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!

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

Thai Massage Reduces Pain

One of the biggest advantages of Thai massage is that it is extremely useful in strengthening the joints and helps the body fight against chronic joint problems. Moreover, this form of massage is highly effective in treating health troubles such as back pain, neck pain, frozen shoulder, migraines, and knee pain besides slowing down the aging process. On top of that, Thai massage helps in promoting the sense of well-being and vitality. It helps clear and calm the mind so that you can have a positive outlook towards life. Moreover, this kind of massage has the potential of relaxing the soft tissue muscles and help in reducing stress, promoting flexibility and revitalization, and drawing out excess oil and impurities from surface of the skin to promote cell rejuvenation.

A study conducted in Thailand investigates the effects of traditional Thai massage on scapulocostal syndrome (SCS), a musculoskeletal pain syndrome in the posterior shoulder area. It provides evidence that Thai massage reduces pain, muscle tension, and anxiety in patients who had myofascial trigger points in the scapular region.

Twenty patients were chosen aged 18 – 50 who were experiencing “spontaneous scapular pain which lasted 12 weeks” according to the study report.  The researchers were concerned with comparing the effectiveness of Thai massage to physical therapy.  The patients were divided into two groups and their progress was monitored by someone who was not aware of who was receiving which treatment.  Pain scales were used to monitor pain before the study began, during treatment and then long term.

The Thai massage group received 30 minute sessions nine times over the course of three weeks around the scapular area while lying on their side.  The physical therapy group received heat packs and ultrasound treatment for the same amount of time.  Researchers found a significant improvement in the Thai massage group.  Overall, the Thai massage group felt more satisfied. The physical therapy group did, however, notice moderate improvements in their scapular pain.

Massage Therapy Facts & Fallacy

Like sleeping in, enjoying a beach day or eating some chocolate, many people look at massage as an indulgent way to treat themselves and de-stress. However, in addition to making you feel good, massage therapy – manipulation of the skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments through touch – is also associated with numerous health benefits. Nevertheless, as with other forms of alternative medicine, not all of the health claims made by massage therapy are supported with scientific evidence.

FACT: Massage eases lower back pain – even better than medication.

As many as one-in-four Americans suffer from lower back pain, and it is estimated that 80 percent of Americans experience debilitating lower back pain at least once in their lives. However, long-term use of conventional medical treatments for lower back pain, such as opioid painkillers, can lead to organ damage and even addiction. Massage may represent a safer and more effective lower back pain treatment. A study published in the July 2011 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine found that among 401 middle-aged female participants with chronic lower back pain, those who received a 10-week series of either relaxation massage or structural massage—a more intensive type of massage—experienced less pain and improved functioning compared to those who received only usual care such as painkillers, muscle relaxants and physical therapy.

FALLACY: Massage burns fat.

Although some beauty spas, salons and massage practitioners offer weight loss massage services, massage has not been proven to burn fat or reduce cellulite. Massaging devices sold on TV or over the Internet are similarly ineffective at burning fat. The only safe and proven ways to burn fat are diet and exercise. That said, while massage itself won’t burn fat, a relaxing massage is a healthier alternative to more fattening de-stressors like sweets or alcohol. If getting a massage helps keep you from reaching for that chocolate cake, then by all means, make an appointment!

FACT: Massage reduces post-exercise muscle soreness.

While massage has been used to treat muscle soreness after strain or exercise for thousands of years, the mechanisms behind its effectiveness have not been well understood until now. Research published in Science Translational Medicine in February 2012 examined the effects of a 10-minute massage on the thigh muscles of young, healthy male volunteers who had just completed vigorous exercise to exhaustion. By studying muscle biopsies, scientists found that massage reduced the production of cytokines, pro-inflammatory compounds associated with post-exercise muscle pain. Additionally, massage stimulated mitochondria, energy producers inside of cells responsible for cell function and repair. The study’s authors also noted that massage is a safer way to reduce muscle pain than taking anti-inflammatory medication.

FALLACY: Massage builds muscle tissue.

Unfortunately, this is another myth. You cannot attain hypertrophy, or muscle growth, through massage. It is also untrue that certain forms of massage, such as tapotement can be used to strengthen muscles, as muscle strengthening requires muscle growth. Although massage can help relax tight muscles, only resistance exercise can build muscle. But as with weight loss, getting a massage might indirectly influence muscle growth – you might be encouraged to engage in some muscle-building strength exercises if a massage eases your muscle pain, lower back pain, depression, etc.

To minimize any risks associated with massage, make sure your session is conducted by a certified massage therapist, and get your doctor’s approval prior to getting a massage if you have unexplained pain, blood clots, bone fractures, severe osteoporosis, cancer, burns, open wounds or rheumatoid arthritis, or are pregnant.

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.

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!

Injury in Sports

The most common sports-related injuries primarily are overuse injuries. As the name implies, an overuse injury results from wear and tear on the body, particularly on joints subjected to repeated activity.

By far, the most common sport that leads to injury is running. According to James Garrick, MD, director of the Center for Sports Medicine at St. Francis Hospital in San Francisco, running jars the body from the foot all the way up into the back. He has seen more runners than any other recreational athletes in his clinic, followed by those who participate in dance (including aerobics), tennis, skiing, basketball, gymnastics, football, soccer and figure skating.

 The most common sports injuries are sprains and strains, knee injuries, swollen muscles, achilles tendon injuries, pain along the shin bone, fractures and dislocations.

Certain types of injuries plague sports participants. Most of them, however, are minor. Knowing the early signs and what to do can help prevent them from becoming nagging problems. Here’s a video to give you more information on how to prevent sports injuries. http://youtu.be/AOA87LbrSZA

If you get hurt, you must stop performing the sport, because continuing to play or exercise can cause more harm. You can limit swelling and start healing faster after common sports injuries by using the PRICE principle:

  • P — protect from further injury. For more severe injuries, protect the injured area with a splint, pad, or crutch.
  • R — restrict activity. Restricting activity will prevent worsening of the injury.
  • I — apply ice. Apply ice immediately after a common sports injury. “Ice is the miracle drug” for sports injuries, says Putukian. “It’s an anti-inflammatory, without many side effects.” Use ice for 20 minutes every one to two hours for the first 48 hours after the injury. Don’t use heat during this time — it encourages swelling and inflammation.
  • C — apply compression. Compression with an elastic bandage will help reduce swelling.
  • E — elevate the injured area. Elevating the injured area above the heart will also reduce swelling.

Over-the-counter pain relievers usually relieve the pain of common sports injuries to a tolerable level. If they don’t, it’s probably time to see a doctor. You can also opt to go for a sports massage where your sore and tired muscles are gently rubbed and allowed to eventually heal. Be tough and smart in playing your favorite sport!

Simple Exercises to Perk Up Your Day in the Office

Do you often wonder why you feel so sleepy in mid-afternoon? The brain associates stillness with sleep, especially if there is not enough natural light. Also, poor posture doesn’t just make you look tired, it places excess strain on your back and hips, which can make you feel drained and achy. Your first instinct may often be to reach for a sugary snack to boost your energy. Unfortunately, that energy increase will be short-lived and in reality, the extra calories will just widen your waistline. The alternative is an exercise break. A rapid 10-minute walk raises energy faster and for longer (up to two hours) than sweets and snacks. You will also find that the physical activity can provide an outlet for job-related tensions or mental fatigue and make the afternoon more productive. So, how can you do this?

Simply start with stretching at your desk to loosen the muscles, ease joints and allow blood to flow more easily around your body, which will give you a quick energy boost. Then, instead of heading towards the vending machine or pantry, walk up and down 20 stairs 10 times. If your building doesn’t have any stairs, walk around the block or car park for 10 minutes.

You may also find this video below quite a helpful tool for simple exercise you can do during your break to perk up your day and keep your energy levels rising.

http://youtu.be/jIJjtklBGZE

 

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.