Hope Petersen

Licensed Massage Therapist

Certificate of Massage- Kapolei Massage Institute, Kapolei, HI

B.S. Industrial Technology/Safety Management from Wayne State College, Wayne, NE


Licensed Massage Therapist- City of Manhattan

Licensed Massage Therapist- Nebraska


Hope has been a massage therapist since 2019 and joined the Body First Team in February 2020.  A licensed massage therapist and a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), she received her initial massage therapy education from the Kapolei Massage Institute , Kapolei, HI.  Hope is also part of the Body First Sports Massage Program.

“One of the most inspiring things about being a massage therapist is being able to meet new people on a daily basis and getting to know them.”

As a massage therapist who loves to do shoulder work, Rhomboid Major and Minor are Hope’s  favorite two muscles. They help to retract the scapula and rotate the scapula to depress the glenoid cavity in the shoulder.  Her experience has taught her that when you use your hands, arms, and shoulders for a living your  rhomboids can get fatigued easily and it having your rhomboids being worked on and manipulated can bring needed relief and feels great. 

As a child and grandchild of salon owners in small town northeast Nebraska Hope knew at a young age she  wanted to help people feel better, either about them selves or their body. Even though she may not have started out in the beauty or massage industry right away after high school, it was always in the back of her mind while she was studying at a state college. After college she married her  husband, who is an Army comprehensive dentist, and they were stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. It was there that Hope decided to follow her passion and go to massage school.
She loved her massage therapy school because she received a lot of one on one hands on experience with her instructor and upper class men. At Kapolei Massage Institute she specialized in workman’s comp/insurance clients in rehabilitating certain muscles and muscle groups. It was there that she gained  experience using Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) tools and myofascial cupping.

In September of  2019 Hope and her husband  I moved to Fort Riley in September of 2019, and I am looking forward to working at Body First, continuing my education, and meeting new people!



  • Range of Motion work
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
  • Cupping
  • Muscle Stripping
  • Massage for Relaxation