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

Massage as an Alternative Therapy for Cancer

Cancer is one of the major health problems in Malaysia. A total of 18,219 new cancer cases were diagnosed in 2007 and registered at the National Cancer Registry published in 2011. It comprises of 8,123 (44.6%) males and 10,096 (55.4%) females, making cancer the fourth leading cause of death among medically certified deaths. Cancer of the breast is the most common killer among malignancies as reported in 2007 by the National Cancer Registry. Second of which is colon cancer followed by lung cancer by numbers.

Diets and lifestyles among Malaysians are the common causes of cancer. In actual fact, the number of new cancer cases can be reduced, and many cancer deaths can be prevented.  A person’s cancer risk can be decreased by receiving regular medical care, avoiding tobacco, limiting alcohol use, avoiding excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun and tanning beds, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, maintaining a healthy weight, and being physically active. Screening for cervical, colorectal, and breast cancers helps detect these diseases at an early, often highly treatable stage.

Research study shows that alternative therapies such as massage, acupuncture and reiki can offer patients much-needed relief to counter attack symptoms and adverse effect of treatment. Refer to the image below for more information.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

 

Why Choose a Thai Massage

Known as nuat phaen boran in Thailand, Thai massage has largely invaded the world with its unique style of letting people relax. It is also called Thai yoga massage because the therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches. Many people say Thai massage is like doing yoga without any work. Muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure are also used during treatment. People describe Thai massage as both relaxing and energizing.

The combination of energetic and physical aspects is what makes Thai Massage unique and so effective. Traditional Thai massage is really a deep, full-body treatment, starting at the feet and progressing up to the head. Using a sequence of gentle, flowing exercise movements, the recipient’s body is moved, loosened and stretched of the joints and the muscles.

Believed to be over 2000 years old, traditional Thai massage is an authentic healing art and unique form of body therapy developed by people who used massage not only as a therapeutic method of healing to treat illnesses, but to maintain health and well-being. Thai massage helps detoxify the body, boosts the immune system and increases blood circulation, which could result to lower blood pressure. It is also good for muscle relaxation to increase the flexibility of your muscles as well as your mobility. It can improve your breathing and your posture and balance. Through Thai massage, body alignments can be corrected and energy blockages can be dissolved. It can also help tone the body, strengthen joints and fight diseases, including chronic joint problems. The very important physical benefit of Thai massage is that it can prevent illnesses, alleviate degenerative diseases and slow down the process of aging.

Aside from the physical benefits, Thai massage has also a mental benefit. It can improve your outlook towards life by building an emotional balance. It can also help you gain mental clarity. And among other benefits, Thai massage reduces and relieves stress and anxiety. Once in awhile, pamper yourself with a Thai massage for you to relieve all the stress in your body!

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.