Restore Your Body’s Balance with Reflexology

Balance is vital in order to achieve good health and well-being! Balance in body and mind allows you to live your life to your full potential. It is demanding and challenging to keep the balance in a busy and stressful life. Stress affects your health and often creates exhaustion, muscle tensions or chronic pain in the body. You can reduce stress pain and restore your natural balance with reflexology.

According to restoringbalance.org.uk, “Reflexology is a deeply relaxing, safe and non-invasive complementary therapy suitable for the whole family throughout every stage of life. It works on the reflex points on the feet and hands that are linked to all the organs, bodily systems and skeletal structure of the body. These reflex points are stimulated or sedated by applying pressure to the points on the feet or hands in order to promote relaxation and feeling of well-being.”

Reflexology encourages self-healing and recovering power in the human body. The body has an innate healing ability to regulate itself, repair body parts, optimize its function and maintain balance. This healing process is assisted with sufficient rest, good nutrition and regular exercise. An exhausted and worn-out body does not fully return to its balance. Over time, un-wellness may manifest such as muscle tensions, back pain, frequent headaches, sleeping disorders, high blood pressure or digestive troubles. Reflexology helps the body’s innate mechanism to respond well to illness and stress, and restoring balance. It may also be beneficial in reducing pain and relieve specific symptoms. Its primary purpose is to strengthen and support all bodily functions. It also addresses the causes of complaints and diseases with the objective to improve overall health.

After a treatment with Thai Odyssey, your tension will be reduced and you will feel more relaxed. You could be noticing a better sleeping pattern and an improved quality of sleep. You moods will be uplifted and overall well-being improving. Receiving regular reflexology is like filling up your gas tank.  Energy, vitality, and increased good health are important benefits from this rejuvenating, balance, and restorative therapy. If you feel fatigue in your feet or anywhere else in the body, or you just would like to obtain an improved health, visit our Center for a dose of reflexology!

Aromatherapy Massage Effect on Elderly Patients

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants for healing. Essential oils are concentrated extracts taken from the roots, leaves, seeds, or blossoms of plants. These oils are made to enter the body through absorption (massaging), or inhalation.

For the past few years, there have been several clinical studies conducted to observe the effects of aromatherapy on elderly people. Some of these studies reported that elderly patients suffering from dementia and depression could benefit immensely from aromatherapy massages.

And just recently, researchers in Japan found that elderly hospitalized people experienced a decrease in stress after aromatherapy massage. Aromatherapy massage was performed twice a week for a total of eight times, according to the abstract of the said study. It was concluded that aroma massage appears likely to be effective in reducing psychological stress among elderly patients under long-term hospitalization.

A study conducted on Korean elderly women also suggests that aromatherapy massage may reduce anxiety levels and improve self-esteem.

Aside from the above mentioned benefits of aromatherapy massage on elderly people, here are more:

  • Alleviating aches and pains across the body
  • Controlling blood pressure and soothing the nervous system
  • Healing dry skin and bed sores (through certain blends)
  • Helping patients feel good about themselves
  • Improving sleeping patterns
  • Increasing alertness and cheerfulness
  • Providing higher motivation to perform various daily activities
  • Reducing the levels of agitation, withdrawal and wandering
  • Relieving anxiety and the accumulated tension

There are certain essential oils that are highly recommended for elderly people for they have antidepressant, antibacterial, analgesic, diuretic, astringent, antispasmodic and deodorant properties. One of it is the infamous lavender essential oil, which has been noted to be very good for most elderly people.

Thai Odyssey Centers offer Thai Aromatherapy Massage for both the young and the young at heart. You can choose to enjoy the massage for 60, 90 or 120 minutes. Refer to this website to find a Centre close to you that offers the Thai Aromatherapy Massage: http://thaiodyssey.com/Thai1.asp. Pamper yourself, and read its benefits too.

Do You Know Your Stress Level?

Stress is no stranger to almost every person – teenager, adult, rich, poor, employed, unemployed. Like many negative element in one’s life, stress is best managed when it is nipped in the bud. Do you know your stress level?  This is a simple test to gauge where you stand on the stress pedestal.

1. In the last month, how often have you felt that you were unable to control the important things in your life?

2. In the last month, how often have you felt confident about your ability to handle your personal problems?

3. In the last month, how often have you felt that things were going your way?

4. In the last month, how often have you felt that difficulties were piling up so high that you could not overcome them?

5. Are you feeling so sad or down that you’re having trouble functioning in your job or personal life?

Understanding what your stress level means:

Low level:

Low stress is associated with a healthier life, less fatigue and more peace of mind. So, you’ll want to maintain this level. Keep practicing the stress management strategies that are working for you. But watch for any signs and symptoms of increasing stress, including headache, indigestion, mood swings or increased anger. If you find yourself feeling more stressed, you have two options.

You can start by identifying sources of stress that you can eliminate. Consider internal stressors, such as fears or unrealistic expectations, as well as external stressors, such as family or work demands. Next, seek out effective strategies for coping with stress, including exercise, music, crafts and other creative outlets, humor or simplifying your life by saying no.

Moderate level:

Over time, even moderate levels of stress can have serious health consequences. So, it’s important to address stress now. Stress is what you experience when the level of your stressors exceeds your ability to cope. To lower your stress level, you have two options.

You can start by identifying sources of stress that you can eliminate. Consider internal stressors, such as fears or unrealistic expectations, as well as external stressors, such as family or work demands. Next, seek out effective strategies for coping with stress, including exercise, music, crafts and other creative outlets, humor or simplifying your life by saying no.

High level:

A high level of stress puts you at increased risk of serious health consequences, including obesity, heart disease and depression. Take steps to lower your level now. Stress is what you experience when the level of your stressors exceeds your ability to cope. To lower your stress level, you have two options.

You can start by identifying sources of stress that you can eliminate. Consider internal stressors, such as fears or unrealistic expectations, as well as external stressors, such as family or work demands. Next, seek out effective strategies for coping with stress, including exercise, music, crafts and other creative outlets, humor or simplifying your life by saying no. If you need help identifying stress management strategies, talk to your health care provider.

The above are extracted directly from the source. Take the complete test here and hopefully, you will be on your way to a better psychological health:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress-assessment/SR00029

Massage as an Effective Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

In the United Staates, approximately 260,000 carpal tunnel release operations are performed each year and 47 percent of these are considered to be work-related. A 1999 study reported that 14% of the population surveyed complained of symptoms such as pain, numbness, and tingling in the hands, but only one in five of these people actually had Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).

CTS is often due to a pinched nerve at the wrist. Symptoms often include pain, numbness, tingling in the arm, wrist, hand and fingers. The nerve pinched is the Median nerve, and it passes from the forearm into the hand. The passage of this nerve occurs through a tunnel along with nine tendons. The symptoms occur when the pressure built up from swelling becomes great enough to disturb the way the nerve works. Carpal tunnel syndrome has been known to cause excruciating pain. It is often seen in individuals involved in occupations that require repetitive movements at the wrist. In addition, trauma that causes dislocation, sub-luxations (less then or a minor dislocation), fractures and arthritis of the wrist bones leading to a narrowing of the tunnel and eventual pain.

The combination of massage and trigger-point therapy can now ease the pain cause by carpal tunnel syndrome. According to a study conducted, massage therapy demonstrated significant change in symptom severity and functional status from two weeks.

Massage has long been used for relaxation and therapy and now a beneficial treatment in easing the symptoms of carpal tunnel. Although the detected pain is located in the hands and fingers, massaging specific areas of the upper back and neck result in desired relief. It is easy to think that massaging the area which you perceive pain in will produce better results; however, the cause of the pain is due to inflammation deep inside. The purpose of massaging the upper back and neck is to alleviate the fluid pressure that may be causing the pinching of the nerve. Massage increase circulation, blood flow, and movement of fluids throughout the body. It also reduces stress, which in turn can reduce inflammation. The massage technique includes pushing on several pressure points along with other deep tissue massage techniques.

Take advantage of a Thai Odyssey Centre near you and ease your pain. Even though you may not have CTS, pressure point massage can help with any pain and numbness you might feel from using computers and poor posture.