Massage Therapy Continuing Education

Continuing Education
Advance your skills & your career through a wide variety of hands-on Continuing Education classes


The Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage is committed to providing its graduates and the massage community with a broad menu of continuing education classes*.

It is our philosophy that continuing education should be one of the cornerstones of the OSTM program. Our goal is to host an array of guest presenters who are knowledgeable and accomplished in their respective fields. Please join us for our impressive continuing education programs.

For any questions or additional information, please contact the campus offering the course: The Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage Syracuse: 315-424-1159  or Rochester: 585-241-0070

*Please note: In the event of a cancellation by the school and/or CE Instructor, participants will be reimbursed for their entire purchase of the continuing education class.




Advanced Craniosacral Integration Class II:
Advanced Palpation,  Listening, and Perception

By: Nurit Nardi, MA, LMT, RCST

Location:  Syracuse Campus, 719 E. Genesee St, 3rd Floor, Syracuse, NY 13210
Date(s):    Saturday-Sunday, November 04th – 05th , 2017
Time(s):    9:00am-5:00pm
CEU Credits Granted:  14

Parking pass to nearby parking lot provided for your convenience!

To register call 315-424-1159

Class Size:

  • Maximum Class Size: 32
  • Minimum Class Size: 8
  • Prerequisites Courses: Introduction to Craniosacral Massage or Proof of equivalent prior CE

Course Description

Craniosacral Integration II offers specialty training for body workers, massage therapists and anyone working with the body in the healing arts. Yoga and Chi Kong enthusiasts also reap rewards from this training.

Fundamental to Craniosacral Integration is the combination of the practitioners’ therapeutic presence, nonjudgmental listening skills, noninvasive intentions, deep knowledge of anatomy and the art of palpation. Of these, palpation skills are paramount – over and above even your mechanical skills.

In our two-day class, in an atmosphere of acceptance and support, we will:

  • Explore and trust in the sensitivity of your hands as you contact the fluid body.
  • Cultivate your ability to “be still” – that is, energetically grounded and calm in a clear field of healing that allows you to connect as never before to your clients.
  • Develop a safe and empathic listening field.
  • Become more comfortable with the challenges of the subtle palpation skills that Craniosacral Integration requires.
  • Introduce you to the primary sensory language of the body.
  • Witness the shift in tonality of the nervous system as it gently settles.
  • Help clients attain a state of very deep relaxation in a very short time.

Our teaching and learning methods are many and varied and include lectures, visual aids, demonstrations, guided sessions, imagery work and small group explorations.

While earning 14 continuing education credits, you will be adopting as your natural state a supportive, therapeutic presence that allows you to work effectively with clients without draining your own well.

Who is eligible to attend:

Massage Therapists who have completed Nurit’s Introduction to Craniosacral Massage or can provide proof of equivalent prior. CE

Supplies  you will need to bring:

  • Notebook & Pens
  • Set of Sheets
  • Instruction Manual for course: $5 day of class 
  • Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes
  • A parking pass will be emailed to you in advance

Instructor Bio

Nurit Nardi, MA, LMT, RCST

NCBTMB Approved Provider for Continuing EducationMy journey with Craniosacral therapy began in 1997 when I attended my first Craniosacral class at the Upledger’s Institute.

I realized then that this approach spoke to me like no other form of bodywork I have ever done. It was different from anything I expected and experienced until then.

After completing the basic training with the Upledger Institute, I was introduced and trained with Roger Gilchrist in the biodynamic approach (700 hours) which took me deeper into the fascinating work of the fluid body, pre -natal psychology, and the Primary Respiration. I began listening to the body in a new way, shifting tissues without any pressure. I became more and more familiar with the fluid language of the Primary Respiration.

I was also getting good results with challenging issues and realized that working that way was effective and precise clinically, emotionally and spiritually. I was fortunate to assist Roger Gilchrist in the Biodynamic basic training in New York City.

My own approach to the practice and teaching of Craniosacral therapy is, of course, a mixture of all of the various schools and teachers I worked with, plus many other years of training in other modalities including DreamWork, imagery for transformation, and Focusing.

As a teacher I choose to teach some aspects of biomechanics along with the more delicate work of the biodynamic.

For the last eighteen years I have been teaching Craniosacral classes at the Swedish Institute for Massage Therapy in NYC. Continued interest from students and faculty resulted in my forming continuing education classes on various topics in Craniosacral Integration.  MY classes have been taught in private institutions and massage schools in New York State.

My training and professional experiences in the last 30 years as a licensed massage therapist, a registered Biodyanamic Craniosacral therapist, a Transpersonal therapist, a Focusing advanced practitioner and an expert teacher and practitioner in transformational dream and imagery work, has deepen my work considerably and has kept me involved in many cross disciplinary ventures.

My passion is teaching. I have been a teacher at the Swedish Institute for Massage Therapy in NYC for 17 years, and am a certified teacher who works locally and internationally through the School of Images in NYC ( under the supervision of its founder Dr. Catherine Shainberg.

I have also developed many others cross disciplinary workshops in the field of immunology and health, a mind body approach to calm your stress and anxiety, and more.

I am currently in the process of developing a full program teaching Craniosacral Integration Therapy for the ones who are curious and interested in deepening their skills and knowledge in the field of Craniosacral but are not ready to invest huge amount of time and money in training.



  • $330 (if registered by October 13)
  • $360 (if registered after October 13)
  • $5 – Instructional Manual Required

Final day for Registration:

Friday, October 27, 2017

Cancellation Policy:

  • Participants must pay a $50 non-refundable registration fee
  • Students who Cancel before October 27th, 2017 forfeit the registration fee.
  • Students who No-Show or Cancel after October 27th, 2017 forfeit the registration fee and full tuition for the course.
  • In the event the class is cancelled by OSTM, all monies paid are refunded to those registered

To register call 315-424-1159

Essential Oils

Therapeutic use of Essential Oils with Gail Valente


By: Gail Valente, LMT

Location: Rochester Campus – 302 N. Goodman Street Suite 200, Rochester NY, 14607
Date: Saturday, November 11th, 2017
Time: 9am – 5pm
CEU Credits Granted: 8

To register call 585-241-0070

Class Size:

  • Maximum Class Size: 24
  • Minimum Class Size: 8

Course Description

Learn how adding essential oils to your massage work can facilitate pain relief, and ease common client issues of headache, anxiety, and sleeplessness. This one day class will give you tools to safely and effectively supplement your work with the addition of essential oils. You’ll learn how 10 essential oils offer support therapeutically and emotionally giving a new dimension to your work. Your concise take home manual will let you replicate your own creations. You’ll leave class with your own creation of a massage oil blend and aroma stick inhalers.

Learning Objective

-Students begin to understand how essential oils can support their clients, ease their work and allow for greater healing.
-Students learn detail of 5 essential oils they can use in their practice, understand emotional and therapeutic differences in oils.
-Students learn how, where essential oils are grown, harvested, and distilled.
-Students will learn how to formulate a recipe for the symptom relief they need and make inhaler to treat specific symptoms.
-Students will learn the 5 basic essential oils to assist with pain and inflammation.
-Students understand how essential oils can alleviate pain and create another vehicle for client relief and healing.
-Students see the emotional component and olfactory benefits of these 5 essential oils and how they support the physical body with therapeutic benefits.
-Safe use of essential oils is as important as knowing which oils to select for a particular condition.
-Students will understand where to get accurate and safe information to ensure they are providing the best protocol for their client’s needs.
-Students will learn and embrace the benefits and wide-reaching response to essential oils they can discover and find value in including essential oils into their practice and daily lives with safety and integrity.
-Students will learn what oils will support their clients and what pertinent and important questions to ask to provide the safest, most effective blend.
-Students understand that essential oils have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties and can be used for this purpose very effectively without the use of hard chemical agents.
-Students will create inhalers, creams, oils, and hand sanitizer using essential oils to utilize in their practice as a body work professional.

Supplies you will need to bring:

    • pen
    • paper
    • wear comfortable clothes

Who is eligible to attend:

Licensed Massage Therapists.

Instructor Bio

Gail Valente, LMT

Gail Valente is a 2001 graduate of Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage. Shortly after graduation she focused her practice in Medical Massage, Myofascial Release to ease client pain issues. After Opening Retreat House Massage & Wellness Center in 2005 she began studying how foot reflexology could benefit clients. Her first introduction to teaching cam while supporting Kripalu’s Foot Reflexology Instructor, Eileen Donovan in the classroom. They went on to teach together for five years. In 2010, Gail began her study of essential oils at Aromahead Institute. She has taught Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils at the Swedish Institute in New York City since 2011 as well as OSTM Rochester and Syracuse Campuses. Gail began teaching Law and Ethics, Professionalism and Communication, and Business at OSTM Rochester Campus in 2013 and is currently the Clinic Director.



      • $179

Final day for Registration, balance due date:

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Cancellation Policy:

      • Participants must pay a $50 non-refundable registration fee
      • Students who No-Show or Cancel forfeit the registration fee.
      • Students who Cancel after Saturday, October 28th, 2017 forfeit the full tuition for the course.
      • In the event the class is cancelled by OSTM, all monies paid are refunded to those registered

To register call 585-241-0070



NYS Massage Board Review Class

By Dr. Gene Desepoli

Location: Syracuse Campus, 719 E. Genesee St, 3rd Floor, Syracuse, NY 13210
Date: Wednesday, January 03rd, 2018
Time: 9am – 5pm
CEU Credits Granted: Not Applicable – Review for NYS Board Exam Only

Cost for OSTM Graduates:

Registration and payment to made directly to Dr. Gene:

To register email or call

Dr. Gene directly:  


516 317 9874