Breck man brings psychology, athletic experience to job with police
BRECKENRIDGE<Glen Langhans hopes to be a cop some day.The 29-year-old Breckenridge man has the experience, from his days of being a lifeguard, to his degree in psychology, a certification in massage therapy and experience as a health aide.”It’s the same theme, different application,” he said of his various jobs throughout the years. “I like interacting with people.”Langhans was raised in Armonk, N.Y., and was accepted to Villanova University outside of Philadelphia on a swimming scholarship. He originally intended to major in biology, but changed that to psychology, graduating in 1994.Instead of pursing a career in counseling, he enrolled in a local massage therapy school, taught swimming and worked as a lifeguard at the YMCA, and worked as a rehabilitation aide in a hospital.”That’s not so off-track,” he said of his divergent interests. “In massage, there’s a psychological component. It physically helps you, and if your body feels better, you feel better psychologically.”He earned his massage therapy certification in 1995, and in 1999 got the opportunity to travel to China for two weeks and work as a massage therapist at the Olympic Training Center.”The techniques are similar; that’s where it all originated,” he said. “They don’t do it differently than us, we do it differently than they do. But their focus is different.”Chinese massage involves the manipulation of acupressure points<those places on the body where energy is believed to flow. Sometimes that energy gets blocked, specialists say, causing pain and even illness. Doctors in China have used accupressure and acupuncture for thousands of years to unblock the energy and get the body working again.Last year, Langhans decided it was time for a change, and quit his jobs.”You have to stay busy,” he said, adding he thinks if a person’s job is starting to stagnate, it’s a good time to move on. “I’ve always wanted to have loyalty to one job all my life, stick with it. But you have to know when you get to the point you’re not advancing in your career, or you’re not growing, you can’t be satisfied with doing the same thing.”Working various jobs in Philadelphia prepared him for life in Summit County, he said with a laugh.”I was used to working three jobs by the time I got out here,” he said. “Forty hours a week didn’t cut it. You get to the point you need the change. And I had some friends who were moving to Summit County, so I said, “Hey, I’m coming.'”Langhans had only been to Colorado once before, to visit his brother in Colorado Springs, and remembers being awed by the size of the mountains. He arrived in March 2000, in the middle of mud season.His first jobs were at the Breckenridge Recreation Center, where he worked as a lifeguard and at the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge, where he was a massage therapist. He quit both six months ago to become a Community Service Officer with the Breckenridge Police Department. He hopes to enter the Police Academy, a 20-week program in which he could become a sworn officer, this summer.”That’s the plan,” he said. “It’s definitely a career move, as opposed to working as a lifeguard or a massage therapist. I like working with people, serving people. I like that you can be outdoors, and that the calls are always different. I’m not cooped up in some steamy hot pool area.”In his off hours, Langhans can be found mountain biking, skiing or snowboarding.”What do I like?<What don’t I like about Summit County,” he said. “The people are great, it’s peaceful, there’s always someone who has the same interests as you so you can always find someone to do things with. I have other things I want to do, and here, we have nature to do them in.”Jane Stebbins can be reached at 668-3998 ext. 228 or email@example.com.
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