More than a massage?
Cazenovia therapist connects body to spirit with her hands and heart
By Willie Kiernan
Massage therapy, a combination of science and art, provides a relaxing experience by artistic hand strokes on the body to rejuvenate the mind and body and eliminate stress scientifically.
"My work has multiple layers," said Lynne Potteiger. "When a person comes to me for a massage, I really address the many layers of a person's being, their condition. They are getting more than a massage."
A licensed massage therapist, Potteiger has created a serene temple in her home/office on Fenner Street where her clientele gently becomes physically and spiritually coaxed toward wellness and inner peace.
"My approach is integrative because I look at the whole person, using a lot of techniques to address the different levels of healing," she said.
Within her bag of tricks, besides massage therapy, Potteiger is a healer, a teacher of spiritual development and a Reiki practitioner.
Reiki is a spiritual practice developed in 1922 by Mikao Usui. After three weeks of fasting and meditating on Mount Kurama, in Japan, Usui claimed to receive the ability of "healing without energy depletion." Practitioners believe they are moving "healing energy" through the use of their palms. In randomized clinical trials and systematic reviews, Reiki has yet to be scientifically proven.
"We're stuck in scientific mode -- with things that can be explained and proven -- Reiki has to be experienced to be proven," Potteiger said. "Times are changing, esoteric practices like prayer, meditation, Reiki and healing touch are gaining more credibility in the scientific community."
Potteiger has found that everyone has the power to be a healer.
"I try to teach my clients that they have a great capacity for self-healing," she said. "I try to get them in touch with their own inner truth and wisdom."