It’s become a sort of cultural cliche, muzak or the soft, non-percussive easy listening pap that flows through the speakers in elevators, the doctor’s office, department stores, etc. The reason it is there, just as casinos are full of celebratory noisemakers, is psychological. Soft music is calming and helps lower heart rates, a definite benefit at the doctor’s office.
However, there is another kind of music that does this as well and is much more enjoyable to the ear. It’s the stuff that’s played as background noise when one is getting a professional massage. It’s called spa music, and in the age of the internet, it is accessible in a number of forms.
Spa music? Huh?
Yes, it sounds hokey, but from personal experience, this writer will attest that the quiet sounds of nature combined with soft tones and rhythms make spa music ideal for checking out from the real world for a while. Finding a video with hours worth of spa music helps to relax the mind while one has feet up in the afternoon, and does assist in falling asleep. It is also known to activate the pleasure centers of the brain and help release serotonin into the bloodstream. The lower heart rate mentioned above is part of the benefits, as is stress reduction, something all humans need to do on a regular basis.
Listening to any kind of soft music is beneficial to the human body (yes, even Classical. Try Chopin piano etudes for relaxation purposes) but it seems that spa music is the most effective at helping humans simply check out for a short time and really relax. As I stated earlier, this really works for me, especially on days when the brain simply will not settle into a single task, or to help facilitate an afternoon siesta.
Give spa music a try. What do you have to lose?