Who We Are: New healing center grows in Breckenridge
Special to the Daily
Andrea Frye always has been fascinated with the structure of things. In college, she studied the design of buildings, but ultimately, she found her home in the architecture of human bodies.
A year into her architecture program at the University of Arkansas, she began to feel “locked down,” she said, yearning to develop deeper connections with people and find “a more fulfilling purpose.”
So, she made a “spontaneous decision” to attend massage school in New Mexico.
“I knew it was a natural place, with lots of holistic opportunities,” she said. “It was a good place to enjoy nature and give me time to think … and it felt like it was right.”
There, her love for the mountains got under her skin, so to speak. After receiving her massage degree and license in 2008, she moved back to her home state of Missouri, but it didn’t quite take. By spring of 2011, her passion for mountains, rock climbing, snowboarding and hiking with her dogs led her to Breckenridge.
A year later, she boldly opened her own wellness center in a quaint red house on the corner of Ridge Street and Washington Avenue. The name, Samadhi Healing Arts Studio, refers to “a state of consciousness in which the mind becomes completely still, while remaining conscious. It is what it means to have absolute control of the chaos in your mind,” according to its website.
“It’s a state of mind where all perceptions are inactive and calm, absorbed into contentment,” Frye said. “That’s what people strive for, and I want people to come here and find peace.”
Frye specializes in neuromuscular, deep tissue and sports massages, adapting each modality to a client’s specific needs. She also offers detoxifying body treatments, which include a body toning detox treatment with a seaweed wrap, an anti-cellulite massage and infrared heat therapy. Other therapists work with Frye, providing Thai yoga massages, Thai facials, homeopathic consultations and private and group yoga classes.
This year, Frye earned her certificate in yoga, allowing her to teach the discipline, which she credits for inspiring part of her healing mindset.
“A couple years ago, I was on a path with no direction, but things have taken a positive turn,” she said. “Now, I let go of attempting to control life. Even when you are going through struggles that you think are holding you back, sometimes these struggles lead you to something better than you imagined.”
In fact, a record-breaking tornado, which wiped out most of Joplin, Mo., where she lived at the time, gave her the impetus to act on her dreams of moving to Colorado.
“The tornado was basically an incentive, which I interpreted as a sign that it was time to get out of there and go to where I wanted to be in life,” she said. “During the experience of that horrific disaster, I witnessed hundreds of people go through some very traumatic times. I feel very blessed that God was watching out for me. It gave me the passion to create a place where people could go to escape the stresses of life and find peace.”
Frye’s the type of person who gets an idea, “obsesses over it” and does whatever it takes to make it fly. To make Samadhi a reality took saving up, working hard, sticking it out through mud season and surmounting the daunting fact that within two blocks of her place, there are four massage businesses. To address the latter, she offers various spa treatments, rendered through a clinical approach within a holistic environment.
“There’s a place out there for every person to feel comfortable” she said. “I’m taking a risk, but I know that I have something to offer.”
Though it’s her first time opening a business – without much of a business management background – she knew it was time for her to jump in when she asked herself what would make her happy down the road.
So far, she hasn’t had to wait long for satisfaction: She says she has a solid clientele, made up of about 95 percent locals, though she expects more visitors to come in the winter.
Within her practice, she listens to people’s physical issues – and their emotions ones, if they want to share. From there, she customizes her approach. She believes in empowering her clients to educate themselves about health and taking care of their bodies through eating well and exercise. Her philosophy revolves around cherishing one’s body and taking care of it.
“It helps you find joy and have a positive outlook,” she said. “Body work and yoga gets your body to its full potential by releasing issues that hold you back from enjoying life.
“My purpose is to help people and help let them know how they can take care of themselves, so that they can achieve a better quality of life.”
Needless to say, she hardly thinks of her work as a job.
“I help people get to where they personally want to be, so it’s been kind of a personal adventure,” she said. “I want people to know what it means to attain Samadhi, to have that level of contentment … to naturally enjoy life.”
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