If you own a massage therapy practice, you’ve probably experienced this:
You’re working on a client. They’re relaxed and enjoying the treatment they are receiving. But you’re cringing because you’re noticing one thing…
The same 10 songs keep playing over and over again.
You aren’t sure whether they notice, but you sure do!
As a massage therapist, music is always a struggle—where do you find relaxing music? How do you make sure you have enough? How do you create the perfect playlist?
Luckily there are some great free music sources you can use with just an Internet connection so you can focus on treating your client rather than cringing at repetitive music.
Songza is a great, free app that you can either download to your phone and dock, or bring up on your business’ computer and hook up to the speakers.
Songza is a music streaming service, and you can subscribe to different channels.
The best part about Songza is that you can choose a mood and let the program suggest playlists for you.
If you want something more upbeat, you can choose more zesty playlists, or if you want a spa-like zen, there’s a channel for that as well.
With channels like Nature Sounds and playlists like A New Age Spa Day, all you have to do is press “play” and let the music take care of itself.
Spotify is rapidly taking the top spots for best music streaming program, and like Songza, it allows you to subscribe to and sort playlists based on the mood you are in.
Spotify covers every single mood, feeling, genre, and playlist you could possibly imagine, but if you’re partial to a few specific songs, you can find them individually on Spotify as well.
The nice aspect of Spotify is that you can create your own playlists by choosing songs out of other playlists and cherry picking the vibe you’re going for.
Spotify is free, but you can upgrade to Premium to make it ad free and enable the capability of listening even when you’re offline.
- Google Play
Google Play isn’t as widely used as Songza and Spotify, but it’s up and coming.
Because Google owns Google Play, it will likely become more popular in the coming months, and it releases some popular songs for free periodically.
There’s a free portion to Google Play that doesn’t have as many albums and songs on it, but there’s enough to keep it your music fresh while you’re working on a client, and you can also use it like iTunes and purchase playlists and albums from Google Play if you are keen on a particular artist or album.
Pandora has been easily the most popular music streaming option out there over the past few years, but it’s quickly being taken over by Spotify. It’s still a great option, though, with a smaller but more focused collection of music.
Like Spotify, you can create playlists within Pandora and the program picks up on the music you like and suggests similar music.
Pandora is free, but you can opt for the premium version for a fairly low price to ensure that your clients have an ad free experience.
- Slacker Radio
Slacker is an online radio service that operates much like Pandora and Spotify.
Slacker has many pre-determined stations based on what you want to listen to, and you can choose between genres and playlists.
Not as comprehensive as Spotify or Pandora, Slacker has a tighter group of stations but may be a good option if the options of the alternatives overwhelm you.
Finding the perfect music for your massage therapy business can be difficult, and it’s a struggle unique to the spa and massage business.
Music plays a big part in the relaxation of your clients, so you want to make sure you get it right. But it’s hard to stay on top of finding the perfect albums.
These free music streaming platforms take the mystery and frustration out of music and lets you just focus on what matters: your clients.