Believe it or not, I am often asked about the music I play while giving massages. Generally, one does not want to listen to ACDC while receiving a massage because it is too, ahem, engaging. (Although, I do have one massage client who likes to listen to techno themed massage music during their session – and it kinda works – the rhythms are faster, but they’re hypnotic in a way. The only real downfall is that I have to be careful not to get caught up in the faster beat and finish their massage in record time.)
My favorite, is when my music uses real nature sounds to accompany the melody. Its great to have my client tell me they were transported to the ocean, or ask me if the birds they’re hearing are real or on the music. Well, did you know that science is now beginning to provide evidence that proves what massage music composers knew all along? Being in nature (real or simulated) is healing. Research shows that simply being able to see nature outside the window helps people with concentration and improved health indicators. Passive time spent in nature, like driving the scenic route in stead of through the middle of town affects people positively.
In Sweden, researcher Matilda Annerstedt van den Bosch stressed her subjects with math tests and simulated job interviews, then had the subjects spend time in either a virtual reality forest, surrounded by sounds of nature, or in a room without the virtual forest…and guess what? You guessed it, the subjects who got the virtual forest heart rhythms returned to normal from their stressed state considerably faster than those without the virtual forest.
Just last week I had someone ask me if I coordinate my massage to the music – the answer to that is no – though sometimes I do happen to finish something up at just the right moment in the music – but that’s a happy accident. Usually, the music is totally background for me. But if you knew it’d help you relax, you could request ACDC – who knows it might be fun!
If you want to experience the healing power of music and massage (be it the sounds of nature or rock n’ roll), then give me a call at (518) 744-2315 to schedule your massage session at my Glens Falls location today, or purchase a Massage Gift Certificate!