Music to our ears
Most spas today not only offer a treatment menu but also a music menu so we
can relax to the soothing music of Deuter’s Sea and Silence or even the romantic
ballads of Michael Buble.
But what is the benefit of selecting our own background music during a massage or facial?
It has been found that spas offering personalised music choices to guests may be onto a winner, according to findings from the University of Maryland Medical Center in the US.
A study led by cardiologist Dr Mike Miller found that listening to your favourite music may be good for the heart. When study participants listed to tunes that they knew made them fell good or joyful, the inner lining of their blood vessels expanded to increase blood flow.
On the other hand, when they listened to songs they perceived as stressful, their blood vessels narrowed.
Most participants in this US survey selected country music as their favourite and heavy metal as the opposite.
However, Miller says you "can't read too much into this" as it’s down to personal choice.
The SPA Traveller suspects the results would have been slightly different if the survey had been carried out in the UK!
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