If you are not already aware, I will be closing Holistic Healthcare by the end of May at the latest, but with the likelihood of March being my last month. I really care for all of you and, to make the transition easier, I have been looking for massage therapists to recommend so you can continue your treatment. When going to visit any of these new therapists, please let them know you are a client of mine.
I'd love to know how your experiences were. Please feel free to share. If you would like a personal recommendation, please ask at your next appointment or send me an email or text.
1. Ballaura Wellness Spa
1017 4th Ave E
Olympia, WA 98506
If I had opened a wellness spa, it would have greatly resembled Ballaura. The owner, Nicole is an incredibly nice woman with a history of massage similar to mine. She’s no longer working as an LMT, but her spa is well-appointed with many skilled therapists to choose from. Ballaura offers all the modalities that I do including aromatherpy, pregnancy massage, and TMJ treatment plus a few modalities I don’t offer like cupping and gua sha. And, their prices are the same! They also take all the major insurances except Regence. Over the next month, I will be receiving services from all the therapists and will be able to give more detailed recommendations, but I am confident they will be able to accommodate your needs.
2. Ikaria Acupuncture - Kieron Anatu
1800 Cooper Point Rd SW
Olympia, WA 98502
Kieron is an incredibly gifted practitioner. Her sessions are 90 minutes long, and she prefers to do deep work combined with acupuncture. If you are interested in acupuncture (which I definitely recommend), or deep, therapeutic work please visit Kieron. I have recommended her to some of you personally. She knows you're coming, but please refer to me by name.
4. Jazmine Fox-Stern
2727 Westmoor Ct. SW Ste.100
Olympia, WA 98502 (in my office!)
Jazmine isn't a massage therapist, but she is an incredibly well-educated and competant Rolfer. I will be receiving a service from her the first week of March and will expand my review post-appointment. But, for now, I have had in-depth conversation about what she does and I am very impressed with her ability to communicate that information clearly and concisely. She knows what's going on. I've always wanted to try Rolfing, and I have a very good feeling that Jazmine is the one you want to experience it with. For a description of what Rolfing is, please visit her website or schedule an information session. The extra bonus? Besides helping you permanently adjust your posture, she's in my office!
5. Rebecca Noble
Out by Evergreen State College
I haven't talked to Rebecca about sending clients, so telling her you've seen me won't matter. I've only had two massages with her, but so far, she's my favorite massage therapist. Her style is very similar to mine. She's been a massage therapist for over 20 years and is in semi-retirement. I won't recommend her for regular treatment because of that, but if you get a chance, try for at least one massage.
6. Jen Marin
549 McPhee Rd SW
Olympia, WA 98502
Jen Marin has been practicing since 2004 and has a lot in common with me as far as how she communicates. I really like her. Her massage is much lighter than I personally prefer, but she is very knowledgable and personable. If you need lighter work or relaxation with a knowledgable background, she's your therapist. She prefers to do work with chronic pain and the nervous system. Her massage room is nice, but I'm not super excited about the McPhee House itself. The front door opens into a kitchen, the waiting room is small and a bit cramped, and the walls are thin (I didn't hear anything while I was there). Fortunately, Jen's hospitality more than makes up for it.
7. Mary Atkinson (TMJ)
Mary is the TMJ dysfunction guru. Her office is out of her beautiful house in Yelm. If that's not too much of a trek for you, she's worth it.
8. Kristen Rubis (Pregnancy)
Kristen has been a yoga teacher and massage therapist in Olympia for many years. Her website mostly focuses on her yoga and sound healing work, but she worked with pregnant women, doulas, and midwives at The Birth House for quite a few years. I've never had a pregnancy massage with her, but I hear good things.