Student of the Month: James Frier

James Frier is the student of the month for the Syracuse campus, and was nominated for his positive, upbeat attitude. He is extremely hard-working and it shows in everything he does! He even has perfect attendance, and all of these things together are why we felt he earned student of the month for October. Students like James are why we love training massage therapists.

Why Massage Therapy

James currently works as a bartender to pay his way through school, but he always wanted to do something different with his life. Contributing to society is important to him, and he always had an interest in health and wellness. James injured his back while competing in MMA, so he started getting massage therapy treatments to help him recover. He was blown away by how helpful and healing massage therapy was for him. After that he decided he wanted to learn massage therapy for his career!

Why Choose OSTM

James was initially drawn to Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage (OSTM) because of the way the campus made him feel. He describes his tour experience like this:

“When I toured OSTM I knew it was right for me. I was impressed by all the programs OSTM offers to set their students up for success, and I got positive vibes from all of the staff.”

OSTM strives to provide learning and practice opportunities for students, and that’s one of the things that James identified that told him that he would be a great fit at the school. The positive vibes he also felt just come from working in a place we want to work in!

A Future in Massage Therapy

When asked what his favorite part of massage therapy is, James answered that he loves having a valuable skill set that can improve the life and health of others. Being able to help others feel better and heal faster is a huge motivator for many massage students. For James, he loves having massage skills because he is inspired by people who are passionate about bettering mankind, and he feels that massage can help him make a similar difference.

James sees himself eventually becoming a businessman. He wants to own a business at some point, but he hasn’t decided on a specific area or modality he would like to focus on. Regardless of what he chooses, he says he wants to continue to learn and grow no matter where his career leads him. That attitude of always wanting to learn is a large part of why he was selected as our student of the month!

Join The OSTM Family

Are you looking to make a change in your own life? Massage therapy can be a great opportunity for you to find yourself and a career that you love! Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage offers massage therapy courses at both our Syracuse and Rochester campuses. Schedule a tour to learn more about what OSTM can do for you!

Learn Basic Holistic Massage at OSTM

At Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage (OSTM), we believe that it’s important for our students to have the opportunity to learn a wide breadth of massage and wellness techniques. Everyone comes to massage school with different interests and goals, so teaching a wide array of techniques can allow students to explore new and different methodologies they may not have considered before. This is why we offer Energy Class as a part of the OSTM curriculum, as well as many other extra-curricular classes for students and alumni to attend outside of regularly-scheduled class time.

What Is Energy Class?

The energy class at OSTM is a section of our massage therapy program that can introduce students to many different energy work techniques. Energy work, referred to by many as a holistic massage technique, is the practice clearing clients of negative energy while protecting yourself from absorbing that negative energy. Everyone has positive and negative energy that they carry within themselves, so energy work can allow people to be purged of negative energy buildup. We bring practitioners in as much as possible to help expose students to some of the following techniques:

Chakra Healing

The human body has seven main energy centers throughout it called “chakras.” Each chakra has different physiological associations with illness, dysfunction, as well as strengths. Chakra healing is the technique of releasing stale energy from the related chakras to alleviate maladies and improve overall well being.

Polarity Therapy

Polarity therapy is another form of energy work that focuses on bringing energy into balance throughout the body. The technique is inspired by the Indian Ayurvedic health practices, and is designed to bring the mind and body together in harmony.


Reiki is another energy work technique, though this one originates from Japan. It is focused on the different qi located throughout the body. Reiki practitioners use a technique called “palm healing” or “hands-on healing” to transfer energy into the client to promote wellbeing. Shiatsu, another Japanese holistic massage modality, is also typically introduced in our massage therapy program.


Reflexology, also referred to as zone therapy, is a practice where pressure is applied to the feet and hands of clients with specialized techniques to release energy points in the body to improve wellbeing.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is another alternative wellness practice that is designed to relieve pain, release tension, and improve wellness throughout the body. The technique includes palpating, or touching and applying pressure to different parts of the cranium to promote flow.


These are just a few of the many techniques that can be touched on in the massage therapy program. We enjoy reviewing this broad spectrum of topics because it allows students to explore their interests and look at further specialization options after graduation.

Extracurricular Learning

At OSTM, learning doesn’t end when class gets out! We offer many extracurricular classes that are open to current and former students alike. We cover many different techniques, ranging from the ever-popular “cupping” practice to more obscure techniques like Indian head massage. Visit our Facebook events page to see our full schedule of upcoming classes.

Learn With OSTM

There’s no reason for you to settle for an ordinary massage therapy program. OSTM strives to bring a wide variety of techniques and modalities so that our students can feel confident and prepared after graduation. Contact us at our Syracuse or Rochester campuses to schedule your tour today.

Students of The Month: Jamie Brittany

Meet Jamie Minguez

Jamie Minguez is the September student of the month for the Rochester Campus. Jamie was nominated for her incredible passion for helping other people and her diligent work ethic! She is in the 12-month massage therapy program and on track to graduate this coming December. She plans to work in a more medical-based practice, but is still exploring her options for employment. Jamie currently works as a histologist for a local medical center, and has always had a love for science and enjoys working with people.

Why Massage Therapy

Like many other people who work in healthcare, Jamie liked her job but wanted a more personal connection with her clients and patients. She had been considering a career in massage for several years, but as the mother of 4 small children, the time never felt right. In January 2018, Jamie took the leap and started in our 12-month program. This time allowed Jamie to work on her education and training part-time in the mornings while still being able balance work and family commitments between her classes. Nine months later, Jamie has become a confident and knowledgeable student massage therapist!

Life at OSTM

When asked what her favorite class is, she responded:

“I think my favorite class is the Student Public Clinic because it allows me to meet new people, use the techniques and knowledge I have learned in the program, and apply it to address the concerns my clients have when they come in for a massage.”

Jamie also joined the school’s peer tutoring program where she supports other students who may find the science curriculum challenging. Jamie’s dedication to her education and future career can best be summed up by feedback she received from a client in public clinic:

“I re-booked my next massage appointment with Jamie because I have been getting massages for over 10 years and hers is by far the best I have ever received. You can tell by the expression on her face that she loves what she is doing. I mentioned to her that I had been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome on my first visit. When I returned, she not only remembered me, but also remembered my condition and showed research she had done on massage techniques I could receive to help with my condition. She also went above and beyond my expectations and recommended some stretching exercises to try to help! Her technique, attention to detail, and her fluid and rhythmical flow is truly top-notch. This was better than massages I paid over $200 for at a resort by a seasoned massage therapist.”

Jamie’s passion for helping other people and her attention to individual needs and concerns are inspiring to us! These are just some of the reasons that Jamie Minguez was selected as OSTM’s student of the month for September.

Meet Brittany Marsh

Brittany Marsh is a 12-month massage therapy student at the Syracuse campus who is only a few months away from graduating! Brittany was nominated for student of the month due to her amazing sense of professionalism, kindness, and for truly being a role model for everyone she comes in contact with. Brittany not only excels academically, she also consistently receives great feedback from her clients in massage clinic who regularly rebook with her. She brings a sense of calm to all who meet her or receive a massage from her.

Life Before Massage

Before finding her interest in massage, Brittany went into the world as an esthetician. She currently works as an esthetician at Elan Therapeutic Massage, in addition to working as a bartender and server at a local restaurant. Massage therapy is something she thought about pursuing for a long time. She loves helping people and has a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others!

The OSTM Experience

Brittany took the plunge and decided to tour Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage, and after visiting the school for the first time, she felt very welcome. She knows several alumni from the school who have had nothing but good things to say about the program. Since joining the OSTM family, Brittany has experienced an overwhelming feeling of happiness in knowing that she made the right decision to go to massage school. She loves each massage she performs because she knows that she helped someone feel better.

Life After School

Brittany’s favorite part of the massage industry is the amount of different routes and continuing education classes she can take. After graduation, her goal is to put herself out there to gain as many new massage clients as possible. She also wants to start taking continuing education classes right away to keep expanding her knowledge in different areas. Brittany’s long term goal is to have a thriving business with clients who have faith in her to help them become their best selves. We asked her what she thinks her life would be like without massage therapy, and she told us:

”If I never came to school here I would probably feel lost about my future. I would be wondering what my passion is and how to find it. I’m happy that’s not the case because I did choose to come to OSTM, and I did find my passion, and I am so excited and eager to start this next chapter!”

That passion and drive to help others is a large part of why Brittany is our student of the month at the Syracuse campus!

Join The OSTM Family

Great massage therapists have a passion for helping other people feel and be their best selves. Does that sound like something you share a passion for? Consider a future in massage therapy! The Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage offers different program schedules to help accommodate your scheduling needs so you can pursue a career you are passionate about. Contact us to learn more about our program options, or schedule a tour to see the school for yourself!

How Massage Therapy Improves Mental Health

Massage therapy can help people of all ages with many different kinds of pains and problems. One of the common issues that people handle is mental health, and massage therapy can help! Massage isn’t just about alleviating pain in muscles or limbs, but it’s about helping someone to feel their best as well. People with stress, anxiety, depression, and even disorders like autism can experience some relief from their condition when they receive regular massages.

Stress Management

Stress is a common element in the lives of nearly everyone across the globe. Many things in life can cause stress, from work or school to family and friend situations. Regardless of the source of stress, it can be alleviated for many people with massage therapy. Stress typically results in increased heart rate, quickened breathing, tightened muscles, and risen blood pressure. Massage therapy combats each of those symptoms directly. Massage relaxed muscles, slows the heart rate and breathing, and decreases blood pressure, allowing people to feel more peaceful and relaxed.


Anxiety disorders are surprisingly common with an estimated 40 million Americans who suffer from them. Anxiety comes in many forms, and often exhibits itself in similar ways that stress does. Research suggests that massage can reduce anxiety in the following people:

  • Patients before or after medical procedures
  • People with chronic pain
  • People with general anxiety
  • The elderly
  • and more

With how prevalent anxiety is in people around the country, it’s easy to come up with countless ways to help them. Massage therapy helps to ease pain that may be causing anxiety, or reduce the symptoms of the anxiety itself.


Depression can be described as feeling general emotional dejection and withdrawal, or even as having prolonged periods of intense sadness that goes beyond what would be warranted. Depression can cause or spring from a myriad of symptoms, so there are a number of ways that massage therapy can help. Depression is frequently associated with brain chemical imbalances, and massage therapy can increase output of positive, balancing brain chemicals. Oxytocin is the most frequent chemical that is released during massage, and can work to reduce stress-inducing chemicals and increase mood and mentality.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that occurs when someone experiences a traumatic experience that triggers a “fight or flight” response in the body. The PTSD occurs when that individual is unable to resolve or act on that “fight or flight” adrenaline response, which can result in a condition where the individual experiences flashbacks, sleep irregularity, anger, stress, depression, anxiety, irritability, pain, fatigue, and in some cases, even more serious symptoms. PTSD can be a complex and difficult condition to handle for many people, so massage therapy can be a good option to assist with recovery.

Massage therapy has a unique ability to assist with PTSD recovery. Massage therapy sessions can focus on muscle groups, tendons, and soft tissues to loosen up stress and tightness. Massage can also target trigger points and work out knots. The touch of the massage therapist can also help release feel-good hormones, such as oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins in the client. These hormones can help them to relax, put their guard down, and to feel more secure. These are just a couple ways massage can be an excellent supplement to help people recover from difficult life experiences.

Learn Massage With OSTM

Massage therapy isn’t just about helping people to have a relaxing and enjoyable time, it’s about improving the quality of life for the clients you meet. It can help some people manage difficult conditions or disorders. If you’re interested in playing that role in the lives of others, contact us or schedule a tour of our campus to learn more about our massage therapy program.

Students of The Month: Christie & Gina

Meet Christie Brown

Meet Christie Brown! Christie is a student in our 6 month accelerated program. She is a student who has shown great resolve since she started in July and always comes to school with a smile on her face, even on test days!

Christie is currently Pizza Team Leader at Wegmans, where she has worked for some time. In spite of her current occupation, she has always been interested in health and holistic medicine. Health and wellness are true passions of hers, and she has always wanted to make a difference in the lives of others.

Learning Massage

Christie chose OSTM because it was recommended to her by a good friend of hers that is a massage therapist and a graduate from our Syracuse Campus! She loves everything about massage therapy, and she especially enjoys the focus on the mind and body connection, which she feels is very important.

Her favorite part of the massage industry is that there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re a client or a massage therapist, you can find your niche! Christie is inspired by others who live and breathe what they believe in – people with a passion for life.

Life After School

With how many options there are out there, Christie has said she is not yet sure if she wants to focus on a specific group or modality when she gets her license. She does know that she wants to continue to learn all that she can about massage therapy and grow her skills so that she can help as many people as she possibly can.

“If I didn’t start this program, I think I wouldn’t be as fulfilled as I am now. Before starting, I felt directionless and segmented, but I feel as though this program is helping me piece who I am and who I want to be together.”

That drive to help other people and that sense of purpose is only a part of why Christie has earned student of the month!

Meet Gina Mattice

From an early age, Gina Mattice knew she wanted a job where she could help others. When looking into career options in the healthcare field, she considered nursing. After learning more about it, she felt a career in nursing wouldn’t allow her the one-on-one relationship she desired when working with others. It wasn’t until Gina accepted a position as a receptionist in a massage spa that she started to consider massage therapy.

Gina’s School Experience

Gina researched her options for completing her education in massage therapy, and chose the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in Rochester, NY.  Gina was drawn to the school’s small class size and to being around a group of like-minded classmates who were all working together. Gina also loves that OSTM offers a 15-month program that allows her some flexibility in her schedule. This gives her the time to complete her studies while still working a full-time job to support herself.

Goals After School

Gina took the first step to fulfilling her dream of becoming a licensed massage therapist in October 2017, and is scheduled to graduate this coming December. Gina credits her instructors for challenging her to believe in herself and not give up when there were bumps in the road. When Gina graduates this December, she sees herself working in a franchise spa environment, and eventually would like to start her own business. She wants to provide more medically-based massage to oncology and palliative care patients.

Why Gina Loves OSTM

Gina is a strong student academically, and when asked what her favorite class has been so far, she replied:

“I think every class I have taken at OSTM has been a building block for  my foundation as a massage therapist, but if I had to choose it would be Student Clinic. I love using all the skills I have learned in all my classes and putting the knowledge I have learned into practice working on the public. I love seeing my clients rebook and come back week after week to feel better in their daily lives.”

We believe this passion for other people is just one of the many reasons that Gina is an excellent student, and will also be an incredible massage therapist!

Join Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage

Have you been considering a career change? Enrollment for our fall 2018 program is underway! To learn more about what sets OSTM apart from other schools, schedule a personal tour with one on our admissions representatives today.

What is Medical Massage?

Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage takes pride in being a school that provides students a well-balanced curriculum to provide student’s exposure to a multitude of modalities. One of
the most unique of those modalities is. Massage therapy provides many different career opportunities, and we strive to train our students to be ready for anything. Medical massage continues to increase in popularity and can provide job security for massage therapists for many years to come.

What is Medical Massage?

Medical massage is any massage treatments that are performed to alleviate conditions that have been diagnosed and prescribed by a physician. An example of this would be if someone was seeing a psychiatrist for anxiety, and that psychiatrist wrote a prescription for massage to reduce stress in their patient. The massage therapist could then perform massage services to treat a specific condition. Medical massage therapists can use a variety of modalities or techniques during the treatment, but the focus remains on treating the prescribed condition. Medical massage sessions are also often shorter than relaxation massage, taking as little as 15 minutes, which can help clients save both time and money.

What Can Massage Therapists Treat?

Anyone that works in a trade or profession, especially in the medical world, has what is called a “scope of practice.” A scope of practice describes all the things a professional can do. For example, providing relaxing massage, deep tissue massage, and therapeutic massage with a prescription are all things that are within a massage therapist’s scope of practice. Massage therapists, however, cannot diagnose illness or injury, administer medication, or write prescriptions. This is why massage therapists and medical professionals often work together to provide the best healing solutions for their clients. A doctor, chiropractor, or other licensed medical professional can write a prescription for massage, and then a massage therapist can give the prescribed treatments to help heal patients.

Why is a Prescription Necessary For Medical Massage?

A prescription is needed for medical massage to protect everyone involved. The patient needs the prescription so that they can show that their doctor approves of the treatments. Massage therapists need the prescription because it protects them from from negative consequences of treating something that wasn’t approved by a medical doctor. It helps protect the massage therapist in case the client’s symptoms do not improve or worsen, and it can help them preserve their massage therapy license.

What Types of Massage Are Considered Medical Massage?

All types of massage can be considered therapeutic when used by a trained massage therapist as directed by a medical professional. This means that medical massage isn’t limited to any types of techniques or treatments. As long as the massage therapist has a prescription to treat the patient, it counts as medical massage.

What Are Common Medical Massage Treatments?

Medical massage therapists can work in nearly any medical field or specialty. Here are just a few of the medical professionals they can perform massage for:

  • Chiropractor’s offices
  • Physical therapist offices
  • Orthopedics offices
  • Sports medicine & rehabilitation centers
  • Senior care/ residence centers
  • Psychiatric care facilities
  • Addiction treatment centers
  • and many more

These facilities can prescribe massage as a treatment to their patients, so massage therapists can choose the exact setting they want to work in utilizing their massage training. Some of these offices and centers will hire their own massage therapists to work in-house because of the demand for massage services. Massage therapists even have the option of switching between medical massage specializations at any time, because their license allows them to perform massage for any specification.

Learn Massage With OSTM

Onondaga School of Massage Therapy can help you get your start in a flexible and fulfilling career as a professional massage therapist. If you’ve always had a passion for helping other people and want to work in a medical setting, massage therapy can give you the freedom you’re looking for. Learn about our different massage therapy programs and how they can help you prepare for your career. Schedule a tour to see what we’re all about, or contact our admissions staff at our Syracuse or Rochester locations to learn more today!

Student of the Month: Justin Rochniak

Meet Justin Rochniak

July’s student of the month at the Rochester campus is Justin Rochniak. Justin is one of our 15-month students enrolled in our evening program. Before finding massage therapy, Justin was stuck in a job where he felt unfulfilled. He always enjoyed working with his hands so after considering massage therapy for over a year, he scheduled a tour with our admissions team here at the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage. Justin says that he immediately felt at home after touring the school and loved the format of the evening program. The program allowed him to attend class four nights a week from 6:00pm-9:30pm. This gave Justin time to continue to work and support himself and his family, keep his personal commitments on the weekend, and have time to study.

Another feature that Justin liked about the evening program is that it allowed him to take two nights of science classes and two nights of hands-on massage classes.

“Having hands-on classes with my science classes allowed me as a hands-on learner to learn muscle groups and identify the structure and function of specific regions and systems of the human body.


Justin chose OSTM over other schools in the area because of the sole focus on massage.

“At other schools I went to there were students just going to college because they thought that’s what they were supposed to do. At OSTM, all the students there were studying the same thing as me, and we all wanted a new career in a profession we love.”

Justin was selected as student of the month for Rochester because of his positive attitude, solid attendance, and strong academics. When Justin graduates in December 2018 he hopes to start working for a more seasoned licensed massage therapist in a wellness center.

Goals After School

After a few years of experience Justin sees himself opening his own business and helping others with massage and bodywork. Justin believes that the opportunities in massage therapy are endless:

“I have friends who graduated the class before me who are working in hospitals with cancer and hospice patients, others are working in schools with students with sensory and attention deficits, others are working in high-end salons and spas, and others are working in rehabilitation centers, physical therapy, chiropractic offices, and other health care settings”.

Justin wants to combine those endless options with his own business to create a unique opportunity to help others with massage and bodywork.

Always Something New

Justin loves that there is always something to learn with massage therapy. If you get tired of one thing, you can try something new!

“One of the best things about massage is that if you get bored with one setting or modality, there are so many other possibilities and settings to experience.”

Justin’s outlook on life and his positivity is just one way that he makes Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage great!

Join the OSTM Family!

Want to learn more about OSTM’s flexible program options, including out 15-month program designed for working adults? Schedule your own personal tour and meetings with our admissions and financial aid representatives today! The enrollment deadline for our next 15-month evening program is Friday, August 17th, so there’s no time to waste!

Benefits of Being a Traveling Massage Therapist

Massage therapy is a career full of freedom and opportunity, and that is especially true for people who decide to become traveling massage therapists! Instead of working in traditional spas or clinics, traveling massage therapists (also known as mobile massage therapists) set appointments to visit their clients at home and perform services in-house. For many massage therapists, this can be the ideal option because it gives them many benefits they might not have at a typical spa. Here are all the reasons you might enjoy being a traveling massage therapist:

Set Your Own Schedule

One of the main reasons many people love being traveling massage therapists is that they have complete control over their schedule. If you work in a spa or clinic you may not have total control over when you have to work, so traveling to your clients can give you greater freedom to go where you like, when you like. This is great for people who are trying to work additional jobs, manage time with family, or just like greater control of each day. You could even consider working before or after standard business hours since you aren’t restricted to spa operating hours!

Set Your Own Rules

Another big reason why many massage therapists love to travel to their clients is because they can choose their own practices, prices, or anything else! You essentially become your own business owner, so you get to make all of the executive calls. In a spa, your clients are often charged to pay for both your services and the facility. Traveling massage therapists don’t have to pay for facilities or electrical bills, so what they charge their clients is what they get to keep after they’ve paid for supplied like the massage table and supplies! You can also choose when you take your breaks, what services you want to offer, and build your own book of business. You’re free to be your own boss!

Pick Your Venue

With an increase in awareness of the benefits of massage therapy, more and more people are choosing to incorporate it in their professional and private lives. Many corporate events and expos even include massage therapy services for attendants, so working with these expos allows you to serve clientele in a unique and open environment. Whether you wish to work in large business venues, private homes, or anywhere in between, working as a mobile massage therapist allows you to make the choice for yourself!

Expand Networking Opportunities

Many massage therapists take advantage of social media to help promote their personal practice, and as a mobile massage therapist you could have even more opportunities to build your presence! A massage therapist who moves about is more likely to run into new people, so make sure you talk to everyone as you go about your days. Corporate events where you massage many new people throughout the day is also a good way to help get the word out about your services. Consider sharing business cards or connecting with people through social media to expand your reach!

Get Your Foundation at Onondaga

Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage is where you can learn the skills you may need to become a massage therapist regardless of where you choose to work! Our students have a 97.6% licensure rate between both of our campuses in Syracuse and Rochester, so we are confident we can help our students succeed! Contact us or schedule a tour if you want to learn more about what a career in massage therapy can do for you!

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.”


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!


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!