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Surprisingly effective for bodywork
on 4 May 2011
Normally, for music during bodywork sessions I steer well away from insistent rhythm, as it has the effect of dictating the pace of a massage, which may be completely inappropriate - for example, the practitioner may need to use stillness and very slow movements, or be working with percussive techniques, and the music is doing something different.
El Hadra has a marked, tabla rhythm, over which zither, keyboards and synths weave. But the tabla is keeping an even, natural heartbeat and also hooks the breath into depth and slowness. The use of a continuous, shimmering drone, and the very subtle circling movement of slow musical phrases is beautifully stilling and reflective.
I don't use music in meditation practice, but there are some musics which could certainly pull the listener into a more meditative space. This is one such, and will be a powerful addition to my library of CDs used in massage sessions. Played at almost subliminal volume it will pull both practitioner and client into the reflective stillness where the body can begin to hear itself, the superficial and busy chatter of the mind rested on the breath, rather than lost or drowned out by the chatter.