Got Alternative Massage Music?

I recently had a massage experience in which the music was less than ideal. It was too loud, the speakers were raspy, and it was so intense that I could hardly relax on the massage table.The first thing I did after that massage was to complain about it. I felt as if my money had been wasted and was angry with myself for having not spoken up about the music. To a certain extent, my bad experience was my own fault and I knew it. While the therapist should have warned me of her unique musical preference, I should have spoken up early on. Still, big baby that I am, I whined to friends and colleagues about the massage.

Strangely, in the days that followed, the internet was abuzz with chatter about new alternative spa treatments. Among these treatments were several that included alternative styles of music (i.e. heavy metal and pop). I read the articles and gave them considerable thought. I even quizzed other industry professionals about the concept. As much of a Metallica fan as I am, I just couldn’t imagine getting a massage to it. So, I wondered, what did others think? Was I alone in my opinion that massage music should be soft and soothing? As it turns out, I wasn’t alone so much as I wasn’t looking at the big picture.

The truth is that we all have varying tastes in music. What soothes one person has the potential to annoy the next. While I still believe that most therapists should default to the more traditional, soothing music that clients are used to (classic guitar, harp, nature sounds, etc.), there is nothing wrong with branching out as long as (and this is key) the client is comfortable with a unique musical experience. If you want to design a treatment to the sound of an electric guitar and market it to your clientele, do so. Just make sure clients are aware of this so they know what to expect. You might find that they love it. I hope you do.

Personally, I’m not able to relax in a massage with these heavier types of music. But I am only one person. There are plenty of people out there who want a different experience. Who am I to say what they want? In short, there is nothing wrong with a little creativity where music is concerned. As long as your client appreciates the experience, you’ve done your job. Happy listening!