If you have ever had a professional massage near Old Street, then you surely remember how good it felt both during and after the therapy. If you have never had one before…then you need to add it to your to-do list. Massage therapies have become so popular recently that they are now commonly offered in clinics, hospitals, businesses, airports and are now covered by many insurance companies.

We often feel more relaxed after a proper massage, this is often known as the relaxation response. The other response which is triggered when pressure is applied to soft tissue, like muscles, is called the mechanical response. The combination of these two responses produce the physical and emotional benefits we experience after a massage. The benefits of massage therapy have been known for a long time, but it is only recently that people began to understand how it works.

Understanding the relaxation response

In massages, the pressure applied by the hands of the massage therapist is an invitation to relax. This, combined with pain relief, leads to the relaxation response. During the relaxation response, you experience slower breathing and heart rates, lower blood pressure, a decreased production of stress hormones and the relaxation of muscles. There is also an increase in the levels of serotonin, which is a chemical that positively affects the mood, during this phase. The relaxation response, therefore, helps to reduce the physical effects of stress.

Understanding the mechanical response

This phase has 2 main effects;

– Improvement of blood circulation

– Relaxation of tissues

1. Improvement of blood circulation;
Massage helps to improve blood and lymph circulation in the body. Improved blood circulation in the body means there is an enhanced delivery of oxygen and other important nutrients to tissues and organs of the body. It also improves the removal of waste products from the body. This helps the body’s tissues and organs to function more efficiently.

2. Relaxation of tissues;
Massage therapy helps to relax muscles, which reduces the pain often felt during muscular contractions and spasms. Also, when muscles are contracted, they tend to compress the nerves around them, therefore, limiting the flow of information from the brain and spinal cord to other parts of the body. A good massage near Old Street will help to relax the muscles and allow the nerves to function more efficiently.

Now that you know how massages work, it is probably time for you to enjoy all the incredible benefits it provides to the body, and there is no better place than ANAMI London to have such an amazing experience.

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