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Book Recommendation and Gazpacho Recipe

Posted on August 14, 2017 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (1)

We recently had a massage sampler night here at Bardos. This super fun services involves multiple practitioners providing different styles and types of massage, raw food samples, and infrared sauna sessions. We believe this is a perfect gift for birthdays, bridal showers, and any other celebratory experience in life! Who doesn't love to relax and eat?!

We often get questions about food, raw food specifically, and how they can enhance your life. When we do massage sampler parties we always provide raw food as a way of showing our guests that there are so many options when it comes to raw foods and how they can be delicious and prapared in different ways. Two of the things that we offered were raw gazpacho and watermelon basil juice. 

The book we are recommending, Clean by Dr. Alejandro Junger, is all about the importance of allowing the digestive system to rest which in turn allows the body to detox and reboot itself. It asks that two of the meals you consume be liquid, soups or smoothies. Like most detox programs the intial week is very hard but then the benefits begin to kick in. The benefits included: better sleep, increased energy (this was significant!), weight loss, and less inflammation.  

In addition to talking about the importance of food in this detox journey Junger also discusses the importance of things like infrared sauna usage and massage. Infrared sauna use detoxes the body of heavy metals. It is so very important to find ways to eliminate these toxins from the body and ensure that they do not build up in the system. He also suggests massage for several different reasons. Massage can be extremely beneficial for digestive and inflammation issues. It is extremely important to eliminate regularly so that waste and toxins are removed from the body. Constipation can lead to the body reabsorbing the waste material that is found in the stool. Massage is a wonderful way to help get the bowls functioning properly. 

Gazpacho is a cold soup that is traditionally prepared with Spanish flavors. The recipe we used is as follows:

6-8 medium sized tomatoes (they're in season now! perfect time to head to the farmer's market)
1 small shallot
1 clove of garlic 
1/4-1/2 cup of balsamic (can also use sherry, apple cider vinegar, or your favorite)
1/2 cup olive oil
1 bunch of cilantro
1 cucumber
1 green pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin

All of the ingredients are placed in a blender and processed until smooth. 
Traditionally this is served with a small scoop of salad made from the same ingredients that are found in the gazpacho. We cubed a tomato, cucumber, pepper, cilantro, and shallot and mixed together with salt and olive oil. 

1 watermelon cut into chunks (seeded or unseeded)
1 bunch of basil (leaves removed from the stem)
1 lemon or lime

Blend together. If you have a seeded watermelon blend for less time and simply strain the juice removing the seeds.

Why is Sleep So Important?

Posted on August 8, 2017 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (2)

There are so many reasons to make sleep a priority in your life and daily routine!

We know that sleep is integral to our well being and offers a host of beneficial 'side effects'. Some of the most important are:

1. Good sleep positively effects the hormones that are in charge of appetite. Better sleep = better body composition
2. Sleep curbs inflammation! Much of the bodies waste products are collected and prepared to move out of the body during sleep. Effortless detoxification
3. Athletic performance is enhanced with better/longer sleep periods.
4. Improvement of productivity, attention span, and concentration occurs with better sleep. (Maybe it's not all nighters that will get you that promotion but a little extra sleep instead)
5. Sleep can be a natural way of clearing stress from your life.
6. People who sleep longer intervals (7-9 hours) are less likely to be overcome by depression
7. Good sleep lowers your risk of heart disease and stroke.
8. Improved immune function! Healthy sleep habits = healthy body functions
9. Increase in libido.
10. A healthy sleep routine can help prevent migraines and other headaches.

While it can seem hard or daunting to begin a sleep routine it is something that should be made a priority. "In one set of studies, soon to be published in The Journal of Neuroscience, the Veasey lab found that while our brains can recover quite readily from short-term sleep loss, chronic prolonged wakefulness and sleep disruption stresses the brain’s metabolism." In the long term this can lead to a build up of harmful proteins that can ultimately lead to diseases such as Alzheimers. 

If you are having trouble sleeping massage can be a wonderful tool to help you find restfull nights. Massage alleviates stress, increases relaxation, soothes sore and tired muscles, and releases seratonin. All of these things together can help the body get ready for a great nights sleep!

New studies are happening all the time that help us better understand why sleep is important, what the brain is doing while sleep is happening, and how we can ensure that our sleep is restful and restorative.  

Giulio Tononi, a sleep researcher from University of Wisconsin, "published an interesting twist on this theory a few years ago: His study showed that the sleeping brain seems to weed out redundant or unnecessary synapses or connections. So the purpose of sleep may be to help us remember what’s important, by letting us forget what’s not."

According to Dr. Nedergaard, "sleep, it turns out, may play a crucial role in our brain’s physiological maintenance. As your body sleeps, your brain is quite actively playing the part of mental janitor: It’s clearing out all of the junk that has accumulated as a result of your daily thinking ... She proposed a brain equivalent of the lymphatic system, a network of channels that cleared out toxins with watery cerebrospinal fluid. She called it the glymphatic system, a nod to its dependence on glial cells (the supportive cells in the brain that work largely to maintain homeostasis and protect neurons) and its function as a sort of parallel lymphatic system."

Sources:" target="_blank">Goodnight. Sleep Clean.
The Secrets of Sleep

What's the Difference Between Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage?

Posted on August 7, 2017 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (1)

This is a super common question that we receive from new customers when booking their appointments, and we're here to explain!

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is the massage of choice for people looking for an overall feeling of relaxation. Swedish massage includes:

Effluerage, sliding/gliding movements
Petrissage, kneading movements
Friction, rubbing movements
Vibration and percussion
Stretching and bending joints with the assistance of practitioner

Swedish massage increases circulation, drains the lymphatic system, lowers blood pressure, and improved immune function.  

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue massage is often the massage of choice for people experiencing tight or achey muscles. It works to release the fascia creating more space in the body for the bones, muscles, joints, and organs. The primary stroke is:

Linear Friction which is a continual linear stroke along a targeted muscle.

This stroke triggers the stretch receptors which in turn allow for the muscle to release. Deep tissue helps with chronic pain, postural improvements, quicker healing of injuries, and improved range of motion.

Can the two be done at the same time?
Yes! It is definitely possible to have both swedish and deep tissue incorporated into a massage. If you have a specific area that needs deeper pressure and more work than others deep tissue style work can be applied to that area while the long strokes of swedish are applied to the rest of the body. 

Huge Deals Make Your Wellness Vacation a Dream Come True!

Posted on July 31, 2017 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Have you been enjoying yourself this summer with vacations to the beach or new and exotic countries? (We hope so for you!) Do you come home and feel like you need another vacation? A vactaion from a vacation! Often times we push to experience everything possible while on a vacation which can make for a wonderful albiet tiring experience. 

So, why not take a wellness vacation? Take a few hours out of your day and unplug from your phone, your computer, your responsibilities and step into Bardos for a wonderful and reguvinating experience. Our massages will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed while our far infrared sauna can help you detox letting your muscle pain melt away. 

Our Summer Blowout Sale is just what you need if you feel like you need a staycation! Violet and Sai are offering their services at a discounted rate and our sauna sessions are also on sale. So, once you get back home from whatever beautiful backdrop you're visiting step into Bardos and prepare yourself for the work week ahead by pampering yourself!

Proprioception and Massage Tingles

Posted on July 28, 2017 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Have you ever felt the beautiful vibrations of massage?! It feels like the awakening of the body while also providing you with a deep sense of relaxtion and ease. But, how does it work? What makes your body feel tingly during a massage? Is it normal? 

The first time you experience this physical feeling it can be concerning. Thankfully this feeling is not painful or unenjoyable just totally new and unlike other feelings experienced in the body. 

Proprioception is the bodies ability to sense itself, it's position and it's movement. Proprioception is produced by the bodies ligaments, bones, and fascia. It is something that can't really be described because, like breathing, it is automatic and always present within the body. (How cool and amazing is the body?!)

According to Paul Ingraham of, "If we could switch proprioception off, it would suddenly be obvious what we were missing. But normal proprioception is a sense without a lot of contrasts. Until you get on a massage table.

Massage therapy produces a lot of unexpected and unusual proprioceptive data. You can’t turn your muscle sensations off … but you can give them extra stimuli, and new and interesting stimuli. And they love it!

One familiar example is the relaxing effect of vibration. This works on a simple principle called “proprioceptive confusion.” If you move or shake the body at random, the brain gets a deluge of nonsensical proprioceptive data. The nervous system, overwhelmed by the random stimuli, effectively “gives up” and stops resisting the movement: providing you with deep, muscle loosening relaxation!

Similarly, proprioception is also responsible for most of the (delicious) feeling of sensory novelty that we experience when we are massaged. Although stroking sensations on the skin are certainly significant, most of us also crave the deeper sensations of our proprioceptive nerve endings being stimulated for us — the unfamiliar movements of joints, the pressures on our muscles in places we can’t reach ourselves, the incongruously effortless stretches of tendons and ligaments that are normally only stimulated by intense exercise.

Without proprioception, every massage would feel like just a skin massage: a poorer sensory experience."

So if you're looking to experience the wonder of massage" target="_blank">book an appointment with us today! You'll be feeling the benefits long after the session and your body will thank you!

Debunking Three Common Myths About Massage

Posted on July 26, 2017 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

There are a lot of misconceptions around massage and today we would like to take a moment to explain why three of those common misconceptions are wrong. 

1. Massage just moves the muscles around.

While it is correct to think that massage involves moving the muscles of the body it is incorrect to think that is the only thing massage does. Arthritis pain can often be related to a build up of synovial fluid in the joints. This fluid can be moved with the help of massage which will in turn lessen the inflammation. Massage is also effective at releasing fascia, a tissue that connects the bones, muscles, and organs.    

We should also consider the psychological benefits of massage. Massage is known to alleivate stress and has also been a great treatment option for those suffering from depression or PTSD.

2. Massage must be painful in order for it to be effective.


Ultimately the goal of massage is to help you relax and find release in tight and painful muscles. A pressure that is too deep for a client can result in tightening the muscle being worked on, holding your breath, or tightening the whole body. This reaction is counter-productive. Often a massage therapist will be able to intutively know when to back off on the pressure but as a client it is best to verbalize when you need more or less pressure. 

Slight discomfort is normal when working on muscles that are tired, sore, and tight. But, how is discomfort defined? I think the best way to think of discomfort is to refer to stretching. When you bend over to touch your toes there is a stopping point. You reach a point where there is discomfort and going past that point leads to pain. That spot where you stop and can still remain in the toe touching position is the sort of discomfort you can feel when working on specific areas of that body that may be expericing or causing you chronic pain. Letting your therapist know if the discomfort level goes beyond that is beneficial to you and your therapist! We are here to help you and communication is key!

3. All massages and massage therapists are the same.

This is just simply not true. If you think about humans in general it is impossible to say that we are all the same, so taking that information it is impossible to claim that all massage therapists could be the same. Massage therapists also undergo different training and many continue their education in order to provide the most healing massage possible. 

The Benefits of Far Infared Sauna

Posted on July 21, 2017 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

According to Dr. Lori Arnold, Pharm.D., FAARM, "Saunas have been used in Europe, especially the Scandinavian region, for hundreds of years. The Finns popularized sauna use by utilizing sauna for mental, spiritual and physical cleansing. In the United States, Native American Indians used “sweat lodges” for cleansing and purifying, recognizing the benefit of a sweat, as well."

Often those who are unable to take the heat of traditional saunas or steam saunas find far infrared saunas to be much more relaxing. 80% of the heat emitted is available to the body meaning that the air surrounding the body is still relatively cool. This is what typically bothers people in saunas: the hot air that makes breathing seem hard. When this factor is eliminated the sauna becomes a more enjoyable experience.

Daily sweating is so important to the internal body. The food we intake, the chemicals we come into contact with, the air around us, and the products we use on our skin are all absorbed into our internal body. There needs to be a way to get rid of the toxins we encounter this way. Sweat is the answer! Sweating through exercise or sauna use helps ride the body accumulated heavy metals as well as alcohol, nicotine, sodium, and sulfuric acid. "Toxins in the body can accumulate in the skin and the liver and sweating is one of the body’s natural ways to remove toxins. As a result, detox helps avoid disease, prevent illness and improve general health and vitality." (The Amazing Benefits of Far Infrared Sauna)

In addition to helping rid the body of toxins, sauna usage can help with weight loss. According to "Dr. Robert Kushner of Northwestern University's School of Medicine, who specializes in the care of overweight and obese patients, says abdominal fat also is dangerous for the heart,

"Abdominal fat releases fatty acids and other signals that go to the rest of the body and cause increased blood fats like cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as higher blood pressure,"

And Harvard University endocrinologist Dr. JoAnn Manson states, "This fat drains directly to the liver, and it's associated with increased fat within the liver, which is also a risk factor for insulin resistance," she says. This sets the stage for Type 2 diabetes." (Study Offers Another Incentive for Flat Abs)

Far infrared sauna use increases the temperature in the body which in turn increases heart rate and force the body to begin working to cool itself down. This is very similar to the mechanics of the body when it is hard at work during exercise. In addition for this being great for weight loss it is also really great for cardiac strengthening. The enhanced circulation is great for those suffering from high blood pressure, sciatica, hemorrhoids, and varicose veins. Increased blood flow also leads to increased oxygen flow which helps for those with chronic pain, joint pain, sports injury, or fibromyalgia.

If this is something that you are interested in trying contact us! We are running a Summer Blowout Sale that deeply discounts our sauna sessions. 

Thai Herbal Compress

Posted on July 17, 2017 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

We are adding another wonderful service to our list! Thai herbal compresses have been used for thousands of years. Their benefits are vast and the different herbal mixtures will all produce slightly different effects on the mind and body.

Bardos will be offering three different herbal compress options: Camphor and Eucalyptus, Jasmine and Peppermint, and Rose and Tulsi.

Camphor and Eucalyptus:

The Camphor and Eucalyptus blend is most intense with it's cooling and vasodiolating effect. Also best for congestion and coughs.

Jasmine and Peppermint:

The Jasmine and Peppermint is more soothing for the digestive system with a mild cooling and vasodiolating effects. The Chamomille aides in easing of stomach pain and digestion.

Rose and Tulsi:

The Rose and Tulsi is the most mild with Lavender as the soothing and vasodiolating component. Recommended for neck and shoulders especially car accidents and brain traumas that need a gentle touch. Excellent for migraines.

These herbal compresses will be heated, wrapped in gauze and applied using adhesive tape on the effected area. They will be left on the body so that the healing qualities of the herbs are extracted and penetrate deep into muscle, bone and tendon.

Topically the herbs are wonderful for reducing swelling, relieving coughs and congestion, reducing symptoms from IBS and Leaky Gut and relieving pain and headaches.

Each of the compresses shares a few of the same ingredients: comfrey, arnica, tulsi, rose, and calendula.

Comfrey heals bone, tendon and muscle tears, fractures and sprains.

Tulsi and Rose are found in all of the compresses as these components are the most healing energetically.

Arnica is a homepathic remedy for things such as post-surgery swelling and bruising, athritis, and general pain and swelling.

Calendula "has great anti-inflammatory and vulnerary action, making it helpful with stubborn wounds, acne, ulcers, bed sores, varicose veins, rashes, eczema and related conditions.8 It helps soothe sore, inflamed and itchy skin conditions." (Here’s Why You Can Count on Calendula Oil)

Each blend has herbs to heal topical cuts and bruises. They are all indidcated for pain relief, reducing inflammation and swelling as well as cell proliferation and re-growth for bones, tendons, muscles and even topical skin growth.

Rosewater for the Summer Heat

Posted on July 17, 2017 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

This summer has been a scorcher! We have regularly had temperatures in the upper 90s and the humidity has made it feel much hotter than that at times.

That makes it super important to hydrate and find ways to naturally cool the body. One natural way to find relief from the heat is to incorporate rosewater into your daily routine. There are several ways to do this:

1. Add a teaspoon of rosewater to your water bottle. This will create a wonderful flavor and aroma while also providing you with Vitamin A, B, C, and E and several antioxidants. Rosewater has been known to aid in cooling the body, digestion, inflammation, mood, and stress relief. 

2. Sprtiz it on your skin. Bardos has come up with a seasonally appropriate product that will help you beat the heat! Our Angel Mist Theraputic sprays can be spritz on the skin when you find yourself feeling overheated or parched. We have three blends: Angel, Dream, and Love. Each of these blends includes rosewater and their our unique blend of essential oils. Rosewater is great for those experiencing reddness on the face, acne, or rosacea as it balances the pH and reduces inflammation.

  • Angel: Lavender and Lime essential oils- uplifting, calming
  • Dream: Peppermint, Patchouli, Orange, Lavender, and Basil: relaxing, calming
  • Love: Lemon, Orange, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang: uplifting, floral, relaxing

3. Add it to your morning smoothie. Right now peaches are in season and we can't get enough of them! Our newest smoothie experiment recipe is below.

2 peaches

1 tsp of rosewater (or more if you want it to be extra rose flavored!)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Coconut milk (amounts vary here- get it to your preferred consistency)

Add ins: Matcha, maca, collagan, bee pollen

Massage for those Suffering from Arthritis

Posted on July 12, 2017 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

To begin this blog post I think we should discuss what arthritis is. First, arthritis is not a single disease. The word arthritis refers to several different conditions that are all related to joint pain or joint disease. The most common symptoms include stiffness, swelling, inflammation, loss of range of motion, and pain.

Is there a cure for arthritis? According to rheumatologist" target="_blank">Scott J. Zashin, MD,

"There are many different types of arthritis. When someone speaks about a 'cure' for arthritis, you must take into account the type of arthritis. For example, there are several types of arthritis caused by infection, including Lyme disease and bacterial arthritis. Both can be cured by antibiotics. An arthritis due to a virus, such as Parvovirus, is a self-limited condition (i.e., runs its course without treatment). Gout is a type of arthritis that can be put into remission by lowering the uric acid enough so that gout crystals do not precipitate in the joints and cause inflammation. Lowering uric acid can be done by avoiding foods high in purines or by medication, such as allopurinol. While symptoms may never return, this is not a true cure because if the patient goes off their diet or stops taking medication, the arthritis returns."

So, how can you effectively manage arthritis? Many arthritis patients are prescribed medications that can help with the pain. But, often these medications come with heavy side effects and patients are looking to find other natural remedies to help soothe the body. There are many different home remedies that you can try including:

-menthol creams, a study performed by Imaginetix showed an increase in pain management when arthritis creams had an addition of menthol.

-capscasin cream, a study performed in Germany indicated that after three weeks usage of a cream containing capscasin there was a 50% reduction in patients pain.

-Anti-inflammatory diets, there is no set diet for arthritis patients although the simple method is to eat more fruits and vegetables and refrain from eating processed foods or foods containing simple carbohydrates.

-Including anti-inflammatory spices in the diet such as tumeric, cinnamon, black pepper, garlic, cayanne, ginger, cloves, and saffron.

-Glucosamine, "is a naturally occurring amino sugar in the body that plays a vital role in keeping cartilage and other body tissues healthy."

-low impact exercise (water aerobics), low impact exercise can result in weight loss which is very important in maintaining the health of joints. Water aerobics is especially helpful because the water buouyancy results in less impact on the joints.

The last thing I would like to touch on is massage for arthritis. According to, "Research has shown that massage can lower the body’s production of the stress hormone cortisol, and boost production of serotonin, which, in turn, can improve mood. Additionally, massage can lower production of the neurotransmitter substance P, often linked to pain, and improve sleep as a result." 

In addition to the above information massage is known to help with increasing flexibility as well as soothing sore and painful joints and muscles. In addition to the phsyical pain management benefits there are also psychological benefits. Many people who suffer from arthritis also suffer from anxiety. The intensity of this disease can lead the sufferer to always worry about when their symptoms will flair as well as yearning for a day when the pain will subside.

Bardos works with many patients who suffer from arthritis. If you are suffering and would like to add massage to your regimine please contact us and we will find a massage program that works best for you!