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Music for massage-autopilot or intentional?

As I was digging for my favorite massage music to share in my E-Newsletter, I decided to recommend the Out of Africa soundtrack from the movie. As I explained why that music was really cool, I realized I had a bit to say about the subject.

Now and then I hear massage therapists tell me they don’t listen to the music played during a session. They zone out. Well the music isn’t for you; its for our clients. As we work with clients, understand the music can be neutral or facilitate an even deeper healing space.

For example, I had a chance recently to work with a massage client who left a very well-paying job she didn’t like at all to take a new (also well-paying) job. Catch: it was 1,603 miles away. She and her husband were moving from Washington DC to San Antonio Texas. They packed up the house, said goodbye to long time friends and were going to relocate themselves and their 2 dogs to a city they had never even visited prior to the job offer.

Awesome CD or download for massage session

Awesome CD or download for massage session

During a session, she shared with me the fears she had around the transition. She was asking her husband to leave the company he had grown and made successful.  She had built relationships with friends she truly cared about. Not to mention she loves her massage therapist! 😉

As you can imagine if you were making a big move to a new city, she was feeling nervous. She couldn’t help but second guess her decision.

Knowing this, I decided to create a playlist for her session(s). Have you ever created a playlist in ITunes? It takes about 3 minutes and any teenager can show you how. I included songs like On the Edge(Brickman) because she was. Snake Medicine(Kamal) to represent the job she had left. And Dream Catcher to symbolize her journey. Did it help? Who knows. But I set the intention it would. (Full set list below if you care to see it)

As we work with people, remember the quote from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” You know your clients. Who could you create a space for that is making a transition? Which one of your clients wants to take their own journey to via the music Out of Africa?

Keep striving for brilliance in your sessions and you indeed will shine.

Namaste my friends.


My Playlist for a Client in Transition:

  • Gift of the Blue Pearl (Craig Kohland & Shaman’s Dream)
  • Om Mani Padme Om (Deva Premal)
  • Chidananda (Deva Premal & Miten)
  • Dreamcatcher (Kamal)
  • Liver (Dakini Mandarava)
  • Snake Medicine (Kamal)
  • No Wonder They Sing (Philip Aaberg)
  • Closer Still (Douglas Spotted Eagle)
  • Blessing (Deuter)
  • Big Thing in the Sky (Will Ackerman)
  • On the Edge (Jim Brickman)
  • Out of Time (Liz Story)
  • Rainsong (George Winston)
  • Glass Green (Tim Story)
  • Vision -Instrumental Version (Adam Plack & Deepak)
  • Yes to Life -Instrumental Version (Adam Plack & Deepack)
  • Latika’s Theme-Slumdog Millionare Soundtrack (A.R.Rahman & Suzanne)

Total play time: 1 hour 38 minutes



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