Massage therapist sets up shop in David City

January 16, 2019

Meg Hicks didn’t plan on setting up shop in David City.

Her initial thought after finishing school was to work in Lincoln or Seward. But then she realized and thought “why would I do that? that would be stupid. Why would I drive every day instead of just work in my hometown.”

Because of this revelation, Prairie Sage Massage was born. Working out of the Optimal Health Chiropractic office at 545 N. 5th St. in David City since October, the independent contractor offers a variety of massage services. These include full-body Swedish massages, aromatherapy body wraps, customized therapeutic massages and a hot stone massage which she refers to as basalt stone therapy.

“It’s a little bit different than other hot stone treatments that you would find elsewhere,” Hicks said. “I actually use the stones to massage along with my hands. So it’s more than just placing the stones on you in different areas.”

Hicks is a 2004 graduate of Aquinas High School. Before becoming a massage therapist, she worked full time at the Smallville Child Care Center in David City and did desk work for a spa in Seward. A person there encouraged her to become a massage therapist and study at the Myotherapy Institute College of Massage Therapy where she graduated in August.

“Just need something for a career, rather than just a job,” Hicks said. “She thought it would be a good fit for me, and so I applied.”

According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Senior Services website, there are only two other licensed massage therapists in Butler County: Holly Thoman with Off Roading Relief Mobile Massage Therapy and Laurie Jirovsky with Shay Massage Therapy, both being on-site only. Hicks said having her own physical location helps with the relaxation process.

“I feel like most people want to get out of their home to come relax,” Hicks said. “The fact that I’m close by and you can just come and lay on my table for an hour and escape, I think is really, really helpful.”

Hicks’ office hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Since December 2018, Hicks has also been working out of the Butler County Healthcare Clinic on the days she isn’t at the office. Customers can request to make appointments at either location. All services must be scheduled prior to appointment by calling 402-270-2840.

Steven Saalfeld, of Optimal Health Chiropractic, said having Hicks in David City is a benefit to the community. He works out of the office on the days Hicks is at the hospital and works out of an office in Schuyler on the days Hicks uses the space.

“It does go very well together,” he said about the two’s field of work. “It’s nice when they want a nice therapeutic massage, it’s nice to have that go-to person.”

Hicks said she hopes the success of her businesses encourages others to come to the area.

“I want to see small towns do well. I think it’s important to have this option for people and I think the more things we can bring to a town like David City, the better,” Hicks said.

Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him him via email at eric.schucht@lee.net.

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