I’ve always had issues with spa music. Whale song, plingy bells and chanting monks are so far from what I listen to in my own time, that it’s a bit of a mental adjust to “relax” to them in spas.
Instead I’m a huge fan of the New York-created Bliss spa concept, which surfs you through everything from mellow jazz to light trance and classical music – far more in tune with my personal aural tastes. When I’m experiencing a massage or body treatment within this soundscape, I find it much easier to relax than when I have to listen to something alien to me.
Thankfully many modern day spas now understand that customers have differing preferences when it comes to music, and cater accordingly. The Langham’s Chuan Spas have a menu of genres for guests to choose from, which include classical, jazz, rock and even dance. London’s Sanderson Hotel used to give customers pre-loaded iPods and headphones, to compensate for the fact that there were huge floor-to-ceiling drapes rather than walls between rooms (an ingenious way of dealing with historic building preservation rules).
For those who like to have even more of a hand in their relaxation music, La Mer have just relaunched their website with a function that allows you to create your own sounds. Visit La Mer’s Sea Symphonies here, and start composing tunes for your at-home spa, or download onto your MP3 player for take-away relaxation.