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Ballaura Wellness Blog

The Many Enhancements We Offer At Ballaura

When it comes to massage therapy, there is a wide range of enhancements available that can elevate your relaxation and healing experience. From ancient techniques like guasha and cupping to modern tools like massage guns, incorporating these enhancements into your...

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Self-Billing Insurance

Self-Billing Insurance

Generally, you need three things to request reimbursement for your out-of-network medical services: 1) Reimbursement form; 2) Invoice; and 3) Receipt.

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Tips to Enjoying a Massage at Ballaura

Tips to Enjoying a Massage at Ballaura

Ballaura is where the South Sound comes to relax. And, with these tips, you can become an expert relaxer too!Before Your MassageSleep Get 8 hours of sleep the night before This is easy to overlook, but getting enough sleep will allow your body to support the shifts...

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Nurturing Your Nervous System

Title: Nurturing Your Nervous System: Simple Self-Care Practices   Our nervous system serves as our body's intricate communication network, regulating and coordinating virtually all bodily functions. It's the gateway to our experiences, responsible for receiving...

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Discover Top Prompts for Inner Balance

In today's fast-paced world, finding moments of peace, self-reflection, and personal growth is essential for maintaining a healthy and balanced life. One powerful way to nurture your well-being is through the use of wellness prompts, which serve as daily reminders to...

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Nature’s Beauty:Top 3 Hikes Near Ballaura Spa

Nestled in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Olympia, Washington is a city surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. With its proximity to the Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound, and lush forests, it's no wonder that hiking is a favorite pastime for both locals and...

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3 Daily Wellness Prompts for a Healthier and Happier You

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it's easy to forget to take a moment for ourselves. We often prioritize our work, chores, and responsibilities above everything else, neglecting our well-being in the process. But what if there was a simple daily practice...

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Your Guide to Preparing for Your First Massage Experience at Ballaura Wellness Spa

Embarking on your first massage experience can be an exciting and rejuvenating journey. At Ballaura Wellness Spa, we strive to provide our guests with a serene and exceptional massage experience that promotes relaxation, reduces stress, and revitalizes both the body and mind. To ensure that your first visit to our spa is comfortable and enjoyable, we have put together a guide on how to prepare for your first massage session.

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Experience the Ultimate Relaxation with Ballaura Wellness Spa Memberships

Escape the stresses of everyday life and experience ultimate relaxation at Ballaura Wellness Spa. Our extraordinary spa memberships offer highly trained massage therapists, customizable massage experiences, complimentary treatments, discounted rates, and exclusive benefits like the Infrared Sauna. Discover a haven of tranquility and prioritize your well-being today.

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Mothering Self-Care

Mothering Self-Care

Taking on mothering oneself can shift any mindset around prioritizing self-care. Mothering oneself is the act of nurturing and taking care of one’s own needs, just like a mother takes care of her children’s needs. Often, we put our needs aside to take care of our families, careers, and other responsibilities. It is just as important to take care of oneself as it is of others.

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The Importance of Self-Care as a Priority

What is self-care and what does it really mean to practice it? Self-care has been a hot topic these days and has been at the forefront of managing one’s well-being. It has almost become a blanket term as it is used to describe multiple groups of related things. So...

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Ballaura Anniversary

December is Ballaura Wellness Spa's anniversary month! On December 8th, 2008, Nicole Chryst founded Ballaura from nothing but a vision for a wellness space that would truly serve the Olympian community. Starting a business during the 2008 economic crash as a 25...

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As seen in: Thurston Talk Holiday 2022 Gifting

As seen in: Thurston Talk Holiday 2022 Gifting

Ballaura Wellness Spa is featured in Thurston Talk this holiday season! Thurston Talk is a community blog centered around sharing the positivity of life and community in Thurston County. Thurston Talk posts about community events, local businesses, and organizations...

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insurance News from Ballaura Wellness Spa

insurance News from Ballaura Wellness Spa

share helpful updates on using your insurance for massage therapy. As you may know, we no longer bill directly to major medical insurance. However, we continue to provide the following services: billing for PIPs and L&I, accepting HSAs and FSAs, assisting you in self-billing major medical.

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Finding relaxation at Ballaura Wellness Spa

We recently had an article written about us and it perfectly describes Ballaura and who we are. At Ballaura, our number 1 goal is to help every person who comes through our door, whether it be through stress relief, pain relief or relaxation. We are here to help you,...

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What causes Electrolyte Imbalance?

To start off with, let's define what  electrolytes are.  Electrolytes are essential minerals-like sodium, calcium, and potassium that are important to many key functions in the body but why do our bodies need them? Electrolytes help regulate muscle contractions and...

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Feeling good with proper hydration

Proper Hydration is key after strenuous exercise but did you know it's also important after a massage or using our new IR Sauna?  As your massage therapist is working your muscles and melting away your stress, toxins are released and can cause a nausea or even...

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Hiring- Licensed Massage Therapist

Since 2008, Ballaura has been Olympia’s most-experienced boutique massage spa, empowering clients to find recovery in their own unique way. Our clients value and seek out personalized service that’s based on experience, scientific knowledge, and exceptional...

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5 Ways to Maximize your Massage

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...

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Can I Use an HSA Card for Massages?

Can I Use an HSA Card for Massages?

In addition to using your HSA/FSA, we have memberships to help reduce out-of pocket-costs. In fact, we can also use your HSA or FSA card to pay for your monthly membership dues. We work hard to make massage accessible to you and encourage you to use these accounts for massage.

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Massage For Couples in Olympia, Washington

  Couples Massages in Olympia, Wa A couple’s massage is a great way to spend some quality time together, bond with your partner, or to just simply celebrate your relationship. At Ballaura Wellness Spa, it is our goal to make our clients feel relaxed and to help them...

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Massage Therapy Information

What is Massage Therapy? Massage therapy is a process where a licensed massage therapist that is certified to perform manipulations to tissues in your body. In doing this, they loosen your body, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and skin by applying a variety of motions...

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Massage Therapy Specialists

Our Staff of Massage Therapy Specialists One of the best parts about Ballaura is our licensed massage therapy specialists located in Olympia, WA. We have a well trained, talented team that genuinely cares about the well being of their clients. Working hard to make...

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The Perks of Massage Therapy in Olympia, WA

Why should I get massage therapy in Olympia, WA? A quick trip to the spa is always a nice way to de-stress and relax. Along with helping you relieve stress, massage therapy provides many benefits to both your physical and mental health. Spas and other therapy clinics...

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How to Manage Stress with the Self-Care Meter

I don't know about all of you, but the current pandemic has rattled me. In the beginning, it was a panic. You were not sure who this virus was going to affect; we had to start closing down businesses, could not find toilet paper, and then entered into a stay home...

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Support your wellbeing right now

Support your wellbeing right now

In efforts to be socially responsible and support health and wellness for our beloved community in Olympia, WA, Ballaura has decided to close its doors until April 13th, 2020 (or longer if recommended). Thank you to everyone who has expressed support for us during...

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What’s that Mean? Common Massage Terms

Massage therapy is such a diverse practice and has a multitude of effects on the body. As such, there are some terms that you might hear your therapist use from time to time. Here, we discuss several common terms that come up during and after a massage. Adhesions and...

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The Base of Your Troubles: How Massage Helps the Neck

Massage as a part of a treatment plan goes pretty much hand-in-hand with neck pain, reduced range of motion, stiffness, strain, headaches, and more. A variety of conditions can prompt a Physician or a Chiropractor to prescribe massage to help alleviate such symptoms....

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Massage and the Winter Blues

Winter- it’s that time of year again. From the short, dark days to the aching cold, winter has a way of getting to pretty much everyone. A major issue for many of us this time of year is the winter blues, also known as seasonal depression. This mental health condition...

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Why Athletes Should Get Regular Massage

Pushing the body to its limits- that’s what athletes do. The quest for fitness can take a toll on the body, particularly with the musculoskeletal system. Working out stresses muscles and can put added pressure on joints and ligaments, causing pain and general...

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5 Myths About Massage

At Ballaura Wellness Spa, we get a variety of questions related to massage that are common misconceptions. Here, we address a few of them. Myth 1: All Massages are the Same So not true! No massage is ever the same. Even at our spa, each massage therapist has their own...

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Tech Neck: How to Treat this Modern Problem

When you hear “Tech Neck”, what comes to mind first? Tech Neck is a relatively new condition  that is noticeable everywhere, affecting almost everyone. Tech Neck is described as the forward head posture caused by the use of modern technologies such as smart phones and...

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How to Pick a Massage Therapist that’s Right for You

Massage therapy is like an art form- it is unique to each therapist and the person receiving it. Everyone has different preferences when it comes to what they want from a massage. In turn, each massage therapist is different and it can be overwhelming to know what you...

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5 Self-Care Hacks to Help Transition into Fall

With Summer coming to an end, many of us are left feeling bummed. With the kids back in school, the weather getting cooler, and summer vacations coming to an end, it’s important that you take care of you during this seasonal change. Here, we share 5 self-care hacks to...

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5 Things You Should Tell Your Massage Therapist

Since massage is medical in the state of Washington, your massage therapist will do a verbal medical intake with you before every session in addition to the intake form you fill out for the spa. This verbal intake gives your therapist more information about what is...

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What to Expect at Your First Massage Visit

Our Licensed Massage Therapists at Ballaura Wellness Spa in Olympia, Washington are dedicated to improving the wellness of our clients through quality massage. Whether it’s your first massage because you received a doctor’s referral or because you’re coming in for a...

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When Should You Reschedule a Massage?

Massage therapy is beneficial for the mind and body. Unfortunately, there are some conditions that either completely contraindicated massage or should prompt you to reschedule your appointment ahead of time. A contraindication for massage means that the massage...

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5 Self-Care Tools to Enhance Massage Therapy

Massage itself is such a wonderful therapy to help with pain, achy muscles, tension, range of motion, circulation, and more. When used subsequently with other self-care tools, the side effects can be boosted and symptoms can improve even further. Here, we discuss 5...

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5 Physical Conditions that Massage Therapy Can Help With

Massage therapy is very healing for the body. The gliding strokes used during massage increase circulation to the area, meaning increased healing and tissue regeneration. Massage also helps reduce pain in the body’s tissues and improves lymphatic drainage, which...

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How Posture Works and Ways to Fix it

Stress, desk jobs, commuting, and being on our cell phones all day- these are common but difficult to avoid factors that contribute to poor posture. When our bodies rest in prolonged, unnatural positions for lengthy periods of time, our muscles begin to adjust to...

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The Benefits of Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy itself is such a wonderful process but has many uncomfortable symptoms that mom has to deal with. Massage is great for pregnancy in that it can help alleviate a variety of these uncomfortable symptoms and reduce overall stress levels. In this post, we...

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Why Massage is a Necessity and Not Just a Luxury

The idea of massage as only a pampering, luxurious experience is long gone. It’s easy to see why massage is thought of as a luxury; it’s so relaxing! Research has found many therapeutic benefits of massage that make it highly beneficial for most people. While massage...

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5 Reasons to Get a Couples Massage

Ballaura Wellness Spa in Olympia offers a Couples Massage experience that you and your loved one can share together. Even better than a relaxing massage is sharing one with your partner! Change into one of our plush robes while soaking your feet next to your partner...

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Guest Blog Post: Mackenzie with Beautycounter

Guest Blog Post: Mackenzie with Beautycounter

Hello Ballaura Wellness Spa community! I am honored to be writing as a dedicated client of the spa and as a safer beauty advocate for Beautycounter.   I started my health journey about two years ago and since then I have gained a great deal of knowledge about the...

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When to Use Ice and Heat During Stages of Inflammation

Many clients ask us when it’s best to use ice and heat on their sores muscles and injuries. Both have their benefits and are especially useful at various stages of inflammation during tissue repair. It is key to know how old your injury is and when it started as well...

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Massage Care: Before and After Your Appointment 

In order to get the best results from your massage, there is some recommended before and after care that you can take part in. Here’s our basic guidelines for pre and post massage care to ensure that you receive the best massage experience possible. Before: Take a...

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5 Beneficial Essential Oils for Massage

Essential oils have been used therapeutically all over the world for thousands of years. Essential oils are a great way to boost the effectiveness of massage as well as improve overall mood. Here are 5 essential oils and their known benefits.

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Injury Treatment Massage vs. Relaxation Massage

What’s the Difference Between a Relaxation Massage and an Injury Treatment Massage?   A massage can provide relief from a number of different ailments, both mental and physical. Before you lay down on the massage table, you’ll want to specify your pain points so...

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What is Sports Massage and its Benefits?

What is Sports Massage and its Benefits? Whether you play sports professionally or out of love for the game, you should explore the wonders of sports massage. Every sportsperson is aware of the fatigue and stiffness they experience after a game. For people who have...

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5 Reasons to Add Magnesium to Your Massage

5 Reasons to Add Magnesium to Your Massage

5 Reasons to Add Magnesium to Your Massage   The health and skin benefits of magnesium are many and varied. For centuries, magnesium oils, salts, and waters have helped to restore the skin's natural beauty and help heal muscle injuries via immersion, consumption...

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Five Health Benefits of Massage

Five Health Benefits of Massage The art of massage has been used for time out of mind and the world over to provide relaxation, healing, and comfort. Present in every culture, a rich depth of different techniques in massage exist to improve the function of the human...

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The Benefits of Dry Brushing in Massage

Even if you've never heard of dry brushing, there are loads of benefits to dry brushing both before and after a massage. Dry brushing involves using a natural bristle brush (like boar bristle or horsehair) and gently moving it along the skin.   From circulation...

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5 Reasons Massage Makes a Great Gift

Ah, massage. The very word conjures up images of softly-lit rooms, comfortable massage tables, and deep relaxation. Massage is a soothing and beautiful experience after a long week, a major sports competition, or to aid in healing after injury. And for all these...

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Five Paths to Self-Care

The phrase “self-care” is one we hear a great deal these days. While it is an exceptionally vivid phrase, many envision self-care as being somewhat limited purely to treating yourself to something that makes you feel good.   Of course, doing things that make you...

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When is the best time to get a Sports Massage?

A question commonly asked by Ballaura's clients is, “When is the best time for a sports massage?”   Research has determined that the very best time to receive a sports massage is 45 minutes after your workout of the day (WOD), but that the human body also...

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