How massage affects the nervous system?
The direct and reflex reaction of the stimulated nerves determines the effects of massage therapy on the nervous system. The type, and length, and technique of a massage session undergone would determine whether the nervous system would be soothed or stimulated. Whichever the case, massage therapy has a soothing, calming, and relaxing effect on the nervous system and on the body as a whole.
Massage helps to balance the autonomic nervous system, releases endorphins and enhances the neurotransmitters of the brain, prevents nerve entrapment, prevents the compression of the nerve roots often caused by muscle tension, stimulates the nerve receptors and affects the vasomotor nerves, pain preceptors, underlying joints and muscles, as well as other internal organs.