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Three Reasons to Schedule a Massage this Spring

Posted on March 27, 2018 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (80)

It is officially spring (although it might not feel like it quiet yet!). That means pollen swimming through the air is around the corner and so is an increase in spending time outdoors.

If you're feeling stiff and stagnant after our long and hard winter a massage can be greatly beneficial. Spring is the perfect time to start doing more activities outside and it can be hard if your body is tight and sore.

Massage is also wonderful for seasonal allergy relief! If you have sinus problems in the spring we offer a mini cold stone facial that can be added to any massage. This will help with puffiness as well as sinus drainage and pressure relief. 

Massage is also great for lifting your mood and decreasing stress! Massage increases your seratonin and dopamine levels and if the long winter has been hard on your psychologically massage is a wonderful way to start healing!

Cupping Marks vs. Bruising

Posted on February 20, 2018 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (4)

Cupping marks cannot be called bruises simply because of the way bruises are caused. Bruises appear when the body experiences some kind of blunt injury or trauma. The impact can break the blood capillaries present under the skin, which is why you see the redness. The body responds to the injuries with a rush of healing fluids to the area that also contribute to the bruising or redness. When the proteins at the injury site begin to coagulate, blood circulation reduces and the patient feels pain. 

Cupping marks are caused by suction from the cupping set instead of the pressure in case of trauma, and works to bring toxins to the surface. The most important differentiating factor is the cupping marks do not cause pain and if there is any discomfort, it is minimal and goes away quickly. It is also common to use silicone cupping sets for relaxation. These sets (like the one shown below) allow the cup to glide across the skin like a massage instead of focusing on one particular area.

Cupping Marks:

The most common misunderstanding regarding one of the most powerful and beneficial after effects of Cupping, is the marks that sometimes result. 

When injuries occur deep in the muscle, bleeding often occurs causing deep bruises. There will also be edema in the area involving the coagulation of sticky proteins. The combining presence of these elements usually results in stagnation of circulation to the area - resulting in pain, dysfunction, and chronic conditions.

The vacuum formed by Cupping draws up the old non-circulating stagnant blood and sticky fluids from the area, bringing them up to the surface and away from the injury so that healthy free circulation can be restored to the affected area, thus creating space for oxygen, living cells and nutrients for faster recovery.

Where there is dead, static blood, lymph, cellular debris, pathogenic factors, and toxins present in the body, Cupping can leave marks which indicates that the stagnation or disease has been moved from the deeper tissue layers to the surface.

Usually, the practitioner will see the greatest amount of deposits being drawn to the surface in the first few treatments - this is a good thing. The deposits will lessen in intensity as the deeper issues are resolved and the stagnations and toxins have been dredged up and flushed out via the bodys' own circulatory systems, expulsion from the pores and sweat. Sweating is a great after treatment followup for your clients to help get rid of the garbage you've released.


A bruise is a common skin discoloration that results from the breakage of tiny blood vessels leaking under the skin after a traumatic injury. Blood from damaged blood vessels beneath the skin collects near the surface to appear as what we recognize as a black and blue mark. This mark is from skin discoloration by red blood cells and their contents. A bruise is also known as a contusion.

Bruising on the back of the hands and arms (called actinic purpura or solar purpura) occurs because skin there is often sun-damaged and thin.

Bruising occurs more commonly with vitamin C deficiency (ascorbic acid deficiency or scurvy).

Alcohol abuse can cause people to bruise more easily.

Happy Holidays!

Posted on December 20, 2017 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)
Happiest Holidays from Bardos Massage and Wellness! We love our massage family and we're so glad that you can be a part of it!!

Holiday Gift Guide!

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (3)

The holidays are about spending time with loved ones and showing our love and appreciation for them through gifts. These gifts should be a reflection of what we hope for them in the future (wellness, health, prosperity) and also full of love and thoughtfulness for the things that they enjoy most in life. Bardos has a wonderful selection of things that can brighten up your loved ones holiday and that are also beneficial to their health and wellness. 

We are offering our Angel Mist Sprays for $20 each of $35 for a pair. These mists are wonderful for freshing up a room, as after shower body spray, and can even be kept in your car as a freshener for that space. 

We are also offering Cupping Sets for $25. This is a wonderful way to give someone you love the gift of self care.

Bardos is also offering hand blended Herbal Compresses for $20. These compresses are extremely versatile. We have been using them as a part of our bath ritual making a soothing tea for our body to immerse in. 

While these gifts are available seperately we are also offering them as a bundle, one of each gift listed above, for $55 with gift wrapping as an option. 

And of course we always offer the gift of massage as an option! We have Gift Certificates and are also running our Fall Special for a few more weeks so that you can purchase gifts at a discounted rate! 

Benefits of Apricot Oil

Posted on November 15, 2017 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Apricot kernal oil is derived from the seed found inside of an apricot. This kernal is made up of about 40-50% oil that is then extracted and used for health and beauty purposes. This is the last ingredient that we use when hand blending our massage oil and it's a great one!

Apricot oil is a light moisturizer that leaves you feeling moistured but not oily. It is wonderfully moisturizing as well as other really great qualities. Apricot oil is rich in Vitamin K which has been shown to reduce dark circles under the eyes as well as dark splotches found on the body. It is full of unsaturated fatty acids as well as Vitamin E which are great at combating fine lines and wrinkles. The high Vitamin E content also helps with elasticity and firmness/tightness of the skin.  

This is a wonderful oil to keep in the shower! It works great at combating psoriasis and eczema. It is recommended that you later your body with the oil before towel drying which allows the body to seal in moisture. It is also protective against UV rays and can be used in conjunction with sunscreen. 

We have shared several different beauty recipes based on the oils that we mix together and today we thought we could share a simple massage oil that you can use at home.

Simply mix 8 oz of apricot kernal oil with 10 drops of lavender oil and 10 drops of peppermint oil and you're all set!

Avocado Oil

Posted on November 13, 2017 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (3)

Avocado oil is wonderful for the skin and makes up a large portion of our massage oil. It is known to smooth the skin as it is full of essential fatty acids. It is also a great acne treatment as it works to unclog pores and get rid of dead skin cells. Avocado oil is also a natural sunscreen as it is full of mono-saturated fats that create a protective layer on the skin. Other benefits include:

1. Boosts collagen
2. Removes dark circles
3. Improves skin elasticity
4. Effective against Psoriasis and eczma
5. Prevents premature aging

A super simple face mask recipe is as follows:

Mash up 1/2-1 avocado and mix in 1-2tblsp of avocado oil. Use on face and neck for 10-20 minutes. This will instantly soften the skin and would be a wonderful treatment for anyone experiencing dryness or redness on the face/neck area. 

Brain Health

Posted on November 13, 2017 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Top 15 Foods for Brain Health:

(Diet and exercise are essential to brain health!)


1. Kale

2. Coconut oil

3. Olive Oil

4. Pumpkin seeds

5. Blueberries

6. Almonds

7. Cacao

8. Dandelion Greens

9. Walnuts

10. Spinach

11. Asparagus

12. Kimchi

13. Jicama

14. Broccoli

15. Avocado

Top 10 detoxifiers:

1. Chlorella
2. Blue Green Algae
3. Spirulina
4. Dandelion
5. Burdock Root
6. Milk Thistle
7. Vitamin B3 (with flush)
8. Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Cayenne
9. Tumeric
10. Bacopa Monnieri

Top 10 Enhancers:

1. Young Coconut Meat
2. Sprouts
3. Vitamin C (Camu Camu, Aronia Berry, Lime with honey)
4. Primrose oil
5. Hemp Seeds
6. Chia Seeds
7. Quinoa
8. Ginko Biloba
9. Bacopa Monnieri
10. Cacao

What is Bacopa Monnieri?

"Bacopa monnieri thrives in soggy, bog-like conditions and is a creeping, perennial herb found growing in wetlands around the globe.

In traditional Ayurvedic treatments bacopa has been the go-to treatment for epilepsy, asthma, ulcers, tumors, inflammation, and even leprosy. The reason you see it used for such a wide variety of treatments is that it tends to show positive effects for a wide assortment of ailments.

The first is that bacopa is considered an adaptogen. You can think of adaptogen as any ingredient or chemical which helps your body overcome the effects of stress.The second pathway is the ability of the bacosides (the active chemical compounds found in bacopa) to help improve the ability of your brain’s neurons to communicate.

Bacosides also help promote better kinase functioning in your brain (the enzyme process of breaking down substances to be used by your brain cells). Think of protein kinases as the hallway monitor for your brain. They are the key regulators of cellular functioning.

With improved protein kinases you get help in repairing damaged brain cells and a boost in the creation of new brain cells which ultimately pays off with increased nerve impulse transmission (all hands on deck and working hard).The combination of these two massive benefits unique to this prolific, but unknown plant make it one of the leading natural treatments for improved cognitive functioning."


Supplementation with Bacopa Monnieri

"Bacopa takes time to work. Studies that are too short tend to note either lesser or no effects, and studies that take multiple measures note that improvements are much better at 8-12 weeks than they are at 4-6 weeks.

The standard dose for Bacopa monnieri is 300mg, assuming that the total bacoside content (the active compound) is 55% of the extract, by weight.

Bacopa monnieri can also be supplemented in a leaf or powder form. To achieve the ideal 10-20% of bacoside content requires a dose of 750-1,500mg of the leaf or powder.

Historically, Bacopa monnieri was consumed with ghee, a clarified butter that originated in India. Since Bacopa monnieri is fat soluble and requires a lipoid transporter to be absorbed, it should be supplemented alongside a meal."


Almond Oil and It's Uses for Skin

Posted on November 8, 2017 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Almond oil has many uses. It is edible so not only does it provide wonderful benefits for the skin but it can also nourish you from within. Almond oil has shown to be good at reducing the risk of heart disease, protecting against diabetes, regulating cholesterol, promoting healthy weight, and treating earaches. 

When applied topically to the skin it protects against UV radiation damage, prevents acne becuase of it's high Vitamin A content, brightens the skin (especially under the eyes), is a natural remedy for eczema and psoriasis, and relieves itchiness from dry skin. According to Nature Helps almond oil is beneficial in that it contains the list below. 

  • "Oleic acid increases the elasticity of blood vessels, moisturizing the dermis, cleanses pores.
  • Linoleic acid increases the production of collagen fibers, improves skin elasticity and helps to fight against wrinkles.
  • Vitamins B, D, A, E, F regenerate skin cells, eliminating inflammation and preventing acne and acne scars.
  • Carotenes have anti-aging effect, remove inflammation and deeply nourish the epidermis.
  • Bioflavonoids neutralize free radicals that cause premature aging.
  • Minerals normalize fermentation involved in the creation of new cells."

One really simple way to use almond oil is to make a facial mask. There are very few ingredients and most you should be able to find in your pantry/fridge!

1 c of yogurt
2 tblsp of honey
1 tblsp of almond oil
1 tblsp of almond meal (optional)

Mix all of the ingredients together and spread over the face and neck. If you are using the almond meal you can gently rub the mixture in circles to create an exfoliating effect. 

Chakra Overview

Posted on October 23, 2017 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (1)
The Chakras are the centers in our body through which energy flows. Learning about chakras is important because a blockage in one chakra can lead to a blockage in all other chakras. These blockages manifest in different ways that we will discuss below. There are seven main chakras although some believe that each of these seven chakras connects to smaller chakras found elsewhere in the body for a total of 114 chakras. This blog post will touch on each of the main seven chakras and provide information on what a blockage may mean. 

The lower three chakras, root, sacral, and solar plexus are mainly concerned with the physical body and survival. The heart chakra is found in between these survival mode chakras and the upper three chakras which are related to self liberation. The heart charka is then a mixture of survival and enlightenment. 

Root Chakra
If Dominant: food and sleep are large factors in your life
If in Excess: greedy, domineering, agressive, egotistical 
Physical Probelms Related to Imbalance: constipation, overweight, arthritis, hemorrhoids, depression, tension in spine, anemia

This chakra located at the base of the spine is all about survival and grounding. Some exercises that can connect you with this chakra include stomping your feet on the ground (grounding) and yoga postures such as bridge and wheel. If this chakra is not balanced one can become fearful of the outside world and find themselves binge eating to survive. It is related to ones connection to Earth and is concerned with birthplace, culture, and foundation. 

Sacral Chakra
If Dominant: Pleasure seeker, the physical world is extremely enjoyable
If in Excess: manipulative, self-serving, agressive, overly ambitious, and emotionally unstable
Physical Problems Related to Imbalance: chronic low back pain, sexual dysfunction, low libido, bladder and kidney problems  

This chakra is often referred to as the sexual center but it is much more than that. The sacral chakra also helps us with empathy and feeling how others feel. In addition to ones sexual flow the sacral chakra also relates to the emotional flow. The sacral chakra also deals with detoxification and cleansing of the body. When this chakra is balanced one is in tune with ones own feelings, empathetic, kind, creative, and concerned with the wellfare of others. 

Solar Plexus Chakra
If Dominant: A doer, someone who can get many things done 
If in Excess: over working, demanding, judgemental, perfectionist
Physical Problems Related to Imbalance: gall stones, diabetes, pancreatitis, adrenal dysfunction

This chakra relates to how we deal with other people and ones level of confidence. It is also connected to the physical strength of the body as it is located in the abdonimal area. Mastering this chakra can help eliminate bias and prejudice. Those who have a balanced solar plexus chakra will be cheerful, outgoing, expressive, and relaxed in a group. 

Heart Chakra
If Dominant: Someone who is very creative and lives intensely 
If in Excess: posessive, moody, critical, melodramatic, martyr 
Physical Problems Related to Imbalance: high blood pressure, allergies, lung disease, breast cancer, stroke, upper back and shoulder tension

The heart chakra is the bridge between the survival/physical body chakras and the spiritual/metal chakras. This chakra is especially important in regards to ones ability to empathize, forgive, understand, and give unconditional love. The heart chakra deals with love in all different forms: self love, love for others, familial love, romantic love, and love for all. If this chakra is balanced one is friendly, outgoing, community driven, non biased, and nurturing. 

Throat Charka
If Dominant: A powerful person with no limits
If in Excess: arrogant, dogmatic, addictive, overly talkative, self-righteous
Physical Problems Related to Imbalance: sore throat, stiff neck, thyroid probelms, hearing problems, cold/flu

The throat chakra is where your soul communicates with the mind. This chakra is also related to the ability to communicate and self express. 
Third Eye Chakra
If Dominant: Intellectually enlightened, at peace
If in Excess: egomaniacal, proud, manipulative, religiously dogmatic, authoritarian
Physical Problems Related to Imbalance: headaches, blindness, blurred vision, nightmares, schizophrenia 

The third eye chakra is related to intuition. It is also related to our ability to focus and see the big picture rather than focusing on small details. 
Crown Chakra
If Dominant: Living in a state of ecstacy, elightened 
If in Excess: psychosis, depression, manic depression, frustration, destructive, migranes and headaches
Physical Problems Related to Imbalance: sensitivity to light and sound, depression, psychosis, confusion

The crown chakra is related to enlightenment and transcendence. It is all about the ability to be fully connected to oneself and the world around on a spiritual level. 

Fall Special and a Vegan Caramel Sauce Recipe

Posted on October 18, 2017 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (1)

Our Fall Specials are now live! We are offering a discounted price on our specialty massage packages as well as our well loved Ashiatsu modality. 90 and 105 minute Ashiatsu sessions will be $15 off while our specialty massages which include two add ons and a 30 minute sauna session will be $30 off. Packages of these massages will be discounted at an even greater rate! Make sure to stock up! 

Fall has finally settled in this week. We're seeing all kinds of leaves changing color, crisp mornings followed by sunshiney afternoons, and what we're finding at the farmer's market has also evolved. Lots of apples, winter squash, and greens. This week we found a wonderful recipe for raw, vegan caramel by Nutrition Stripped that tastes exactly like that stuff you buy prepackaged at the store. This version is better for you! It actually contains vitamins and minerals and gets you full of good fats and protein. We have been chomping away at apples dipped in it's wonderful goodness!

½ cup maple syrup

½ cup organic coconut oil

⅓ cup + 2 tablespoons of raw almond butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

2 dates, pitted

1 tablespoon of local honey

¼ teaspoon salt (to taste)

To make simply place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth!