|Posted on October 2, 2017 at 9:55 AM||comments (0)|
The shifting seasons either bring on feelings of excitement or feelings of dread. Some are excited for the cooler weather while others see a long and cold winter ahead. Both feelings are totally valid but either way it is important to find ways to nurture and care for yourself during this shift. Richmond is currently feeling very much like fall. The morning weather is chilly and the sun warms the skin throughout the day, the sunsets earlier and earlier, and the chill sets in again as the moon makes its way up in the sky.
Fall detoxes are important for many reasons. They help sooth your system as well as prepare you and your immune system for the things it may come into contact with in the colder months. Bardos is able to help you in several different ways if you are looking to detox during this time. Massage and medicupping is essential as is helps rid the body of toxins, mobilizing any fluids that have been bound and stagnant in the body. Our infrared sauna is also extremely valuable during this time as it can help with detoxing heavy metals as well as ridding the body of excess fat which stores toxins. We also offer meditation classes which are essential to helping with stress reduction and mindfulness.
Below is some more information about detoxing during this season!
Mental purification: ridding oneself of attachement and desire. This article is wonderful and gives great insight into how detoxing and letting go are important to finding your true self. During this time it is also a great practice to slow down. Set aside time so that you can meditate or practice yoga so that you are able to practice mindfulness and staying in this present moment.
Digestive purification: In ayurveda there are three different essential energies or doshas: kapha, vata, pitta. There is so much information detailing the different energies but the link below does a great job of describing them and also offers a short quiz that can help you figure out your dosha.
According to Scott Blossom, "The seasons are also governed by doshic activity. According to Ayurvedic theory, by the time autumn rolls around, we have accumulated plenty of heat in our tissues from the summer—that's fiery pitta dosha. As the leaves dry up and the wind begins to blow, vata dosha begins to take over—the one governed by air and marked by change, instability, and anxiety. Metaphorically speaking, what happens when you add random blasts of air to a fire? It burns even brighter. Blossom says that when the accumulated heat of pitta is fanned by vata, it can lead to mental and physical burnout, stressing our adrenals and nervous system and putting some of the body's natural detoxification processes on hold."
Kitchari is essential in the ayurvedic style of detoxification and purification. It is a simple dish made of mung beans, rice, and spices that is wonderful for all three doshas. A recipe can be found below:
|Posted on September 23, 2017 at 9:05 AM||comments (2)|
Infrared Sauna Benefits for Cancer & Other Healing: What You Need to Know
By Ty Bollinger
When you hear the word sauna, what goes through your mind? Perhaps a small, scorching room lined with wooden benches centered around a pile of very hot rocks. Or maybe you think of steam blasting all around you in a similarly close-quartered space filled with strangers in towels.
Sauna is actually a healing tradition that dates back more than 2,000 years. Immersing oneself in a high-temperature sauna environment causes the body to sweat, which even in primitive times was recognized as an effective way to cleanse the body and eliminate waste via the skin. The routine use of a sauna is one of the most effective means by which to detoxify the body, rejuvenate its cellular system, and promote a vibrant, disease-free life.
Near, Mid, and Far: The 3 Types of Infrared Sauna
The use of heat therapy really isn’t new in the realm of the healing arts, but technological advances that capitalize on infrared energy have made it possible to generate heat in just the right spots with pinpointed precision, hence the advent of the infrared sauna.
There are three distinct types of infrared wavelengths that generate energy: near infrared, mid infrared, and far infrared. Because they penetrate the skin and cells at varying depths, each type of infrared provides different therapeutic benefits depending on its use.
Near infrared (also referred to as low level light therapy) uses special LEDs to permeate the outer surface of the skin and promote cell health and skin rejuvenation. LEDs are effective because they can trigger a natural photo-biochemical reaction (similar to how plants use chlorophyll to convert sunlight into plant tissue).
Mid infrared has been shown to help aid in pain relief and weight loss.
Far infrared, which is by far the most common type used in commercial infrared saunas, helps pull toxins from the body and lower blood pressure.
Each type of infrared sauna comes with its own unique set of health benefits, and one isn’t necessarily better or worse than another. However, exposing yourself to all three types will clearly offer the most comprehensive health benefits, hence why many healing practitioners now encourage their patients to use or invest in a 3-in-1 full-spectrum infrared sauna.
Infrared Saunas vs. Traditional Saunas: What’s the Difference?
The most noteworthy differences between an infrared sauna and a traditional sauna have to do with temperature and heating method. A traditional sauna uses convection heat, much like the stove in your kitchen, to warm the body from the outside. It typically does so at higher temperatures around 185 degrees Fahrenheit (85 degrees Celcius). Many people find traditional saunas to be too hot and drying, making them intolerable to sit in for longer than just a few minutes.
An infrared sauna, on the other hand, can provide health benefits at much lower temperatures ranging between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit (49 to 60 degrees Celcius). This is due to the fact that radiating heat is more evenly distributed and penetrates more deeply into the skin, gently warming the body, rather than “charring” it with blasts of higher-temperature heat.
This is an important distinction because infrared heat is much more effective at drawing out toxins from the deep tissue areas where they’re hiding, allowing them to be more effectively and efficiently expelled from the body.
Despite the lower temperature thresholds, infrared heat also causes the body to sweat much more profusely than it otherwise would with convection heat.
The Science Behind Infrared Sauna Benefits
There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to show that infrared saunas are helping people detoxify their bodies, increase their energy levels, and even overcome chronic disease. But what does the science say? In a 2009 scientific review, a Canadian researcher found that:
At least four separate studies support the use of far infrared saunas in treating patients with cardiovascular disease.
At least five studies support the use of far infrared saunas in the treatment of coronary risk factors.
At least one study supports the use of far infrared saunas in treating chronic pain.
Another researcher from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Arizona, put out a paper several years ago highlighting the benefits of infrared sauna use as a way to trim body fat and eliminate toxic xenobiotics (foreign chemicals) from the body.
A 1981 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that regular use of an infrared sauna exerts a weight-loss effect on the body. This is due to the fact that infrared radiation raises core body temperature, mimicking the cardiovascular exertion brought about by aerobic exercises such as running.
There is also copious emerging research demonstrating infrared sauna benefits in the treatment of musculoskeletal problems, rheumatoid arthritis, joint stiffness, muscle spasms, edema, soft tissue injury, sciatica, eczema, pelvic infection, pediatric pneumonia, and even cancer.
The Effect of Infrared Sauna on Cancer Cells
For cancer specifically, infrared sauna treatments are exceptionally promising because of the selective toxicity they have on cells. In a nutshell, the hyperthermic effects of infrared radiation are only harmful to malignant cells, as was explained to me by Dr. Irvin Sahni in a Truth About Cancer docu-series interview. Dr. Sahni told me that normal healthy cells are essentially immune to infrared radiation, while cancer cells are hyper-thermically challenged:
“…by exposing your body to that heat, you’re selectively killing or eradicating those less viable cells, those cancer cells, without hurting your normal cells. And so a far infrared sauna is useful because it can help you sweat, excrete toxins, and in theory eliminate cancer cells which can’t survive the heat as well as the normal cells.”
Another study published in the Journal of Cancer Science and Therapy found that after just 30 days of infrared treatment, tumor-infected mice saw reductions in their cancerous masses of up to 86% − even with low-temperature infrared exposures of as little as 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 Celcius).
And if that isn’t enough, another study out of Japan found that infrared-induced, whole-body hyperthermia helped strongly inhibit the growth and spread of breast cancer cells in mice, without causing any harmful side effects.
How to Choose the Right Infrared Sauna for You
Between this internal heating mechanism and the sweat it produces, infrared saunas offer a one-two punch for powerful detoxification and cellular maintenance and regeneration. As long as you’re continually replenishing your body with both clean hydration and electrolytes, the sky’s the limit: the more you heat your core and sweat, the better off you’ll be health-wise.
Having a sauna at home is a great tool for health − if you have the means − for detoxification, relaxation, pain relief, weight loss, cardiovascular, and even anti-aging benefits. If space is a concern, there are portable options available.
The three most important factors to look for when purchasing an infrared sauna are:
Even heat output − no “hot spots” near the heating element. You should also opt for radiant (rather than reflected) heating technology, as radiant heat is more evenly distributed, efficient, and effective.
High emissivity rate − the test of an infrared heater is its “radiant efficiency” − basically its ability to produce high levels of infrared heat. Look for a sauna with a high emissivity rating and large heating panels that stay relatively cool on their surface. These types of heating panels produce the longer infrared waves that will most effectively penetrate your skin and cells, allowing for the greatest toxic release and greater amounts of sweat.
Low (or no) EMF pollution− obviously you don’t want to expose yourself to unnecessary UV or electromagnetic radiation in the process of detoxifying your body.
If you’re considering a sauna for your home, I recommend the Sunlighten line of full-spectrum infrared saunas. Sunlighten saunas are custom-designed and backed by dozens of clinical studies showing that they effectively deliver all three types of infrared wavelengths (near, mid, and far) at the proper amounts for achieving your desired health goals.
As far as I’m aware, there’s no other brand on the market that offers a three-in-one system capable of delivering an optimal balance of all three infrared wavelengths. Sunlighten saunas also have high emissivity − upwards of 99% − which simply means that they’re extremely efficient in infrared heat output.
They’re also extremely low in harmful EMF emissions. The company claims its Signature far infrared line “Ultra Low EMF Technology” produces “virtually no EMFs” at all, and it has the third-party test results to back this. After looking through the test results myself, I have to say that I’m thoroughly impressed with this particular sauna brand, and this top-of-the-line product is definitely at the top of the list if you’re looking to invest in your wellness.
|Posted on July 31, 2017 at 11:00 AM||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!
|Posted on July 21, 2017 at 9:55 AM||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.