Top 10 Spa Music CDs for Yoga, Meditation, and Massage

One of the Easiest Ways to Bring the Spa Experience Home

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Spa music is one of the easiest ways to bring the spa experience home, whether you are doing some form of yoga or massage. Spa Music for spa days and activities is calming and promotes a relaxation response. Play it to help you deal with stress at work or elsewhere, during home spa treatments, or near bedtime as a signal that it's time to relax. There are, of course, different types of spa music.  If you’re in a therapy session and your therapist is playing spa music that annoys you, by all means ask your therapist to turn it down or turn it off. Spa music shouldn’t annoy or stress us; it should relax and leave us open to what is coming. If your spa music doesn’t do that, reconsider your choices. Here are 10 relaxing titles that may help you relax enough to be open to yoga, meditation, and massage.

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    Some say that playing this makes them feel as though they’ve been meditating as soon as they hear it. Ben Leinbach's music has an Eastern sound and a deeply spiritual quality. This soft, gentle music, which avoids jarring sounds, works well as background music for yoga, meditation, or tai chi.

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    This masterful music by Deuter is a gorgeous tapestry of Tibetan bells and bowls, chimes and the natural sounds of a mountain stream in Nada Himalaya. It sounds like the essence of a retreat—far from his usually lively guitars and percussion. This music is very calming and deserving of its purpose as a meditation CD. But it is so exquisite you might also want to listen to it anytime.

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    This is by German artist Beudi Siebert, whose beautiful, interesting compositions are imbued with an Eastern sound. This one is a slice of East meets West with a greater emphasis on the Land of the Rising Sun in stripped-down compositions played on the large Chinese zither, his usual flute, and what seems to be saxophone or clarinet in the background.

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    This is a three-CD set that is very low-key and soothing, the kind of music that won't startle you when you're getting a massage. Put it on as calming background music. staff reviewer Karen K. Hugg calls it “perfectly balanced”:

    “Cellist David Darling, well known for his poetry/cello CD, The Tao of Cello, enlists a group of fine musicians here for an introspective album whose 18-minute compositions slowly unfold in circular rhythms and pensive grooves. It's an utterly successful ensemble, with John Marshall on drums and percussion and Darius Kauffman on flutes and whistles. Pieces where acoustic instruments such as guitar and flute are the centerpiece work better here. "Dream Pearls of Kathak" is a chamber work whose contemplative expressionism unwinds like a river, with sparse instrumentation steadily giving way to more complexity and sound. The low booming drum of "Irish Miles" is enough to center any stressed soul, and along with Darling's signature moody cello leads the ensemble in a grounding, beautiful melody. This is the sort of CD that's just melancholy enough for rainy days and soothing enough for yoga or massage. In other words, perfectly balanced.” 

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    “Ocean of Peace” is from the Yoga Zone, and it’s a favorite for yoga. It lasts about an hour, and the tempos seem to change at just the right point. It's also beautiful music to listen to anytime you feel like it. Listeners have called it everything from “a mystical experience” to a “true connection to inner peace.” On two tracks, Diane Egby-Edwards effortlessly combines the crystal bowls with a haunting didgeridoo, the native Indian drum, along with the rattles, the gong, and the vocal chants of the Eternal Om.

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    Most people like “Garden of Peace” for all the same reasons they like “Ocean of Peace”: It's the right length, has the right pacing, and is pretty listening music. It scored the maximum of five stars on, with one reviewer calling it “the best CD I have heard so far.”

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    If you’re feeling a little down, this Janetta Petkus collection might get you going. The melodies and rhythms are designed to "balance your doash" and make you feel more vital. It includes electronic compositions on essences, from “Earth and Water” and “Air and Ether” to “Fire and Water” and “Balanced Energy.” It blends Eastern philosophy with music that Westerners are comfortable with.

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    This is a best-selling sampler from Real Music. If you want to find out what harpist Hilary Stagg, pianist Kevin Kern, and many other Real Music artists sound like, it’s a wonderful place to start.

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    Another compilation of superior spa-quality works by artists like Danny Wright and Bernward Koch from Real Music, this is a good one for anyone who likes Western piano and strings. The music is designed to take you to your sacred inner place. From the Sacred Spa Music Series, it includes an hour of music carefully selected to help you, a one reviewer puts it, “discover and strengthen your Real Self. It is beautiful music that nurtures your being as you slip into the peaceful embrace of deep and pleasurable relaxation.” Most of the selections come from Real Music artists, such as 2002, Kevin Kern, Karunesh, Bernward Koch, Danny Wright, the late Hilary Stagg, Govi, and Bernard L'Hoir on two wonderful piano pieces. 

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    This is soothing and particularly sensual music—a great combination for lovers. It was inspired by Shastro's visit to the Kajuraho Temples in northern India, where he was struck by the art that arose from the ancient tantric cultures of the East. Very romantic. One reviewer called it a “a melding of silken grooves and luscious textures perfect for intimate moments, massage, or yoga. The two extended tracks make it ideal for body work and healing sessions.”