Experience a piece of Thai serenity at The Gateway@KLIA2

 

Ask business travelers whether they enjoy traveling and you will most likely get a shrug of tiredness as a response.  Ask vacationers if they like long layovers in airports and you will most likely see them shaking their heads disapprovingly.  No doubt about it, getting on and off planes, catching another flight, checking-in or waiting for luggages, waiting in transit lounges … if only they could be easier, it could have added more fun to traveling.

Indeed, heeding the call to cushion the effect of long wait and restlessness, or healing stretched muscles walking from one terminal to another, relieve therapy is just around the corner.  Step into Thai Odyssey at The Gateway@KLIA2, and instantly let loose those tensed muscles and soothe them back to their flexibility.

Situated on the first floor, you will not miss the award-winning brand, the most recognisable logo of Thai Odyssey.  As you are about to take the escalator to the check-in counters, you will pass the charm of our facade where its distinctive Thai decor exudes a sense of calmness and serenity.  Even when you exit the Express Rail Link gate, just look up, you will notice the shopfront that prominently displays all things Thai.  The two familiar figurines with the welcoming Wai gesture, with their palms pressed in front of their chests, as if you could already hear them say “Sawaddee ka!”.

Spreading out at 5,000 square feet of floor space, all you need to do is to open up your senses to be pampered in the serene environment.  There are 17 body-contoured reclined weaker chairs for foot massage therapy.  Three of the chairs are in a room exclusively for female customers who require total privacy.  For couples wanting a short break from traveling, there are couple rooms with two massage beds to let you enjoy the therapies without leaving each other’s sight.

For travelers who would like to freshen up with a shower, there are two shower rooms in each of the male and female toilet areas and they are available on a first-come-first-serve basis particularly for customers who select the Thai Aromatherapy Massage.  Giving you more time to enjoy the relaxing moment either alone or with a partner, there are aromatherapy rooms which are already equipped with shower facilities.

Taking care of your every need is one of our highest priority.  Even with your luggage, we have prepared a left-luggage service for travelers.  In total peace of mind, you will let go and let us indulge you with scents, sound and satiate your senses till you drift into deep relaxation.  Waking up, you are refreshed and rejuvenated, ready to go that extra mile…

4 After-Massage Tips To Maintain and Balance Your Body

You know when you need a break. When you are agitated just by someone’s breathing or when you drink your coffee and still find it tasteless. It’s time to take a while off to stretch or just walkabout then get back to work. Better off, leave your work for a day to clear your mind out of some cluttered emotions. Then find a place of relaxation where you are most at peace. While you relax your mind, you may feel that your tensed muscles need some workout too. When you don’t feel like sweating it out on a treadmill, why don’t you go for some passive exercise instead? Make a reservation right away with Thai Odyssey, pamper yourself with the ultimate spa package and let your body be kneaded, stretched and soothed for a rejuvenation session with a Thai Traditional Massage.

After a much-needed flex on your muscles, these are the 4 tips to help you maintain and balance your body:

1. Drink Lots of Water
Since massage promotes lymphatic movement, drinking water and keep yourself hydrated will help move toxins through the kidneys and out of your body. You may feel that you need to use the toilet more often, this is normal as your body is working towards cleansing. Therefore, re-hydration is the key to a healthy body, especially after a soothing massage.

 

2. Take A Hot Shower
A nice warm bath is very soothing after a massage. This is extremely relaxing because if you have any inflammation in the muscles due to stress or strenuous workout, the heat from the water will reduce the sore.

3. Rest
After a good massage, relax and don’t rush. If you can, make sure you have nowhere to go and nothing to do after your massage. Massage is not just work on the body; it is work on the mind too. Massage helps to de-stress and relax you. And a good rest will get your mind and body to rebalance and retune for the next productive day.


4. Eat lightly before and after a massage.

Avoid eating heavy meals before a massage, but don’t come on an empty stomach either. Eating fruits or seeds and nuts are good food choice before a massage. After a massage, try having a vegetarian meal, a warm bowl of vegetable soup or stir-fried vegetables with rice or noodles, these are light meals for easy digestion.

As we work to get things done, our body will need time to rest and rejuvenate. Make time for yourself, get a full body massage and your body will thank you.

Effects of Coconut Oil and Ginger Aromatherapy on Cancer Patients

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide. Colorectal cancer better known as colon cancer is the top 2 leading cause of deaths among Malaysians garnering 12.3% according to the 2007 National Cancer Registry record. Patients with colorectal cancer are usually treated with chemotherapy, which reduces the number of blood cells, especially white blood cells, and consequently increases the risk of infections.

In a recent research study conducted by the Department of Epidemiology at Khon Kaen Univesrity, Khon Kaen, Thailand, it has been reported that aromatherapy massage affects the immune system and improves immune function by increasing the numbers of natural killer cells and peripheral blood lymphocytes. Sixty-six patients with colorectal cancer in Phichit Hospital, Thailand, were enrolled in a single-blind, randomized-controlled trial. The intervention consisted of three massage sessions with ginger and coconut oil over a 1-week period. The control group received standard supportive care only. Assessments were conducted at pre-assessment and at the end of one week of massage or standard care. Changes from pre-assessment to the end of treatment were measured in terms of white blood cells, neutrophils, lymphocytes, CD4 and CD8 cells and the CD4/CD8 ratio and also the severity of self-rated symptom scores. The main finding was that after adjusting for pre-assessment values the mean lymphocyte count at the post-assessment was significantly higher in the treatment group than in the control group. The size of this difference suggested that aromatherapy with Thai massage could boost lymphocyte numbers by 11%. The secondary outcomes were that at the post assessment the symptom severity scores for fatigue, presenting symptom, pain and stress were significantly lower in the massage group than in the standard care control group.

 

It can be concluded that aromatherapy with light Thai massage can be beneficial for the immune systems of cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy. The combination can help increase the number of lymphocytes and reduce the severity of common symptoms.

Effects of Aromatherapy on Dementia Symptoms

Dementia is a term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is the common type of dementia and people with dementia may have problems with short-term memory, keeping track of a purse or wallet, paying bills, planning and preparing meals, remembering appointments or traveling out of the neighborhood. Most of dementia cases are progressive, which means symptoms start out slowly and gradually worsen over time. The treatment of dementia depends on its cause.

Dementia impacts a patient’s life greatly, as well as that of his family. It can take a toll in a patient’s behavior and how he relates with his family. And though the cure for such illness is not yet discovered, in recent studies it was found out that aromatherapy has some benefits for people with dementia who display behavioral symptoms.

One study was conducted in Hong Kong where a significant reduction in agitated behavior using lavender oil was identified in a cross-over randomized trial. Seventy older Chinese people with moderate to severe dementia were recruited for a study of the effects of six-weeks of lavender or sunflower inhalations, with a two-week washout. At the end of the study, total mean scores showed a positive reduction in agitated behavior.

In another study, lavender oil also had a positive effect on the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). A placebo controlled trial with 15 participants with severe dementia using 2% lavender oil aromatherapy steam every second day for a total of 10 sessions resulted in 60% of participants showing improvement, 33% showed no change and 7% showed a worsening of agitated behavior when compared to the control group. This study was limited by the small sample size.

If you know an elder person with dementia, aromatherapy massage could help ease some of his behavioral symptoms. Just call our Centre and make an appointment with us. 

Reduce Menopausal Symptoms with Aromatherapy Massage

Menopause is a significant event in most women’s lives because it marks the end of a woman’s natural reproductive life. Many women experience some physical and emotional symptoms during menopause, caused by hormonal imbalance. Often the first symptom of impending menopause is a change in bleeding patterns. Periods may become lighter or heavier, longer or shorter, the time between periods may increase and there may be occasional missed periods. These changes may occur gradually in some women, yet are more abrupt in others. There are also physical and psychological signs and symptoms associated with menopause such as hot flushes, sweats (often at night), tiredness, headaches, joint and bone pain, palpitations, unusual skin sensations, anxiety, irritability and mood swings, difficulty concentrating, loss of confidence, forgetfulness and difficulty sleeping. In some women they are very mild while in others they are more severe. They may last for only a few months, or may continue for several years. The average length of time for menopausal symptoms to be experienced is three to five years. Many women find menopausal relief in taking pills, but many prescribed medications do come with several side effects.

Just recently, an April 2012 study featured in the journal Menopause confirmed that aromatherapy massage significantly reduced symptoms of menopause. In this study, 90 menopausal women were randomly assigned to one of three groups. The first group received a 30-minute aromatherapy massage with aroma oil twice weekly for four weeks, the second group received a 30-minute massage with plain massage oil twice weekly for four weeks and the third group received no treatment at all. Researchers used the Menopause Rating Scale, which evaluates quality of life associated with 11 different common menopause symptoms. At the end of the study, both the massage and massage with aromatherapy groups experienced symptom relief and according to the researchers aromatherapy massage may be more effective.

Aromatherapy is a technique in which essential oils from plants are used with the intention of preventing or treating illness, reducing stress or enhancing well-being. Although many gift shops sell scented candles, pomanders and potpourri as aromatherapy, genuine aromatherapy treatments use higher-strength, concentrated essential oils drawn from various herbs. Pay a visit to our Centers and you can be assured of an authentic aromatherapy massage that can ease away the symptoms of menopause. We are always here for you.

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.

Effects of 1 Hour Exposure to Essential Oils

Essential oils have been used for centuries as a stimulant, sedative and treatment for various medical conditions. Many studies have been conducted on essential oils and the effects of the scent on the brain and other systems in the body including stress relief.

A new study from Taiwan reports these oils have a beneficial effect on heart rate and blood pressure after short-term exposure and may result in reducing the risks for cardiovascular disease. This new study examined the effects of essential oil and blood pressure among spa workers.

One hundred young, healthy non-smoking spa workers taking part in the study visited the study centre on three occasions (about once a week), when each volunteer was exposed to vapors of essential oils released from an ultrasonic ionizer for two hours. During this time and on each visit three repeated measurements — resting heart rate, systolic blood pressure (SBP), and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) — were taken from each spa worker in the study room, a small space measuring 4 meters in height by 3.5 m in length and 3.2 m in width. Before each participant entered the study room, 100% pure bergamot essential oil was vaporized for 1 hour.

Essential oils are volatile organic compounds (VOCs) composed of hundreds of aromatic chemicals, and VOC levels in the room were also measured throughout the study period.

After researchers had adjusted for age, gender, BMI and visit order, the results had showed for the times between 15 and 30 minutes after start of exposure the VOC level was significantly associated with reduced 15-min mean BP and HR. These associations were statistically significant. For example, after 45 minutes exposure 15-minute SBP had reduced by a mean of 2.10 mmHg and heart rate by 2.21 beats per minute.

In their conclusion, researchers had written that exposure to essential oil for 1 hour was found to be an effective method of relaxation, as indicated by decreases in the HR and BP.

In another study in 2010, Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea, had examined the effectiveness of aromatherapy on blood pressure, heart rate variability, aortic pulse wave velocity and the aortic augmentation index of essential hypertensive patients. Their results revealed that aromatherapy was effective in lowering systolic blood pressure and sympathetic nerve system activity.

With these benefits, it’s no wonder why our Thai Aromatherapy massage is sort after!

Aromatherapy and Massage for A Better Sleep

Adults and children can both have problems sleeping, and the inability to sleep can cause havoc at home, on-the-job, and at school. In an attempt to solve the problem, adults often turn towards sleeping pills or other over-the-counter sleep aids. But people don’t realize that sleeping pills don’t allow for that sleep that we need to feel rested. Instead, they just knock you out instead of allowing you to experience true, restful sleep. The better alternatives to put you to sleep are through aromatherapy and massage.

Aromatherapy captures the power of fragrances and makes use of the same in healing the body and the spirit. People are highly wired to scent, and once we smell something, we never forget what that smell is. Just think of how the smell of a fresh pie or bread in the oven can make you feel. Scents can have the same effect on sleep, and have been used for centuries in different cultures for that very purpose. Aromatherapy will promote relaxation and help calm the mind to enhance restfulness. Here are some of the scents that will aid you sleep better:

Lavender: The reputation of lavender as a calming herb is legendary. It is known to soothe frayed nerves and bring about a sense of relaxation. Also, lavender incense is often used during meditation, proof enough of its use as a relaxant.

Jasmine.  Jasmine is a versatile fragrance. It is calming and refreshing at the same time. Additionally, this fragrance is known to possess aphrodisiac properties as well. Studies have noted jasmine to induce deep sleep in people.

Vanilla. There is something special about the fragrance of vanilla. Even a whiff of it takes you directly to a warm bakery with counters stocked with fresh scones and pastries. Yes, vanilla generally evokes happy memories, and is therefore, a favorite fragrance for many. Vanilla acts as an effective antidepressant, and is also known to aid in lowering blood pressure.

Chamomile. These pretty flowers aren’t just eye candy, as connoisseurs of chamomile tea are sure to tell you. Soothing and relaxing, the fragrance of chamomile works well to ease stress, and makes you feel sleepy.

Touch is so powerful that it can soothe the mind almost as much as the body. The bonus of having a massage is that you can treat many of the things for which doctors can only prescribe pills for. These include depression, irritability, tension, tiredness, insomnia, stress and bad moods. A long soak in a very warm bath, followed by a slow, soothing massage is the one thing that usually has a Rip van Winkle effect and it makes you feel a lot better! Most insomniacs are over-stimulated, so it is important to use massage strokes that sweep over large areas of the body to loosen knotted muscles. This, combined with simple stretches to release trapped tension, invariably has the desired effect, and if muscles are relaxed, sleep is possible.

You can now enjoy both a relaxing massage and an aromatherapy treatment at the comfort of our spa centers! Just ask for our Thai Aromatherapy Massage and sleep like a baby tonight.

Reduce Nicotine Craving with Aromatherapy

It has been said that breaking a smoking addiction is harder than breaking a heroin addiction. The craving for nicotine when a smoker is going through withdrawal is related to many systematic body changes that occur when nicotine is being inhaled. Most smokers will tell you that they gain pleasure from smoking a cigarette. Nicotine in the body triggers the release of chemicals. These chemicals cause a calming effect on the central nervous system. At the same time they increase blood pressure, increase heart rate, raise body temperature and stimulate the release of adrenaline and hormones. Dopamine, a chemical neurotransmitter in the brain that is responsible for moods and feelings of pleasure, increases whilst smoking. These systematic body changes make it very difficult for a smoker to break the habit. This article discusses the symptoms of withdrawal from nicotine and many lesser known natural remedies that are effective in helping break the nicotine habit.

Apart from smoking for pleasure, smokers often use the habit to relieve nervousness, calm them down in stressful moments and to help get them through awkward situations. Smoking a cigarette gives them a sense of tranquility. Withdrawing from nicotine creates many symptoms that make it very difficult to quit the habit. These symptoms include frustration, irritability, agitation, anger, anxiety, lack of concentration, headaches, mood swings and excessive appetite. Often a smoker trying to quit the habit experiences these symptoms and looses the battle due to the overwhelming intensity of these symptoms. Treatment for quitting for good involves alleviating the symptoms of withdrawal without side effects.

The use of aromatherapy and essential oils can be beneficial in the process of quitting smoking. Research has verified aromatherapy as part of a smoking cessation program. A study at the University of Pittsburgh found that exposure to essential oil lessened the urge to smoke by reducing the cravings. Aromatherapy can be done by a professional aromatherapist or it can be done at home. Come to Thai Odyssey for a Thai Aromatherapy massage. It could help you quit and quit for good.

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.