We’ve performed in-the-field client research to determine our top 10 most relaxing tracks for stress relief. We’ve had positive feedback from clients of all different ages, backgrounds and personal preferences. Of course, everybody’s idea of what’s relaxing is always slightly different. My own massage professor told the class of an experience with a regular client who preferred listening to heavy metal music during treatment. So, fair to say everyone has a slightly different taste, but that’s what keeps things interesting.
There also seems to be a general consensus on what type of sounds are relaxing, and science agrees with us! There have been countless studies on the effects of nature sounds and certain vibrations that bring the mind into a calm state. It’s Christmas time now, which is usually jam-packed with noisy families, festive jingles on repeat, depleted bank accounts and over-fed digestive systems. So really, it’s the perfect time to start listening to some chill-out tunes. Or at least compile a playlist for when the buzz is over. Whatever the case, we are hoping to bring your stress levels down a notch by adding tranquility to your atmosphere.
1–Peaceful Morning by OCB Relax Music
Because we all need to start our mornings like the peaceful breeze hushing over a flower sprinkled field as the misty day breaks.
2–Instrumental by Relax Daily
Relax Daily really knows his stuff, he is very popular on YouTube as well as with my clients, myself and my dog. The master of musical stress relief!
3–Disney Piano Collection by Hirohashi Makiko
Not only do Disney have some of the most beautifully composed music in the history of music composition, but this piano collection by Hirohashi will take you to an emotional warm happy place you thought only achievable in childhood. Bonus: If you have children that need help falling asleep, or you want to calm them down on long car trips, this will work a treat.
4–Goodbye (Original Hachiko Soundtrack)
Because a little violin goes a long way, and the story behind the music is one of true love, patience, virtue and the loyalty.
5–Yeha Noha – Sacred Spirit
Continuing on the violin theme, this beloved chant ”Yeha Noha” performed by Sacred Spirit is definitely one for the list. The positive and uplifting song is surprisingly relaxing and liberating. This music brings vital instincts forward, allowing for clearer thinking and strengthened intuition. The spiritual stimulation helps us centre ourselves by tugging on our thankful, graceful and humble sentiments. Don’t believe me? Just give it a listen and pay attention to how your mood changes and where your thought patterns lead you.
6–Ly-O-Lay Ale Yoya – Sacred Spirit
Ly-O-Lay Ale Yoya (The counterclockwise spirit dance) is another great one to bring stress relief and all the same benefits as mentioned above. This track takes on an even stronger tribal theme, and is perfect for a profound yoga session. It will leave you feeling refreshed, invigorated and deeply relaxed.
7–Piano Cascades – Dan Gibson’s Solitudes (Exploring Nature With Music)
The first time I heard this CD when I was about 8 or 9 years old, while visiting my Grandparents. I had never been exposed to music that also incorporated nature sounds as part of it’s composition. It was so weird, and kind of comical at first. I was thinking… How did they get a grand piano next to a waterfall and record it? Lol. I remember listening to it in the shop, with those big headphones on in those old listening booths. I was completely blown away at how beautiful and relaxing it was.
I probably stood there for over 25 minutes until one of my Grandparents got the point and bought me the CD so we could leave. I remember listening to it in my old sony walkman at night before sleeping, and during long car journeys travelling the country. It was, and still is the best relaxation music I have ever come across.
8–We Have A Map Of The Piano – Mum
I found this track when it was featured in the movie Wicker Park during a ballet scene. I thought it very strange to partner a dance routine to such tranquil music, but it totally worked for the scene and I fell in love with the song. The melancholic looping lullaby carries you onto a soft cloud and leaves you there for a while to ponder the gentle things in life. Stress relief comes easy with this song.
9–Fire Burns – Nicki Minaj (Remake)
I’d like to change it up and add something a little more upbeat for those who need a bit of a hit to keep their interest. Now, I know what you must be thinking… Nicki Minaj? What? She made a chill-out song? Well, not really. Seriously, bare with me, the original to this song is too harsh and rap-like to lull you into la-la land, but this remake is SO good. It perfectly captures the essence of the song while turning it into a hardcore chillstep track. If you’ve ever had a bad break-up with someone, this song will be your jam for the foreseeable future.
10–Christmas Time Is Here – Daniela Andrade ft. Cutest Dog in the Galaxy
Now don’t shoot me. I know this playlist was meant to be a Christmas wind-down, a Christmas closing if you will, but it is Christmas after all. You’ve just gotta listen to Daniela’s mesmerising voice as she peacefully plucks her guitar in the presence of her adorable pooch. Her style is extremely relaxing and soothing, perfect for a cosy winter’s evening.
*Warning* you might get emotional so keep the tissues in arms reach.
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