Then again, maybe that’s not always the case. “Clients almost always compliment our music and it also makes my day a little easier because I love music, especially Dolly Parton,” says skin-care brand founder and New York City-based aesthetician Joanna Czech, who prioritizes educating and speaking with her clients throughout their treatments over lulling them into repose. “This isn’t a raindrop music kind of spa.”
Czech, however, is an exception; most spas are still playing the sound of actual raindrops or music inspired by as much. And with a multitude of niche New Age composers producing serene scores that have both scientific and anecdotal evidence to support their use, it seems spa music will largely remain the dreamy, naturalistic-meets-ethereal soundtrack we’ve come to expect…and probably ignore.