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The Best Music for Massage and Relaxation, Chosen by Zeel Massage Therapists

What’s the best music for massage therapy?

Sometimes you need some tunes to help get in the mood for relaxation. So we asked the experts – our massage therapists at Zeel – about the musical artists and albums they recommend to ease stress and accompany massage, meditation, and everyday lounging.  Listen to these tunes and you’ll feel your blood pressure lowering ASAP.


Listen: Illumination of the Heart

Deuter is something of a massage music VIP.  He specializes in flute-filled spiritual music, which he crafts in his mountain abode in Santa Fe.  While Deuter has produced over 30 albums, Illumination of the Heart is cited as a particular fave by Zeel Massage Therapists.

Olafur Arnauls

Listen: Living Room Songs

Yes, Icelandic musician Olafur Arnauls did craft these emotional tunes on this album in his living room.  His updated classical music score is a fine background to your at-home relaxation.

Dan Gibson

Listen: Solitudes

Dan Gibson’s music will make you feel  like you’re in the middle of an uncharted jungle, but without bugs and with massage oil

Deva Premal

Listen: Dakshina

Deva Premal specializes in accompanying ancient Sanskrit chants with spiritual and stirring tunes.

Dean Everson

Listen: Healing Sanctuary

Dean Everson’s acoustic sound stylings will soothe any massage fan, and are also great for insomniacs.  Includes bird chirps and pan flutes.


Listen: Ca Sarvetaratra

The result of a collaboration between artists Tanya Whitman and Gabriel Mann, Vive blends Sanskrit mantras with more modern tunes. A bit more energetic than some of these other albums; recommended for sports massage.


Listen: Shamanic Dream II

This track is meant to create a trance state, and is filled with flutes and drums, along with chanting (hence “shamanic”). Massage therapy professionals agree that it’s some of the best massage music.

Brian Eno

Listen: Thursday Afternoon

Brian Eno is well-known for his electronic and ambient music. Thursday Afternoon  holds one chord throughout, accompanied by other notes and chords. At 61 minutes long, the song is perfect to accompany a 60-minute Zeel Massage.

Peter Kater

Listen: Elements of Air

Combine smooth jazz, piano and Native American-inflected pan flutes and you have Peter Kater’s relaxing album, Elements of Air.

Road to Perdition

Listen: soundtrack

We thought it was a little odd too, but this Oscar-nominated score is remarkably calming, despite it being the soundtrack to a violent movie about mob revenge murders.

Notice what’s not on this list?  Enya. Zeel Massage Therapists identified Enya’s oeuvre as their least favorite massage accompaniment.

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