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Make the most of your visit to Bangkok! Self-care tips to relieve travel fatigue

Hello, this is Sato from J-CLINIC. We’re a physical therapy and acupuncture clinic in Bangkok.
Now that it’s easy to enter Thailand again, many overseas visitors are coming to Bangkok to enjoy their holidays.


But have you ever felt tired while traveling?

Travel is a time to refresh yourself, away from daily life, but many of you may arrive with fatigue stored up in your body. Maybe you worked hard to finish your projects at your job or home before your vacation or you stayed up late packing. Maybe you didn’t sleep well on the plane.



In all the excitement over new experiences and novel sights, you might not notice how tired you are.


But if you ignore that fatigue, you might end up exhausted or even fall sick when you get back to daily life.



Some people also get headaches or feel depressed because of fatigue and the change in environment.


In this post, Dr. Ling Ling, J-CLINIC’s acupuncture and moxibustion doctor , introduces some simple self-care tips to help you relieve fatigue during your trip.



Dr. Ling Ling is a nationally certified doctor of Chinese traditional medicine who can prescribe Chinese herbal medicines and perform acupuncture, moxibustion, and cupping treatments.


Try these so you can enjoy your time in Bangkok to the fullest and return home with fresh energy!


Self-care for fatigue while traveling


1. Drink fruit juices


Fruits are a great source of carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals.



Many tourists enjoy eating tropical fruits—it’s one of the pleasures of traveling in Thailand.



Fruit smoothies are a tasty and easily digestible way to consume fresh fruits, especially when your body and gastrointestinal tract are tired.


Drinking fresh fruit juices can help relieve fatigue, activate the brain, and eliminate excess salt.



In Phrom Phong (near J-CLINIC), I recommend Boost Juice Bars @ EmQuartier.



They have a wide variety of Thai fruits and berries. It’s my favorite !


2. Eat breakfast within an hour of waking up

Generally, our energy metabolism is good in the early morning hours, peaks at noon and then declines over the afternoon. So, try to eat breakfast within an hour of waking up.

Make sure to eat carbohydrates for breakfast. Your body releases insulin to break down those carbs, which stimulates your internal body clock . Adding some protein to your meal will further help your internal clock.



Make breakfast and lunch your main meals, with adequate amounts of protein and good fats. Even better, eat a balance of nutritious whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and carbohydrates. Carbohydrates help the body relax, sleep better, and eliminate waste.


It’s best if you keep dinner small—but that may be difficult since eating is one of the great pleasures of travel!


3. Get a good night’s sleep

If you have a hard time falling or staying asleep during and after your trip, it can be because your body is not adapting to the changes in time, weather, and environment.



To get a good night’s sleep, keep your bedroom dark and quiet. The first 45 to 120 minutes after you fall asleep is when you go into deep sleep. If you don’t get enough deep sleep, you may feel dizzy or not feel refreshed when you wake up.



If you have trouble falling asleep, try drinking a glass of hot milk. Milk contains amino acids that have a calming effect.


4. Breathe to relax

Good breathing can relax the brain and reduce stress. Try this easy breathing exercise in your hotel room.



A breathing exercise to relax the body


5. Acupuncture to recover from fatigue in less time

If you want to enjoy yourself as much as possible while traveling and not lose time resting, you can try acupuncture, cosmetic acupuncture, or cupping.



Acupuncture helps to regulate your autonomic nervous system. It improves blood circulation and loosens tension in your body. Because it relaxes your body, acupuncture is great for anyone who has trouble sleeping soundly at night.


Before the acupuncture treatment, a doctor of Chinese medicine will first examine your tongue and pulse to diagnose your constitution.


If your goal is to relieve fatigue, you’ll likely feel an effect even after one treatment.


Beauty acupuncture

If you are looking for beauty treatments while in Bangkok, why not try beauty acupuncture? Facial acupuncture works directly on stiff facial muscles. It improves your circulation and counters sagging. It’s also effective against eye strain.



Stimulating your skin with extra-thin needles (only 0.1 mm in diameter) activates collagen and elastin, which promotes skin regeneration.


If you’ve never tried acupuncture before, we recommend our cosmetic care course, which combines acupuncture and gua sha massage.


Gua sha gets your lymphatic fluids moving, which flushes out wastes, and improves blood circulation. It helps reduce dark circles under the eyes and sagging.


* Gua sha massage uses coconut oil, so you will need to remove your makeup before the treatment.


We also offer the lift-up correction beauty acupuncture course, which you can do with your makeup on. This treatment is more stimulating than the beauty care course. We use bone massage and electro-acupuncture to relax stiff muscles and create a powerful facial lift.


Bone massage


Find out more about our cosmetic care course and lift-up corrective beauty acupuncture courses.


Cupping promotes blood circulation. It eases your muscles and makes it easier to relax. It’s especially effective against stiff shoulders caused by poor circulation.


After cupping treatment, you’ll get red spots. They may look like bruises but are painless . The redness will disappear in about 1-2 weeks, although it may last longer (about 2 weeks) in areas where your blood circulation is poor. You might want to keep this in mind when scheduling your treatment—especially if you plan to wear clothes that show your shoulders and back.


Take care of your body so you can enjoy your trip without fatigue!


We look forward to serving you at J-CLINIC with acupuncture and cupping.


* Find out more about treatment fees for acupuncture and cupping . First-time clients must pay a 500B initial visit fee in addition to the regular consultation and treatment fees.



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