Thai Herbal Therapy by Thai Odyssey

The healing practice of Thai herbal compress therapy dates back nearly 5,000 years, to an era when the knowledge of plants, including their effects through ingestion or application on the body, were painstakingly researched and then passed down from one generation to the next.

This herbal therapy was designed to relieve pain and inflammation. A selection of therapeutic herbs, including prai, ginger, turmeric and lemongrass, are wrapped in a muslin compress, steamed and then applied to the body in gentle pressing, circular and rolling movements.

The hot compresses are ideal for alleviating pain, stiff, sore or pulled muscles and ligaments, chronic back aches, arthritis, even skin conditions, migraines and chronic stress or anxiety. The blend of traditional Thai herbs, most containing the six basic herbs as a base: lemongrass, prai (or plai), turmeric, kaffir lime, camphor and tamarind used in these compresses has a relaxing and invigorating effect on the body and mind, soothing sore and overworked muscles while giving the body’s energy reserves a huge boost.

Thai Herbal Therapy is offered in Thai Odyssey. It lasts for about 120 minutes. Please contact our Centres and book your appointment if you are ready to rejuvenate your senses and restore your body. Refer to our website for Centre locations and contact details. http://thaiodyssey.com/Thai1.asp

Choosing a Franchise Business

With thousands of franchise systems operating in mountains of industries, there is no shortage of action for people interested in a franchise business. At the same time, the numerous alternatives can judge that decision a challenge for even the most determined would-be franchisee. By first defining what you want and then using that information to narrow the field, you can make your decision both manageable and more likely to succeed.

Start by asking yourself what kind of franchise you want to operate. You will need to consider the hours you are willing to work, the kinds of work you enjoy and whether you prefer working directly with customers or remaining behind the scenes. Key factors also include how much income you wish to generate and how much cash and borrowed funds you can commit to the deal.

As a general rule, you will want to avoid industries and fields that are either too crowded or too thinly populated. Crowding creates competition, while the absence of franchisees in a particular niche suggests that it either doesn’t lend itself to franchising or that the market hasn’t yet developed adequately. Lenders prefer to fund franchises in proven markets, so keep that in mind as well.

The franchiser should offer a well-known brand name, a track record of proven performance and a good reputation among past and present franchisees. The franchiser should also have a detailed manual of operations to help you run the business according to tested principles but also give you enough flexibility to help you adapt to specific circumstances. The franchise must also, of course, conform to your requirements for income and investment. Once you have set some parameters, several sources and services will help you sift through the world of franchise opportunities to reduce the vast array of choices to a manageable number from which to choose.

Massage Centers and/or spas are some two of top choices for franchise business. Thai Odyssey is open for franchising. It is the leading, award-winning brand for Thai massage services is Malaysia. They offer excellent services including traditional Thai massage, aromatherapy, herbal therapy, and more for both men and women. Thai Odyssey tops every massage centers in Malaysia and help alleviate the Health Tourism in the country. The team at Thai Odyssey are fully trained and experienced. Also, Thai hospitality is renowned all over the world and Thai Odyssey aims to show this type of hospitality in every massage center. Just walk in to any Thai Odyssey center and you can feel the difference for yourself. These are just some of the attractions that Thai Odyssey franchise program has to offer. If you are interested or have more inquiries, you can log on to our website http://www.thaiodyssey.com/.

So, if you are willing to earn and learn at the same time, franchising may be the path for you.

Optimists are Better at Handling Stress

Have you ever pondered how it is your optimistic friend always seems to be untroubled with stress? Scientists have already determined the reason behind that.

Researchers from Concordia University found that optimistic individuals’ stress hormone levels remain more stable in the face of stressful moments compared with their pessimistic counterparts.

 

According to study researcher Joelle Jobin, who is a Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology at the university, on days where the people subjected to the experiment experience higher than average stress, that’s when we see that the pessimistic individuals’ stress response is much elevated, and they have trouble bringing their cortisol levels back down.

The small study, results of which are published in the journal of the American Psychological Association’s Health Psychology, included 135 people ages 60 and older who were followed for six years. This age group was selected because older adults often face a number of age-related stressors and their cortisol levels have been shown to increase. During 12 different days throughout this time period, researchers collected saliva samples five times a day to measure their levels of the stress hormone cortisol. They also asked the participants how many times they felt stressed/overwhelmed in a day, what level of stress they thought they experienced typically, and whether they considered themselves optimists or pessimists.

Then, researchers compared the cortisol levels of the participants on individual days to the average cortisol levels they experienced throughout the years, in order to gage how much levels fluctuated up or down. They found that the optimistic individuals’ cortisol levels were less likely to rise significantly on stressful days compared to their average stress levels, while pessimistic individuals’ cortisol levels were more likely to be elevated compared to their average stress levels.

The study generally confirmed the researchers’ hypotheses about the relation between optimism and stress. Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach the unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst. Through this your stress can be relieved.

Anxiolytic Effect of Aromatherapy Massage in Breast Cancer Patient

Essential oils have many kinds of pharmacologic actions including anti-microbial, sedative, analgesic, spasmolytic and estrogen or steroid hormone-like effects making aromatherapy one of the complementary as well as alternative medicines used to treat various diseases and symptoms. Essential oils such as true lavender, rose, mandarin, sweet orange, sandalwood, geranium and many more have anxiolytic effects and aromatherapy massage has been also proven to reduced anxiety, depression and the risk of high blood pressure.

In a recent study, aromatherapy massage was proven to significantly reduce anxiety level in breast cancer patients. This study was conducted after obtaining approval from the Ethics Committee of Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine where 12 breast cancer patients aged 45–58 years, stage 1–4, from 6 months to over 3 years post-operation were subjected to an open semi-comparative trial to measure how aromatherapy massage influenced psychologic and immunologic aspect of these patients. All of these patients had received chemotherapy and/or hormonal treatment, although more than 1 month had passed since the completion of chemotherapy. The results were compared 1 month before aromatherapy massage as a waiting control period with those during aromatherapy massage treatment and 1 month after the completion of aromatherapy sessions. The patients received a 30 min aromatherapy massage twice a week for 4 weeks a total of eight times. Each subject received the same standardized massage performed on the anterior area of the neck and thorax, back, shoulders, arms, hands and upper legs for 30 min by skilled therapists. Jojoba oil, sweet orange oil (Citrus aurantium), Lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia) and Sandalwood oil (Santalum album) were used as carrier and essential oils.

The results showed that anxiety was reduced in one 30 min aromatherapy massage in State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) test and also reduced in eight sequential aromatherapy massage sessions in the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) test. The results further suggested that aromatherapy massage improved the immunologic state.

Anxiety can take a toll in your own personal life, family and work especially to your health but you can do something about it. Reduce your anxiety level with aromatherapy massage.