The Effects of Therapeutic Massages on the Nervous System

Therapeutic Massages Can:

  • Stimulate sensory receptors (either stimulating or soothing nerves depending on the techniques used).

  • Stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting relaxation and reducing stress.

  • Reduce pain through the release of endorphins.

Therapeutic massages can either relax or invigorate the client, depending on their needs. Swedish massage, effleurage (gliding) and other slow movements can have a sedating effect, activating the parasympathetic nervous system and stimulating the vagus nerve to slow down the heart rate (Nooman, 2018). Therapeutic massages reduce the hyper activity of the nervous system, lowering the level of electrochemical noise and encouraging better organ and organ system integration.


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