New spa treatment additions to the QG


QG's spa has recently introduced CBD, Aroma Therapy and hot stones as an add ons to on to our massage therapy and facial services. We'd like to take you through the benefits of adding one or more of these to your service. Once you've decided on which addition you would like to add on to your spa service, you can book here through our online booking or through the QG app in downtown Baltimore or Hunt Valley/Cockeysville.  



What Is CBD Massage?

The difference between this and regular massage is CBD oil, in case you were wondering.

In the human body, the endocannabinoid system is engaged in a number of physiologic and balancing activities, including pain and inflammation management.

Our bodies include CB1 and CB2 receptors that can be found all throughout, including the skin. CBD is expected to reduce pain by adhering to a TRPV1 receptor, which has a favorable effect on CB1 and CB2 receptors. While research on CBD is still ongoing, it is believed that CBD reduces pain by binding to a TRPV1 receptor.

Cannabidiol is extracted directly from the cannabis plant via an extraction method, and it is then used to manufacture CBD oils or creams. CBD massage, like many other types can increase the productivity of deep tissue massage, be. relieving muscle tension, promoting pain relief and reducing tension.

CBD massage has become a popular choice for many people due to its unique medicinal properties that many of our clients are already experiencing through other uses. These can benefit the immune system while stimulating our parasympathetic nervous system. This can help lower our heart rates safely while also boosting oxygen flow throughout the body. When this happens,  adrenaline and norepinephrine, which our bodies ordinarily release when experiencing anxiety, begin to decline. Though we only need a small quantity of these components for survival responses, in particular situations, too much has been proven to cause harm and overall inflammation. 


Benefits Of CBD Massage

Because we can be subject to a great deal of tension on a daily basis, obtaining a CBD massage is can combat the physical stress our bodies experience. Cannabinoids in CBD massage oil users have shared the feeling of a reduction in tension.

Helps Relieve Chronic Pain

CBD massages are ideal for persons who are experiencing chronic pain in their backs, muscles, bones, or other body parts. CBD has accolades as an effective pain reliever.

Cannabinoids in CBD massage oil reduce inflammation and relax muscles. As a result, joint and muscles see quicker recovery. CBD oil massage can help people with a variety of physical aches and pains, as well as a variety of other ailments. The effects of a CBD massage are instantaneous and last for hours.

Stress And Anxiety Alleviation

If you suffer from anxiety or are always disturbed, a CBD oil massage may be therapeutic. Because of its calming and soothing effect, CBD oil is one of the best remedies for anxiety symptoms, and the most effective way to utilize it is during a massage.

Massage with CBD oil can last for hours, making it a wonderful way to unwind and de-stress.

Benefits to Skin

You may not realize it, but CBD is an excellent moisturizer. Hemp is used in CBD massage oil, which hydrates and softens the skin.

This not only makes you feel better and more relaxed after the massage, but it also aids in the treatment of skin conditions. It can help people with acne, eczema, and even just dry skin. This is also due to CBD's anti-inflammatory properties, which will soothe the skin and reduce the pain associated with a variety of skin conditions. There are very few side effects, and if nothing else has worked, in might be worth considering a try. 

It Helps You Feel Better

If you've ever had a massage, you'll understand how relaxing it is both during and afterward. It relaxes your body and mind, allowing you to forget about your problems and live in the present. When CBD oil is added, the experience is heightened and much more enjoyable. In addition, because your skin will be smoother and your muscles will be calmer after the massage, you will feel less anxious or agitated. All of these factors combine to offer you a major mood boost.

A CBD massage is a great method to do this, and it's something you should consider doing on a regular basis especially with its overall track record and lack of side effects. 



What is Aromatherapy?

Our three scents that we offer are Tranquility, Breathe in and Good Karma which have a combination of beneficial ingredients listed below.  

Aromatherapy has been around in some form for thousands of years, but it wasn’t well-known until the 11th century when steam distillation first made it possible to properly extract essential oils from plant materials. Since then, cultures around the world have utilized aromatherapy for a wide range of functions. Perhaps the most common countries to find aromatherapy being practiced would be in India, France, England, and the United States, although it can be found in dozens of other countries as well.

There is more to it than simply using essential oils; aromatherapy can be quite complex, involving carrier oils, absolutes, herbal distillates, vaporizer oils, and phytoncides. These scientific elements would need an article on themselves to describe, so if you are getting involved in aromatherapy treatment, simply ask the administrator of the treatment for literature on various components and applications.

Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural oils to enhance psychological and physical well-being. 

An important element of aromatherapy is synergy, which is the combination of numerous essential oils that can actually create a more powerful effect than the oils would have on their own. This is why blending essential oils is such an important area of study for alternative healers since the range of possibilities is almost endless.

While there is an infinite number of combinations that have been tested and used around the world, not all of them would be approved or recommended by normal doctors. However, this doesn’t mean that they aren’t legitimate or effective. That being said, you should pay close attention to your body and its reaction whenever you use aromatherapy as a therapeutic solution for a medical condition.

Health Benefits of Aromatherapy

The most common health benefits of aromatherapy are explained in greater detail below.

Relieves Stress

Perhaps the most widespread and popular use of aromatherapy is for stress relief. The aromatic compounds from many different essential oils are known as relaxants and can help soothe your mind and eliminate anxiety. This is what most people who perform aromatherapy at home use it for since the mixtures are very simple and the research on this aspect of aromatherapy is very well-known and widely studied. Some of the best essential oils for stress relief are lemon oil, lavender, bergamot, peppermint, vetiver, and ylang-ylang essential oils. Certain studies have also shown that lemon oil can improve mood.

Acts as Antidepressant

Second, to stress relief, aromatherapy is very commonly used to eliminate feelings of depression, and due to the very complicated side effects of pharmaceutical antidepressants, this is a very important function of aromatherapy. While this is useful as a complementary treatment, psychological help or counseling should be sought out if depression continues or worsens. In terms of the best essential oils to use for reducing depression, most specialists suggest peppermint, chamomile, lavender, and jasmine. 

Increases Energy Levels

We can all use more energy to get through the hectic daily tasks of modern life. However, stimulants like coffee, cigarettes, energy pills, or even illegal substances can have very damaging effects on the body. While diet and exercise can also help, many people turn to aromatherapy to put a bit more pep in their step. Many essential oils are known to increase circulation, raise energy levels, and generally stimulate the body and mind, without the dangerous side effects of other stimulating substances. The best essential oils for giving yourself an energy boost include black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, angelica, jasmine, tea tree, rosemary, and sage. 

Speeds up Healing

As stimulants, many essential oils can help increase the rate of healing throughout the body. This can be due to increased oxygen and blood flow to wounds as well as more internal healing processes like those following surgeries or illness. The anti-microbial properties of certain essential oils also keep the body protected during these delicate healing stages of the body. Some of the most popular essential oils for speeding up the healing process of the body include lavender, calendula, rosehip, everlasting (helichrysum), and buckthorn essential oils. A number of these oils do more than just healing wounds; they can also reduce the severity and discomfort of skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. 

Reduces Headaches

Some of the best essential oils that have been connected to reducing headaches and migraines are peppermint, eucalyptus, sandalwood, and rosemary essential oils. You can also mix these oils in a carrier oil and spread that oil onto your skin, scalp, neck, and temples. Some of the best carrier oils for headaches include almond, avocado, coconut, apricot kernel, and sesame oils.

Regulates Sleep

Not getting enough sleep can exacerbate or cause a huge range of medical conditions and can leave us feeling unproductive and devoid of energy. Luckily, aromatherapy comes through again and can provide us with a more balanced sleep schedule and can even realign our circadian rhythms so our body naturally gets tired at an appropriate time, sleeps restfully through the night, and is energized in the morning to face the day. The best essential oils for managing sleeping habits and having a healthy, sedative effect on the body include lavender, chamomile, jasmine, benzoin, neroli, rose, sandalwood, sweet marjoram, and ylang-ylang essential oils. 

Strengthens Immune System

It is far better to prevent than treat, as most medical professionals say, and aromatherapy can give a serious boost to your immune system if used properly. The anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and antibacterial effects of various essential oils can protect you from any number of illnesses and infections that could damage your system. This area of aromatherapy is very popular and widely studied. The most effective essential oils that boost your immune system include oregano, frankincense, lemon, peppermint, cinnamon, and eucalyptus essential oils.

Relieves Pain

Analgesics can have a lot of different side effects on the body, even if they do relieve the pain. However, if aromatherapy can relieve dozens of different types of pain without any harm, then why not take advantage of it? Pain relief is one of the most useful applications of aromatherapy. The top essential oils, both for professional and personal use, include lavender, chamomile, clary sage, juniper, eucalyptus, rosemary, and peppermint essential oils. 

Whatever your condition, and whatever essential oils you choose to use, always consult your doctor before embarking on a new treatment plan. Also, be sure to only acquire essential oils from approved sources and don’t attempt to mix and use oils unless you have been trained as a professional aromatherapist. Happy inhaling!



What is Hot Stone Massage?

A hot stone massage involves the use of heated stones, usually comprising basalt. Basalt is a type of volcanic rock with a high iron content, which allows it to hold in heat well.

A massage therapist will heat the stones in hot towel cabbie before placing them on different areas of the back and neck

We may also hold the stones while performing a variety of other massage techniques.

Besides the relaxing feeling, the heat sinks in to the body’s muscles. This can help treat muscle injuries, as it relaxes them and increases blood flow to the areas of focus. This, in turn, can help reduce stiffness and discomfort as well as the benefits of the heat's ability to provide comfort.