Students of the Month: Shaina and May

We have so many talented students here at the school that it becomes difficult for us to pick just one student of the month each month. These students have really shined in the past month as prime examples of what it means to be talented massage therapists! Hard work and persistence pays off, and it’s doubly true in a results-oriented field like massage therapy. These students are exemplary in their learning, and we are so excited to see what they can do in the future!

Meet Shaina Bienvenue

Shaina is one of the newest students at OSTM, but right away she’s making a huge impact! She is a student in our 15-month evening licensed massage therapist program who started with us on September 1, 2017! Shaina is a superstar at the school because of her helpful and cooperative spirit. She’s always willing to put extra effort into helping other students succeed alongside her. Not only does she work hard at school, but she also finds time in the day to hold a job and perform well there! Her authenticity, diligence, and compassion for others is contagious, and that’s why she is our student of the month for October!

Healing Hands

When asked of her reason for choosing massage and her goals, Shaina stated, “I’ve wanted to do this since I was 13. I have moved, changed jobs, and started school all at the same time.  I want to specialize in autoimmune since [it has] affected a lot of my loved ones. Eventually I’d like to also do lymphatic drainage or infant massage in the far future.” Way to go Shaina, you’re an inspiration to all of us!

Meet May Yang

May Yang is a student in the 6-month licensed massage therapist program who will be graduating in December 2017. She has a bachelor’s degree in human services and has always had a passion for helping others. She knew that massage therapy could be a rewarding career for both her and her clients. When May first made the decision to pursue a career in massage therapy, she shared that she has become more self-aware in regards to her own health and wellness. She knew she wanted to find a career in the industry due to her passion for living a balanced and healthier lifestyle and wanted to share that with others!

Holistic Health & Lifestyle

Once licensed, May’s goal is to educate her clients and help them understand the benefits of massage therapy. For her this includes providing consultation as well as helping clients prevent, heal, and cope with stress and injury. She wants to provide them with the ability to relax and enjoy massage therapy. May developed her first business plan for her massage practice named “Body Balance, Massage & Wellness” where she plans to incorporate the benefits of therapeutic massage and yoga together. Her business model incorporates nature and the outdoors into her practice while using the health benefits of massage and yoga to improve her client’s’ quality of life. Such an admirable goal, May! Keep up the great work!

Craft a Future Fit for You

At Onondaga, we do everything we can to empower our students to create careers that are suited for their individual dreams. Learn more about us to begin crafting the dream career for yourself today!

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