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Tom Pantera | Johnson Publications

After working for eight years as a physical therapy assistant, 2007 Wauneta-Palisade graduate Allison Ellicott has returned here to open up a massage therapy practice.

Wauneta native opens massage therapy business in town

If you’re stressed out these days — and who isn’t? — Allison Ellicott has you covered.
    Ellicott, 30, has opened Village Massage massage therapy practice at the Beauty Bar in Wauneta.
    “It was always my intent to work here,” the Wauneta native said, and when Beauty Bar owner Crystal Walgren approached her about it, it was a perfect fit.
    It represents a career change for Ellicott,
    She originally started as a physical therapy assistant, which did involve some massage, but returned to school at IBMC College in Greeley, Colorado, to get her certification as a massage therapist. After working eight years as a PTA in Kearney, and having taken some anatomy classes, she was able to shave two months off the 11-month program, graduating at the end of July.
    While the massage done by a PTA is somewhat different, focusing on specific areas of the body that require attention, in massage therapy “the big focus is on relaxation and stress relief,” she said. “It’s more of a full-body experience; This is more of a holistic approach to relaxation and stress relief.”

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