Pueblo West resident realizes health is key; becomes massage therapist

After working on his feet for 8-10 hours a day for more than 13 years, dealing with the everyday aches and pains, and attending night school, Yandi Cakrasenjaya knew he needed to make a change in lifestyle — now his journey is just beginning.

That journey led Cakrasenjaya to his current job as a massage therapist at Jara Elements.

Cakrasenjaya was born in Bandung, Indonesia, the oldest of four children.

When his family moved to the United States, Cakrasenjaya was 14-years-old and said without knowing the language or culture, he utilized less traditional routes to learn about his new home.

“(My siblings) were younger, so they picked up English pretty quick,” Cakrasenjaya said. “I’m the oldest, I needed to learn. So, I realized what they were doing was they were watching TV, going outside — they weren’t afraid. They come home speaking English, and I’m like, ‘What the heck am I doing wrong?’”