Relieve Therapy for “Text Neck”

Too much of anything can be a pain. Nowadays, even too much of texting creates unavoidable pain – the pain in the neck, that is. It even has a medical term which is called “text neck”. An epidemic that has affected millions of smartphone users.

According to Dr Kenneth Hansraj, when we stare into our phones by tilting our neck, we are increasing the weight of our heads which will cause serious stress to the neck. Without realising it, this will result in neck pain. Effectively, our head when we look straight ahead weighs about 5.4kg on our neck. When we drop our head 15° down to look at the phone, it weighs 12.2kg on the neck. The lower the head, the heavier it weighs. It will strain the neck further when the head is lowered to 60° when it will weigh 27.2kg. Imagine your fragile neck and spine are carrying the weight of a 4-year-old child for over one hour, how long before you get a neck and shoulder pain?

People are texting an average of two to four hours a day with their heads dropped down, with 700 to 1,400 hours a year of excess stress on the cervical spine, no wonder many people are suffering from head pain, neck pain, arm pain and numbness.

To ease the effect of dropping our head to text, what else but to text less. To take that extra care for our well-being, nevertheless, is to be cautious to find time to relax, especially the neck and shoulder areas. If you can’t find time to book yourself a massage with a therapist, work out the knots on you own with these exercises:

Head/Scalp
This is an exercise you can do whenever you feel drowsy or give yourself a short break to refresh. Just place the heel of your palms close to your ears but not cupping them. Hold your head at your temples and push scalp upwards. Hold a few seconds, and release.

Hands/Forearms
Place your right palm facing up on your thigh, push the heel of your left palm slowly along the right forearm towards the direction of your wrist. Use enough pressure to feel some heat but not burning. Continue to brush on your open palm all the way down towards your fingertips and lastly, towards your thumb. Repeat a few times, and switch hands.


Neck/Shoulders
Drop your shoulders and let loose. Slowly tuck your chin to your chest to stretch your neck. Place two or three fingertips on the back of your neck where your neck and shoulders meet. Press firmly and hold, releasing when the muscles feel more relaxed. Roll your shoulders forward and back slowly. Repeat as needed.


Perhaps it is good to schedule your time for a regular head and shoulder massage at Thai Odyssey. At least three times a week for a rejuvenating time after work. Do remember that for a one-hour foot massage, you will feel more relieved with a ten minute head and shoulder massage at the end of the foot massage therapy. Be rest assured that this will leave you feeling light and refreshed even if you intend to go back to work.

Get A Foot Massage and Enjoy A Head & Shoulder Massage Too!

I have never given a thought to the neck pain I constantly suffered due to long hours working in front of a computer. As long as I can still move my neck without much restrain even though there may be a little pain when I turn my head too far back, that did not bother me. Unperturbed, I lived with that little neck strain for a long time.


One day, while researching for an article to write, I chanced upon a few questions that made me sit up and took notice: “Did you strain your neck working in front of the computer all day long?” Yes, and I wanted to know more.

“Did you feel heavy and tight at your head and shoulder?” Yes, they always did. As I read more about the consequence of a neck pain, the more I was determined to find a relieve for it. That was when I stumbled onto Thai Odyssey, the award winning Thai spa centre in Malaysia, which has over 40 outlets in many major shopping malls nationwide.

                              In recent years, they have opened a few more outlets in Thailand and China, promoting the health benefits of Thai Traditional Massage as a wholesome holistic therapy.As I stepped into their first outlet which they opened in 2004 in Centrepoint, Bandar Utama, the calming and soothing piped-in soft green music and the aromatic herbs that scented the room enveloped my senses immediately. The serene atmosphere instantly put me into the mood for total relaxation and rest. The details of Thai decor dotting every corner of the outlet, with its teakwood furnitures, Thai art and artifacts, even down to the made of their slippers and pajamas, were so inviting that I felt I had just been transported to Bangkok’suptown spa resort.I selected a 1-hour Foot Massage and after I had made my payment, the front desk Manager introduced me to my therapist. She took a look at my slim fitted pants and without my asking, spontaneously gave me a pajamas to change into even though I was there for only a Foot Massage. I thought that was a very observant gesture. Thumbs up from me.


As I settled myself onto a chair for a foot wash, I was amused when I remember a customer who gave a comment that in Thai Odyssey, you will get your feet washed for every service you selected. For that, I will give full points for service excellence.When the therapist had lightly scrubbed, cleansed and dried my feet, she led me into the room which had two rows of body-contoured reclining weaker chair. The room was dimly lit with ornately decorated table lamps, the place was quiet and calm even though some customers were already there enjoying their massages. As I settled myself comfortably in the chair, the therapist excused herself and came back with an eye pillow and a cup of tea. She placed the eye-pillow, which was infused with the scent of lavender, over my eyes. Feeling cozy, the muscles around my eyes were beginning to loosen up.


The therapist began to work on my feet, starting with the left foot, while wrapping up my right foot with a towel as if it was her precious possession. I felt so cared for and I liked the feeling. As she gently worked on my feet, it felt so snuggly, I dozed off for a while. When I awoke, she was already working on my right foot.To complement the 1-hour Foot Massage, it will finish with a head and shoulder massage. The therapist moved away from the chair while I sat up with my back facing her and she worked on my back, shoulder and neck, then up to the head. After a rejuvenating massage on the feet, the head and shoulder massage continue to re-energize the whole body, especially the neck area.The Foot Massage experience was so fulfilling, no wonder The Malaysian Women’s Weekly announced Thai Odyssey as the Winner in 2009 for ‘Thai Foot Massage for Best High-Heel Rescue’ – A review from one of our fan a.k.a professional writer –

 

 

HEAD TO A GOOD START

Did you strain your neck working in front of the computer all day long?
Did you feel heavy and tight at your head and shoulder?
Did your skin look dull and have uneven skin tone?


It may be time for a head and shoulder massage for the relieve where you will find it comforting and absolutely relaxing.

Your neck is the most fragile part of your body that is easily strained. It is connected to the spine that supports your head and controls many part of the body systems. The neck is the crossroad between the head and the body that is vital to provide energy and blood flow to the head.

According to Traditional Medicine, a blockage of qi that is over-stressed by a neck strain will result in poor circulation to the whole body, ineffective detoxification and it will affect the skin’s natural absorption of good skincare products. The longer the neck is over exerted, you will feel tired easily, skin lacks vibrancy and also due to sleep quality being compromised, body immune system is affected. For female, you may even experience irregular period and menstrual cramp.


The neck and shoulder areas are the first to age because toxins are accumulated here. Once it is built up, the shoulder and neck areas will start to harden and age. This will curb the absorption of nutrients to the head and brain areas. It also suppresses growth hormones and causes hormonal imbalance and early menopause.

To ease the flow of qi to the head and shoulder areas, a regular massage is recommended. A head and shoulder massage will help to improve blood circulation, relieves stiff and tensed muscles. The more relax the head and shoulder areas, the more it helps to relieve headache, dizziness, supply oxygen to the brain and leaves you feeling energized. Apart from improving skin tone and give a healthy glow on the face, a revitalized upper body will also increase restfulness when you sleep.

One session of head and shoulder massage will relieve and rejuvenate you to have a head start to your bright and cheerful day. A regular massage will also help to alleviate many health problems.


Head and shoulder massage is beneficial for students who are constantly doing their homework in front of the computer. For office workers who are working long hours on their computer, a head and shoulder massage will help to reduce neck pain. Even homemakers who are doing household chores, they will feel refreshed after a head and shoulder massage.

Call or walk in to enquire about Half Body massage now and get a head start for a CHEERFUL day!

History & Benefits of Yoga

Imagine an activity that increases your flexibility, strengthens your muscles, centers your thoughts, and relaxes and calms you. Yoga does all that and more!

The word yoga is Sanskrit for Yoke, or union. In the practice of yoga, we seek to create union between the mind and body. Yoga is the perfect example of holistic health because of this combination of mind and body. It is a systematic practice of physical exercise, breath control, relaxation, diet control, and positive thinking and meditation aimed at developing harmony in the body, mind, and environment. The practice entails low-impact physical activity, postures called asanas, breathing techniques (pranayama), relaxation, and meditation.

Yoga professes a complete system of physical, mental, social, and spiritual development. For generations, this philosophy was passed on from the master teacher to the student. The first written records of the practice of yoga appeared around 200 BC in Yogasutra of Patanjali. The system consisted of the eightfold path or Asthangayoga.

In the West, several schools of yoga are popular and use some or all limbs of Asthangayoga described by Patanjali. The eight limbs are as follows:

  • Yama: rules for successful living in society
  • Niyama: techniques for managing and purifying self
  • Asaana: posture techniques for physical and mental balance (what most people think of as yoga)
  • Pranayama: breathing techniques for physical and mental balance
  • Pratihara: techniques for detaching the mind from the senses for mental balance and calm
  • Dharana: concentration techniques for mental balance and calm
  • Dhyana: meditation techniques for mental balance and calm
  • Samadhi: ultimate advanced meditation techniques and psychic procedures attained after regular practice for universal consciousness

The process involves the arousal of the Kundalini Shakti, or serpent power, believed to be located at the base of the human spine. As one practices the various techniques, this power/latent energy rises through a series of centers or Chakras corresponding to various endocrine glands. When this power reaches the highest center, which is associated with the hypothalamus gland regulating the hormonal secretion of the endocrine system, it results in the control over the hypothalamus. In this way, secretion of hormones from various endocrine glands can be regulated. This mechanism may explain the importance of yoga as a stress management technique.

The benefits of various yoga techniques have been professed to improve body flexibility, performance, stress reduction, attainment of inner peace, and self-realization. Yoga has been advocated as complementary treatment to aid healing of several ailments such as coronary heart disease, depression, anxiety disorders, asthma, and extensive rehabilitation for disorders including musculoskeletal problems and traumatic brain injury. It has also been suggested as a behavioral therapy for smoking cessation and substance abuse including alcohol abuse.

You don’t have to be flexible to practice yoga. In fact, yoga will help you become flexible. When learning yoga, don’t force any movements or poses. Mastery will come with practice. A yoga class should make you feel invigorated, calm, and not in physical discomfort.

Alternatively, you can opt for a traditional Thai massage in our Centre. A traditional Thai massage is an ancient form of massage unique to Thailand using deep tissue, pressure point and stretching techniques (similar to that of yoga) to reduce stress and relieve muscle soreness.

Causes and Prevention of Stiff Joints

Joint stiffness is a hallmark of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a chronic disease that affects 1.3 million adults in the United States. Resulting from an abnormal response of the immune system, rheumatoid arthritis inflames the soft tissue that lines the surface of joints called as the synovium. It is a systemic disease that not only makes joints stiff and painful, but can also affect other parts of your body, such as internal organs.

How well you can move an arm, leg, or finger in different directions reflects the joint’s range of motion. If you develop joint stiffness, your range of motion is reduced. Your joint doesn’t move as well as it once did. Joint stiffness may occur with or without joint pain. Other signs and symptoms in addition to the joint stiffness will help your doctor figure out what kind of arthritis you have.

Preventing further stiff-causing injuries should be high on your list. Taking adequate rest and icing the stiff joint if necessary are the minimum you can do. Icing the area for about ten minutes several times a day reduces inflammation. Inflammation causes injuries to take longer to repair themselves. Ibuprofen or other over-the-counter anti-inflammatory products are safe to use for several days at a time. Be careful not to exceed the daily dose, and don’t drink alcohol while taking them as this could lead to internal bleeding.

For prevention of stiffness and to strengthen joints, glucosamine and chondroitin supplements have been found to work by numerous studies, including one by the University of Utah School of Medicine that found that glucosamine combined with chondroitin sulfate provided statistically significant pain relief as compared with a placebo.

EFAs, or Essential fatty acids, help supply joints with the nutrients they need to stay lubricated and functioning well. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center in several articles reviewing the research in this area conclude that omega-3 fatty acid supplements reduce tenderness in joints and decrease morning stiffness.

Aside from anti-inflammatory medicines, Epsom salt wraps and soaks can help alleviate the pain of a stiff joint. Soak a small towel in hot water mixed with one-half cup Epsom salt and apply it to the affected joint. If you prefer to take a bath and soak your entire body, put two or more cups of Epsom salt in hot water. Doing gentle exercise in a cool pool will also bring temporary relief of joint stiffness.

You can also have a full body massage at our Center. Do you know that massage helps to free adhesions, break down scar tissue and decrease inflammation which may result to restore range of motion to stiff joints? Yes, stiff joints can be prevented with a massage! Visit us for a soothing relief right now.

 

Limber Up At Work

Sitting at your desk for eight-plus hours a day isn’t doing much for your fitness goals. Put those minutes you spend zoning out to better use by limbering up with this easy to do exercise at the comfort of your office desk.

You probably don’t keep dumbbells at your desk, you know, hiding among your file folders, but you can improvise. Stand facing your desk chair. Bend at the waist and grab the arms of the chair. Keeping your abs tight, arms slightly bent and your back nice and flat, slowly pick the chair up off the ground. Aim for two sets of 20 of these to sculpt a sexy back.

Perhaps while waiting for your documents to be copied or printed, you can do squats to tone your thighs and backside. Stand with your feet wider apart then your hips, toes facing forward. Push your hips back to shift your body weight on your heels instead of your toes. Lean forward 45 degrees as you lower your hips to knee level. Keep your abs tight and rib cage high. Wiggle your toes–your weight should be on your heels. Keep your knees above your ankles. Squeeze your butt to stand. Repeat these steps for eight to 15 times.

When your eyes are tired from staring at your computer screen, try doing two minutes of dips on your office chair. If it has rollers, make sure you put it against a wall. Then, sitting on the chair, put your hands under your butt and scoot off the seat. Keeping your legs straight and together and balancing on your heels, bend your elbows no more than 90 degrees and then slowly straighten. Repeat 15 times.

To tone the quads and lower abs, you can do lower body lifts. Try them as you’re reading this: Sit up straight in your chair and extend your right leg forward. Lift it off the chair and hold for 10 seconds, and then relax. Makes the muscles in your upper leg tremble, right? And the best part is that your boss will never know you’re doing it. Repeat six times on each leg.

These few exercises can keep you up at work and helps you achieve a healthy life! You may also choose to relax and rejuvenate at the comfort of our Center. Studies showed that people who have themselves a massage every week keeps up with their stressful work. Visit the nearest Thai Odyssey Center and have a relaxing massage!

Proper Nourishment for the Joints

Joints form the connections between bones. They provide support and help you move. Any damage to the joints from disease or injury can interfere with your movement and cause a lot of pain.Many different conditions can lead to painful joints, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout, strains, sprains, and other injuries. Joint pain is extremely common. In one national survey, about one-third of adults reported having joint pain within the past 30 days. Knee pain was the most common complaint, followed by shoulder and hip pain, but joint pain can affect any part of your body, from your ankles to your shoulders. As you get older, painful joints become increasingly more common.

When you get an illness such as bronchitis or the flu, you may expect that you will be feeling better and functioning normally within a week or so. A chronic illness, such osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, is different. A chronic illness may never go away and can disrupt your lifestyle in many ways.

Massage therapy may help the body in many ways.  Massage can relax muscle tissue, which may lead to decreased nerve compression, increased joint space, and range of motion. This may lead to reduced pain and improved function. It may also improve circulation, which enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells and helps remove waste products. These circulatory effects of massage may have value in the treatment of some inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis or edema, an excessive accumulation of fluid in body tissues, which may be reduced using manual lymph drainage. The proper attention to a joint area can help to improve the range of motion, reduce painful conditions, and restore its performance.

Proper exercise can help as well. Joint movement encourages lubrication of the joint. The ligaments, tendons and joint capsule are warmed from the movement, which helps to keep these tissues pliable. It’s important to avoid undue stress to your joints. Besides inviting injury, trying to do too much, too soon when working with a stressed, weakened or injured joint can prevent recovery. Be sure to stay within each joint’s limitations when exercising, stretching, or in normal activity. It’s better to go slowly than to risk injury.

Each day brings new challenges to your body’s functions—many that manifest as tensions, aches, pains, and limited ranges of motion. Making sure you get regular bodywork sessions can help your body to overcome many of these challenges and maintain a happier balance, as well as helping to head off some potential problems before they adversely affect you. So contribute to that freedom of movement by maintaining a regular massage schedule. Make your future a healthier one.

Basic Techniques of a Thai Massage

Thai massage is usually given only by licensed massage therapists who have had specific training in Thai massage. This type of massage relies heavily on stretching, compression and yoga-like body manipulations. These movements are meant to elongate the muscles and increase blood flow throughout the body. These are a few Thai massage techniques that we practice at Thai Odyssey.

Working the Lateral Torso and Shoulder

The therapist stabilizes the client’s arm over their leg while compressing the lateral border of the shoulder blade. This technique can relieve shoulder pain originating in the latissimus dorsi, serratus anterior and teres major muscles.

 

Knee Press the Glutes in Folded Leg Position

The folded leg position shortens the gluteal muscles. This pose compresses the piriformis and other glutes while also stretching the adductors. It is a very effective pose for piriformis syndrome, hip pain, sciatica and other complaints stemming from trigger points in the glutes and rotators of the hip.

 Backbend with Feet on the Back Lines

In this pose, the therapist compresses the spinal erectors while leaning back to bring the client into an assisted backbend. The spinal erectors often limit extension by painfully contracting when they are asked to shorten. Pressure from the therapist’s feet provides feedback to the shortening muscles and disables the normal pain reflex.

 Foot Press the Posterior Leg – Locked Position

This is a very efficient and strong pose for the therapist, making it possible to lean back and use body weight to bring the client’s leg into the foot pressure. A very effective technique for trigger points in the medial hamstrings and vastus medialis.

 

Elbow Press the Anterior Lower Leg while Shortening

As the therapist leans back, the anterior muscles of the leg are shortened. This is a very effective and powerful way to treat tibialis anterior and the long extensors of the foot. Shortening the muscles makes them more responsive to pressure and provides retraining so the muscles learn to shorten gracefully.

All therapists in Thai Odyssey are well-trained and have more than 5 years of experience in providing traditional massages. Thai massage should never be painful. We encourage open channels of communication during the massage so that you receive the best experience at all times. Give traditional Thai massage a try – your body will feel its soothing benefits.

Thai Massage for Athletes & Sportspeople

All athletes and sports professionals are always increasingly seeking ways to complement their existing conditioning program. All athletes look for an edge that can help them train more effectively, perform better or overcome injuries quickly. Massage can be a very important part of an athlete’s regimen and Thai Massage is resurfacing as the hottest new trend with life-long benefits mental and physical health, and may be the ultimate sports massage. By understanding the world’s oldest medicine systems, we become better equipped to treat athletic conditions.

Thai massage, also called Thai-Yoga, is rooted in the 7,000-year- old medicine system of Ayurveda and is called as such because it is rooted in yoga. It offers the benefits of an acupressure or deep tissue massage, the stretching and breathing of a yoga class and energetic balancing of the body’s electromagnetic field all in one session.
In other words, Thai massage is like having yoga done to you. The techniques involve stretching, holding and leaning the therapists’ body weight into various parts of the client’s body to improve blood circulation,flexibility and posture. By utilizing feet, elbows, forearms and knees, the therapist broadens the effects of “hands-on- massage”, physical opening often occurs leaving the recipient rejuvenated with an enhanced range of motion.

There is also a core serenity that accompanies this massage modality. Everyone benefits from the subtleties underlying the physical aspects of improved well being. Along with a body that has become lengthened, broadened, and more open with the dynamic moves are the peace and serenity associated with relaxation massage.

Athletes may choose to add Thai massage as pre-event bodywork, essentially reducing anxiety while being properly stretched through the assisted movements. As post-event bodywork, the Thai massage session could be enhanced with a special Thai herbal compress, that helps relieve muscular aches and strain. With relaxing properties from twenty different herbs, the steamed massage compress can stretch ligaments and reduce muscular soreness and joint stiffness.