What makes good massage music? To a large degree, it’s personal preference.
Many people prefer meditative, relaxing music for massage. But sometimes energizing or uplifting tunes are a good choice, depending on massage modality and atmosphere. For example, uplifting music would work for sports massage at a sporting event.
When you have music playing, ask your clients if they like it
or if they prefer different music (or none). If the music irritates the
client, no matter how much you like it, your client isn’t getting the
full benefit of the massage session. Keep a variety of music on hand to
suit a wide range of client preferences.
When choosing music, keep in mind these general considerations:
If you want to get more technical with buying music, you might consider its texture, as described in this article. Texture refers to how thick or thin the lead instrument sounds and to the quality of other instruments and ambient sounds.
When buying music, listen to as much of the album as possible first. A 60-second sample often isn’t indicative of the entire album, and one track might ruin the entire massage session.
If you use a streaming service, be aware that many of them require businesses to pay for using music (and if you charge for massage, you are a business, even if you have a home office).