Many of us have been less active than usual over the last year, and our bodies and even our minds have gotten pretty rusty. Now that things are opening up again, going back to regular activities can feel like a shock to the system.
For those new stresses, a little CBD massage could be just the thing you need. cbdMD’s new CBD massage oil, launching April 2, provides a new way to enjoy the benefits of CBD to help relax your body and mind.
So let’s take a look at what CBD massage is, what its benefits are, and why we think we’ve made the best CBD massage oil available. As a bonus, we’ve got tips for giving a great massage at home!
What Is CBD Massage?
CBD massage can be just like any of the many types of massage out there. Massage therapists normally put oils on their clients’ skin to reduce friction and prevent drying during the massage, and those oils can also include extra nourishing ingredients.
Enter CBD. As CBD oil started to take over the health and wellness world a few years ago, it was probably inevitable that some enterprising therapists would begin using CBD oil for massage. So now, we here at cbdMD have developed a CBD oil specifically designed for the purpose. So whether you're a professional or want to pamper yourself at home, let's look at the benefits of massage and CBD massage oil.
What Are CBD Massage Benefits?
There are several parts to this question: how a massage works, how topical CBD works, and how they work so well together. Let’s break it down.
Benefits of Massage
Probably the number-one reason people love a good massage is that it’s relaxing. Research indicates that this is because it calms your parasympathetic nervous system responsible for your “fight or flight” instinct. This, in turn, produces many side benefits, like improved sleep and better focus.
Massages are also popular for alleviating stiff joints and sore muscles because the pain is often due to soft-tissue constriction. A good massage helps ease by improving circulation in the area.
Benefits of Topical CBD
We’ve discussed elsewhere how CBD is absorbed through the skin, thanks to the endocannabinoid receptors present near the surface. It won’t feel the same as taking CBD internally, but it can help calm and soothe targeted areas. The massaging action works the oil and the CBD deeper into the skin, letting them work together to redouble the calming benefits.
Why Is cbdMD’s Massage Oil the Best CBD Massage Oil?
We think we’ve come up with the perfect elixir for a home CBD massage if we do say so ourselves. We didn’t use any artificial perfumes or dyes, just wholesome, high-quality ingredients.
Pure CBD from Hemp
Every ounce of our massage oil contains 50 milligrams of CBD extracted from hemp grown right here in the USA. Every batch is tested by an ISO-certified third-party lab to ensure that it’s THC-free* and has no pollutants.
We’ve told you before about jojoba oil’s benefits: it strongly resembles the oil your skin naturally produces, so it gently moisturizes even highly sensitive skin. It’s also rich in vitamin E, which brings antioxidant properties that nourish skin and help prevent the early appearance of aging.
Sunflower Seed Oil
Sunflower seed oil also contains vitamin E and linoleic acid, which helps maintain the skin’s protective barrier and hold in moisture. Another important component, oleic acid, helps the other massage oil elements penetrate the deeper layers of skin.
Rosemary Leaf Extract
Rosemary leaf extract gives a pleasant natural aroma to the oil and also brings astringent, pore-cleansing properties. Rosemary is also loaded with antioxidants to keep skin looking fresh and youthful.
CBD Massage Tips
There are many massage techniques out there, often with instructive videos available online, and you can add CBD massage oil to almost any of them. With that said, here are some tips to get you started.
How Much Massage Oil to Use?
Generally, it’s good to start by putting a dime-sized amount in your hands and rubbing to warm it up before you start. If you start feeling friction as you go along, you can always add more.
Spread the Oil with Effleurage
Massage pros like to start with long, slow, fluid strokes called “effleurage.” It helps spread the oil broadly over the skin and is also a good way to warm up your massage partner by increasing circulation and getting them used to being touched before you get into more intense kneading.
Loosen Knots with Petrissage
Petrissage is simply the French word for “kneading.” Iit involves probing around the muscles with your fingers or your whole hand. If someone’s got a sore or stiff spot, this is often how both of you can feel exactly where it is and how you can loosen it up. Just don’t push it if it’s really causing pain.
Avoid Bones and Joints
If you’re giving a back massage, it’s fine to run your knuckles alongside the spinal column, but putting pressure on the spine itself can cause injury. It’s a similar story with joints – if someone’s got pain in the joint itself, you’re likely to make matters worse by pushing it around.
Continue Relaxing with More CBD
Once you’re done with the massage, you can keep the mellow groove going by soaking with a CBD bath bomb or unwinding with a nice cup of CBD tea. There’s no need to tighten up again now that you’re relaxed!
The Best CBD Oil for Massage
Whatever kind of massage you prefer, we think that cbdMD’s new CBD massage oil will be the perfect companion. Like all our products, it comes with free shipping anywhere in the USA and a 60-day money-back guarantee, so don’t be afraid to give it a try!