Musical Escapism 101

I had a massage last week. The massage itself was great. The music, on the other hand, was terrible. Now, I’m not usually a music snob. In fact, I don’t recall really ever noticing the music during a massage before. Don’t get me wrong, there is always some form of music playing during the massages I’ve received, but it generally falls to the background. To my mind, that’s exactly what it is supposed to do. Music is meant to help relax and transport you, but not to consume your full attention during a massage.

With that said (and while I’m still firmly planted on my soapbox), the following is a list of things you might want to consider when choosing a relaxation CD to play during your next massage:

Relaxation – This is not the time for techno, drums, or anything else that might prove distracting to the client. Now, I know what you’re thinking. No one would ever play that type of music during a massage, right? Wrong. That oh-so-terrible musical experience I recently had was oh-so-terrible for that very reason. Choose music that is relaxing, soothing.

Selection – Make sure you have a selection of different musical genres and sounds. You might consider regularly rotating music between nature sounds, classical harp, and lyrical guitar or piano. Varying your selection is important because every client has unique tastes.

Volume – Volume is simply about balance. Music that is too loud is unpleasant and distracting; music that is too soft doesn’t offer a true sense of escape to the client.

The crux of it is this: Music is meant to enhance the escapism of the massage experience you provide. Spend some time listening to the relaxation CDs that you are considering before you move forward with them. Adjust the volume until you feel that it is perfect and alternate CDs regularly. Music plays a truly crucial role in the massage experience. Getting it right is to your benefit and to the benefit of the client as well.