Everything You Need to Know About OSTM’s Evening Program

At Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage we understand that people come from many different walks of life, so a massage therapy school can’t be a one-size fits all solution! With this in mind, OSTM offers three unique schedules to best integrate with your lifestyle. Our 6, 12, and 15-month programs empower you to choose your pace, with programs striking the best balance of life obligations while advancing your career at the same time! Our 15-month evening program begins soon, so if you’ve been considering OSTM, check out what our evening program can offer you!

What Can You Learn in the Evening Program?

The 15-month evening program is designed to give you everything you need to become a licensed massage therapist. Some of the topics in our program include:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Swedish massage
  • Sports massage
  • Chair massage
  • Energy techniques
  • Pregnancy massage
  • And much more!

All of the topics we cover in our massage therapy program are designed to prepare you for the licensing exam and to equip you for success as a professional massage therapist after graduation. We also offer additional opportunities for current students to give back to the community and continuing education for graduates to expand their knowledge! Check our Facebook page for any upcoming education events; we’d love to have you attend!

How Can You Use Your Evening Program Education?

Harnessing the full power of your massage therapy education is an exciting experience and we can provide the confidence for you to rise to the challenge! People come to our school with many different dreams and passions and we strive to help each of our students be prepared to bring those dreams into reality. Some people are looking to advance healthcare careers, some wish to learn valuable and marketable new skills, and others have always wanted to learn massage as a gift they can share with others. Here are some of the most popular places for Licensed Massage Therapists to take their careers:

  • Chiropractic offices
  • Doctor’s offices
  • Day spas
  • Health clubs
  • Cruise ships
  • And many more!

Is the Evening Program Right for You?

Our evening massage therapy program is held Monday through Thursday from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm, with occasional additional Friday classes during the program. This allows you to have a full-time job, other educational courses, or any other life events that can’t afford to be put on hold! This program not only works well for those who work full time during the day, but also for parents who need juggle the busy day and afternoon routines with their children. Regardless of your personal situation, OSTM strives to create programs and schedules that can accommodate anyone who is passionate about learning massage and becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist!

Start With OSTM Today!

Are you ready to embrace your passion for healing and helping others? Onondaga School of Massage Therapy is here to help you every step of the way and embrace your dreams! Visit our programs page to learn more about your options at our school, or apply online to begin right away! Your helpful Admissions Guides are waiting to hear from you and help you begin your journey as a Licensed Massage Therapist!

Students of the Month: Teajay & Zeriah

Meet Teajay Giacchino

Thomas J. Giacchino is this month’s student of the month for the Rochester campus. Thomas, or “Teajay” as he likes to be called, has been interested in massage therapy for the last few years. He started on his path to becoming a licensed massage therapist in 2017 at a local community college. He felt lost in the masses at the larger community college and eventually withdrew from the school. He started working at a local renaissance fair as a vendor, but his desire to help others through massage was still strong.

Finding OSTM

Teajay took a leap of faith and scheduled a tour at the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage’s Rochester campus in December 2017. He said:

“I was instantly drawn to the positive energy of the campus. The students I met with loved their classes, instructors, and staff. I loved that the campus was part of Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts and there were restaurants, shops, spas, art galleries, and studios all within a block of the school’s campus.”

Why OSTM?

Teajay, decided to enroll in our six month full-time program starting in January 2018 and after five months he’s now sure he made the right decision!

“I love that unlike my previous school, everyone here at Onondaga is studying the same thing. We are all working towards becoming massage therapists. I also liked the smaller class sizes.”

Life as a Massage Therapist

On June 8th 2018, Teajay will graduate and begin his journey as a licensed massage therapist. Teajay states his goals as a professional licensed therapist are to create his own practice that encompass all of his skills and knowledge in emotional, spiritual, and physical wellness.

“I have a feeling that obtaining the license will only be the first door that will lead to more growth as a person and as a professional.”

Teajay is a strong academic student and is strong in his techniques as a massage therapist. A recent client that saw Teajay in our public massage clinic recently shared some feedback with the school regarding their last massage with Teajay. They said:

“I usually have a massage every other month as I experience lower back pain. I came in for my first massage with Teajay and was blown away by his knowledge of the body. Not only did I get a great massage, but Teajay was able to tell me what specific muscle groups he was working and why. After the massage Teajay met with me and discussed some stretching exercises to help me improve my mobility and flexibility. This was hands down one of the best massages I have had and I plan to start coming in for a massage every other week now with Teajay.” – William R. Webster, NY

Being nominated for student of the month by his instructors means the world to Teajay.

“I feel that for the first time in my life I am doing what I was meant to do.”

We’re thrilled that Teajay has found what he is passionate about doing, and we can’t wait to see what he does after graduation!

Meet Zeriah Turner

Zeriah Turner is this month’s student of the month for our Syracuse campus. She is in our 15 month evening program. Zeriah is a bright, cheerful individual who loves to make people smile and is best known for her random acts of comedy. She often arrives to class in fun outfits be it her work uniform or dressed in a lizard onesie!

Why OSTM?

Zeriah originally toured with OSTM in June of 2017 and started classes that fall in our 15 month evening program. Before joining us at OSTM, Zeriah studied business and accounting at a local community college. She realized she wanted a career with more flexibility and the opportunity to work on her own terms. As a busy woman working two jobs while attending school, Zeriah has ambitious goals for when she becomes a licensed massage therapist.

Goals After School

Zeriah has big dreams for her life when she graduates from OSTM. She is motivated to make money and help support her family and passions. She plans on opening a massage therapy practice out of her home as soon as she graduates from OSTM. We know she’ll do great!

Join the OSTM Family

If you are ready to change lives, start by changing yours by scheduling your personal tour of our campus. You can meet with our admissions director to learn more about OSTM’s four flexible day and evening program options to become a massage therapist in six months, 12 months, or 15 months. Contact us or schedule a tour to get started today!

How to Find the Perfect Massage Therapist


Downloadable Massage Therapist Infographic PDF

Choose Your Massage Type

Swedish and Thai massage are the two most commonly practiced, so make sure your massage therapist does the style you prefer.

Explore Environments

Decide if you would prefer a massage in a spa, in your home, or somewhere else altogether.

Find Someone You Trust

Look at reviews for massage therapists to determine if they’re the right fit for you.

Ask Questions

Find out as much as you can about your massage therapist and the way they perform massage.

Give Feedback

As you work with your massage therapist over time, communicate what you prefer about their services.

Try Out Different Therapists With Us at Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage

Rochester Campus

302 N. Goodman St. Suite 200
Rochester, NY 14607
585-241-0070

Syracuse Campus

719 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
315-424-1159

The Benefit of Chair Massages

woman receiving a chair massage

Relaxation. A feeling everyone loves. Whether you work at a desk, are working with heavy equipment, or being a full-time parent, you need some time to unwind and kick back. We know that not everyone can make time for a full 90-minute massage, but what if we told you that there is an alternative? A chair massage is effective, relaxing, and takes less time! Learn more about this type of massage and its benefits from Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage!

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Top 5 Things You Learn at a Trade School Open House

If you’re considering secondary education at a trade school, you know there can be an overwhelming number of options! You can choose from countless schools and programs, each of them different from the other. One of the best ways to help yourself make a decision is to visit the schools you are seriously considering. Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage (OTSM) puts on a few open houses each year, so here are our top five most important things you can learn for yourself at a trade school open house!

1. Inspect the Facility Quality

Not all schools are created equal, and that goes for the facility itself as well! When you visit Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in person, you can inspect the building and equipment for yourself. You can see for yourself the quality of the equipment and how up-to-date the facility is! Visiting a school allows you to see the care put into the school, which can reflect the care that will be put into your education.

2. Find the Best Schedule for You

When you’re deciding which school to attend, you may find yourself unsure of which schedule you want to enroll in when you visit a school. During your visit you can chat with the teachers, staff, or possibly a counselor to help make that decision. Talking to employees at OSTM can allow them to get to know you better, and help you confirm the schedule choice you want to make. It’s not unheard of for students to change their mind after a conversation with someone who works at the school!

3. Meet Your Instructors

Depending on the schedule you select, you could be spending the next 6-15 months with your instructor(s)! Getting to know them and what it will be like working with them can help you to feel more confident with your decision. You can get a sense for your instructor and their passion for teaching long before you even apply or enroll! Visiting a school at an open house gives you an idea what spending time with your instructors is like before you’ve committed. Good instructors show passion, respect, and consideration for their students, so be on the lookout for good qualities!

4. Experience the Culture

Your first visit to a school can help you get an idea of what the culture is like. If the culture feels welcoming, inclusive, and uplifting, you can likely expect that your entire experience at the school will feel that way! Culture permeates every part of a school, especially the education. Make sure you find a place where you are empowered to learn and excel! What OSTM does outside of the classroom can also be a good indicator of a positive culture. Look for things like charity events, extracurricular opportunities, or other things that show an involved school.

5. Ask Many Questions

Perhaps the biggest advantage of attending an open house is having the option to ask lots of questions. All kinds of faculty, staff, and students are usually present, so you can get diverse opinions from different points of view at the school. Asking students about their experience can help you visualize what daily life would be like as a student yourself. Asking instructors questions can help you feel confident that you can succeed in your program and know that you have their support. Asking counselors or advisors questions can help you feel confident and prepared to fund your program. The people you meet are often excited to meet you and help you with your questions, so don’t hesitate to ask away!

Visit Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage

Are you considering a massage therapy education with Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage? We’re happy to schedule a time to let you tour the school with us! Visit our tour page to schedule a preferred time to come see what we’re all about. If you’d prefer to attend an open house, follow our Facebook page for more information on open house dates and times!

Students of the Month: Christine & Corey

Meet Christine Penner


Christine Penner is a part-time, 12 month student at the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in Rochester, NY. Christine has always believed in the power of touch and wanted a new career where she could use touch to relieve a person’s stress, anxiety, or pain to help others regain their physical, mental, or emotional health. We saw Christine’s desire to help others daily, and it’s one of the many reasons the staff and faculty of OSTM selected her as our Student of the Month.

Christine can always be found comforting or supporting others, whether it’s staying after a class to work with a peer who is nervous about an upcoming myology exam, sharing parenting advice with classmates, or just her warm smile and contagious laugh to strengthen the bond between her cohort. She received her master’s degree in education but always had a desire for a career that supported her strong belief in the power of touch.

Balancing Life and School

Christine is a mother of four and considers her job as a mom more than a full-time job! Once her children were all school-aged and after a few supportive conversations with her husband, she decided to take the leap and enroll in OSTM’s part-time 12 month program. The 12 month program’s flexible schedule allows her to be there for her children in the morning to see them get on the school bus before her classes begin. Having her classes end at noon gives her time to study and complete the never-ending task of being a mother of four. She can still be as involved with her children’s everyday lives while completing her education and training in Massage Therapy. Christine just completed her first quarter here at OSTM and has completed her 100-level courses in Communications and Business, Law & Ethics, Anatomy & Physiology w/Neurology, Myology, and Pathology with a 3.9 GPA. Christine would like to thank her four children Marin, Michael, Emily, and Mallory and her husband Jon Paul for all the love and support they provide.

Why OSTM?

When we asked Christine why she chose Onondaga over other massage schools, she said the decision was an easy one. She said:

“After touring the Rochester Campus, I knew it was the right school and the right fit for me… It has small intimate class sizes [and] helpful and friendly staff and faculty who are there to help you along the way and make you feel confident and comfortable in your future as a massage therapist.”

Another factor was OSTM’s over 20-year history of graduating quality-trained and educated Licensed Massage Therapists along with a strong alumni network, quality continuing education programs, and a career services department. In just three months, Christine has had the opportunity to meet with several employers at the school’s Meet & Greet sessions with local employers in the Rochester area. When it comes to which specific modality of massage she thinks she will practice after graduation, Christine is keeping her options open. She said:

“When I first chose to go back to school for massage I saw myself working in more of a medical setting, using my skills and training to offer massage as a form of pain management for people with orthopedic issues, arthritis, and other mobility conditions. But, now I am keeping all my options open. One of the most satisfying things about massage is the number of different modalities and flexibility there is in the massage therapy field.”

Choosing a Career After School

The faculty and staff here at OSTM are confident that Christine Penner is sure to be a trailblazer in the field of Massage Therapy no matter where she chooses to take her journey. Whether she is massaging in a chiropractor’s office or a physical therapist’s medical office, performing oncology massage in one of Rochester’s top cancer treatment centers, pairing her education background with massage to assist individuals with autism to regulate their sensory stimulation, or massaging in one of Rochester’s most luxurious spas. She could even help massage combat veterans at the Veterans Outreach Center who are seeking relief dealing with anxiety, depression, or PTSD. No matter where she chooses to go, she is sure to be a benefit to those around her.

Meet Corey Smith


Meet Corey Smith of the 15 month evening program and OSTM Syracuse’s Student of the Month for April 2018! Corey is the definition of a hardworking and persistent individual. Working full-time in retail and being a full-time dad, his ability to make school a priority deserves recognition. He is solution orientated and inspires those around him to think positively and laugh often, especially in the midst of challenges.

Before OSTM

Before OSTM, Corey was working full-time at Kun Fu Tea, a bubble tea shop in the mall, and taking care of his four-year-old daughter.

Why OSTM?

Massage was something that Corey thought about while in his senior year of high school, but wasn’t sure if he should pursue it. After he had his daughter and finally had a reliable form of childcare, he started to seriously think about what he wanted to do as a career. In regards to massage therapy, he said:

“I originally thought of massage as a career choice because I wanted to be in a profession where I truly felt I was helping people, and that I can help them with my hands. I love that there is so much more to massage than what most people first assume. After receiving a tour at OSTM, I thought that such a small campus/community would be the perfect fit. After learning that I could enroll part-time around my work schedule and the ability to spend time with my daughter, I knew that OSTM was the right choice.”

Corey’s Future Goals

At the current moment, Corey is unsure of the exact path of massage therapy he wants to take in the future. He loves the field because there are so many career options to choose from and he can work with a variety of people. He enjoys exploring the different options and discovering more about the career in general. He hopes to keep learning as the program goes on, and he is eager to see what the future may hold!

Want to Become a Massage Therapist?

Want to learn more about the exciting career opportunities in the field of massage therapy? Want to find a career like Christine or Corey? Check out our two convenient locations in Syracuse and Rochester! If you’re interested in learning more or want to schedule a tour, call our Syracuse Admissions Director at 315-424-1159 or our Rochester Admissions Director at 585-241-0070. We can help you get started on your new journey!

How Massage Therapy Can Help Autism Spectrum Disorders

Studies conducted in recent years have helped us understand autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in greater detail than ever before. In addition to that, we’ve been hearing stories within the past year or so that suggest that massage therapy can help improve behavior in people with ASD. At Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage, helping others lead happier and healthier lives is why we make a special effort to care for our ASD patients!

What are Autism Spectrum Disorders?

Autism spectrum disorder is the name for a group of different developmental disorders. ASD incorporates a wide range of disorders with different symptoms, skill levels, and levels of disability. In general there are a few characteristics commonly found in people with ASD:

  • Difficulty socializing
  • Language impairment
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Other behavioral difficulty

The ASD spectrum also includes disabilities that used to be individually diagnosed, such as Asperger’s syndrome or pervasive developmental disorder. Each case of ASD is unique, so each person needs to be helped according to their needs.

How Does Massage Help ASD?

Studies regarding massage therapy and autism are still in their infancy, but there have been some small scale and anecdotal studies conducted that suggest positive results for patients with ASD. Deep pressure massage in particular is suspected to help with things like touch aversion that people with ASD commonly experience. One theory for why massage can help people with ASD is that massage increases oxytocin in the blood stream. Oxytocin is responsible for producing a feeling of relaxed wellness, which can help combat some of the stressors that come with ASD.

Autism Awareness Day

Helping people around us is at the core of what we do at OSTM. Autism Awareness Day is coming up in April, so if you’re looking for ways that you can make a difference, here are some resources you can investigate:

Try Massage Therapy

At OSTM, we take pride in helping other people live happier and healthier lives, and that is especially true when we take care of patients with ASD. Do you think massage therapy might be able to help you or someone you know with ASD? Schedule an appointment with our student clinic for an affordable way to try massage therapy!

Why the Average Working Person Needs Massage

Massage therapy is a skilled practice with many different applications. Most people think of massage therapy as a luxurious spa activity, or maybe as a way to help recover from an injury. Massage therapy actually shows the greatest benefits for people who get massages regularly! Here are a few of the main reasons massage therapy can be beneficial to the average person.

Stress Relief

Regardless of the type of work you do, you probably feel stress. America’s number one cause of stress is work, and if your work is repetitive in nature or requires you to sit for long periods of time, it’s easy to develop tension in the soft tissue and muscles in the body. This tension can have a negative impact on the quality of our daily lives, and some knots can be very painful until they are worked on through manual manipulation of the tissue.

Not only can massage assist with physical stress and ailments, it can help relieve emotional stress and as well. Just as our bodies have physical scars from past injuries, our bodies have the same kind of reaction to emotional stress, tension, or trauma. It is in the soft tissue that these memories and scars are held, and massage works directly with releasing endorphins and “feel good” hormones that allow your mood to be affected positively.

Improve Desk Jobs

If you’re sitting at a desk reading this, you can probably feel all the tension in your body already, maybe your upper shoulders and neck, low back or wrists. Working conditions are fairly unavoidable, that is why regular massage therapy and home care from the client is so important to combat the negative effects our jobs can have on us. The demands our jobs hold on us aren’t particularly good for our bodies or psyche anyways, so massage helps alleviate the negative side effects. Taking care of yourself is important!

Injury Prevention & Recovery

Massage therapy can be a way to help your body recover and heal more quickly, where appropriate, and also ease pain around the injury.If you are currently under the care of a physician because of an injury, it’s a smart idea to consult with them before receiving massage. Massage aids in the recovery process by bringing new blood to the area, and even work with reducing thickness of newly developing scars. Massage is also used as a preventative measure for injuries in some of the same ways it treats them by bringing new blood flow to the area and increasing flexibility.

Improved Sleep

Its estimated that as many as 1/3 people suffer from at least mild insomnia in the United States. There are a lot of factors that can cause insomnia, and massage therapy can address some of them through a combination of stress relief, muscle relaxation, positive reinforced touch, and healing modalities. Massage can help people stay asleep longer without interruption, and have a more restful sleep. If you are having difficulty sleeping, consider receiving regular massage to help you have more restful sleep.

Onondaga Believes in Massage

At Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage, we believe in what we do! We’ve seen for ourselves the powerful healing of massage, and would love for you to experience it yourself. Book a massage with one of our students today!

Students of the Month: Jenn & Victoria

Meet Jenn Hess

Meet Jennifer Hess, six month student and our Student of the Month of March! Jennifer’s passion for helping people extends beyond her journey toward becoming an LMT. Jennifer is a generous spirit, always lending her talents and resources to provide academic support to her classmates. Having started a career as a Nurse Practitioner, providing comfort and care to her classmates in times of need comes naturally to her. Her commitment to her studies, compassion and willingness to put others before herself earned her our Student of the Month. Upon graduating from OSTM, she hopes to work alongside her husband at Camillus Massage Therapy as a licensed therapist, hoping to incorporate her nursing background into their services.

Why OSTM?

Jenn chose OSTM because her husband and the massage therapists he hires graduated from our school. Each of those massage therapists have different massage styles, and Jenn was impressed with how they were able to make a career out of their passion. Each of the students spoke highly of OSTM, so Jenn decided to check it out. When she toured the school for the first time, she knew it was the right place for her!

What Jenn Loves About Massage

Jenn loves that instructors help her to develop a new skill set, but also help her to develop her own personal style of massage. Her education feels individualized, and at OSTM all of the students are encouraged and empowered to try new things. Jenn loves massage in particular because of the impact she is able to have on other people. Massage doesn’t just improve health, but it can help others in many other ways. She loves helping people have better lives!

Jenn’s Inspiration and Goals

Jenn’s biggest inspiration for pursuing massage therapy is her husband. She saw how passionate he is about helping others, and how much joy he feels when helping clients make progress. At first he started working alone in a small room, but now he has built a small business with soon-to-be four locations and 13 massage therapists. When she graduates from OSTM, Jenn wants to join her husband’s practice at Camillus Massage Therapy, and she plans on using her nursing background to bring a different element to her massage!

Life Without Massage

When asked what her life would be like if she didn’t start at OSTM, she said:

”If I wasn’t attending classes at OSTM, I would probably still be feeling like something was missing. I LOVE being a nurse, but I started to feel like there was more I could be doing to help my patients. I am so excited to be learning different ways to help improve their quality of life and I cannot wait to get started in my new career.”

Meet Victoria Salas

Victoria Salas is a 15-month evening student at Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage’s Rochester campus. Victoria chose OSTM to complete her education and training after learning about its strong reputation in the community and its strong success rate with students passing the NYS licensure exam. Our students have a higher pass rate than the state average, with 98% of them passing on the first attempt!

Victoria works full-time as a teacher in the Rochester City School District working with students teaching English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). Victoria grew up in Puerto Rico and loves being able to utilize her bilingual skills to help students succeed.

Why Massage Therapy?

Victoria first started to consider a career in massage therapy a few years ago as she received a massage at least two times a month from her own massage therapist here in Rochester. OSTM’s evening program fit perfectly with her schedule so she can work full-time and attend classes here four nights a week.

Massage Career Goals

Victoria’s goal is to start her own massage business and offer affordable massage to educators. Victoria is inspired by her colleagues who give of themselves each day and wants to offer massage to help educators relax and avoid the burnout that is so common in education. She wants others in her community to experience the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of massage to reinvigorate them to take on the next day’s challenge and put their best foot forward.

Positive Energy

Victoria’s laughter and positivity is a contagious element that her classmates and instructors witness on a daily basis. Whether it is helping a fellow student get an extra peer study session before a myology midterm, or just being a being a sympathetic ear to let a classmate vent about the stress of life. These are just a few of the reasons why Victoria Salas is Rochester’s March student of the month. We love having her as part of the OSTM family!

Join OSTM Today!

If you’d like to meet Jenn, Victoria, or students like them for a massage, book an appointment with us! If massage therapy is something you want to explore as a career for yourself, reach out to us to schedule a tour of our school!

What Makes Onondaga Truly Unique

The Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage (OSTM) isn’t just a massage school, it’s a family! Making the decision to start a massage therapy program can be intimidating, but at OSTM we do everything we can to help our students to succeed both as students in the classroom and as professionals once they enter the workforce. We’ll look here at a few of the ways we go above and beyond for our family of students.

Focus on Academic Success

Massage therapy education can be a significant investment of time and money, OSTM has supports in place to ensure your success not only in the classroom, but when you take your licensing exam as well. We know that the financial and time investment students put into their education is valuable. When it comes to the New York licensing exam for massage therapy about 68% of students pass on their first attempt, but at OSTM, our students have a 98% pass rate! The success of our students is at the very core of what we do.

Our high pass rate on the licensing exam isn’t by accident. At OSTM, we do everything that we can to help our students feel confident and prepared to sit for the exam. One of the major ways we do this is by designing our course schedules so that students graduate shortly before the exam is administered, that way everything they learned is still fresh on their minds! We also offer supports after you graduate to help students prepare for the licensure exam. Students can attend bi-weekly study groups with peers, a special 1 day workshop where students can take a mock exam, and a third party website that is offered as a study tool to assist retain and prepare for their licensure exam.

Another way we help our students prepare is by offering different tutoring options. Free group tutoring is available for all of our students, and one-on-one tutoring is another option that students can pay for. We also hold our students to a higher academic standard than most other massage programs. Some massage schools and other institutions set their passing grade at 65%, but at OSTM we require our students to maintain a 75% GPA or higher in all classwork. This is due to the state license exam requires a 75% score to pass and gain licensure, so when our students graduate from OSTM, they should feel confident they are prepared to not only take the licensure exam, but pass.

Focus on Career Success

Successfully passing the 1000 hours of coursework and passing the licensing exam is one challenge, but it’s another challenge all together to be successful after graduation! This is why we strive to equip our students to be outstanding massage professionals. One way we do this is by teaching classes on communication in business as well as law and ethics. These courses are beneficial for students to learn the soft skills of interviewing from writing resumes to holding mock interviews with actual massage business owners from the community. Many students choose to pursue a career in massage therapy based on their interest in becoming their own boss and starting their own business. OSTM’s business curriculum prepares students to develop their own Business and Marketing Plan. Students also learn to identify the local and national trends happening in the massage field today to maximize career success!

Another way we improve our students is through our massage clinic. Our students have the opportunity to practice their massage skills on the public in a work space that is similar to what they will use after graduation. This hands-on practice can give our students the confidence they need to perform well right after graduation. Having 100 hours of experience working on the public helps our students become a more comprehensive therapist as they have experience with clients from a variety of different backgrounds, ages, and health histories. This leads to the development of a more well-rounded experienced therapist that employers and massage clients are looking for.

Another example that sets OSTM apart from the rest is our instructors. We don’t have instructors and educators who work full time as a member of our faculty. In fact most of them own practices or businesses of their own in the massage or bodywork field. This leads to students receiving instruction from qualified, knowledgeable, experienced bodywork professionals in the industry. This leads to the instruction being tailored and geared towards the bodywork profession, which allows the students to be more knowledgeable and confident in their practice of massage.

Individualized Education & Your Success

OSTM strives to ensure that our classroom environment is tailored to work for all types of learners. Subjects are taught in a way that can be understood by auditory, visual, and hands-on learners alike, so students can experience a 360-degree learning environment. We want our student to learn the information, but more importantly be able to recall and visualize the information when they are out working as licensed massage therapists.

Experience Onondaga

Are you ready to embark on your massage therapy education? An education in massage therapy can help you be your best self! Reach out to us to find out more information about joining the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage family!