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Maximizing your massage benefits and helping you get the most out of our services is high on our priority list. At Ballaura Wellness Spa in Olympia, Wa, we specialize exclusively in massage. We solely have one specialty so that we can deliver top-notch service. We fully believe having one focus allows us to cultivate and produce one of the most healing settings in this area. Here are five ways to maximize your massage benefits exceeding the time on the table.  

  1. Get at least 8-hours of sleep before and after your massage session.
    1. This may be one of the most overlooked recommendations for massage preparation. Massage is like exercise. We break down muscle tissue and move lots of fluids. These actions can cause us to feel tired and sore after the massage has concluded. Getting the proper sleep the night before and after can help our bodies support the shifts that occur in a massage.
  2. Come hydrated and stay hydrated after your massage.
    1. Hydration is essential since an adult person is 60% water. At Ballaura, we suggest that you drink 1/2 of your body weight in ounces daily. So if you weigh 100 lbs, we recommend you drink 100 oz of water. If you are on a low-carb diet, spend time at high altitudes or sweat a lot during a workout or sauna, we also recommend you enhance your water intake with electrolytes. We love LMNT electrolytes because they taste amazing and have zero garbage in them. You can find these conveniently in our growing retail area. 
  3. Communicate with your massage therapist.  
    1. Our massage therapists are well trained, but they cannot read your mind. Getting the best results from your massage means actively communicating your needs and goals for each of your massage sessions. Be clear about your intentions for the massage during the short interview before your session. Speak up and give them feedback during the session regarding your pressure tolerance, talking preference, and reason your there. You are paying us to provide you with what you need. Do not be afraid you will hurt the therapist’s feelings. Everyone is different and has their idea of stress reduction and pain tolerance. We need your help to get you exactly what you want. 
  4. Take time to stretch, getting off the table, and after your massage.
      1. Stretching after your massage is a great way to conserve the benefits. It also helps to continue the release of muscle tension, increases flexibility, and improves circulation. The best time to stretch is when our muscles are warm. There are many online yoga classes now to help assist with poses. We highly recommend True Self Yoga in West Olympia. They offer online courses you can easily take from home.
  5. Treat the time alone as a “mini-vacation.”
    1. We are all so busy these days, and combine with all the covid travel restrictions, a vacation may seem like way too much stress than it’s worth. It’s essential right now to take advantage of the small things. It’s easy to turn your massage into a mini-vacation experience with some of the tips below.   
      1. Plan your service at the end of your day if possible.
      2. Pack comfortable clothing to slip into after the massage is over.   
      3. When you get home, plan a little more time to unwind slowly from your massage. If it’s a nice day, take a slow walk around the lake.  
      4. Light a candle, read a good book, or listen to some relaxing music.  

These are just a few ways to maximize your massage benefits. Please send us a message with your unique ideas so we can share them with others. If your not a member yet, head on over to our membership page to learn more. Massage is cumulative, and our membership is an excellent way to save and make yourself a priority.  

Live Well,

Nicole Chryst, LMT

Founder and President