My treatment started out the usual way; on my stomach, nearly nude, covered in a sheet with white noise whispering in the background. The massage therapist, Yuki Person (go see her — like, now), asked which areas of the body I wanted to focus on and got to work. Normally, I get really relaxed during a massage — I tune out and sometimes nap and generally feel amazing. But the combination of Person’s handiwork and the CBD balm was beyond. As she kneaded the knots in my back, tension slowly oozed out of my shoulders; when she got up to the base of my head and behind my ears, my neck pretty much gave up (in a good way).
The final 10 minutes of the service were foot-focused, and I think because the skin on the arch is more sensitive than the rest of the body, this was where the I noticed the effects of the CBD the most. The mix of warmth from the boost in circulation and the cooling, tingly feeling from the peppermint-laced balm was next-level — it felt sacrilegious to put shoes on afterwards.
The NOW, a trendy startup massage boutique in LA that offers luxe 25-minute massages you can book on your lunch break, has been my go-to spot for a quick hit of self-care for years. So when the company launched a product line (Nourish by The NOW) and introduced a massage featuring its very own Peppermint CBD Balm, I knew I had to try it. The website promised that the addition of CBD (a $10 add-on that can be incorporated into any treatment) would lead to “increased sensory stimulation” — which is exactly what you want out of a massage, right? — but still, I was skeptical.
“Our team took months developing the balm locally in Los Angeles and crafting the perfect, custom travel-ready vessel,” Post tells TZR. The brand’s version includes peppermint, coconut, and apricot oils to boost the healing benefits — and the usefulness. “On top of relaxing sore, tired muscles, it also can be used as a scalp treatment, hair mask, and nourishing body balm,” the co-founder shares. It’s available at The NOW’s physical locations in Los Angeles.
CBD massage does more than just feel good, though; when the substance absorbs into the skin, it has the potential to relieve pain, calm inflammation, and even ease anxiety. “There are studies that show that CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient,” Gara Post, the co-founder of The NOW, tells The Zoe Report. “Signs of inflammation can include pain, swelling, fatigue, and digestive issues — all of which can experience benefits from regular massage, which is why adding the CBD enhancement to the menu was natural for us.“
CBD oil works much like regular massage oil. CBD is mixed with a carrier oil – the oil that is used to lubricate the skin. Not only does CBD relax the body during a massage, people report they feel more relaxed throughout the day and often into the nighttime.
Pain management and reduction of chronic pain
CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant but does not contain the psychoactive drug THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). It has no narcotic effects, and it should not be confused with marijuana. CBD products are sold in a variety of forms, including massage oils.
THC is not found in the CBD Clinic brand products used at Massage Concepts. This product line was specifically chosen for its safety. Be sure to ask your massage salon if its CBD products carry a small amount THC, because there are some brands that do.
It also can be used as part of pain management. Those who suffer from chronic pain, such as back or knee pain, report experiencing relief when CBD oil is used with their therapeutic massage. Runners, swimmers and many other athletes can benefit from CBD massage, because CBD can ease sore and tense muscles.