The ideal massage experience delivers relaxation via several sensory stimuli. Circulatory massage and other techniques appeal to the sense of touch, while candles can be both visually stimulating and pleasant smelling. Targeting of the sense of sound will vary significantly based on the client's preferences, for while some demand complete silence, others prefer to listen to relaxing music. The right playlist can create a truly calming experience, so consider incorporating the following music collections into your practice:
1. Relaxation Music
Massage Body Benefits offers numerous music samples designed to promote the ultimate in relaxation and tranquility. This relaxing collection includes plenty of chirping birds and bamboo flutes.
2. Pure Massage Music
Spotify can be an excellent source of massage music, and this playlist is one of the service's best collections. Designed specifically for massage practices, this collection includes Indian music from Zen Nadir, relaxing instrumental versions of pop songs, and much more.
3. Zen Playlist
Zen music is always welcome in the massage environment, and few sources of Zen music are more extensive than this Spotify Playlist. Many of the included tracks are from Zen Music Garden, but there are also modern tracks from Ed Sheeran and Hozier.
4. Yellow Brick Cinema
Yellow Brick Cinema boasts an extensive collection of relaxing music designed for use during yoga classes, Reiki sessions, and, of course, massages. This particular playlist lasts about an hour and is thus perfect for your standard sixty-minute massage session.
5. Classical Music
Numerous studies indicate that classical music can generate a meditative mood and tame tension. The great works of Liszt, Chopin, and Bach are conducive to relaxation, which is why they are included in this popular YouTube collection.
6. ClassicFM's Relaxing List
Experts at ClassicFM have banded together to create a playlist that could relax even the tensest of individuals. The site's relaxation list features several well-known pieces, including Debussy's Clair de Lune, as well as lesser-known works like the Lang Lang version of Nigel Hess' Piano Concerto.
7. Relaxing Soundtracks
Like classical music, the instrumental music of soundtracks lends itself well to studying, rest, and meditation. While academics are the focus of Paste Magazine's list of relaxing soundtracks, these music collections can also be used as background music for massage therapists and their clients.
8. Ultimate SPA and Wellness Relaxation
A variety of relaxing mixes can be found on LastFM, but none are nearly as enchanting as the Ultimate SPA and Wellness Relaxation collection. Many of the tracks featured in this collection have a distinctive Tibetan-inspired theme, which will simultaneously calm and revitalize your clients.
A good massage playlist can promote a more relaxing atmosphere for clients while also making you feel calmer and at peace. If you’re passionate about maintaining a healthier, more balanced lifestyle -- and helping others achieve the same -- learn more about becoming a student in one of PCOM’s acupuncture, massage therapy or holistic nursing programs.