Lasha Farrar has a simple message for her clients and potential clients. “ I love making people feel better,” she said on a wintry day in her cozy treatment room in the MacIntosh Building at 226 West Colorado Avenue.
The Toronto native is the new face of Aprés Healing Massage, the business that Fran Headley started in 2012. Farrar was introduced to Headley — who moved to Paonia at the end of the ski season — by a mutual friend who told her, “Your souls are very much alike.” Farrar said it was a fortuitous introduction.
“We instantly clicked,” she said.
Headley needed the perfect person to take over her lease and her business, and found it in Farrar. The two share warm personalities, radiant smiles and a passion for healing Telluride’s aches and pains.
“I’m hoping to grow this practice,” Farrar said. Her immediate plan is to keep the Aprés Healing name.
Farrar’s education is impressive.
“I graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2006 with Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics, did my 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2007 at Balanced Life Yoga, graduated with Masters in Exercise Physiology and Performance at East Tennessee State University in 2010, and then got my Massage Therapy Certification in 2017 at Roane State Community College,” she said.
Not only does she heal through massage, but she also brings to the healing room a background in sports performance and pain management. She also specializes in prenatal and postnatal wellness, as well as healing for trauma and PTSD. She teaches yoga, too.
“It’s a passion of mine to watch people relearning a relationship to their physical, mental and emotional well-being,” she said.
Her specialty is Pranayama yoga. Prana is a Sanskrit word that translates as “vital life force” and yama means control. It’s all about breath and aligning the chakras, according to DoYouYoga.com.
Farrar, who started working at The Peaks when she arrived in town with her husband, Tyler, in December of last year, is, like all who fall in love with the valley, smitten with her new home.
“I love it,” she said. “It’s hard not to love even with this extended winter. It’s beautiful.”
She’s off to a good start since taking up the Apres Healing mantle from her predecessor, Headley.
“I’ve nested and am making the space my own,” Farrar said. “I’m keeping Fran’s vibe while I cultivate my own clientele and create my own connections.”
Mountainfilm was a fruitful weekend for her, she said, with word of mouth and a social media presence stoking her opportunities. She’s been treating a combination of Headley’s former clients and her own.
“Since I began in the massage world, I told myself I would surrender to the fact that whoever is going to be on my table is going to be there. I put trust in the universe.”
Farrar and Telluride are a good match. She “loves being outdoors,” something she said was instilled at an early age, and lists hiking, biking and skiing as three of her favorite pursuits. But what really gets her excited is the happiest result of this spring’s bountiful precipitation — paddle boarding season.
“This wet weather is making me itchy (to get on the water),” she said. She’s also looking forward to exploring the desert.
“There’s so much diversity here,” she said.
Farrar will be sharing her healing room with Corey Bush, a nutritional therapist who will hold office hours on Thursdays.
“We’re looking to develop a three-dimensional way of healing,” she said.
All in all, Farrar is looking forward to meeting — and helping heal — Telluride’s active residents.
“People here are more conscious of taking care of themselves while staying active,” she said.