Remember the last time you had a deeply nourishing massage? When time stood still and your body got to take a long, deep exhale? We all know that massages are good for us. The wear and tear of daily life means we get tight, our range of motion is often impeded, and sometimes we’re just straight up stressed!
Massage with a high-quality CBD cream doesn’t just feel good for your tired body, it helps you reach peak performance. How? Adding CBD into the mix can boost the proven effects of massage by helping improve your range of motion and posture, accelerating muscle recovery, reducing muscle and joint pain, stress, anxiety, headaches, digestive disorders, sleep disorders and basically just chilling you out!
You may not have heard much about the natural healing benefits of a plant compound found in hemp called ‘CBD’ (Cannabidiol). That reason is likely due to the reputation of its more well-known, mind altering ‘cousin’ - THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) - that receives all the attention for getting people ‘high’. It’s important to know that CBD is not psychoactive. In other words, it won’t get you high. For this and many other reasons, CBD is emerging as a powerful partner in plant-based healing.
CBD is one of over 60 compounds found in the Cannabis plant that belongs to a class of ingredients called ‘cannabinoids’. While CBD can be found in other plants, like broccoli and kale, it’s most abundant in the hemp plant.
Even more interesting is that, on its own, the human body naturally produces cannabinoids. And because of the way CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (a central regulatory system that helps to regulate the immune, nervous and digestive systems and keeps the body in balance) - CBD is effective as a way to supplement the natural cannabinoids already in our bodies.
There are a number of reasons you should consider getting a CBD-infused massage. Here are our top five!
5 Benefits of CBD-Infused Massage:
1. Fights Inflammation and Stiffness
CBD fights inflammation in muscles by activating the pathways of existing cannabinoid (CB2) receptors in the body and then reducing soreness and stiffness.
2. Enhances Relaxation
When we feel out of balance or in pain, it can be hard to relax. Because CBD works directly at the site of irritated nerve receptors, it desensitizes pain, allowing the body to relax instead of spasm. An additional benefit is CBD is it's ability to help preserve and protect brain neurons and how they communicate with each other. It's ability to influence a wide range of receptor systems in the brain and body can help many
who are struggling with neurodegenerative disorders.
3. Promotes Calm, Lowers anxiety
CBD can soothe the nervous system and help it to calm down, reducing the “fight or flight” mechanism that can lead us to feel excess stress and anxiety. By boosting sensory stimulation CBD leaves you feeling relaxed and alert because it positively affects receptors in the body that control serotonin levels. The result is reduced stress, lower anxiety levels and a boost to your mood.
4. Neutralizes Free Radicals
When our immune system is compromised, free radicals within the body cause a chain reaction that can damage healthy cells and impair their functioning. Although our body naturally produces antioxidants to combat these free radicals, often the amount of antioxidants are insufficient to outweigh the damaging free radical cells.
Through its high concentration of cannabinoids extracted from the hemp plant, CBD is a powerful source rich in antioxidants to support our system in repairing the molecules damaged by free radicals and neutralizing the harmful effects of oxidative stress. CBD helps support the immune system and prevent the damaging reactions caused by free radicals.
5. World's Best Moisturizer
Hemp oil is extremely moisturizing, conditioning and protects the skin. Applied directly into the skin during a massage it can actually promote skin health. CBD can help to reduce inflammation, often a culprit behind acne. It can also help reduce the production of oil in the skin further reducing blemishes. In addition, CBD contains linoleic aceid, which helps to regulate oil production on the skin and stop breakouts.
All of these benefits combine to allow the body to be coaxed into a deeper state of relaxation, making muscles looser and allowing the therapist to more deeply soothe away problem areas. We hope we have succeeded in informing and educating you about CBD and it's powerful benefits. We are thrilled to be able to add this therapy to our list of services that help promote health and wellness!