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Motivated by massage

Therapists band together to start new massage center in Marshall

July 25, 2010
By Phillip Bock

MARSHALL - Two former Marshall-area massage therapists are bringing their services back to the community as they get ready to open a new business, The Escape Spa LLC, early next month.

"Massage is our passion," massage therapist Brittany Nath-Skuya said. "It's definitely a dream to have our own business."

Ashley Potter, the owner of the new business, has been in the massage therapy business for 11 years. Her mother worked in the health care industry and helped motivate Potter to pursue a career in massage therapy.

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Ashley Potter and Brittany Nath-Skuya once worked together at Preferred Massage. They are now starting a new massage business, The Escape Spa LLC.

"When I was growing up my mom was a nurse and I worked with mentally handicapped people and physical therapy," Potter said. "This is kind of what it evolved into it."

Nath-Skuya brings five years of massage therapy experience to the business. She started pursuing the career right out of high school and received her education from the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis.

"I went in straight out of high school," she said. "I was a people person and wanted to help people."

"That's the ultimate goal," Potter added. "We want to help people feel better and be an asset in that human process."

About two years ago the two friends worked together at Preferred Massage in Marshall, but had left the business to pursue other careers. Potter went on to start her own massage therapy business called The Escape in Cottonwood and, after almost two years with her own business, she decided it was time to expand.

"Brittany wanted to get back into massage and I wanted to expand my business into Marshall," Potter said.

They are finishing up renovations on a building on North 3rd Street and plan to have a grand opening Aug. 3. The building features spacious massage rooms with a modern feel and an extra office to expand the business in the future.

"The spacious massage rooms are a nice highlight of our building," Potter said. "Normally massage rooms are not that big; they're half that size."

The two massage therapists specialize in infant massage, pre-natal massage, therapeutic swedish massage, deep tissue massage, trigger-point therapy, reflexology, aromatherapy and stone massage.

"There is a lot of competition, but there is a lot of need," Potter said, "We want to bring in a fresh wave of specialized customer service and valuable experience to Marshall."

In addition to their massage therapy the business will feature rejuvenated foot baths and detox body wraps as part of their spa offerings.

"We are energized and excited to get started and be an active business in the Marshall community," Potter said.



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