Back In Touch Offers 80 Years Of Combined Licensed Massage Therapist Experience


WAYNE – Community members joined Back in Touch during the final Chamber Coffee in the month of August.

Back In Touch began in the Mineshaft Mall in 1997 starting with one Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), being Connie Hassler and then gaining a second massage therapist (Shanna Rastede) two years after starting. The business then moved seven years later to where the Blue Cat Gallery & Studio is currently located before finally moving into their location of 115 West 3rd Street for four years.

Connie Hassler, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) will be entering her 22nd year as a therapist this October. Davis said there are four massage rooms along with a waiting area.

“The atmosphere is just very peaceful and calm and relaxing which is a big part of the massage,” said Hassler. “We always keep the lights low, nice soft music and make it as relaxing as possible because atmosphere is just as important as the massage.”

Hassler (22 years), Shanna Rastede (20 years), Melody Storm (19 years) and Heidi Ankeny (19 years) are the LMT’s at Back in Touch. Massages range from 30 minutes to an hour and a half.

Hassler joined the Chamber when she first started for about four years and just recently rejoined this year. Back in Touch hopes to reconnect with the community and give themselves some exposure to some people who don’t know they’re in town.

Hassler added when people visit Back in Touch, they are getting a wealth of experience.

“In the state of Nebraska, you need 1,000 of training to become a massage therapist and then pass the boards,” Hassler added. “Every two years we have to have 24 hours of continuing education to re-license.”

Back in Touch opens at 9 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Tuesday and Thursday anywhere from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call 402-375-2373 to schedule an appointment or with any questions.

When Hassler started in 1997, she was one of the only massage therapists in town and now there are nine others with six alone in the same block as Back in Touch.

Join Carhart Lumber Co. for the next Friday morning Chamber Coffee on September 6 at 10 a.m.