Caz: More than a massage?

With fast paced lives and the continuous chase to meet deadlines, the tired mind and body tends to seek out for stress relief. Some people enjoy a stressful situation and find a rewarding experience in working under stress. But there are also people bogged down by stress and find it affecting not only their minds but their bodies as well.

"Massage helps a person come back into their body to experience their wholeness and a greater sense of integration of body, mind and spirit," Potteiger said.

Ancient and medieval times

The concept of massage is evident throughout history. Writings on massage have been found in many ancient civilizations. A biblical reference documents daily massage with olive oil and myrrh as a part of the beauty regimen of the wives of Xerxes. Hippocrates wrote, "The physician must be experienced in many things, but assuredly in rubbing." The ancient Chinese believed in the massage of skin and flesh. In Romania some illnesses were treated by a massage in which the patient was trodden on by a tame bear.

Massage started to become popular in the United States in the middle part of the 1800s based on techniques developed in Sweden. During the 1930s and 1940s massage's influence decreased as a result of medical advancements of the time, while in the 1970s massage's influence grew once again with a notable rise among athletes. Massage was used up until the 1960s and 1970s by nurses to help ease patients' pain and help them sleep.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "The body is a thing of shreds and patches, borrowed unequally from good and bad ancestors and a misfit from the start."

The experience

Though the manipulation of soft tissue and energy work, as a massage therapist, Potteiger describes herself as more of a facilitator or a catalyst for people to become more aware of the relationship of their physical and spiritual being and to make the necessary shifts in their lives to live more harmoniously within themselves.

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