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TURN ON tune out

Scrap the pan pipes: spa music is evolving, and its rhythms and tempos are being carefully crafted to take you to your happy place


Ever wondered how spas decide which soundtrack to play while you’re enjoying a relaxing massage? Or, perhaps you’ve found the choice distinctly unrelaxing. If so, you’re probably not alone. ‘The biggest mistake spas make is to use clichéd music,’ says Rob Wood, creative director and founder of music agency, Music Concierge, which designs soundtracks tailored to spas and hotels. ‘And relying on a busy therapist to choose a CD is the first step to getting it wrong.’

However, the tide is turning away from traditional ‘whale music’. With over 400,000 tracks in its library, Music Concierge caters for spas savvy enough to realise this – such as the ESPA Life at Corinthia Hotel, London, for which they created an ethereal, futuristic soundtrack in keeping with its cocoon-like, subterranean setting. Many spas are, finally, starting to find their own groove, as increasingly sophisticated clients demand more thoughtful tunes to complement their ayurvedic facial or sports massage.

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Get that #summerglow with the June/July issue of Healthy, which features the incredible Davina McCall on the cover. We’ve got a brand new natural beauty section, plus a summer body guide covering lean protein and expert fitness advice. Also, find out how to make street food at home with everything from Buddha bowls to cashew and coriander falafel. Plus! We ask: can a sun tan EVER be healthy? And do you really need those expensive trainers? Find out more in the brand new issue of Healthy.