5 perks of a cannabis massage (sponsored)
By Jasmine Bible, brought to you by Serenity Spa & Salon
The legalization of marijuana, or cannabis, has opened the doors for a wide variety of beneficial therapeutic applications. More than a plant, cannabis is a powerful botanical, comprised of naturally occurring compounds, called cannabinoids. One of the most prevalent of these cannabinoids is CBD, an abbreviation for cannabidiol. Thanks to its documented health benefits, CBD is now being used to enhance massages at spas throughout Colorado.
So how does it work, exactly? The massage lotion is infused with essential oils, plant extracts and cannabis oil.
The essential oils include arnica, peppermint, and juniper, resulting in a pleasant and soothing aroma. For those concerned with getting “high,” rest assured that the CBD and THC found in the cannabis oil doesn’t enter the bloodstream. You’ll simply enjoy the physical benefits listed here.
1. Anti-Inflammatory Properties
The documented anti-inflammatory properties in CBD can aid with sore joints, arthritis and injuries. Perfect for active Summit County locals who tend to be rough on our bodies.
2. Sensory Awakening
Similar to the sensation you experience with ICY HOT, the cannabis-infused oil opens the skin’s sensory profile. This heightened skin sensitivity will enable you to fully enjoy the work that the therapist is performing as they access your muscles and fascia, the fibrous connective tissue that runs throughout your body.
3. Muscle Relaxation
As the massage progresses and the effects of the cannabis oil become more prevalent, the muscles become more relaxed, allowing the therapist to perform a deeper massage. Ordinarily, when you have a knot that’s being worked on, it can be painful, and your body naturally tenses up around the knot. With a cannabis-infused massage, all of your muscles, including those around the knot are relaxed, allowing the therapist to work those knots and sore spots without discomfort.
4. Combats Dry & Aging Skin
In Colorado, the dry weather wreaks havoc on our skin. A cannabis-infused massage does double duty — it aids in the nourishment of the skin while we’re enjoying the muscle work. The CBD in the cannabis oil contains fatty acids (omega 3, 6 and 9), which are nourishing to the skin. Vitamin C and antioxidants are also found in the lotion, further combating dry and aging skin.
The massage can also moisturize and prepare the skin for other spa treatments like manicures and pedicures.
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