Does Massage Music Improve Relaxation?

Published: 19th Sep, 2023

In our fast-paced and often stressful world, it’s important to find an outlet that allows you to relax. While some may prefer to unwind through exercise or by spending hours reading, there’s one proven method of relaxation that helps you maintain your overall well-being—massage.

While there are many different types of massages and many different approaches to relaxation, there’s often one common denominator among them all: massage music. This ethereal, melodic music is often played softly in the background at spas and even medical massage centers to help create a zen environment and transport you to a place of complete relaxation. 

But does massage music really make a difference? Learn more about the benefits of the particular type of music to maximize the benefits of any massage, whether professional or at home. 

Why is Music Played During Massage?

It’s long been understood that music has extensive positive effects on the body. Music therapy is used by doctors to help people reduce stress, improve well-being, and treat a wide range of different diseases and conditions from dementia to anxiety. These treatments have been proven to regulate moods, encourage relaxation, and even improve social skills and self-confidence.

Because music offers a wide range of health benefits, massage professionals use the same logic as music therapists to enhance the massage experience. Strategically selecting the music to accompany their massage techniques can amplify the massage’s benefits and lead to improved health outcomes overall.

What is the Best Massage Music?

While everyone has their own musical preferences, certain music is scientifically proven to help encourage a zen state of mind. First, the music should have a relatively slow beat with some studies suggesting that about 60 beats per minute helps the brain relax the most. 

Simple, repetitive melodies tend to help people relax the most—pieces with unexpected changes or surprises often shock people out of their meditative state. While the genre is less important than the melody itself, some music therapists recommend classical or world music or even nature sounds like rain or thunder.

No matter which track you choose, the music should be played at a relatively quiet level to cover any background noise. It should not, however, be too loud—upping the volume too much can prevent you from experiencing the relaxed, meditative state that best accompanies massage.

How Does Massage Music Benefit the Body?

Once you’ve chosen your musical accompaniment for massage, you can expect to see a few positive impacts on the body. 

Improved Sleep

Both massage and music have been proven to help improve sleep—making a combo of the two doubly effective at helping you sleep soundly through the night. Music has been shown to reduce sympathetic nervous system activity and lower your heart and respiratory rate, making it easier to fall and stay asleep. Similarly, massage therapy has been shown to stimulate the vagus nerve, leading to lowered cortisol levels and enhanced relaxation which can help improve sleep quality.

Reduced Stress

While massages are an effective means of reducing muscle tension, they can also help improve your emotional state. Massages typically lead to a feeling of added calm and clarity, which usually goes hand in hand with lower stress and anxiety levels. Even a short massage will also increase your levels of serotonin and lower cortisol. Especially when massage is paired with relaxing music, it is an effective method of stress management that lowers your heart rate, lowers stress hormones, and promotes general health and well-being.

Aids in Pain Management

Relaxing music has been proven to be a non-pharmacological method of relieving chronic pain. Though a less traditional method of managing pain, soothing music offers something to focus on beyond the chronic condition. This allows you to relax your mind and overcome the presence of any existing pain. Massage, on the other hand, can treat physical pain by stimulating circulation, increasing healing, and reducing inflammation. When paired together, massage music and massage itself can help deliver a significant reduction in pain, whether temporary or chronic.

While professional massages paired with the right music will transport you to a zen state at the spa, you can also recreate the same experience at home. Massagers like the CERAGEM V6 offer all of the same benefits—but with the added convenience of receiving a massage anytime you want, right in your own home. 

Customized to each user’s spinal length and curvature, this Ceragem massager has 22 massage modes and adjustable settings so you can tailor the massage to your exact needs. When paired with massage music, it offers the next-level relaxation you need to experience improved sleep, reduced stress, and all of the other positive benefits available from a professional massage.

Learn more about Ceragem’s luxury massagers and find the best option for your needs.

Hannah Warne is a copywriter and journalist who loves bringing brands to life. With a background working for both global brands like Tiffany & Co. and Groupon and local businesses, Hannah loves to find the perfect words to tell the best story. Based in New York City, she loves to explore the city’s different neighborhoods by way of new restaurants, coffee shops, and bakeries.


National Library of Medicine – Music: a better alternative than pain?

Mayo Clinic – Can massage relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress?

University of Nevada, Reno – Releasing stress through the power of music