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.

3 Ways to Stay UP when you feel down

Sometimes it is difficult to get up in the morning and go.  Sometimes the day becomes a drag.  Sometimes there is a feeling of gloom.  However the day may be, if you are feeling down, it’s time to get up.

“Getting knocked down in life is a given.  Getting up and moving forward is a choice.”~ Zig Ziglar.

If you allow your ‘not-getting-up’ emotion affects you, this can lead to ineffective work and valueless relationship.  It is time to get up to avoid the emotional slump.

These are 3 simple suggestions to get you up and moving forward when you feel the drag:

 1. Be around positive people 

Practically set up a group chat with positively inspired people.  Seek their advise, talk about your goals and aspirations, be with them to organize or participate in their fun activities.  The people you interact help you to think and feel the way you are.  With happy go-getters, there are plenty of positive energies to keep making things happen and keep creating happy outlook on life.  With these ongoing optimism, you will be influenced to keep up and get up to move forward.

 

2. Create a new routine 

If you often use the same transport or walk the same street to work, getting the same cup of coffee or breakfast, reading the same newspaper, these routine can be boring, monotonous and depressing.  If you have been sitting at your desk with the same placement of your stationery, maybe it’s time to make a change.  Starting tomorrow, walk a different street to work and marvel at new shops.  Along the way, enjoy the new sights and sounds.  If you have been getting coffee from the pantry, why not try a new drink from a fruit juice stall next door?  Re-arrange your writing instruments and your workstation.  Decorate your table with some colors and add a colorful plant.  Temporary changing a routine will get you out of the rut and let you notice new exciting things.  Try out new things you don’t normally do or have time to do.  Then, feel the new difference that will keep you up on your feet and getting you moving forward.

 

3. Rhythmic lifestyle

 

Get your body to move to a rhythm.  Hitting the gym, a dance class, practice yoga and move yourself rhythmically to make you feel better.  A 2011 study by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that intentional movement and exercise can improve test scores.  The study adds to growing evidence that exercise is good not only for the body but also for the mind.  There you go, just move and let your body be as flexible as possible.  Only a flexible body can create flexibility in life.  As a result, you will be able to relax and allow the body to rejuvenate, leading you to be happier and in a jolly good mood all the time.

 

Simply, taking action is always the best solution when you are feeling low.   What matters most is to enjoy and feel blessed with everything you have now.  Let’s get up and go!

Be Better, Be Happier, Be Important – The 3 New To-Do List for 2014

As we step into 2014, it may be a good time now to give yourself some time to find out why time has flown. To some of us who are feeling the over-stress and overwork syndrome, or to some of us who are seeking the meaning of life, asking “Why am I here?” or “What is life?”, it’s good that we get ready a cup of tea, sit back and let’s give ourselves the precious time to reflect.

Making new year resolution is one of the ways to let you start thinking and exerting effort to move towards your dream. It keeps you on the right track, creates order and direction for your life. With work pressures and family-relationship demands, you tend to forget about putting yourself first. You give to everyone their time and satisfy everyone’s dreams and fancies but yours. You work out their schedules but yours. You attend to their needs but yours. This year, make it a year to satisfy your needs first. As you are happier, achieving what you want, then you can give 100% to others of what they want.

Let’s get started!  Instead of harping on the same issues of weight-loss plan and exercising, let’s categorise the to-do list which includes the following:

“What can I do better?” List;

“How can I be happier?” List; and

“What’s important to me?” List.

“What can I do better?”

This year, improve your abilities and learn a new skill.  If you are a Secretary, would you like to learn to use a new software?  As a mother, would you bake or start a home-based business?  As a professional, would you like to improve your skills by going to a world-class convention?  To speak better, would you join a communication workshop or join a Club?

“How can I be happier?”

This year, make a decision to be happy.  Learn to use positive affirmation every morning to start the day.  Say, “I’m happy and everyone is happy.”  Choose to smile often.  Make a reservation now to go on your dream holiday, don’t wait.  Sign up for the dance class you’ve always been thinking about.  Remove from the dust infested drawer with your drawing or musical instruments and play.  Get out your calendar and mark all the dates where you will go ahead and fulfil all your wishes.  Just do it, right now!

“What’s important to me?”

Under this list, you may want to write the names of your loved ones.  Beside each name, you can create another to-do list with the person who is important to you.  If there are things which are important to you, list them down, and beside each item, tell yourself how important this item is to you.  How would you like to improve the use of the item?  For example, memories are best kept in pictures, you can learn how to create photo books for your loved ones, accompany with a well-written story and a record for posterity.

In 2014, make it a year you begin tolove Yourself all over again.  Look into what make you YOU, and share with the world the new YOU who is happier, better and having greater self-esteem.

To you, the happy one, Happy New Year 2014!

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.

Health Benefits of Thai Massage

Ever been for a Thai massage? If you have, you will know that it is heavenly and oh-so-divine! But if you have never been pampered under a cool, shady banyan tree in a beautiful Buddhist temple or on a beach in Thailand, the good news is NOW you can get your Thai massage fix right here in Malaysia!

Contrary to the popular Swedish massage of the West (which focuses on the physical aspect of the body with the kneading of muscles),Thai Massage addresses and combines techniques usually found isolated in the Western physiotherapies such as Trigger Point Treatments, Myofascial Techniques, Neuro Muscular therapy, and Manual Therapy among others. The combination of energetic and physical aspects is what makes Thai Massage unique and so effective. Traditional Thai massage is a deep, full-body treatment. It starts at the feet and progresses up to the head using a sequence of gentle, flowing exercise movements. The recipient’s body is moved and loosened; the joints and the muscles stretched with some techniques linked to Yoga. This unique type of massage influences the energetic side as well, restoring the flow of energy throughout the body with applied acupressure on the ‘sen’ energy lines of the body, aimed at harmonizing and energizing.

It is this combination of yoga stretching, the calmness of meditation with acupressure, exercise movements and reflexology that makes it a healing art.

Thai massage is worked on a floor with the client dressed in comfortable loose clothing without the use of oil. Using mainly point pressure and muscle stretching, the Thai method not only use hands to free tension stored in the recipient’s body, but the feet, knees and elbows are used as well. The mat allows therapists to use their body weight to massage you, which elevates the uniqueness of the experience.

 

What are the benefits of having a Thai massage? 

If you’ve been stressed at work or have a tight neck from hunching over your laptop, a Thai massage will relieve the pain of stressed and overworked muscles. It also releases build up of lactic acid and toxins.

A Thai massage will increase your range of motion (through combination of assisted stretching and muscle manipulation) and so also prevents injury.

If you’re a sloucher it will improve your posture and body alignment!

Although you may feel sleepy straight after, it actually increases your energy levels and balances the body’s energy pathways. According to traditional Thai medicine the body has 72 000 energy lines of which 10 are considered principal. These energy lines are conduits for the ‘flow of life’ (or ‘vital energy’). Physical benefits aside, a Thai massage aims to unblock these energy paths which promotes both physical and mental wellness.

Having a Thai massage will increase blood circulation and stimulate nerve endings, often resulting in people saying they bodies feel light after a massage.

And the best benefit of all? It’s body toning! ^_^

History Of Thai Massage

  Thai massage and Thai medicine are said to have been practiced for over 2500 years and founded by the legendary Shivago Komarpaj (another variant is Jivaka Kumara Phaccha), who was a personal physician to the Sangha (Buddhist monks), a friend and physician to the Buddha and renowned as a healer in Buddhist tradition. Though there are many influences for Thai medicine from Chinese, Indian and Southeast Asian culture, credit is given mostly to Mr Komarpaj. As practiced and taught by Khun Paschal, this therapeutic massage emphasized balancing and strengthening and is based on the concept of vital life force energy. This energy flows along channels in the body called “sen”. “Sen” lines correspond to the meridians of Chinese medicine and the “nadi” of Indian points. These points are addressed specifically by the therapist doing the massage and are pressured, rubbed and stretched through manipulation by the therapists’ feet, knees, elbows and hands.

As a healer, Khun Phaccha’s social role was closer to a religious figure than to a medicinal doctor. As such, the ancient texts (originally on palm leaves) which describe his teachings, as well as the followers who continued in his path were closely associated with life within the temples and centers of Buddhist life. After the invading armies of Burma destroyed Ayutthaya, the capital was moved further south to Bangkok. As soon as the Royal Family settled down in the new Grand Palace, all surviving text and inscriptions referring to the ancient art of massage were summoned and brought to the neighboring temple, Wat Po and were transcribed to stone tablets, where they remain to this day.

Traditional Thai medicine is a natural, holistic approach to health and well-being, developed over thousands of years and this includes proper nutrition, physical exercise, the use of medicinal herbs and therapeutic massage. Besides curing diseases and ailments, the primary goal of traditional Thai medicine is maintaining health and well-being as the ancient Thais live by the saying, “the absence of illness is the best blessing”. Thai massage is one of the four branches of traditional Thai medicine. It is a healing technique that was practiced before doctors. The massage involves point pressure and stretching and it can be done on the floor, a firm mattress or a mat. It is a therapeutic procedure that provides relaxation and restores healthy blood circulation. It also treats energy blockages, weak dysfunctional organs, aches and pains, stress and tension, flexibility, paralysis, nerve problems and postural alignments.

Till this day, Wat Po continues to serve as foundation to the rich history of Thai massage. Wat Po has a very active school located within the temple grounds that serves as a training center for many massage therapists in Thailand.