We had the good fortune of connecting with Annie Young and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Annie, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Massage therapy provides a natural, safe, and effective way of healing one’s pain that a lot of Western medicine can’t. While it’s often viewed as a luxury, the hands on benefits of massage, and other alternative/complimentary medicines, far surpass the more traditional ways to manage pain. It’s my job to educate my clients, listen to their needs, and use my specialized training to help them feel better in their body, mind, and spirit. If I can help people understand that taking care of their health is vital, not a luxury, and that they deserve to feel their best, then I’ve done what I’ve set out to do for our community.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I feel like I’m not your “typical” massage therapist. I tend to swear, I have visible explicit tattoos, and my massage style is not a fluffy, spa type massage. Don’t get me wrong, I will always put the needs of my client first. If they are seeking a more nurturing session, that’s what they’ll get. I strive to get to the root of my clients pain and work with them to reach a common goal by incorporating cupping therapy, neuromuscular therapy, and other technical protocols that you won’t necessarily find in a lot of other places. I value authenticity above anything else and will always be honest from my choice in the music we listen to, to telling my clients that maybe simply working on their posture will help their neck pain.
I was a chef in my previous career and just wasn’t happy. It was becoming a strain on my mental health and ultimately, I wasn’t taking care of myself. I worked full time while going to school and graduated in the middle of the pandemic. I’m incredibly proud of myself for making a huge, scary life change in the midst of so much uncertainty. Now, my work and my clients are my main focus and I wouldn’t change it for anything.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This might actually be the most difficult question thus far! Coming from a culinary background, I feel like all I do is go out to eat/drink around town if I’m not out hiking or working. There are SO many places to check out in the Springs, but some of my go-to’s are the Burrowing Owl, Shugas, and Chiba Bar. Visiting Garden of the Gods would be a must, but I also really enjoy hiking the trails of Cheyenne Canyon.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I wouldn’t be where I am without the immense support from my friends, colleagues, family, and my partner. Running your own business isn’t a breeze but my support system is packed with the most loving, understanding, and kind people I could ask for- and having the best clients makes it all worth it!
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