I Got a CBD Massage, and Now I'm a New, Chill Woman

Welcome to Clothing Optional, a series in which we test out all the newest products and treatments meant to help us look better naked.

Let me just start off by saying that there's nothing I hate more than when people tell me to "relax." As a highly emotional person, this is possibly the worst thing you can say to me when I'm feeling stressed or high-strung, and I guarantee that I will do the exact opposite the second I hear those words (my ex-boyfriends can attest!). Therefore, I felt like I had come to a place that really understood me when I walked into NYC's Chillhouse and saw that all the staff were wearing shirts that said, "Don't tell me to relax." Finally, a place full of kindred spirits who understood me! If more people realized that relaxing is not just something you can tell yourself to do, the world might be a more understanding place.

For me personally, the concept of relaxing often feels like a nice but unrealistic fairytale. Yes, of course, I'd like to zen out and release tension from my body and mind. Now, would someone explain to me how I'm supposed to do that? Clearing your thoughts and allowing yourself to slip into deep relaxation is something that feels quite unattainable in a world where information is exchanged at lightning speed and there's always, always something on your mind—from work stress to realizing you really underestimated Jessica Biel after watching season one of The Sinner (just me?). Anyway, all of this goes to say that I walked into Chillhouse feeling hopeful but slightly dubious about the de-stressing benefits promised by its CBD massage, an add-on you can choose to boost any of its normal massages for just $15.