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Body First- providing wellness solutions for a lifetime

Providing the tools to maintain a healthy lifestyle is at the heart of Body First. Body First offers fitness, recreation, and wellness opportunities for all ages. From Massage Therapy to Chiropractic Care to Tennis for all ages to Personal Training; Body First strives to encourage and health and wellness for all.

Our Mission

The mission of Body First is to bring a higher knowledge and understanding of total body care to the community.


Body First Wellness Center

Qualified massage therapists use various modalities and techniques to customize each massage to meet the needs of the clients. Each session may incorporate Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular, Swedish Massage, Myofascial release and other techniques. Whether you need therapy or just relaxation Body First Massage is the perfect choice.

Commitment to excellence

Body First Wellness Center is dedicated to adhering to the highest standards of excellence. In order to achieve such high standards Body First works to excel in four key areas.

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  • Body First's Commitment to our clients/patients

    We are committed to the wellbeing of our clients/patients. Our staff is highly trained, knowledgeable, and ethical. Our services are designed for your wellbeing.

    Body First Commitment to our community


    Body First supports the Manhattan area community. We live here too! Please join us in giving back to the community. Body First encourages everyone to remember our local non-profits through volunteerism and charitable giving.


    Body First Tennis and Fitness Center
    3615 Claflin Rd, Manhattan, KS 66503

    Fitness...Tennis...Recreation...

    Formally the Cottonwood Racquet Club, Body First purchased the facility in August 2010.

    Body First Tennis and Fitness Center is home to three indoor tennis courts, outdoor courts, weight room, cardio equipment, and fitness services.

    Tennis opportunities exist for all ages from lessons for children to leagues and drills for adults.

    History of Body First

    1997-Body First was founded by Douglas

    After moving to Manhattan, KS from Athens Georgia, Douglas Sellers begins working in Manhattan as a massage therapist. Within one year Doug founded Body First and Laura Ebert joined the Body First staff. Doug and Laura offered a wide range services including massage therapy, sports massage, pregnancy massage, spa services and more....

    1999-Body First expands to a full scale massage therapy clinic

    By 1999 the demand for Body First massage had exceeded expectations. Body First moved to 2308 Anderson and brought additional therapists onto their staff. To ensure the highest standard of care, Body First established their minimum standards of education, training, and experience for the massage staff. In addition each therapist agrees to adhere to a Code of Ethics. To this day Body First requires a high level of excellence from their staff.

    1999-Body First adds Salon Services

    Body First added a private salon. This concepts allows the clientele to experience the calm of a relaxing quiet retreat and recieve expert salon services. Body First continues to offer Salon Services.

    2000-Body First recognized as premier Sports Massage provider.

    Since its inception Body First had been a respected provider of Sports Massage. By 2000 the reputation of the Body First Sports Massage program had spread. Body First sports clientele have included:

    Olympians-over 20 from over half a dozen countries
    Collegiate athletes-We have worked with over a dozen different collegiate sports teams. NCAA national champions and record holders, Big 12 champions, and other collegiate athletes have benefitted from Body First
    Professional Athletes-Professional Track and Field, NFL, NBA, WNBA, athletes; and more
    High School Athletes
    Runners-Ultra marathoners, marathoners, sprinters, to the casual jogger
    and more...


    2001-Body First has largest, highly trained massage therapy staff in Manhattan

    By 2001 Body First has the largest massage therapy staff in Manhattan. In addition to have a large number of massage therapist on staff each therapist possess a high level of training, continue to increase their base of knowledge, and adhere to the highest standard of professional ethics.

    2008-Chiropractic Care and Acupuncture comes to Body First

    In January 2008 Dr. Kenyon Erickson joined the Body First staff. Dr. Erickson is the founder of Erickson Family Chiropractic and has been practice Chiropractic Care and Acupuncture in Manhattan since 2000.



    2009-Body First becomes Body First Wellness Center

    In 2009 Body First changes its name from Body First to Body First Wellness Center to reflect its focus on the wellness of the whole body.

    2010-Body First purchases Cottonwood Racquet Club

    In August of 2010 Body First purchased Cottonwood Racquet Club at 3615 Claflin Rd. The purhase will allow Body First Wellness to expand its wellness abilities.

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    Body First Wellness and Recreation Center

    3615 Claflin, Manhattan, KS 66503
    (785) 587 8300 or (785) 776 6060

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