get up and move, using grown-up “toys” designed to stimulate inventiveness and creativity.

Red Light Recovery

Red light therapy is an increasingly popular healing method that may create benefits such as chronic pain relief, reduced inflammation, healthier skin and hair, and improved mood.

During this private 30-minute session, you’ll bask in healing red light while sound frequencies vibrate throughout your body, helping to restore a sense of calm and confidence.

Each station also includes Sound Therapy with a vibroacoustic sound cushion and noise-canceling headphones.

This offers whole-body sound and vibration that quickly creates an immersive meditative experience.

The booths also have padded floor space to accommodate stretching and mobility. The standard protocol includes 8-10 minutes of front-side panel exposure with the headphones and cushion 5 to 10 minutes of stretching and stress-reduction with continued panel exposure, then another 8-10 minutes of back-side panel exposure with the headphones and cushion.

Join Bradenton’s Growing Wellness Community

Origin is about more than wellness sessions. Kurt says one of their main focuses is on “cultivating a culture of people who are connected and committed to nourishing themselves.”

This beautiful, relaxing space is also available for private events, group wellness sessions, and more. In the future, you can expect some exciting classes and workshops, so be sure to follow Origin Health & Wellness on Instagram and on Facebook so you can keep up with all the latest news and updates.

When you’re ready to try one or all of these incredible experiences for yourself, you can visit their website to book a session or email the team at

Single sessions are just $35 or you can purchase a package of 4 sessions for just $69 (once per person). Session packages and ongoing memberships are also available. In addition, they offer 1-on-1 coaching, small group coaching, and private group sessions.

Origin Health & Wellness is also hosting a Community Celebration Event on Saturday, March 18th from 12 pm to 4 pm. You’re invited to stop by and check out this incredible wellness facility and enjoy complimentary sauna, red light therapy, and ice baths. There will also be a community meet-up, special deals, and more!⁠ Give them a call to reserve your spot, and when you do, be sure to tell them you heard about it on Discover Bradenton!

Origin Health & Wellness is located at 4418 5th Street West, Bradenton, FL. You can reach them at (941) 201-6049 or

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