How Much Do You Know About Massage Therapy?

There are a lot of appealing aspects of working as a massage therapist. The industry is growing and you get to spend your time helping others feel better. If you’re interested in building a new career, choose massage therapy. Start by taking our quiz to see how much you really know about massage therapy!

How did you do on our quiz? If you’re ready to learn more about becoming a massage therapist, contact us! You can also book a tour to see our campus and get a feel of what it will be like to get training for your new career!

Are Deep Tissue Massages Supposed to Hurt?

Deep tissue massages can hurt, but that pain may not necessarily be considered “bad.” The purpose of a deep tissue massage is to work on all of the body’s soft tissues, especially the fascia, a layer of tissue that covers the muscles. A massage therapist might add more pressure than a normal massage to work these tissues and can help with sports injuries, back pain, and muscle tension. This extra pressure can cause pain and discomfort, but you can let your massage therapist know if it’s too much pain for you.

deep tissue massage on shoulders

What Can Deep Tissue Massages Help With?

Deep tissue massages are similar to other types of massages, but a massage therapist might add additional pressure to work with the fascia to help a variety of problems. A deep tissue massage can help with:

  • Lower or Upper Back Pain
  • Mobility
  • Sports Injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Posture Problems
  • Sports Injuries
  • Muscle Tension

What Can You Do if Your Massage Hurts?

While a deep tissue massage is likely to cause some pain, it’s still important to know what to do if it hurts too much. When receiving a deep tissue massage, do these things:

  • Evaluate the pain. Many massages are described as creating a “good pain” where there’s an ache, but it still feels “good.” This kind of pain is normal for a massage. However, if you only feel pain and no relief, it may be possible that the massage therapist is using too much pressure.
  • Ask the massage therapist to use less pressure. While pressure is necessary to work out muscle tension, too much pressure can cause more tension rather than relieving it. If the pain is too much, work with your massage therapist to find the right pressure for you.
  • Find someone new. A good massage therapist will listen and work with you to provide the best massage for you. While some pain and discomfort is common, if the pain is too much and the massage therapist doesn’t listen, find someone new the next time you need a massage. You can and should decide how much pain you can take.

therapist giving deep tissue massage

What Should You Do After Getting a Deep Tissue Massage?

A deep tissue massage can leave you sore and aching, much like how your body feels after a hard workout. Prepare to be sore, but you don’t have to be miserable. Here are different ways you can relieve the aches and pains of a deep tissue massage:

  • Drink plenty of water. Much like a workout, a massage works your muscles in different ways. While it’s unproven if water prevents soreness, it’s still a good idea to drink water before and after a massage.
  • Take a warm bath. No matter what made you sore, a warm bath is a great way to relax and soothe aches and pains from a good massage.
  • Soak in epsom salt. Epsom salt combined with a warm bath can also help relax your muscles and calm any post-massage aches. Want the ultimate relaxing experience? Choose an epsom salt with fragrances to soothe both your mind and body.

If you want something similar to a deep tissue massage, check out our massage clinic to receive a Swedish massage. A Swedish massage is a great way to relieve tense muscles without the intensity of a deep tissue massage. Schedule your appointment now! All student clinic work is supervised by a NYS licensed massage therapist.

Syracuse Back to School Drive

Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage (OSTM) Syracuse Campus is excited to be partnering with local non-profit Vera House INC. to gather school supplies for young children in the Syracuse area. The school donation drive will run from August 10-31, 2017, and you can be a part of this wonderful cause! Here’s how:

Book Your Massage

You can get a discount* when you book one of these massages in our student clinic by bringing in a donation from the list below:

  • 50 minute Swedish Massage for $30.00 ($10 in savings!)
  • 100 minute Swedish Massage for $60.00 ($15 in savings!)

Book Your Appointment Now!

Available Appointment Times

Wednesday-Friday 5:00 PM, 6:15 PM, and 7:30 PM.

Saturday9:00 AM, 10:15 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:15 PM, and 3:30 PM.

How to Book Your Appointment

Contact our student clinic at 315 -424-1159 to book your massage and use code 4Vera2017.

school supplies

Items to Donate

Donate one of these items to get your discount!

  • Subject notebooks (various sizes)
  • Pocket folders
  • Loose-leaf paper
  • Black and blue pens
  • Pencils (includes colored pencils)
  • Glue or glue sticks
  • Pencil cases
  • Dry erase markers
  • Highlighters

Why OSTM is Getting Involved

Here at OSTM, we believe in giving back. Essentially, massage is about helping others, and we know that our student massage therapists can do that in many ways. From appointments to food drives to local charity events, we want to give our students the chance to make the local community a better place.

Vera House

Want to learn more and do more with Vera House? Check out their website!


Appointments are limited! Book now!


*Discount available August 10th through August 31st 2017 with the donation of an item listed above at the time of your appointment. Items must be new and in good condition. Discount cannot be combined with other offers. Discounts for donation are only available on massages during the period listed above and cannot be put toward future massages or gift card purchases.

All serviced provided by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.

Rochester Back to School Drive

Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage (OSTM) Rochester Campus is happy to come together with local partner Cameron Community Ministries to make sure that the school children in Rochester County have the best start to their new school year. Together, we are hoping to gather donations of school items. The donations drive began on August 9th and will end August 31st. Here’s what you need to do to be a part of this back to school drive.

Book a Massage

You can get a discount** on an appointment when you book one of these massages at our Rochester student clinic:

  • 50 minute Swedish Massage for $30.00 ($10 in savings!)
  • 100 minute Swedish Massage for $60.00 ($15 in savings!)

Available Appointments

Monday – Wednesday 5:00 PM, 6:15 PM, and 7:30 PM.

Thursday and Friday 1:00 PM, 2:15 PM, 3:30 PM, 5:00 PM, 6:15 PM, and 7:30.

Saturday 9:00 AM, 10:15 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:15 PM, and 3:30 PM.

How to Set Your Appointment

To reserve your space use code CCM for the discount when calling 585-241-0070, or contact Sara Sorenson at Cameron Community Ministries by email or by phone 585-254-2697.

young school girl getting ready for school

Donate School Items

  • Boxes of crayons, markers, and/or colored pencils
  • Boxes of Kleenex
  • 2 pocket folders
  • Paper towels
  • 1 subject notebook
  • Bottles of hand sanitizers
  • 10 pack of pens or pencils
  • Containers of disinfecting wipes
  • Book bag
  • Lunch box or bag

Why OSTM is Getting Involved

Here at OSTM, we believe in giving back. Essentially, massage is about helping others, and we know that our student massage therapists can do that in many ways. From appointments to food drives to local charity events, we want to give our students the chance to make the local community a better place.

We hope to see many of our neighbors and friends here at our clinic, and remember, after the drive you can still book an appointment in our student clinic at regular price.

Other Opportunities to Help

If you’re interested in assisting Cameron Community Ministries in another way, contact Sara Sorenson, the Emergency Services Coordinator via email or by phone 585-254-2697.

**Discount cannot be combined with any other promotional discount.
All services provided by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.

Why You Need a Summer Massage

Summertime makes you sore! It’s a fact. When the temperatures rise, you become more active. Sometimes the heat can steal all your energy and leave you feeling tired and groggy. Here are some ways that summer is beating you up and how to combat it:

Summertime Fun…and Soreness

Golf, yard work, swimming, and all the other activities that come with summertime take a toll on your muscles that have likely been dormant for most of winter. With all of the increased activity, your muscles get sore and tender. Getting a massage can help relax your muscles and keep you comfortable. With regular massage, you can stay active and keep doing the summer activities that you love.

golfer with sore back

Why Summer Makes You Swell

Heat can cause some problems other than soreness from increased activity. It can make you swell, especially in your feet, legs, arms, and hands. Edema is the term used to describe this. It’s when your body retains more fluid and starts to swell. A common reason for this is due to your lymph nodes not functioning properly or at 100%. Can a massage help with this? Yes. There are massage techniques that target your lymph nodes to help increase the flow and help excess fluids drain. This can also help with that nagging fatigue that you feel on some summer days. Getting a massage can really make a difference.

Where Can I Get a Summer Massage?

Conveniently, massage therapists can be found much more easily than in years past. The massage therapy industry is growing and an increasing number of people are choosing it as a career. This means you can usually arrange to get a massage at a spa, at your hotel, on a cruise ship, or a number of other places. We recommend trying out our massage clinic at Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage (OSTM). Here you can experience both the benefits of massage and what it’s like to learn to become a massage therapist. You can get a little glimpse behind the scenes of massage therapy and see if it’s something you’re interested in as a career.

What to Expect

One of the biggest barriers that keeps people from reaping the benefits of massage is the fact that they simply don’t know what to expect. Most people feel uncomfortable going into something for the very first time. You don’t have to worry. At OSTM, we strive to take care of our clients and make them feel comfortable. When you show up for your appointment, the massage therapist will walk you through everything and do what they can to make sure you have an amazing experience.

Becoming a Massage Therapist

Does massage therapy sound interesting to you? Do you want to learn more about it? Becoming a massage therapist can lead to a rewarding and exciting career! There are a lot of opportunities in the industry. It is growing much faster than most other industries and more therapists are needed. If you enjoy helping others and care about health and well being, massage therapy could be the perfect fit.

massage therapist working on feet

If you want to get a massage to keep your summer alive, make an appointment at our massage clinic. If you want to learn more about becoming a massage therapist, contact us or book a tour of our campus! We can help you get started on working toward a new career.

7 Reasons Massage Therapy Is Growing

Breaking News: the massage therapy industry is growing. In fact, it is growing much faster than average at 22%. This is great news for anyone who thinks massage therapy may be a good career choice! Here’s a few reasons that might explain why this industry is exploding right now:
stressed out woman massaging shoulder

  1. More Stress

  2. The extremely competitive environment that we live in today can be stressful. All the stress you experience on a daily basis can start to build up. Massage therapy is a one way that the modern people are dealing with the high stress world we live in.

  3. Focus on Holistic Health

  4. People are starting to be more conscious of their overall health. As part of this, there is the realization that living a balanced life is a huge ingredient in getting and maintaining good health. Regularly having massages can have a dramatic effect on balance and health.

    woman getting massage

  5. More Awareness

  6. More and more people are becoming aware of massage therapy. They are learning about where you can get a massage, what the benefits are, and are more willing to take the time to get a massage. Many people make it something they do on a regular basis after they experience it for the first time.

  7. Where to Find a Massage Therapist

  8. Massage therapists are becoming much more accessible. There are a lot of places you can get a massage now days. Some companies will even have an in-house massage therapist. That’s how accessible it is becoming.

    massage therapist working

  9. Changing Demographics

  10. The demographics of the public at large in the U.S. is aging overall. There are a lot of people who are more mature in years and the number keeps growing, and with age comes aches and pains. Massage therapy is a fantastic way to find relief from these aches and pains without having to rely so heavily on medicine with negative side effects.

  11. Cutting Costs

  12. Going to the doctor or a hospital can be a really expensive visit, and no one wants to go in the first place. As the benefits of massage therapy become more widely known, people are taking advantage of it. It is becoming seen as a good way to invest in your health and keep your healthcare costs down in the long run.

    female massage therapist working

  13. Massage Therapy Advancements

  14. The practice and techniques of massage therapy are getting better with time. Therapists are becoming more familiar with what techniques to use in specific situations and they are able to be much more targeted and effective when treating clients. Because of the expansion and increased knowledge that has come with time, massage therapists are now able to help people solve many more pains and problems. Now people are going to massage therapists for more reasons.

If you’re interested in joining the exciting, fast growing industry of massage therapy, contact us. We want to help you get started! We can help you answer any questions you have. You can also book a tour to see our campus. We can’t wait to hear from you.

What is a Massage Therapist?

Massage therapy is a form of healing that has been embraced by many cultures throughout many years. People from all walks of life can benefit from massage therapy, from children to the elderly to athletes and even car accident victims. If you’ve never experienced massage therapy, you’re probably asking yourself, “What is a massage therapist anyway, and what is all the hype about what they do?”. Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage is here to answer both questions.sports massage therapist treating a client

What is a Massage Therapist?

Care Giver

Massage therapists can treat a variety of people to assist them with feel better. Prevention and treatment of injury are both common uses for massage. Relaxation can also be a part of massage therapy, based on where the therapist works. Some settings a Massage Therapist might work are spas, salons, resorts, sports clinics, hospitals, medical/psychiatric offices, rehabilitation centers, educational settings for students with special needs, nursing or independent living centers, cancer treatment facilities, hospices, and in people’s homes are just a few of the places where you can find a massage therapist practicing their craft and helping people heal.

A Professional

Massage therapists are required to complete 1000 hours of instruction before taking a NYS exam to obtain a license to practice massage therapy professionally. There is theoretical and practical training that need to take place before you can start your new career in massage therapy.

A Consultant

Massage therapists are available to help to the best of their abilities. Ask your massage therapist about what you can do to help aid your recovery. Many times, a therapist can point you in the right direction. Nutrition, additional stretching, and even assisting you in finding additional help can be something they can do.

A Business Owner

Not all massage therapists own their own businesses but many choose to do so. If you’ve ever dreamed of owning your own business and helping others, this might be the perfect career for you! An entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for caregiving can take your career to the next level.

What Does a Massage Therapist Do?

Massage therapists use a variety of techniques and modalities to help their clients heal. Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Lymphatic are all examples of the types of massages a therapist will use. Depending on the needs of the client, the massage therapist can use their specialized training and skill to help them feel better!

Contact Us Today!

You could be a massage therapist! If you’re ready to take your interest in massage and turn it into career as a massage therapist, we’re here to help. Contact us to learn more about how to get started at The Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage!

Never Too Busy For a Career

Ever feel like your life is way too busy to think about starting a career? Feel like you don’t have time to get the education needed to start a career? Did you know you can learn massage therapy in only a few short months? Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage offers schedules that vary because we want to offer the opportunity to learn to adults with active lives.

Schedule Challenges

Do you have a job that takes up the majority of your day? Our 12 and 15 month programs offer the opportunity to take night classes, so you can continue to work your current job.

Maybe you have commitments at night to family, friends, or a second job shift. We have program schedules that offer the opportunity to attend classes during the day, leaving the whole night for you to enjoy.

We Can Help

Want to start a career in massage therapy even with your active schedule? Check out our flexible program schedules, so we can help start you on your career path.

Our Flexible Scheduling Options

6, 12 & 15 Month Programs in Syracuse & Rochester, NY

We have created several scheduling options in response to requests for flexible scheduling. Among these programs is our 6 month accelerated program and our part-time 12 and 15 month options: morning, afternoon, and evening schedules. Schedules vary throughout the year, depending on student enrollment. To find out more about what schedules are currently available, contact us!

man getting a massage

6-Month Accelerated Program

This program is a great opportunity to complete your course work in as little as 6 months. Each day consists of classes in the sciences, while also getting hands-on learning.
Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM & at least 2 Saturdays each month & hands-on clinical massage.

12-Month Day Program (Morning)

The first six months of the 12-month program is spent learning your sciences, with the last 6 months spent learning your hands-on experience and clinic work.
Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM 4-5 full days in the first two months until 4:30 PM & at least 2 Saturdays each month. After which you will take hands-on/Clinical in your last 6 months.

15-Month Evening Program

The 15-month Evening program moves at a slower pace for those that want to take more time learning the aspects of massage therapy, while they continue to work or care for family during the day. The 15-month program offers education in the science of massage therapy, hands-on learning and experience in our clinic. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM & Clinical massage practice after 6 months of hands-on practical course work.

massage therapist giving a massage

15-Month Day Program

This program is excellent for people looking to make a transition into the program and to learn massage therapy at a slower pace. The first three months consist of a smaller work load 0. After which, you would then continue on to the 12 month program described above. Monday – Friday: either from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM or from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM, (depending on availability) & an average of 2 Saturdays each month.

Ready to Start?

If you are ready to find the time to start your career path, then check out our massage therapy program. If you’d like to experience the benefits of massage therapy and what it can do for your body, check out our massage clinics and the hours available.

In all programs, clinic practice hours are additional. Some Saturday work is required. All programs are 1,000 hours, and students who successfully complete the program should be eligible to sit for the National Exam and New York State Licensing Exam. Program lengths may vary depending on scheduling.

What Are The Benefits of Massage Therapy?

Top 5 Benefits of Massage Therapy

Having a busy life can take a toll on your body and on your mind. It can get frustrating when you start experience pain in your body or you feel overwhelmed. Why not get a massage? Massage therapy is a great way to relax and relieve yourself of your daily pain and anxiety. Here are some other ways massage therapy can help.
man receiving massage

  1. Body Pains:
  2. After sitting in a chair or being on your feet all day, you can experience pain throughout your body. Massage therapy is a great way to relax your muscles and eliminate pain throughout your body.

  3. Improves Sleep:

  4. A massage influences the production of serotonin, which is essential to the production of melatonin. Melatonin influences the sleeping stage of an individual, according to the Sleep Review.

  5. Reduces Anxiety and Depression:

  6. The weight of everyday life can make anybody anxious, stressed or even depressed. A massage can relax your nervous and reduce the anxiety, stress and depression.

  7. Improves Immune:

  8. According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), “Massage therapy increases the activity level of the body’s white blood cells that work to combat viruses.”
    massage therapist giving a massage

  9. Improves Mental Awareness:

  10. Since massage therapy can help to improve sleep, it can lead to the improvement of mental alertness. Massage therapy can improve energy levels, which can create a clear mindset.

Massage therapy is a great way to reduce body pains, improve your sleep, immune and mental awareness. If you’d like to learn more about massage therapy or even consider becoming a massage therapist, check out our program now!

If you are in need of a massage, check out our student clinic. It’s a chance for our students to get hands on experience with licensed supervision and a time for you to relax. Check out our clinic’s hours for both our Rochester and Syracuse locations to find a time that works best for you.

OSTM Students Give Back

At the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage, we believe that being a positive influence in our community is an important part of being successful. We often participate in charity events, and we even put on some of our own. Throughout the month of April, we helped gather food to donate to those in need. Here’s what OSTM students did to give back.

food drive haul

Who and Where?

OSTM gathered food donations to give to Foodlink (Rochester campus) and the Food Bank of Central New York (Syracuse campus). Not only did our students participate in this event, but we invited our clinic guests to join in on the fun. We offered our OSTM massage clients a discount on 50 minute and 100 minute massages with a non-perishable food donation!


The Rochester campus was able to collect 520 pounds of food which translated to OSTM Rochester donating $2,000 in discounts to our massage clients! The Syracuse campus donated 402 pounds of food which translated to OSTM Syracuse donating over $1,000 in discounts!

ostm students


We offered this event from April 1 to April 29th. While it is over now, you will still have a chance to participate in future events we hold! In September OSTM provides discounts to first responders and those in the medical field as our way of remembering September 11th and honoring those whose professional work it is to care for the welfare of others. This includes EMTs, firefighters, doctors, nurses, and other professionals. On Veteran’s Day, we offer free massages to vets! If you’d like to receive regular updates about our events and donation opportunities, email our offices managers: Syracuse –, and Rochester –


We offer opportunities like this to our students and clinic clients because they love it. Not only do we get to give back to the communities we have so much love for, but we build pride in OSTM.

Want to Experience OSTM?

Are you looking for a fulfilling career as a massage therapist? It all starts with a good education. Contact us today to get started! Looking for a relaxing massage? Our student clinic closes at the end of May until mid August, so book your appointment now!