Niagara Gazette — They say that everyone who walks into the new Soma Cura Wellness Center on Grand Island seems to notice it. The place feels peaceful.
“The minute you walk through the door you feel as if you are in a sanctuary,” said Lynn Schutt, a yoga teacher at the new facility at 2710 Grand Island Blvd. “You feel calm, you feel like it’s a place you can go for peace.”
That is exactly as owner Sue Zinter planned it. The yoga practitioner and massage therapist opened the facility recently in a former medical arts building on the island. What sold her on the place was a huge room formerly used by medical transcribers. She and her husband, Matt Green, moved out desks and recording equipment and pulled up the carpet to reveal what was their idea of a perfect yoga studio, gently lit by windows overlooking the woods. They tiled the floor with natural bamboo tiles and decorated the room simply with Tibetan peace flags and yoga supplies. Zinter has been to many yoga centers around the country, and pulled her favorite touches from each, including small statues and a quiet reading corner.
A former pharmaceutical saleswoman, she found that career didn’t meet her desire to help promote natural healing. She learned massage, and then yoga, and late this summer opened her healing center in the same location where she used to sell pharmaceuticals. “I didn’t believe chemicals were the answer to every problem,” she said simply.
As such, her center offers a variety of natural healing options, from gentle cranial sacral manipulation to a form of Japanese acupuncture delivered through touch instead of needles, called Kata. The yoga classes offer a variety of options to those who want to practice yoga, from beginner to advanced practitioners, and in a variety of styles, such as yoga done in chairs to a restorative yoga practiced in just a few postures.