Think, for a minute, how the gentle tune of a piano makes you feel—or your favorite rock song turned up high. These are just a couple examples of how music can shape your experience in the moment.
Naturally, music that promotes relaxation in particular is perfect for taking your massage chair experience to the next level.
Here, we’ll explore three tips for listening to music while using your massage chair:
- Choose your music source.
- Experiment with genres.
- Make a go-to playlist.
1. Choose Your Music Source
Before you start relaxing, you’ll need to decide where your music will be coming from. This requires considering two elements:
- Streaming services vs. downloads or physical copies
First, let’s talk about speakers. If you’re looking for a truly luxurious experience, you’ll be pleased to know that some massage chairs (like the Nirvana) come with built-in speakers and Bluetooth connectivity.
This means that you’ll be able to stream music directly from a mobile device to the chair’s speakers.
Alternatively, you can use your own speaker setup. This could mean your TV speakers, a dedicated speaker system or any mobile device that can be connected to headphones.
Streaming Services vs. Downloads or Physical Copies
As an internet user, you’re likely already familiar with streaming services. After all, streaming now accounts for 75 percent of music industry revenue, according to a 2018 report from the Recording Industry Association of America .
Streaming comes with plenty of benefits. It’s generally free for listeners, allows instant access to millions of songs and can be accessed from any internet-connected device.
However, streaming services also have a downside, particularly when you’re trying to create a relaxing environment for massage chair use. This downside can be summed up in one word: ads.
Streaming services have to make money somehow, and they accomplish this through advertisements. If you don’t have a premium membership to the streaming service of your choice, your massage session may be interrupted by annoying ads.
The alternative to this is paid digital downloads or physical copies of your preferred music.
2. Experiment With Genres
If you’ve ever been stressed out upon entering a store that’s playing loud music you don’t like, you know how much music can affect moods.
When it comes to your massage chair, that fact can work in your favor. Several music genres are known to have a calming and relaxing effect, including:
- Smooth jazz
- Meditation music
- Biomusic (e.g. whale songs, rain sounds and the like)
To find genres that work for you, simply perform an internet search for the top songs in any genre. Then, listen to the listed songs on a free platform like YouTube or Spotify.
If songs from a particular genre make you feel relaxed and at ease, you’re on the right track.
Once you’ve found a genre you like, you can try listening to popular playlists on a streaming platform or buying music from that genre’s top artists.
3. Make a Go-To Playlist
As you continue to listen to music during your massage chair sessions, you’ll start to develop a particular liking to certain tracks and artists.
To create a custom experience that’s tailored to your preferences, create a playlist of your favorites. This playlist can be digital or physical — whatever works for you.
Once your playlist is complete, you’ll be ready to enjoy the most relaxing massage chair sessions you’ve ever experienced.
That being said, we recommend that you continue to explore new genres and songs on a regular basis. You never know when you’re going to find your next favorite.
By combining calming music with at-home massage therapy, you’ll be able to enjoy a sense of tranquility both inside and out.