In this two part series on massage music we look at what makes music relaxing and why good music choice is essential for your massage therapy business. In Massage Music Part II we provide a guide on how to access great tunes for your massage clients.
Weightless: the most relaxing tune ever
In an interesting experiment conducted in 2011 in the UK, a group of scientists, sound therapists and Manchester band, Marconi Union, came together to make the most relaxing tune in history. Funded by the well-known bath product company Radox Spa, they compiled a song that was played to a control group of 40 women. The song, titled Weightless, was found to be more relaxing than songs by Mozart, Coldplay or Enya.
Weightless incorporates specific rhythms, tones and frequencies to relax the listener at a continuous rhythm of 60 bpm. Low bass tones further aided in the relaxation experience while low wooshing sounds set a trancelike quality, further relaxing and calming the listener. (It also has a pretty cool video to go with it, if you like tranquil rivers and UFO-inspired lights). Listen to Weightless below.
According to Dr David Lewis, a leading stress specialist in the UK, Weightless has induced the greatest level of relaxation compared to any other piece of music ever tested. Brain imagery revealed that the music works at a very deep level of the brain, stimulating not only the regions that process sound but also ones linked with emotions. Perfect music for massage!
A summary of the effects of Weightless is that it was “…11 per cent more relaxing than any other song and even made many of the women ‘drowsy’ in the lab … It induced a 65 per cent reduction in overall anxiety and brought them to a level 35 per cent lower than their usual resting rates.”
“Weightless was 11 per cent more relaxing than any other song and even made many of the women ‘drowsy’ in the lab … It induced a 65 per cent reduction in overall anxiety and brought them to a level 35 per cent lower than their usual resting rates.”
Great massage music: top 10 most relaxing tunes ever!
The study used other tunes to compare to the song they created which resulted in the development of a list of the top 10 most relaxing tunes. These are clearly great massage music choices – have a listen to the following:
- Marconi Union and Lyz Cooper – Weightless
- Airstream – Electra
- DJ Shah – Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)
- Enya – Watermark
- Coldplay – Strawberry Swing
- Barcelona – Please Don’t Go
- All Saints – Pure Shores
- Adele – Someone Like You
- Mozart – Canzonetta Sull’aria 1
- Cafe Del Mar – We Can Fly
Music for massage: why is it so important?
We all know that music can be tremendously relaxing. It is linked closely to our emotions and studies have shown that it can have significant positive effects such as reducing stress and anxiety levels, pain management and depression and mood.
When coupled with massage therapy, slow, quiet music can have a beneficial effect on our physiological functions, slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure and decreasing stress hormones. At the same time, carefully chosen massage music helps to block out distractions and allows the massage client to stop their minds from wandering and focus on relaxation and the soothing effects of the massage.
To find out more about choosing the perfect massage music for your business, see our blog, Massage Music Part II.
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