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Summit Daily/Reid WIlliamsMassage therapist Laura Young in her treatment are at Auth Chiropractic in Dillon
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Some people have no idea where they want to be, but Laura Young says she always knew.A ski racer from Chicago who started sliding on skis at the age of 3, Young said that even while ski racing on small hills in Michigan, she knew “my heart was in Summit County.”After graduating from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy and working for a few years to save money, Young in her 20s finally left the Midwest for good. Her first stop was Summit County, where she had visited on family ski vacations.When first arriving to live, Young worked for various spas as a massage therapist but wanted to transition into a more therapeutic clinical practice. She opened an office in Auth Chiropractic Center in Dillon about one year ago, where she felt joining forces with Jeff Auth, a chiropractor, would help her build a locally based clientele. “The off seasons would kill me (as an on-the-clock massage therapist at area spas that cater to tourists,” Young said. “I only made money six to eight months of the year. I kept hearing over and over again that the only way to get ahead was to work for yourself.”Young felt she had the skills and confidence to open her own business.”I felt it was time for me to go ahead and develop clients for myself rather than for other people,” she said.The work turned out to be rewarding. As a specialist in chronic pain, which includes athletic injury treatment and over-use injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, Young with her new business can watch her clients progress and improve.She also does traditional relaxation massage and specializes in Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, in which she uses her feet while hanging on to ceiling bars, for deep compression work.”I enjoy working so closely with people and making them feel better,” Young said. “It feels like a calling.”Massage therapy is a career that can become difficult to do consistently for many years – the physical strain on arms and had muscles can send some therapists looking for another career, Young said.She began to feel some of those effects about five years after graduating from college, which is why she went back to school for Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy.”I was not ready to hang up my career,” she said.The additional training allows her to address a variety of lower back aliments in her clients, from scoliosis to herniated discs.”It’s three times the massage,” she said of the foot massage.Young now treats clients from all over the country who make it a point to see her when they are in town.”I know what’s going on with them both personally and on a therapeutic level,” she said. “I always wondered if my work was helping people because I’d never see them again. This is more rewarding.”When she is not working, Young spends time with her boyfriend of more than two years, Mark Langanke, and her 9-year-old dog, Blackfoot, out skiing or hiking.Kim Marquis can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 249, or at kmarquis@summitdaily.com.


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