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Music in the clinic – Yes or No?

I qualified in holistic massage 4 years ago but I didn’t really practice much. It was mostly friends and family so sometimes I would play music and sometimes we would talk. Eventually while studying for RSM I started seeing more clients but as I didn’t have a space at home I was mobile. For this reason I never really thought much about music. I was in my clients home and most of the time there was background noise of the TV or radio or they wanted to talk.

When I was able to set up a clinic I made the decision as I was mostly doing RSM treatments and needed to communicate more with my clients that I would have no music.

This works well but lately I have been rethinking this, sometimes when I am with a client I’ve seen on a few occasions there is less feedback and suddenly I am aware of the clock ticking or the cars driving past.

It got me thinking about my client – did they enjoy the silence or was it un-nerving?

How to decide when it’s appropriate?

Then comes the decision of what music? Obviously it has to be something I will enjoy but my choice may not be to everyone’s liking either.

We all react to music – I have no favourite type of music as it depends on my mood – sometimes I want to act the fool and jump around to a heavy beat or other times I want to chill and maybe some classical tunes would help. Obviously lively music is not ideally when you want your client to lie still on the massage couch but what music is right?

In my personal experience I have been for massages and the music has either been lovely and soothing or it has been a bit annoying – a friend once described, “massage music” as plinky plonky stuff and she hated it.

I have had friends tell me they don’t like classical tunes and if anything it irritates them. This wouldn’t be good for someone trying to relax.

The answer for me is to have a mixture of music and let clients decide – it could be part of the treatment – would you like music today? Yes? maybe try something soothing and ask for feedback?

I have decided I will get some relaxing tunes and let my clients decide – it will have to be quiet enough to hear feedback when they are prone but at least it will distract from outside noise and the clock and the sound of silence!

Before you play music you need to check you are within the law! Believe it or not if you play music that has a copyright or play the radio while giving a massage you are technically playing to the general public and therefore need a license.

You can do this here – It will be a bespoke price depending on the way you use the music e.g.- in a waiting area or within the clinic space and also type of music, radio or cds etc.. A quick phone call or complete form online and you will be covered. There are places online you can find royalty free music which won’t require a licence.

Get in touch and let us know if you play music – whats your go to tune? either in the comments or email

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