I Got a CBD Massage—Now I’m a New, Chill Woman
The benefits are incredible.
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Let me just start by saying that there’s nothing I hate more than when people tell me to “relax.” As a highly emotional person, this is possibly the worst thing you can say to me when I’m feeling stressed or high-strung, and I guarantee that I will do the exact opposite the second I hear those words (my ex-boyfriends can attest!). Therefore, I felt like I had come to a place that understood me when I walked into NYC’s Chillhouse and saw that all the staff were wearing shirts that said, “Don’t tell me to relax.” Finally, a place full of kindred spirits who understood me. If more people realized that relaxing is not just something you can tell yourself to do, the world might be a more understanding place.
For me, the concept of relaxing often feels like a nice but unrealistic fairytale. Yes, of course, I’d like to Zen out and release tension from my body and mind. Now, would someone explain to me how I’m supposed to do that? Clearing your thoughts and allowing yourself to slip into deep relaxation is something that feels quite unattainable in a world where information is exchanged at lightning speed and there’s always, always something on your mind—from work stress to realizing you really underestimated Jessica Biel after watching season one of The Sinner (just me?). Anyway, all of this goes to say that I walked into Chillhouse feeling hopeful but slightly dubious about the de-stressing benefits promised by its CBD massage, an add-on you can choose to boost any of its normal massages for just $15.
Keep reading to find out what happened when I got a CBD massage.
What Is a CBD Massage?
First of all, let’s talk about CBD—full name cannabidiol—which is non-psychoactive and is found in high concentrations in cannabis and hemp (not to be confused with THC, which is the psychoactive part of the cannabis plant that people associate with the “high” feeling). When incorporated into a massage, the only difference is the product used not the massage technique itself. So, while it sounds like something much different than a traditional rub-down, a CBD massage is just that: a massage performed with CBD-infused oils and creams.
Benefits of a CBD Massage
- Calms inflammation
- Soothes anxiety
- Reduces chronic pain
- Melts tension
Health-wise, incorporating CBD into your routine via tinctures, oils, and lotions has been shown to have amazing anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, and antibacterial properties, and lately, there’s been a boom of CBD products and treatments in the wellness space.
In terms of the benefits of CBD massage specifically, “CBD oil has natural anti-inflammatory effects that can more effectively soothe sore muscles and joints, which makes it great for massages,” explains Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton, Chillhouse founder. “It encourages the body to speed up the healing process and is beneficial in relieving anxiety as well as gastric distress. Our CBD cream also has arnica and lidocaine, which allows for additional anti-inflammatory benefits.” (As a note, arnica is a common natural ingredient that people swear helps reduce bruising and muscle fatigue more quickly, and lidocaine gives a soothing, cooling feeling). Ramirez-Fulton is clearly a CBD believer and told me that if she ever can’t make it in for a massage, she’ll turn to her inventory of CBD oils and creams. The second she puts them on her shoulders or anywhere tense, she feels temporary relief. “For creams, I love Lord Jones ($60) and Cannuka ($28). For ingestibles, I love Soul Addict’s hemp butter ($35) and Cap Beauty’s The Daily Hit,” she says. “Hard to say what’s working for me long-term, but I’m overall less stressed these days, so something’s gotta be working!”
CBD Massage vs. Regular Massage
As mentioned, the biggest difference between a CBD massage and a regular massage is the CBD. When it comes to Chillhouse (and most massage studios for that matter), the kneading technique doesn’t change. That way clients are able to really tell the difference of the CBD inclusion alone, as opposed to trying to figure out what’s a result of the CBD and what’s due to the rubbing motions.
How to Prepare for a CBD Massage
Just chill. No, but really, when it comes to getting a CBD massage, the whole point is to reach peak relaxation, so don’t stress out over how to prepare for the rubdown. Simply arrive as you would to any other massage and get excited for a calming CBD experience.
What to Expect During a CBD Massage
As someone who also wants to feel less stressed overall, I immediately took her up on her offer to experience the CBD massage. I told the masseuse that I’d like her to focus the CBD part of the massage on my shoulders, which always holds a million knots from sitting hunched in front of a computer all day. As I laid facedown on the massage bed, I felt the familiar hurricane of thoughts begin to swirl in my mind. Deadlines, upcoming projects, what I’d be eating for dinner (one of my favorite things to think about)… I tried to quiet my mind and focus on my breathing using a meditation technique I had learned last year that involved counting up to eight while picturing the shape of the number eight. It worked. I felt my shoulders unclench (though that may have been because of my skilled massage therapist). The last thing I remember was feeling a slight cooling, chilly feeling on my shoulder blades. Then, the next thing I knew, my masseuse was gently shaking me awake and telling me she was done. A full hour had passed. It felt like minutes. Slightly surprised at just how quickly it had gone by and how the tension in my shoulders seemed to have all but melted away, I floated out of the room in a hazy cloud. I felt inexplicably calm and, yes, relaxed. If someone told me at that moment to relax, I probably would have smiled serenely and said, “I am. Isn’t it lovely?”
While many people swear by topical CBD, it’s worth noting that the National Institutes of Health regularly point out that more research needs to be done. Currently, the majority of the studies on CBD pertain to oral dosages, which, in some cases, have been associated with diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, drowsiness, and more. None of these results, however, have been tied to topical use. As such, when considering a CBD massage, remember that, while it seems like everyone on social media is singing CBD’s praises, the science isn’t all there (yet).
Bliss out. That’s it. Simple as that. Following a CBD massage, there’s no need to immediately hop in the shower—in fact, it’s advised against. By going about the rest of your day with the CBD cream still intact, you’ll be able to benefit from the calming ingredient for hours to come.
The Final Takeaway
If you have the opportunity to incorporate CBD oil into a massage or facial treatment, I highly recommend it. It adds another level of relaxation, and you’ll emerge a chiller, less anxious person. As a very un-chill, anxious person, I can attest.
Our editorial director investigated the benefits of a CBD massage. Check out her experience and insights from the founder of Chillhouse here.
6 Surprising Benefits of CBD Massage – Sagely Naturals
Add CBD to your next massage or stretch session. With it’s relaxation, restorative, and pain relieving properties it makes for the perfect complement to help you accelerate muscle recovery and perform at your peak.
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 and stretching are good for us and the wear and tear of daily life means sometimes we just need to regain some balance inside and out!
But did you know that adding a CBD cream is the perfect complement to a massage or stretch session?
To Help You Unwind, Just Add CBD
It’s no secret that stretching and massage with a high-quality CBD cream feels luxurious for your tired body! It’s also nature’s athletic edge by, resting your rowdy muscles, releasing tension, and targeting any temporary, occasional discomfort you’re experiencing from exercising or rigorous activity!
In fact, more and more spas (like Sandalwood Spa ), assisted stretching spaces (like Stretch*d ), massage experiences ( Squeeze —they actually offer Sagely Naturals CBD as an add on!), and relaxation centers ( Inscape ) are offering CBD topicals like CBD creams and CBD body oils to their treatments and stores and it’s easy to see why.
Here are five surprising benefits of enlisting CBD’s help when you’re next on the massage table:
1. Reduces Tension & Revives Your Body
By combining the benefits of a massage with CBD, the EndoCannabinoid System is activated which leaves you feeling refreshed. refreshed.
2. Enhances Relaxation
When we feel overwhelmed , it can be hard to relax. Because CBD facilitates a sense of calmness and relaxation, it means you can unwind and be better prepared to keep up with your busy life when your massage session ends.
3. Provides Instant, Cooling Relief
When paired with essential oils like Menthol and Peppermint, CBD provides a welcomed cooling relief to help you sink a little deeper into the massage table.
4. Helps Release Workout Tension
You want to feel good when you hit the pavement for that walk or run, do a few extra vinyasas in your yoga class, or even add some extra weights when you lift at the gym—massage helps to release tension and promote a calming sensation in the body.
5. Get Back to Balance
Because CBD promotes positive energy, elevates your mood, and helps you find peace and clarity, you can find balance again and get those bliss molecules pumping!
6. One of the World’s Best Moisturizers
If you use a CBD cream that contains hemp oil , you’ll experience the benefit of soft and supple skin. Hemp oil is extremely moisturizing, conditioning, and protects the skin.
All of the above benefits combine to allow the body to enjoy a deeper state of relaxation, rejuvenating your body, and allowing you or the therapist to better support those problem areas.
Plus, a daily CBD massage is one of the best ways to decompress after a long day. And if you don’t have access to a center that offers CBD treatments, never fear, you don’t have to wait. Instead, enlist the help of a good friend or loved one, point to where it hurts, and soak up your in-house spa session!
Add CBD to your next massage or stretch session. With it’s relaxation and restorative properties it makes for the perfect complement to your workout.