Massage has long been used for pain and stress relief. Recently, with the addition of CBD – Deep Tissue Salve, the effects can be even greater. SunWater Spa now offers this add-on to its traditional, specialty, and side-by-side massages, with the exception of Mountain Mother. This is a way to safely treat muscle tension and soreness, chronic pain, and inflammation.


Backed by Research

Gabriela Silva, Spa Services Manager, says, “CBD has quickly become a buzz word in the health and wellness industry. More and more research is being conducted to further demonstrate the potential therapeutic value of cannabidiol (CBD) which is the specific phytonutrient extracted from the cannabis plant, sourced from either hemp or marijuana, which unlike THC, produces no psychoactive effect on the human body.”


“CBD stands out because it is both non-intoxicating and displays a broad range of medicinal applications, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-anxiety, and analgesic (pain relief) properties,” says Dr. Blake Pearson, founder of Greenly Medical Consulting and practicing medical doctor in Ontario, Canada, specializing in cannabinoid medicine.


Silva explains that “After months of studying the science behind CBD as well as exploring the growing industry around it, SunWater Spa is excited to now offer the CBD-infused massage using a salve by Colorado Springs local nāCHer Apothecary.


Local Product Partnership

In addition to the low temperature distillation hemp extract, nāCHer Apothecary’s deep tissue salve, includes “a symphony of beneficial supporting ingredients such as eucalyptus oil, lavender oil, menthol crystals, peppermint oil, and bergamot oil.”


The company states that “These aromatic plant extractions work deep into the muscle tissue and joints to stimulate blood flow and carry the other active ingredients (arnica and CBD) into the local tissues. This ingredient deck is specifically designed to provide a level of relief that is not possible without the entire ingredient list. We do not put any scents or oils in this product that don’t serve an important functional value. If we took any ingredient out, it would not be the same product.”


Shari, from Colorado Springs, recently had her first CBD-infused massage at SunWater. She said, “I noticed a good result with my upper back, neck, and shoulders. I was more relaxed and comfortable for about a full twenty-four hours, though some of the results I do contribute to the deeper massage in those areas.”


A Safe Alternative to Opioids

CBD-salve is a safe, non­-psychoactive, legal alternative to opioid-use. Addiction to opioids has become a growing problem. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the rate of deaths attributed to opioid-use has risen from approximately 10,000 in 2002 to nearly 50,000 in 2017. The CDC’s analysis states, “The prescription opioid-related overdose death rate increased by 10.6 percent.”


In the “CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain,” studies showed “An estimated 20% of patients presenting to physician offices with non-cancer pain symptoms or pain-related diagnoses (including acute and chronic pain) receive an opioid prescription.” Of those, many are at risk of overdose.


Natural Path to Pain Relief

SunWater Spa joins only a handful of other spas offering CBD-infused services in and around the Manitou and Colorado Springs area. So if pain has been controlling your life, this may be an alternative to riskier avenues of pain relief. Book your CBD-Infused massage at SunWater today






Pure essential oils are on the radar these days, especially with political tempers boiling and anxiety levels rising. The luster of using pharmaceuticals are is becoming dull; more and more people are turning to pure essentials to help destress and calm naturally.


Distilled from plants without the fat or oils found in cooking oils, pure essential oils are highly concentrated compounds that can be used in their pure form, through a diffuser or added to a hot bath. Essential oils have long been hailed by folk wisdom, and recent scientific research has caught up. A new study from Dr. Hideki Kashiwadani at Kagoshima University in Japan has found that “… sniffing linalool, an alcohol component of lavender odor, was kind of like popping a Valium,” in the mice that this group studied.


Ancient pharmacists and medical practitioners from Egypt to Italy and Greece utilized lavender, Frankincense and ylang ylang to help relieve their patients’ pain and anxiety. With the scientific community beginning to validate our ancestors’ claims, according to a recent Organic Spa conference, the use of these oils will continue to rise.



One of the most recognized and sweetest-smelling essential oils, lavender can be found in perfumes, bath salts and lotions. It can also be used in its pure form on pulse points or in a hot bath. In addition to relaxing users, lavender has been shown to heal scars and relieve migraines.



Gaining in popularity and revered for its scent, ylang ylang is extracted by steam distillation of fresh flowers of the ylang ylang tree, which is found in rainforests in a number of Asian and South Pacific Islands. Research published in June 2006 documents noted ylang ylang’s efficacy in helping to relieve depression and anxiety. Therapists are beginning to use the oil in massages and steam treatments.


At SunWater Spa in Manitou Springs, Colo., our massage therapists use seven essential oil blends in the 90-minute massage, Chakra Journey. The concept behind this treatment is to use these essential oil blends from head to toe as each one is designed to balance one of the seven main chakras in the body.


Whether you choose to enjoy the gentle hands of a massage therapist or luxuriate in a warm bath perfumed with lavender or ylang ylang, the destressing benefits of pure essential oils are a welcome trend that is destined to grow.