April 29, 2021

Adding CBD To Massage Therapy

Infusing Massage Therapy With CBD

Thinking about getting a CBD massage, or giving one? We don’t blame you!

With awareness about the wellness wins of CBD, CBD massages are becoming a standard in spas across the nation.

Although CBD (cannabidiol) is in the same cannabinoid family as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), it doesn’t get you high. That makes topical CBD products an accessible way to elevate your massage treatment, or even your at-home neck/back/foot rub.

CBD is easy to add to bodywork, but there are some details that massage therapists and massage clients should know.

In this article, we’ll cover:

  • The benefits of CBD and massage
  • CBD massage laws
  • How to use CBD with massage therapy
  • The best topical CBD product

So scroll on to learn all you need to know to safely start using CBD with massage.

Benefits Of CBD & Massage Therapy

CBD topicals are a popular choice for pain relief. Research suggests that it’s largely thanks to CBD’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties.

When paired with massage therapy, CBD might be even more effective. Get ready to say Aaahhh!

Consider this: Topical CBD products are applied to the skin, and the CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream. Massage therapy kneads in all of the CBD goodness, encouraging circulation. If that doesn’t sound like a recipe for sweet relief, we don’t know what does!

And, of course, massage therapy has its own benefits. Let’s look at the wins of both of these pain relieving options.

Massage therapy can…

  • Improve circulation
  • Promote healing and recovery
  • Reduce muscle and joint
  • Reduce stress
  • Boost immune function
  • Lower blood pressure

Meanwhile, CBD may...

  • Reduce pain and inflammation in muscles and joints
  • Lower stress levels
  • Promote a calm mind
  • Boost immune function
  • Promote heart health
  • Improve restfulness

These are short lists of common benefits of CBD and massage. As you can see, they have many perks in common!

Both massage therapy and CBD can be part of a pain management or medical treatment plan. With nil to few possible adverse effects, it’s no wonder folks are interested in using them independently and together.

CBD Massage Laws

The federal government legalized industrial hemp and CBD made from it in 2018. But, that doesn’t mean all CBD is legal in every state. Marijuana-dervied CBD and CBD with more than 0.3% THC is not federally legal. 

Some states have restrictions on types of CBD (broad-spectrum, full-spectrum, and isolate). And not all CBD products are allowed in every state.

Licensed massage therapists (LMTs) and licensed massage practitioners (LMPs) may or may not be able to promote CBD massages.

There could also be restrictions about using CBD in public places. To be safe, learn your state’s current cannabis laws.

Even if you can’t get a massage from a licensed professional, you can always use topical CBD in your massage at home.

How To Use Topical CBD For Massage Therapy

The first step to using topical CBD in massage therapy is getting permission to use the CBD product.

Make sure both the therapist or person giving the massage and the person being massaged are a-okay with using it.

  • That includes any other ingredients in the CBD topical. It’s a good idea to let both parties read the label to confirm.
  • If the person giving the massage doesn’t want to use CBD or another ingredient, they could use gloves or a barrier between their skin and the product. But, that could get tricky. So don’t expect all massage professionals to be cool with using CBD you bring to your appointment.
  • The bodyworker should confirm that the client has okayed the use of CBD during the massage. Also, if the CBD contains any amount of THC, make sure this is clearly communicated (and legal).

Remember, you can never over-confirm permission.

Once the CBD green-light is granted, follow the usage guidelines on the label and let the bodywork begin!

Use the CBD topical on its own, or use it with massage oils and lotions. Target sore spots with a liberal application.

Chances are the topical CBD product label suggests avoiding contact with the eyes, nose, and mouth. It’s a good practice to wipe any products off your hands if you’re massaging the face.

If you’re a massage therapist or bodyworker, see if there are CBD continuing education courses in your area so you can provide the best CBD massage experience.

CBD Massage Safety

Some people may not realize that topical CBD products will result in CBD being absorbed into their bloodstream. CBD can have negative interactions with some conditions and medications.

Bodyworkers should check the client’s intake form for possible contraindications and inform him or her of potential dangers. But, you should always consult with your doctor before using CBD in any form if you’re taking prescriptions or have a medical condition.

If any of the following symptoms are reported or observed, stop using the CBD product.

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea
  • Anxiety or mood changes

CBD side effects are usually mild. If they persist or worsen, seek medical attention.

The Best Topical CBD For Massage

Between all the CBD products on the market and laws to keep up with, you might be feeling a bit stressed trying to find the best topical for your CBD massage.

But it doesn’t have to be complicated. Look for a topical CBD that checks all these boxes.

  • Use a nano-optimized topical CBD to ensure maximum absorption. More absorption means better results.
  • Natural herbal ingredients. The addition of soothing menthol and essential oils can enhance the CBD massage experience.
  • Mess-free application. Nobody wants a mess on their hands, especially during a massage! Look for packaging that makes application easy.

Ah, doesn’t that sound nice? (OK, you can exhale and unclench your bod now!)

We thought so, which is why we made our Nano CBD Infused Muscle And Joint Cream. Try it during your next massage session and let soreness and tension dissolve.

CBD Massage Takeaways

Adding CBD to the benefits of massage therapy can add up to an exceptionally blissful experience.

Best practices are simple. Always ask for permission before adding CBD to a massage, and communicate about medical treatment plans and side effects. Follow the usage guidelines.

If you haven’t tried a CBD massage yet, add it to your self-care to-do list. But, you don’t have to wait for the next available appointment. When applying topical CBD at home, give yourself a little massage while you’re at it.

It just might be your new favorite way to use CBD!




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