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Clubbing and Music for Massage

First item: Anyone going to Alchemy tonight?

Second item: One of the hardest things for me to deal with as a massage therapist is the insipid music we generally listen to during sessions. I believe I've asked for specific music suggestions before, and more of those would be welcome (please! I need help here) but I'd also like to get input from you about what kind of music you like when receiving bodywork.

I am working from the assumption that most people want very soft, almost subliminal music when they're on the table. I assume that anything with up-beat drum rhythms, or foreground lyrics that can be easily understood take away from the experience. Unfortunately, most of the available music that fits these criteria is painfully soporific for me, or at least makes me think of supermarkets and elevators.

I sometimes play Delirium during sessions, but some of the songs get so bouncy and upbeat that I'm afraid they are throwing the clients out of the "massage space."

So, I realize that I might not have a representative cross-section of the population here, but what are your preferred kinds of music for massage and bodywork? Are my assumptions sound, or do you actually enjoy bouncy music in that context?

Incidentally, I do intend to start asking clients some of these questions, too, but only the ones I've gotten to know fairly well.

Thanks! Your input is much appreciated.


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Sep. 28th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
Just about anything by Brian Eno would probably work (Music for Airports, Music for Films, etc). Also, maybe shoegaze like My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Swallow...?
Sep. 28th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)
i was gonna say that!

seriously, though. his apollo soundtrack is really good and mellow, as is discrete music and on land. if you can't find these, let me know and i'll burn copies of all and sundry for you.

(i think you still have my copy of music for films, actually.)
(no subject) - fenriss - Sep. 28th, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - fenriss - Sep. 28th, 2006 05:45 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 28th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
I also recommend Eno as well as The Orb for experimental electronic stuff that would serve as a good backdrop to massage.

In the past I've actually sat in mediation while playing Nine Inch Nails' "A warm place" from The Downward Spiral album on repeat, but, um, YMMV. *chuckle*
Sep. 28th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
Some of The Orb sounds like it'll work. I clearly have to pick and choose songs, though. I guess I'll just have to get more comfortable making my own mix CDs.

Thanks so much for the suggestions!
(no subject) - forestdweller - Sep. 28th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 28th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
personally, i do like soft, new-agey stuff, but it's hard to find non-completely-cheesy stuff in that vein. coyote oldman is good (native-american-type flute music; not sure how authentic it is, but it's nice), although it would probably fall under the category of "soporific" for you. there's a lot of delerium you could use that wouldn't be TOO bouncy -- make a mix cd.

um. let's see. some of the more mellow, low-key trance stuff could be good ("water" by medicine drum always springs to mind -- it's a really excellent combination of running water sounds and quiet instrumental, upbeat but non-intrusive trance). i'll check that disc and see if there's anytyhing else that would be good; i'd be happy to send you some stuff.

dead can dance (the less verbal stuff) could be good. there's some chanty stuff they do that's powerful but not tension-inducing. and speaking of that, i'll bet that beez can point you to a couple wonderful chant compilations that would keep you energized without overstimulating your clients.

oh, yeah, and "chant", the album. w/ the benedictine monks and all. very soothing, ethereal, pretty. that kind of stuff. maybe deep forest? a little enigma? a beat's okay as long as it's, as stated above, low-key. not something that's going to make you want to dance. (no EBM, ha.)

does any of that help?
Sep. 28th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
Sigh. There is such a very, very fine line. I can't quite put my finger on what it is about most native-american-type flute music that sounds like supermarket music to me. Because, then, some of it sounds wonderful. I actually found a shamanic CD yesterday that I think I'll like.

What I need to do is listen to all the DCD, Deep Forest, Enigma, Delerium, etc. that I can get my hands on, and listen to it carefully, and take notes. I know this sounds like a joke, but that actually *will* be arduous for me. I like music, but unlike Eric, I do not Love music. Just sitting and concentrating on it so I can guage if the rhythms are going to be invasive is hard work for me.

Anyway, thanks very much for the suggestions. I shall take them with me to the music store.
Sep. 28th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)
Goldberg Variations. Bach wrote these as lullabies for a nobleman. Gould does a great version of them. And while some of the variations are a little peppy for sleep (what *was* Bach thinking??), most are fairly true to the relaxing lullaby theme. And they are interesting listening.
Sep. 28th, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
I'll give that a try. Thanks.
(no subject) - debboamerik - Sep. 28th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 28th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
Seconding the Dead Can Dance suggestion. Loreena McKennitt is generally inoffensive to me, and relaxy. Sigur Ros, perhaps?
Sep. 28th, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
Don't think I've heard of Sigur Ros. Thanks much!
(no subject) - forestdweller - Sep. 28th, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 28th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
pastor_saturn and I will be out tonight. Regarding music, perhaps there might be some usable tracks by Haujobb?
Sep. 28th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
Huh. I wonder if "solutions for a small planet" might not have some suitable tracks. I don't know, really. There's some pretty jarring beepiness, which I don't mind a bit, but I can imagine getting the "um, could you turn that off?" response from most clients. For my own listening purposes, though, I like this a lot.

Hopefully, we will see you tonight!
Sep. 28th, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC)
As far as ambient music goes, I've developed a fondness for Enigma and Dagda (which is kind of the celtic answer to Enigma). Some of the older Clannad stuff works for me too--especially the "Anam" CD.
Sep. 28th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hon.
(no subject) - rionnkelly - Sep. 28th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 28th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
Some stuff by Clannad and Shiela Chandra are nice and relaxing in a non-elevator kind of way.
Sep. 28th, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
ooh! I just looked at my music lists, here are a few other groups:
Daemonia Nymphe
Bel Canto
Bill Laswell
Cocteau Twins
Juno Reactor
Lisa Loeb
Brian Eno
Roger Eno
Meat Beat Manifesto
Medieval Baebes
Nina Hagen
The Changelings (thinking of Buena Reposo)
Mozart (Ave, Verum Corpus)
Unto Ashes
Autumn Tears
Andreas Vollenweider
Lake of Tears (Otherwheres)
Portishead (Glory Times)
Sep. 28th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
Well, that'll keep me busy searching an sampling for a while!

You know, I have a single MP3 by Orbital... Their remix of the Doctor Who theme. It was bestowed upon me by boadiccea, for obvious reasons. Man, I even bring my nerdiness to my musical preferences! :)

Anyway, many, many thanks. Having all these names of groups will help me tremendously.
Sep. 29th, 2006 02:38 am (UTC)
A friend of mine put on the string quartet version of Joy Division while she was working on me, and that worked beautifully.
Sep. 30th, 2006 12:54 pm (UTC)
I did not know that existed! I'll have to look for it. Kewl!
(no subject) - rikibeth - Sep. 30th, 2006 01:11 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - fenriss - Sep. 30th, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 29th, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)
I like tribal drums stuff, you may find it monotonous but I find it very soothing.
Sep. 30th, 2006 12:55 pm (UTC)
I love tribal drums! I just don't know if it'd work for most client's is all. It sort of depends on the rhthyms, I guess.
(no subject) - bhanfhlaith - Sep. 30th, 2006 01:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - fenriss - Sep. 30th, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 29th, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
oh, and i hate to add the obvious (and possibly nauseous, depending on your tastes), but there's always enya. *shrug*

i'm a-gonna try and put together a playlist of mellow trance-type stuff, that should keep you energized while keeping your clients relaxed. assuming i ever remember to actually BURN cds while i'm at my mom's, since my burner seems to be kaput. alternately, next time one of us goes to the others' house, we can bring our respective mp3 players and just upload. (do you have iTunes?)
Sep. 30th, 2006 12:58 pm (UTC)
You know, I resort to Enya not infrequently. I don't mind her, but she's not my favorite.

You are so generous! Thanks, sweetie. I'm really looking forward to that. Yes, I do have iTunes, and my machine burns CDs just fine. I know that iTunes has that option to "give a playlist as a gift." wonder if it has options to compress and email the files? I should look into that.

Anyway, many thanks!
(no subject) - nixieq - Sep. 30th, 2006 01:04 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Oct. 1st, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
Personally, I don't mind if the music is a little more varied or upbeat during sessions, though I do prefer instrumental music or songs with vocals that are more subtle and definitely nothing to intense. Basically, any music that would detract from conversation if you were having friends over for dinner or drinks would probably be fine for me. But I think it will depend on your clients. I suggest bringing in a good selection of things you think *might* be suitable and then asking each client about their preferences and what they might enjoy. They may even have some good suggestions that you could add to your collection. It can't hurt to ask. :-)
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