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Avera St. Benedict Wellness Center

The Avera St. Benedict Wellness Center has an in-door heated pool, cardiovascular equipment and free weights. We also offer wellness events and massage therapy.

To join or schedule a tour, please call 928-4410.

Membership and Hours


Membership Information

Memberships are available to those 14 years of age and older. Students ages 10-12 may use the equipment only under parental supervision.Students 13-17 need to have written parental permission. Membership will include use of all Wellness equipment, pool, and use of all exercise classes. Full memberships are available for individuals, couples, or families. The options available are on month, three months, six months, and one year memberships. Punch cards and daily fees are also available. Please call 605-928-4410 for current pricing information.

  • Couples - A membership for two individuals, one which is a dependent according to IRS guidelines, for example: parent/child or husband/wife.
  • Family - A membership of three or more individuals, two or more of which are dependents according to IRS guidelines, for example: husband/wife/child, or parent/two children.



Winter hours are October 1 - April 30. Summer hours are May 1 - September 30. Pool opens at 8:00 a.m. weekdays and closes 30 minutes before facility closing. Pool is closed on Sundays.

Winter Summer
Monday-Thursday 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.



Services Offered at the Wellness Center

The wellness center offers the following services:



The Avera St. Benedict Wellness Center has a 20' x 40', 85 degree indoor pool. The Wellness Center Pool is a great place to bring your friends and have birthday/private parties. Lifeguards are available upon request.

The wellness center has a wide variety of aquatic equipment available for use: chairlift for easy access, kickboards, HydroBells, barbells, water treadmill, steps, neoprene webbed gloves, life jackets, infant flotation devices, dive sticks, beach balls, noodles, balls, goggles, snorkels and flippers.

Pool Hours

  • Pool opens at 8:00 a.m. weekdays
  • 9:00 a.m. on Saturdays
  • 9:00-10:00 a.m., M-W-F - Arthritic Aquatics
  • 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - T, TH - Aquacise
  • Open/lap swim is available anytime with the exception of class time.

Swim at your own risk. Children under 14 must be accompanied by a parent. A pool lift is available for water rehab patients.

Pool Rules

The swimming pool is 3' to 5' deep therefore NO DIVING is permitted. Food and drinks are not allowed in the pool area. No wet clothing or swimming attire is allowed in the exercise area. We ask all participants to shower, removing lotions and oils before entering the pool. Lockers are provided for your use. Proper swimwear is required for pool use.

Hot Tub

Hot tub is available for clients over the age of 14 years. It is not recommended for pregnant women, people with heart conditions or high blood pressure. The hot tub capacity is 4 adults. Recommended length of time is 10 minutes followed by a cooling off time. Hot tub at 104 degrees may be used to relax and relieve pain for people with arthritis, back problems, and general relaxation.

Water Treadmill

The water treadmill is available for clients over the age of 14 years. The water treadmill is another way to cross train with less impact on hips and legs.

Water Classes

See Classes & Events Schedule >>

  • Arthritic Aquatics
  • Aquacise
  • Parent & Tot Lessons
  • Red Cross Swim Lessons (Level I, II, III).
  • Adult Swim Lessons

Private swim lessons are available upon request.



Avera St. Benedict Wellness Center offers various types of massage including Swedish, deep tissue, neuromuscular, stone therapy, and facial treatments.

Physiological effects of therapeutic massage

Reduces pain by

  • Stimulating the production of endorphins (the body's natural pain killers) to help provide a power muscle relaxant.
  • Introducing new information through the nervous system which helps to re-educate muscles in poor posture.
  • Flushing out lactic acid that pools in the muscles causing tissues to be more alkaline, which in turn restores the PH balance and helps the body to return to a state of homeostasis (the body's natural state of harmony).
  • Helping to reduce DOMS (Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness). Post event massage will help reduce DOMS dramatically.

Increases strength by

  • Maximizing performance ability.

Decreases stress by

  • Increasing mental awareness.
  • Decreasing the heart rate and lowering anxiety levels.

Improves overall health by

  • Increasing venous (vein) circulation of blood and lymphatic flow.
  • Flushing out toxins by increasing the flow of the immune system.
  • Stimulating and inducing an anti-depressant effect.

Types of Massage

Swedish massage offers full relaxation through long, smooth strokes which access the superficial muscle fibers. This classic European massage will effectively help in maintaining your body's general state of health. It is beneficial as a stress reliever with the added intention of full body relaxation.

Deep Tissue massage stimulates deep muscle relaxation through the manipulation of deep tissue fibers. By manipulating deep muscle fibers, we can effectively re-educate muscles to work properly, helping to support the body's own natural abilities to heal.

Neuromuscular is a type of therapy that is beneficial to those suffering from chronic pain in a specific area. Relying on Trigger Point Therapy, the involved muscles are released through a series of four or five sessions. Neuromuscular therapy is recommended like this form of massage.

Stone Therapy is available with both Swedish and Deep Tissue massage. Please specify if you would like this form of massage.

Hot Tub use is also available. If you are not a wellness member, please inquire how this form of therapy can benefit you.

Which approach is best for you?

Each different type of therapy offers its own unique character, focus, technique and participation. Some are more effective for certain outcomes than others are. How do you know which is best for you?

Classic European massage (Swedish) will effectively help in maintaining your body's general state of health. This type of therapy is beneficial if you are seeking a powerful stress reliever with the added intention of full body relaxation.

Deep tissue is beneficial to those who "just need something more". By manipulating deep muscle fibers, we can effectively re-educate muscles to work properly, helping to support the body's own natural abilities to heal.

Length of Massage Appointments

  • 30 minutes
  • 60 minutes
  • 90 minutes

Call 928-4410 to set up an appointment.

Massage Hours

  • Monday - 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Your First Session

Please arrive 5-10 minutes early to complete a brief personal history form and to discuss any questions you may have regarding massage. Confidentiality is a priority and is maintained at all times. Your massage will be given by a Certified Massage Therapist, trained in various therapeutic techniques and will be given in a private massage room. If you have specific concerns or problem areas, please inform your therapist. It is important you drink lots of water after your massage to ensure proper elimination of toxins. Stretching is a must to keep muscles limber. Vitamin C is also been known to help.

Gift Certificates

Gift certificates are available for purchase through the Wellness Center. They make wonderful gifts for birthdays, holidays and anniversaries or as just a way of showing your appreciation for someone.

Cardio Equipment

Cardiovascular Equipment

There is a wide variety of equipment in the cardiovascular area at the Wellness Center. Current equipment include: 6 treadmills, 6 Air Dyne bikes, row machines, 3 elliptical trainers, recumbent bike, and a Nu-Step trainer. This equipment is for people trying to improve the efficiency of the heart and lungs or to fight weight gain. General fitness enthusiasts, athletes and rehabilitation clients can all benefit from this equipment.

Machines and Free Weights

Resistance Machines and Free Weights

Weight training equipment consists of Polaris Resistance Machines that include the back extension, shoulder press, abdominal machine, chest press, lat pull-down, seated row, seated calf raise, Nautilus leg extension, seated leg curl, and hip abduction/adduction machine. There is also a Smith machine, power station, and dumbbells. Resistance training can be very beneficial for osteoporosis by keeping bones and muscles strong and aiding in fat loss.

Training is required for cardiovascular and weight equipment before starting any program. This service is provided by our friendly staff and is free of charge. Call 605-928-4410 to schedule a tour and appointment.

Education Classes

Community Education and Wellness Classes

A variety of community education programs are held each year. The Avera St. Benedict programs that are offered throughout the year have included family issues, women's and men's health issues, heart screening for adults, farm safety for children, SOFY every other year, diabetic education, nutritional education, arthritis, protect your back, Basic First Aid Training annually for children, baby sitters clinic annually, CPR classes.