The Exotic East
When Performing Ayurvedic And Other Eastern-inspired spa treatments, create the perfect mood using musical recordings from that part of the world. The distinct sounds of Indian sitars and Japanese kotos will make your clients feel like they are in another world.
In order to find inner peace, urge clients to listen to mantras by Dechen Shak-Dagsay, a Tibetan singer whose debut album Dewa Che (New Earth Records) contains 11 traditional songs. The album's title means "the great peace," and Shak-Dagsay's mantras are aimed at guiding people to find their own inner spirituality. It is believed that in order to achieve world peace, one must first achieve peace within him- or herself. Mantras can be used during meditation, yoga, tai chi, and qi gong and are believed to aid a person during self-healing.
Immerse hydrotherapy clients in total relaxation by introducing them to the acoustic santur, a traditional Indian instrument that sounds like water flowing, on Nandkishor Muley's Santur (Spa Song). The six Vedic compositions on the album create a tranquil, peaceful mood using only one instrument without accompaniment.
Journeying Through Time
Flautist Dean Evenson teams up with Indian father-and-son sitarists 'Pandit' Shivnath Mishra and Deobrat Mishra to create Raga Cycle (Soundings of the Planet), a musical journey from dawn to midnight. Ragas are ancient musical patterns meant to evoke specific emotions in the listener. Originally meant for performance in the royal court, the ragas can be used for meditation. The sitars and flute are combined with a tamboura, viola, and voices to create a fully relaxing experience.
Blending the sounds of bells, chimes, Tibetan bowls, and more, Karunesh brings to life a variety of instruments in Call of the Mystic (Real Music). The sitar, the bansuri flute, and the Indian violin come together in a symphony of celebration that seeks to provide a respite from the stress and worry of everyday life. —L.T.