Relax. Reset. Unwind

Kay Laun of Pawnee City, Neb., offers therapeutic massage and bodywork at her new business front located inside the Glacial Hills Business Resource Center.

Kay Laun owns Artistic Wellness Massage Therapy and has been in business since 1998.

Waves crashing on a white sand beach or taking a hike through the mountains is what some people picture when thinking about relaxing and resetting. However, locals don’t have to travel very far if they need a little rest and relaxation. The goal of the long standing business – Artistic Wellness Massage Therapy – is to help those in need to feel their best.

Kay Laun of Pawnee City, Neb., owner of Artistic Wellness Massage Therapy, has been a nationally certified massage therapist since 1998, when she graduated from the Universal College of Healing Arts in Omaha, Neb.

While Artistic Wellness Massage Therapy has been in business since 1998, Kay has had her business in Sabetha since 2014. When she first started coming to Sabetha, she was located at Char Mae, but she moved her business to the Glacial Hills Business Resource Center in February 2020, about six weeks prior to COVID-19.

Kay had – and still does have – a successful business in Pawnee City for 16 years, when she decided it was time to expand.

“I felt like my business was needed for people to have the convenience of not having to travel long distances,” Kay said. “People everywhere have stress, pain and stiffness. Upon meeting the late Linda McGuire in 2014, I decided to expand my massage business to Sabetha. She was awesome.”

Schooling, continuing education

In order to become a certified massage therapist, Kay had to complete 1,000 hours of schooling at the Universal College of Healing Arts in Omaha. In order to keep her license, Kay has to complete 24 hours of continuing education every two years for Nebraska licensing, which she needs in order to operate her other business fronts in Pawnee City and Falls City, Neb.

“I also complete continuing education requirements to maintain my Nebraska license,” Kay said. “The state of Kansas does not regulate massage.”

Kay also has served as a mentor of massage therapy students from various schools.


As a massage therapist, Kay performs therapeutic massage and bodywork for her clients based on their needs.

“I network with chiropractors, doctors and physical therapists for referrals and treatment plans,” Kay said. “I provide individualized treatment for my clients muscular needs from destressing to pain relief. Massage also is good for circulation.”

Some of the Kay’s modalities include Swedish Massage, Myofascial Unwinding Release, Trigger Point, Thai Yoga Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Repetitive Use Therapy, Sports Massage, Chair Massage and Deep Tissue Massage.

“My basic massage is a Swedish massage incorporated with Thai Yoga and Myofascial Unwinding Release,” Kay said. “I also provide cupping and Gua Sha. I figured if Michael Phelps did cupping to help him win his gold medals, then it would be an asset to my modalities. So off to seminar I went!”

Kay said one of her favorite moments of her career was performing massage at the Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha.

Benefits of Massage

Massage is generally considered part of integrative medicine and is sometimes offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. Benefits for massage include reducing stress and increasing relaxation; reducing pain and muscle soreness and tension; improving circulation, energy and alertness; lowering heart rate and blood pressure; and improving immune function.

Some studies have found massage also may be helpful for anxiety, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches, insomnia related to stress, low back pain, Myofascial pain syndrome, upper back and neck pain, nerve pain, soft tissue strains or injuries, sports injuries, and temporomandilbular joint pain.

In order to book an appointment with Kay, clients can text or leave a voicemail at 402-852-2363.

“I appreciate all of my current clients and look forward to working with all future clients,” Kay said.

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Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.


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