Yes, absolutely. Is there something specific you have in mind?
Often, we go about our lives, mistakenly assuming that we all have the same sensory experience of the things we encounter. Though, one only needs to flip through the local radio stations to quickly experience the variety of sensory stimulation available, and that's just related to music. Think of all the other things that you have a sensory experience of: foods, smells, colors. I'm convinced that no two people experience the world in exactly the same way.
There is no "correct" music to listen to during a massage, though we all have our default settings.
Generally, I turn on music that is pretty low-key, instrumental, without words because I want the music to be in the background, not distracting. Something I can easily tune out, but doesn't create any strong emotions when I do tune in. That's my experience of listening. It may not be yours.
I know other therapists who play music they like to listen to because they don't tune it out, and they want to be in a good space as they work so they play music that puts them in a good space. That's their experience of listening. It may not be yours.
We are all affected, sometimes strongly, by what we listen to and the sounds we take in. You, as a client, whether you realize it or not, have the most say.
Over the years, I've accommodated requests for Pink Floyd, U2, Taiko, Native American flute ensembles, water sounds, and also requests to just have it be quiet, no music.
Unlike walking into a store or hanging out at a coffee shop where you might have to tolerate someone else's taste or choose to leave, your massage really is about you.
If the music choice grates on you, annoys you, or just isn't your favorite, go ahead and ask, Umm. Can you change the music?
We're totally cool with that.
This post is part of a series on Things That Are Okay to Say to Your Massage Therapist.
Previous posts in this series:
#1 Is it Normal to Experience Pain After a Massage
#2 Why Are Massage Therapists so Uptight About the Word Masseuse?
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