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Rising Stars: Meet Laura Scannapieco

Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura Scannapieco.

Laura, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I’m from Buffalo, NY originally. I’ve been an entrepreneur for ten years. I have my hands in many things. My main focus is in wellness (Yoga, Pilates, Thai bodywork) and I have a small jewelry business called DEM Jewels. I went to college for Fine Arts Metals and Jewelry and Painting. Wellness has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I grew up doing gymnastic and cheerleading and I remember in high school I was intrigued with the study of yoga not at all realizing it would be a part of my main career. When I was in college that’s when I really dived into the practice, and that’s when it all began, I fell in love with it, the study, the routine, the spiritual awakening it brought into my life. I did my yoga training out in Philadelphia at Amrita yoga and wellness and I learned a lot about the business and how this industry works. That’s when I came across Thai bodywork and Pilates. In 2017, I made the move to Denver and actually met my Pilates teacher, teacher. I knew it was meant to be so I dived right into Pilates training, which was a total game changer for me. Pilates changed my life in so many ways and was a great combination with yoga. It’s now been five years and my career in wellness has been thriving especially after our year off from COVID, people need wellness more than ever and I’m happy to be a part of this healing movement.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Smooth road? Not at all. There are busy seasons and slow seasons. Like for example, summers are very slow. People take the time to travel. I’ve known this ever since I started doing this work and you just have to be mindful that the slow season is coming and use the busy seasons to your advantage. I always find ways to get by, that’s where Dem jewels come in. I take the time to design and make jewels and sell it through e-commerce. It keeps my creative juices flowing!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Right now my main focus is on healing for myself and to heal others by holding that space for them.

I’ve started to grow my Thai bodywork business after the pandemic and it really seems to be attracting people. Seeing my clients be totally relaxed after the session is really all the satisfaction I need. Knowing I’m helping others heals me.

I think one thing that sets me apart from many others is that I am a realist. No one is perfect, including myself. I try to create a space for people where they can be their most authentic selves. I want to create a space where people can let go and heal, where you can move in a way that feels right for you, and you can explore and evolve. I want to see others reach their fullest potential because I know we are all capable of it.

Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
My advice to you is to know that this is your practice, your healing journey. Continue to show up for yourself, and don’t be shy. Stay consistent and watch things blossom. There is going to be darkness during the process but know that darkness always leads you to light.


  • 60-minute Thai bodywork session $125
  • 90-minute Thai bodywork session $165
  • Private Pilates and yoga $75-$85
  • Private zoom sessions $50-$75
  • Mentorship $385

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Image Credits
Ellen Kristine photography (handstand photo) MIDMODMARION for portrait and desert photos

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