CBD Massage Therapy for Athletes
Here’s how and why to add CBD into your sports massages.
Massage therapy can play an important role in an athlete’s sports performance and rehabilitation. Athletes, sports trainers, and physicians recognize its value in keeping an athlete healthy and performing at a high level.
A growing number of athletes are now starting to incorporate hemp-derived CBD into their massages, finding that it can maximize the treatment’s restorative benefits.
Benefits of Massage Therapy for Athletes
Sports massage is a valuable component in many Olympic, professional, collegiate, and recreational training programs. Athletes routinely use massage prior to competition or as part of their recovery routine.
A massage therapist can target tight and tender areas that are binding up your joints so that you can move through a greater range of motion.
According to American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), massages can benefit athletes by:
- Reducing muscle tension
- Increasing range of motion
- Decreasing muscle stiffness and soreness after exercise
- Reducing swelling
- Improving exercise performance
Athletes regularly push their bodies to new levels, and a regular sports massage can help athletes maintain their bodies when training hard and competing.
Why Add CBD to Your Massage?
More and more athletes are incorporating CBD into their massage treatments with CBD topicals.
CBD topicals are balms, salves, lotions, and oils that are infused with hemp-derived CBD, an all-natural cannabinoid derived from the stalks and seeds of hemp plants. This exciting cannabinoid helps keep your body running at its best for better performance by supporting your body’s endocannabinoid system, an important signaling network responsible for keeping functions in homeostasis.
When you add CBD to your massage topical, the cannabinoid and other active compounds are absorbed through the skin’s epidermis and pores.
Once absorbed through the skin, CBD interacts with nearby cannabinoid receptors that are on the skin’s sensory nerve fibers and subcutaneous tissue.
By stimulating the endocannabinoid system, CBD encourages balance in your functions so that you can recover quickly and perform at your best. Your endocannabinoid system is regularly working to keep important functions like immune response and metabolism in check.
The topical application of CBD allows the compounds to be absorbed directly into your tired muscles and joints for faster, more focused onset of effects. You can rub it onto the affected areas directly, rather than ingesting CBD hemp oil orally, which can take up to 2 hours or more for the compounds to digest before reaching the bloodstream.
Best CBD Products for Massage Therapy
Dixie Botanicals® offers a high-quality CBD-infused Salvation Balm designed for massage work or whenever you need directed relief.
This high-quality vegan balm is infused with 50 mg CBD and is formulated with all-natural ingredients like sustainably-sourced beeswax, camphor oil, almond oil, ginger roots, and a unique blend of cedarwood and lavender oil. No artificial scents or dyes are added.
Dixie Botanicals® Salvation Balm comes in a 1.3 ounce jar, perfect for taking with you on tournaments or other out-of town competitions.
How to Make Your Own CBD-Infused Massage Topical
If you already have a favorite massage topical, you can use our Dixie Botanicals® CBD Isolate to infuse your existing product with CBD and its balancing properties.
CBD Isolate is a fine white powder containing 99 percent pure CBD. This pure crystalline contains only the CBD chemical compound and can be easily integrated into your own massage products. Each 1 gram jar of Dixie Botanicals® CBD Isolate contains 990 mg of CBD, so each milligram of the powder represents close to a milligram of active CBD.
Here’s how you can add CBD to your own topical:
- Scoop your balm, salve, oil, cream, or lotion of choice into a small saucepan and set on the stove at low heat.
- Once your topical becomes more liquefied, stir in your desired serving of CBD Isolate, mixing thoroughly.
- Pour the completed mixture back into the original topical container and set aside to let it set.
- Once thickened, your CBD-infused massage topical is ready to use and can be massaged into your skin, muscles, and joints.
You can also create your own CBD-infused Jojoba oil using Dixie Botanicals® CBD Isolate. This is an excellent DIY CBD massage oil for whenever you want to direct CBD to tight and tender areas.
To create your own CBD-infused Jojoba oil, you’ll need:
- Desired amount of CBD Isolate
- 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil
- 10 drops of geranium oil
- 10 drops of essential oil, such as lavender, peppermint, or eucalyptus
Simply combine all ingredients into a small container and mix thoroughly.
Add CBD to Your Massages
Get the CBD products you need to start incorporating CBD into your sports massage by visiting the Dixie Botanicals® online store.