New business focuses on happiness

Dotty Cozzens White said she has already placed a trash can near the front door of her new business, Eagles Nest Landing, where her clients can deposit all of their negative “stuff” before entering the building.

Dorothy Cozzens White
Dorothy Cozzens White

“This is going to be a place of sunshine and lollipops,” chuckled White.

White will offer several types of massage and other therapeutic services such as Reiki through her new massage business located on Main Street in Byron in an old building once occupied by her own mother, Dorothy, who ran an antique business out of the same storefront. The store is located between Glen Hopkinson’s art studio and the ice cream shop.

White said she plans to make her business a “feel good” place, with a little nostalgia built in from items still remaining in the shop from her mother’s former antique business including antique rocking chairs and shelves adorned with collectibles and antique knickknacks.

“I think massage is a proactive approach to health,” said White. “It’s an alternative to reaching out for a pill when dealing with pain.”

In addition to traditional massage, she also offers Reiki.

“Everything has energy in it,” she explained. “There’s an energy we emit. Reiki works on that energy.”

Reiki is an alternative technique that originated in the Orient. Through the use of this technique, practitioners believe that they are transferring universal energy (reiki) in the form of qi (Japanese) through their hands, which some believe allows for self-healing by creating a state of equilibrium.

White said that during a Reiki session she doesn’t physically touch the client, but that through her Reiki training she can sometimes feel a person’s pain and work on that energy.

She said she named the business Eagle’s Nest Landing because the eagle was the mascot of the old Byron school that she attended in her childhood. She said it implies a safe place where people can land.

White has had extensive training in many different types of massage techniques including hot stone massage, paraffin wax, deep tissue and Swedish. And although not required in this state, White is certified through her training in other states where a license is required to practice massage.

“There are literally hundreds of different types of massage and the type I use depends on the client I am working with,” she explained. “My focus is to customize a program for each client.”

The business opened earlier this month. For more information contact White at 271-1924.

by Patti Carpenter