The healing power of touch may well be an ancient art, but as a massage therapist you likely feel the need to keep up with the latest developments in your field to ensure you’re providing your clients with the best treatments at your disposal. Being a massage therapist is physically demanding as well, so it’s important that you take care of your own health too. A big part of taking care of your own health is taking care of the financial health of your business, as well as staying inspired and nourished by your work. If you are looking for a way to invigorate yourself and your practice, or if you are simply eager for a cutting-edge treatment to help you stand out, then look no further; CBD CLINIC™ and Charlotte’s Web™ have teamed up to bring you a product offering tailored specifically for massage therapists, called the CBD CLINIC™ Massage Therapy Series!
- The Winning Combination of Pain Relief, Aromatherapy, and CBD
- Why CBD Massage Oils?
- The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
- The ECS Is Also Vital for Skin Health and Homeostasis
- Frankincense (Boswellia sacra) Oil
- Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Oil
- Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) Oil
- Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Oil
- Clove (Eugenia cariophylata) Oil
- Sage (Salvia officinalis) Oil
- Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Oil
- Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) Oil
- Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) oil
- The CBD Massage Oil Advantage
The Winning Combination of Pain Relief, Aromatherapy, and CBD
The CBD CLINIC™ Massage Therapy Series is a line of oils, creams, and ointments created with massage therapists and their clients in mind. The Series is designed to magnify the already profound benefits of massage without requiring you to use extra exertion.
So, what makes these products remarkable?
Powerful, Soothing, Expertly Blended Formulas Designed for Massage
Each product contains:
- Natural analgesics based on 15 years of experience researching, developing, and testing naturally-derived remedies
- Highest quality natural essential oils and extracts to enhance specific treatment effects
- Enriching natural emollients including premium Charlotte’s Web™ full-spectrum hemp extract in CBD CLINIC™ Massage Therapy Series products except for the unscented products.
Greater Versatility in Your Massage Practice
The CBD CLINIC™ Massage Therapy Series offers Ultimate, Relax, and Revive products, each with Charlotte’s Web™ full-spectrum hemp extract, but with varying levels of natural analgesic ingredients. This allows you to offer your clients a stronger or milder intervention depending on the intensity and tenacity of their aches and pains. On top of that, each product line is distinguished by unique blends of aromatic essential oils that complement those different concentrations of analgesic botanicals, giving you even more flexibility in tailoring your massage for aromatherapy experiences and specific wellness outcomes. For example, one formula blends calming essential oils, and is perfect for clients who primarily want to unwind, relax, and have a delicious spa experience. Another blends essential oils with more uplifting properties to help clients who need to feel a renewed sense of energy as well as pain relief. The third provides a blend with even more galvanizing essential oils to finally bring relief to that client with those stubborn myofascial trigger points.
In addition, CBD CLINIC™ Massage Therapy Series offers unscented massage oil or cream containing only enriching emollients and CBD, for use with clients who may be sensitive to strong aromas. You can also use this as a high-quality base to showcase your own personalized, signature products with essential oils of your choosing. (The Unscented Collection does not currently use Charlotte’s Web™ full-spectrum hemp extract.)
CBD with Peerless Quality Assurance
Like all Charlotte’s Web™ products, the CBD CLINIC™ Massage Therapy Series is scrupulously manufactured in an FDA-registered facility in compliance with FDA’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).
Why CBD Massage Oils?
You might be thinking “What does CBD do and what is the benefit to using CBD for massage?” Perhaps you’ve noticed CBD touted for an array of benefits, and you’re wondering if it’s just a passing trend. CBD CLINIC ™ Massage Therapy Series is a completely different proposition. First of all, the oils, creams, and ointments do not simply contain CBD, they contain Charlotte’s Web™ premium full-spectrum hemp extract (with the exception of the unscented products).
Here’s why that’s so significant. The hemp plant naturally contains a variety of plant cannabinoids, or phytocannabinoids, in addition to CBD (which stands for cannabidiol). Hemp is also rich in many other compounds such as terpenes, phytosterols, essential fatty acids (EFAs), and flavonoids, including some unique flavonoids, known as cannaflavins. For a CBD product to be considered “full spectrum,” it must contain not only CBD but also all the compounds found in the original plant (as well as no more than 0.3% THC following regulatory guidelines). To understand more, let’s take a brief detour into the endocannabinoid system and also find out about a phenomenon known as the entourage effect.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is probably the most important physiological system that very few of us learned about in our training! Fundamentally, it’s the master regulator behind homeostasis, or physiological balance, for a multitude of biological processes including endocrine, gastrointestinal, neurological, and immune functions. You can think of its basic mandate as: Relax, Sleep, Eat, Forget, and Protect. All humans, in fact all living creatures with the possible exception of insects, have an ECS. ECS receptor sites, known as CB1 and CB2, are located throughout the body. CB1 are found mostly in the brain and spinal cord, and CB2 are mostly in the immune system, peripheral nervous system, and organs. Our bodies produce chemicals known as endocannabinoids to restore balance in response to events that cause us stress, pain, or anxiety. These endocannabinoids bind to the CB receptor sites. Phytocannabinoids, such as CBD, resemble endocannabinoids and are able to interact with our CB receptors as well.
The ECS Is Also Vital for Skin Health and Homeostasis
There is even a cutaneous ECS. The cutaneous ECS supports wound healing, and regulates sebaceous gland secretions (oil), skin cell regeneration, hair growth, inflammation, and immune responses.
- CB1 and CB2 receptors are found in dermal layers all the way to the subcutaneous tissue.
- Skin cells, including hair follicles and sebaceous glands, make endocannabinoids.
- The ECS also interacts with a family of receptors known as TRP, which modulate sensations of pain and itching.
- Topical CBD interacts with ECS skin receptors local to the site of application.
A phenomenon known as the entourage effect is the reason why it matters that CBD CLINIC ™ massage products contain a full-spectrum hemp extract. The entourage effect means that all compounds in the hemp plant, including cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, phytosterols, and EFAs work best in combination because they work together to optimize each other’s effects on the endocannabinoid system.
Let’s take a deeper dive into the power of the plant allies you’ll be unleashing in your practice!
Menthol is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) OTC Monograph process to be “generally recognized as safe and effective” (GRASE). Menthol has natural analgesic and anesthetic properties, and it is readily absorbed through the skin. Menthol penetrates the outer layer of the epidermis (stratum corneum) interacting with the nerve network in the dermal-epidermal junction, which extends close to the skin surface. In addition, menthol acts as a counterirritant by interacting with specific receptor sites in our nervous system known as TRPM channels (transient receptor potential melastatin), which modulate temperature perception. Because of their association with menthol, these receptor sites are also known as cold and menthol receptors.
When used topically, menthol produces a cooling sensation on the skin at the source of pain. In reality, menthol doesn’t lower skin temperature. Instead, it creates a sensation of cooling by interacting with the TRPM nerve receptors. According to Gate Theory, which is a model for understanding nociception, certain non-painful stimuli will cause nerve “gates” to close shut in the presence of painful stimuli, thereby preventing the sensation of pain from reaching the central nervous system. This means the cooling sensation of menthol competes with and counteracts pain sensations, resulting in effective pain relief. In addition, menthol dilates local blood vessels in the skin where it’s applied. This improves blood flow to any areas of injury or inflammation, further helping to bring relief.
Menthol has been widely studied for its pain-relieving properties, and it’s been shown to stop a migraine headache in its tracks.
Camphor is also approved by the FDA OTC Monograph process to be “generally recognized as safe and effective” (GRASE). Camphor is easily absorbed through the skin, and has analgesic, anesthetic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It acts as a counterirritant by producing both cold and warm sensations when applied topically. This means it competes with and counteracts sensations of pain before they can reach the brain, allowing us your clients to experience pain relief. Camphor also increases blood flow in the skin and to muscles. As with menthol, increasing blood flow to an area of inflammation or injury helps promote pain relief and supports healing.
As well as being a counterirritant, camphor may have pain-relieving effects by directly interacting with nervous system receptor sites known as TRPV1 (transient receptor potential vanilloid 1) and TRPA1 (transient receptor potential ankyrin 1). Both TRPV1 (also known as the capsaicin receptor) and TRPA1 are involved in nociception. Camphor has been shown to relax muscle spasms and cramps. In combination with menthol, it can relieve mild to moderate inflammation.
Frankincense (Boswellia sacra) Oil
Frankincense comes from the resin of the Boswellia tree, which is found mainly in the mountainous regions of India, Africa and the Middle East. It has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine, the traditional medicine of India. It has also been studied extensively in modern times for its health benefits, particularly in regard to its potent support for balanced inflammation. There are also studies in humans that show frankincense helped support healthy joint function. A review of several studies found that frankincense was consistently better than a placebo at decreasing pain and improving mobility. In addition, frankincense essential oil is calming to the nervous system.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Oil
Lavender has been used for centuries for its calming effects on the body and mind. Lavender essential oil will help your clients relax and unwind allowing your treatments to go deeper. As well as helping to melt away physical and emotional tensions when applied topically, the aroma of lavender essential oil has been found to decrease post-surgical pain.
Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) Oil
Chamomile is another plant with centuries of medicinal use behind it for its calming effects on the nervous system. It has also been shown to be helpful for mild to moderate aches and pains.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Oil
The major analgesic menthol is derived from the peppermint plant. The topical application of peppermint essential oil itself has been shown to provide pain relief. The essential oil also has revitalizing and uplifting properties.
Clove (Eugenia cariophylata) Oil
The essential oil of clove has revitalizing and uplifting properties. A chemical constituent of clove oil, known as eugenol, may relieve inflammation and support pain relief.
Sage (Salvia officinalis) Oil
Sage is traditionally used ceremonially for its energetic cleansing and uplifting effects. You can think of sage essential oil as having a similar effect on the mind by promoting clarity and balance. In this way it can have a soothing impact for both massage therapist and client. It is also thought to help ease strains, sprains, and stiffness.
Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Oil
Tea tree oil is invigorating and rejuvenating. It also helps relieve physical strains and stresses.
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) Oil
Eucalyptus essential oil has relaxing and reviving properties. It also helps reduce minor pain and inflammation.
Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) oil
Jojoba oil is a carrier oil. It is able to moisturize in a similar way to our skin’s own natural oils without blocking skin pores. Jojoba oil is readily absorbable, and highly effective at carrying the analgesic herbs, essential oils, and CBD full-spectrum hemp extract with it.
The CBD Massage Oil Advantage
Massages incorporating CBD massage products are in high demand. These products will help give you and your practice a distinct advantage and greater versatility in how you position yourself. You can charge more for specialized CBD massages. You can educate clients about self-massage, and support them by selling these products to take with them as part of their aftercare plan or home “spa” treatment.
A part of the Charlotte’s Web family, CBD CLINIC™ products are dedicated to quality, and the CBD CLINIC™ Massage Therapy Series will benefit clients who seek pain relief, relaxation, rejuvenation, or any combination of those experiences. These exclusive products can also benefit your own self-care by supporting the financial health of your practice — heightened client satisfaction translates into increased business for you because clients will come back regularly and also spread the word. The natural analgesics and full-spectrum hemp extract will also soothe your own tired hands and arms during and after a hard day’s work to help you enjoy your success even more!
Whether your focus is Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, lymphatic drainage, sports massage, trigger-point therapy, Shiatsu, or any other massage bodywork specialty, you can incorporate these CBD massage products into your therapeutic and spa regimens, and both benefit your clients’ health and wellbeing, and transform your practice in the process.