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…

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!

3 Tips To Look For A Perfect Relaxation In The City

When you think of going for a short relaxation in the city, would you think of going to a spa? Or check yourself in for the ultimate pampering with a good massage? Whatever you choose to do for a refreshing therapy, be it a facial, a manicure or just having some detoxification moment in a hot sauna, the spa you choose must make you feel rejuvenated and reinvigorated when you leave.

Every time, people are telling us that a trip to a spa is like a mini-vacation. You check in, leave your things in the locker and your stress out of the door, then step in to a serene environment with soft soothing music. As you settle in with your massage attire and lying down getting ready for a massage therapy, you let your whole body, mind and spirit go into the most blissful tranquility.
For a fulfilling experience, there are some tips you can follow to choose the spa that will suit your needs:

Check the menu

Each establishment offers their very own signature therapies for their customers. Check the descriptions of the services offered and see if any of the therapy suit your needs. You may prefer essential oils but on that day, you may find that you just need a half body massage. After walking for hours, you may just want an hour of foot massage that include shoulder, neck and head massages. Understanding what you want will lead you to enjoy your trip to a spa even more.


Know about spa etiquette

Good spa practices are adhered to in many establishment whose main objective is to heighten your blissful experience. When you make an appointment, do check with the front desk what is the proper attire for certain massage treatment and whether there are clean robes or clothing provided. As everyone wants good services, be aware that spa therapists have other appointments, arriving on time is imperative for a relaxing time.



Make sure the spa is hygienically clean

Massage therapies, when performed in unsanitary conditions, could potentially spread germs and bacteria which will lead to infections. For this reason, it’s definitely a good idea to visit a spa or ask for a tour before starting your massage session. Keep an eye out for good sanitation practices, staff’s professional behavior and courtesy. A good spa will also have clean towels, bathrobes and sandals available for customers.

Going for a massage is a great way to unwind and recharge for another day of work. It is worthwhile to check out the conditions of the spa or massage outlet to ensure you will get the maximum comfort and enjoyment. Then, settle in for the ultimate pampering as you relax and feel safe.

3 Reasons to Drink Tea

 

Do you know that on any given day, there are over 158 million people in the US drink tea? In Britain, they consume over 165 million cups daily. This is a whopping figure. It makes drinking tea the second most consumed beverage in the world after water.

In some recent articles from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, they showed that drinking tea is indeed can help us stay healthy. Amidst earlier studies about the antioxidants in tea which have adverse effects on human health, there are more empirical results to encourage us to look at tea as a good source of nutrition.

Let’a take a look at three reasons why tea is good for us after all:

Weight Loss
Yes, you heard it right! Cutting down your weight may be one big push for you to consider drinking tea. One study from the Journal shows that subjects who consumed green tea and caffeine lost an average of 2.9 pounds over 12 weeks, all while maintaining their normal diet.


Exercise Endurance

Tea can boost your interest in exercise and help you to be active. Scientists have found that the catechins (antioxidants) in green tea extract increase the body ability to burn fat as fuel, which accounts for improved muscle endurance.


Fight Free Radicals

Although our body has the facilities to fight free radicals on its own, but we do look at tea to help us in our defense. Antioxidants such as polyphenols in green tea can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help to prevent some of the damage they cause such as cancer, heart disease and neurological degeneration. A 6-year study from the Netherlands found a 70 percent lower risk of fatal heart attack in people who drank at least two to three cups of black tea daily compared to non-tea drinkers.

In most spa environment, tea is offered before and after your massage for keeping your body hydrated. Some teas are specially blended with selected herbs for the desired effects. Usually, tea is served hot and after a relaxing massage, it helps the body to soothe soreness and calm the nerves, leading to a more restful state of mind.

Ask for a cup of tea before you begin your massage to warm your body for the passive exercise that is about to begin. When the massage is complete, take sips of tea slowly as you begin to feel more relaxed. Feel rejuvenated while you take the extra time to wind down.

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.

Training in Mindfulness Can Reduce Stress and Burnout

What is mindfulness? It is a technique to heighten attention, empathy and other emotions through an awareness of thoughts, external stimuli, or bodily sensations such as breath. Mindfulness originates from Buddhist meditation but was developed for secular use in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, who founded the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programme at the University of Massachusetts in the United States.

Teachers were the subjects in a recent study; they were selected due to the nature of their stressful jobs. The study found that those who received the mindfulness training displayed reductions in psychological stress, improvements in classroom organization and increases in self-compassion. In comparison, the group that did not receive the training showed signs of increased stress and burnout over the course of the school year. These results provide objective evidence that MBSR techniques are beneficial to teachers (and possibly for others in high stressful jobs).

Teachers play a critical role in nurturing children’s well-being; however, progress in addressing teaching-related stress has been elusive. Stress and burnout among teachers and in any other profession is a major concern, affecting the quality of work and incurring increased costs in recruiting and sustaining them.

One way to reduce stress is to indulge in a Thai Massage. Thai Massage is the combination of yoga stretching, calmness of meditation, with accupressure, exercise movement and reflexology that makes it a healing art. It is worked on a floor with the client dressed in comfortable loose clothing. Thai method uses mainly point pressure and muscle stretching. And it is not just the hands that are used to free tension stored in the recipient’s body, but the feet and elbows are used as well. It improves a person’s outlook towards life and builds an emotional balance. It also helps with concentration and creativity, and can especially be helpful to gain mental clarity.

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

Optimists are Better at Handling Stress

Have you ever pondered how it is your optimistic friend always seems to be untroubled with stress? Scientists have already determined the reason behind that.

Researchers from Concordia University found that optimistic individuals’ stress hormone levels remain more stable in the face of stressful moments compared with their pessimistic counterparts.

 

According to study researcher Joelle Jobin, who is a Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology at the university, on days where the people subjected to the experiment experience higher than average stress, that’s when we see that the pessimistic individuals’ stress response is much elevated, and they have trouble bringing their cortisol levels back down.

The small study, results of which are published in the journal of the American Psychological Association’s Health Psychology, included 135 people ages 60 and older who were followed for six years. This age group was selected because older adults often face a number of age-related stressors and their cortisol levels have been shown to increase. During 12 different days throughout this time period, researchers collected saliva samples five times a day to measure their levels of the stress hormone cortisol. They also asked the participants how many times they felt stressed/overwhelmed in a day, what level of stress they thought they experienced typically, and whether they considered themselves optimists or pessimists.

Then, researchers compared the cortisol levels of the participants on individual days to the average cortisol levels they experienced throughout the years, in order to gage how much levels fluctuated up or down. They found that the optimistic individuals’ cortisol levels were less likely to rise significantly on stressful days compared to their average stress levels, while pessimistic individuals’ cortisol levels were more likely to be elevated compared to their average stress levels.

The study generally confirmed the researchers’ hypotheses about the relation between optimism and stress. Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach the unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst. Through this your stress can be relieved.

Meditation and Stretching Relieves Porst-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) rates vary from country to country. According to the World Health Organization, which began collecting statistics on the disorder in the 1990s, the incidence can be as low as 0.3% of the population in China or as high as 6.1% in New Zealand. In US more than 7 million adults nationwide (around 2% of the population) are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a typical year and in UK rates are broadly similar.

PTSD is triggered by a traumatic event, can cause flashbacks, anxiety and other symptoms. Sufferers have high levels of corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) and unusually low levels of cortisol – two hormones used to regulate the body’s response to stress. Although levels of the stress hormone cortisol typically rise in response to pressure, PTSD patients have abnormally low levels of cortisol and benefit greatly when these levels increase.

The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder can now be relieved with a combination of meditation and stretching which also normalize stress hormone levels according to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. In the said study, twenty-eight nurses from the University of New Mexico Hospital, including 22 experiencing PTSD symptoms, were divided into two groups. One group took 60-minute mind-body sessions where participants performed stretching, balancing and deep breathing exercises while focusing on awareness of their body’s movements, sensations and surroundings – a form of meditation called mindfulness. The control group did not participate in the twice-weekly class. The predominantly female participants underwent blood tests to measure their stress hormone levels and their symptoms judged against a check-list used to diagnose PTSD.

The results showed that among those who were enrolled in the mind-body course, cortisol levels in the blood rose 67% and PTSD check-list scores decreased by 41 %, indicating the individuals were displaying fewer PTSD symptoms. In comparison, the control group had a nearly 4% decline in check-list scores and a 17% increase in blood cortisol levels during the same period.  The study’s lead author, Sang H. Kim, PhD, of the National Institutes of Health said that mind-body exercise offers a low-cost approach that could be used as a complement to traditional psychotherapy or drug treatments.

As we all know, massage relaxes the muscles of the body and increases the cortisol level throughout the session. Our Centers offer you an authentic Thai massage that could surely relieve your stress with each experience. Visit our centers one of these days and experience a relaxing massage the Thai Odyssey way!

Fighting Addiction with Massage

Millions of people have suffered from their own or someone else’s addiction. It may be addiction to alcohol, prescription drugs, gambling, food and a lot more. Addiction takes a huge emotional toll on everyone, has profound financial and legal consequences, and dashes the hopes and dreams of families everywhere. Addiction has several potential causes, including physical pain and emotional distress. Fighting addiction is not a quick process, but by taking a holistic approach to healing that involves several treatment options can be the right tool to fight the temptation to return to addiction after eliminating it.

Massage therapy is one of the recommended treatments to treat addiction. Massage can be helpful in the withdrawal, detoxification, and abstinence stages of quitting an addiction. It helps the addict to relax, diminish feelings of depression and anxiety, and reduces withdrawal-associated pain and cravings for the substance or behavior.

In addition to that, massage gets people back in touch with their own bodies. It helps them understand why certain things might be going on with their bodies that they don’t have a grasp on. It provides feelings of pleasure as the muscles relax, the mind releases negative emotions and healing hands provide comfort to painful areas of the body. The feeling of pleasure from massage is able to help individuals avoid psychological cravings. Reaching a serene state of mind comes from the relaxation and the lack of negative emotions. When the muscles are encouraged to relax, the mind is able to release the negative emotions that prevent serenity in life. It is a key element in reaching a mental state that is able to continue fighting addiction. This is evident in a 2005 article in The International Journal of Neuroscience that noted that massage therapy reduced cortisol levels and also increased serotonin and dopamine levels. These were the findings from several different scientific studies. (A reduction in cortisol levels leads to an individual feeling calmer and less anxious, while an increase in serotonin and dopamine levels create feelings of pleasure and peace)

Addiction can alter the mind and make serenity a challenge. Let our Centers help you reduce your stress and obtain freedom from psychological cravings with our authentic, traditional Thai massage.