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CBD Cream & Massages: Pain Relief, Relaxation, and Skin Benefits
What do you think of when you think of CBD oil? Maybe you’re familiar with its benefits for ADHD, autism, and even anxiety. Maybe you’ve even used CBD oil in tincture form yourself. But have you ever considered fusing CBD oil with the benefits of massage therapy for the ultimate in relaxation?
While tinctures are a wonderful way of getting CBD into your body through your digestive system, there are other ways that our body interacts with CBD. In fact, more and more spas have been integrating CBD creams and salves in with their traditional Massage Therapy treatments to maximize healing.
First of All, Why Massage?
Massage therapy is an ancient healing technique used in many cultures to support various processes in the body. Swedish massage makes use of long, flowing strokes to increase circulation, stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (which promotes healing and relaxation), and soothe sore muscles and joints.
Swedish massage can be combined with sports massage and deep tissue massage to target specific muscles or areas of tension in the body. Therapists modulate the pressure and technique to suit individual needs. But you don’t need a professional massage to reap the benefits: even at-home massages have been shown to decrease stress and increase well-being.
How CBD-Oil Enhances Massage Therapy
With the long, flowing strokes of massage therapy, most practitioners use a cream or a salve to facilitate massages. Jojoba oil, shea butter, and coconut oil are popular carrier oils, but using CBD oil in concert with massages can amplify the healing effects of massage.
Topical CBD oil has been tested in various studies as a way to decrease pain. In one animal study, rats with arthritis had CBD oil applied to their skin for four consecutive days. At the end of the study, the researchers noted “therapeutic potential” for the arthritic inflammation and pain, with no side effects.
CBD’s anti-inflammatory effects can make it a powerful ally for athletes, or anyone who suffers from muscle soreness as a result of overexertion. In fact, mixed martial artists are picking up on the anti-inflammatory benefits of CBD as well; embracing CBD as an amazing method of pain control. In addition to ingesting CBD oil for its antioxidant effects, topical CBD is a powerful ally for muscle pain.
For those suffering from chronic pain, it could be highly beneficial to combine the benefits of topical CBD and internal CBD by simultaneously using it in a massage cream and ingesting it in tincture form. Researchers have found that CBD’s interaction with the body’s endocannabinoid system can help manage chronic pain in sufferers.
One of the most healing aspects of massage is relaxation. When your body relaxes during a massage, you might notice your breathing slowing. This relaxation is a result of your Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) being turned on. Muscle tension releases, breathing deepens, and your body can begin restorative processes on a deeper level. While stimulation of the PNS is already associated with massage, the use of CBD cream, salve, or oil during treatment could bring it to the next level.
Researchers have found that CBD’s interaction with the 5-HT1A receptors in the brain can help stimulate serotonin production and modulation. Serotonin is associated with feelings of well-being and happiness. In addition, CBD has been celebrated for its ability to work with your body’s endocannabinoid system, which controls stress in the body. This is why it’s such a powerful ally of relaxation, and so helpful in dealing with symptoms of stress and anxiety.
While Swedish massage can help the skin by amplifying blood flow, which beings key nutrients to the skin and stimulates circulation, CBD cream can also help benefit the skin for a few reasons:
- It’s a light moisturizer that won’t clog pores but will keep skin soft and supple.
- Studies have shown that CBD is very helpful in fighting against acne. This is partly because it fights inflammation in the skin and partially because it inhibits sebocytes from proliferating in the skin.
- CBD creams are nourishing to the skin, helping to improve elasticity and promote moisturizing benefits.
Fusing massage therapy and CBD cream can create an incredible amount of benefits for pain relief, relaxation, and skin care. If you’re interested in the healing benefits of CBD, please check out our blog or contact us for more information.
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