Student of the Month: Katy and Gabriela

Going to school to become a massage therapist requires hard work, ambition, and dedication. At Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage, there is no shortage of this. Our students display their great work ethic everyday. Because we have such amazing students, we like to highlight a few who have played a key role in making the atmosphere at OSTM what it is.

For this month, the students who stood out from the crowd are Katy Osborn from our Syracuse campus, and Gabriela Goff from our Rochester campus. Great job Gabby and Katy!

student of the month katy

Meet Katy Osborn

Katy is a relatively new addition to our 12 month program, but her ambition and determination set her apart immediately. She was chosen as a student of the month because of her kindness and display of servant leadership. She is always looking for opportunities to learn and help others.


Yoga, meditation, and living a balanced life are important to Katy. When asked what she wants to do after graduating from OSTM she said, “When I complete my year at OSTM, I hope to end up working with a chiropractor or physical therapist as a sports massage therapist. I am really interested in working with clients after an injury and helping them to get back to their sport, or to help athletes recover after a long race or difficult game. Ultimately, I hope to merge my love of yoga with massage. I might own my own business or learn shiatsu massage or just offer private yoga classes and massage services as I travel. I am really looking forward to exploring many different paths in front of me!”

Katy’s excitement and optimism about her future career is a great attribute. We can’t wait to see what she accomplishes!

Meet Gabriela Goff

Gabriela, or Gabby, is an amazing student that has been a part of the OSTM family since January. A recent client left some feedback after an appointment with Gabby.

“I came in to your clinic today at the recommendation of a friend who receives massage weekly to help with arthritic pain. I was greeted by my Student Massage Therapist, Gabby, and was immediately put at ease. Gabby listened to what was going on in my life and the difficulties I was having with pain in my forearms and legs. I could sense nothing but positivity coming from Gabby who gave me my massage and checked in with me frequently to ensure I was comfortable and that the right amount of pressure for me was being used. Afterwards, she gave me some stretching exercises and had me speak with her Clinical Supervisor to recommend some additional things I could do to help with my own arthritis. 50 minutes on the massage table with Gabby and I felt better than I have ever felt with any medication my physician prescribed me. I made sure to rebook an appointment for next week with Gabby and wanted to thank her for just being the phenomenal person she is and the amazing therapist she will become when she graduates.”


Gabby’s positive attitude and willingness to go out of her way to make others, like this happy client, feel great are just a couple of the reasons she was selected. Her amazing attitude is contagious and makes OSTM a brighter place. Her stellar academic performance also stands as a testament to her great work ethic. Gabby serves as a great example for other students on how to succeed and help others succeed. Way to go Gabby!

Start Your Flexible Future

Want to learn and build a career in the company of incredible students like Gabby and Katy? You can start building a flexible career with OSTM. Contact us or schedule a tour to learn more about how to get started.

Hometown Heroes: OSTM’s Public Servant Appreciation Month

At Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage, we know it is important to give back and add value to our community. Seek out opportunities to help people who act as the glue that holds our community together.

community hands working together

September is a great time to pay homage to those public servants who are the unsung heroes of our society. Firefighters, police officers, first responders, military personnel, educators, healthcare professionals, and community volunteers are a few examples of these unsung heroes. They work to keep our communities safe, healthy, and functional. At times, we can forget how much we rely on these everyday heroes.

Giving Back

While we may not be on the front lines with these people, we can use our own talents and skills to help them do their jobs better. At OSTM, we can do this through massage.

Public servant jobs are often either high stress or physically demanding. Sometimes they can be both. Through massage, we can help these hometown heroes unwind, relax, recover, and get ready emotionally and mentally to return to work. By giving them the benefits of massage, we can help them perform their duties more effectively.

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Our Hometown Hero Discount

To commemorate Patriot Day and to honor all our hometown heroes, we are offering discounted massages for the entire month of September. To get your discount, just bring proof of your service.


  • Firefighters
  • Police officers
  • First responders
  • Healthcare professionals and hospital staff
  • Educators
  • School and university employees
  • Active or retired military members
  • Community Volunteers


  • $30 for a 50 minute massage
  • $60 for a 100 minutes massage

Either of the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage campuses.

  • Syracuse – 719 East Genesee Street Syracuse, NY 13210
  • Rochester – 302 N. Goodman St. Rochester, NY 14607

You can schedule a massage at a time that is convenient for you.

  • To schedule a massage at Syracuse location call 315-424-1159
  • To schedule a massage at our Rochester location call 585-241-0070

You can see our clinic hours for each location here.

We Can’t Wait to See You

If you are a public servant and could use a massage, schedule your appointment today. It is also a great gift or token of appreciation if you know someone who works as a public servant. We are excited to hear from you and provide you with an amazing massage experience!

Student of the Month: Lindsey and Jonnathan

Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage is dedicated to the success of our talented and ambitious students. We believe the mark of a good school is a great student body, and inspiring, motivated students are in no short supply at OSTM. Each month, we like to feature students that have gone above and beyond at school and shown exceptional work during their time here.

This month, we’d like to feature Lindsey Vossler from our Rochester campus, and Jonnathan Pineda from our Syracuse campus. Congratulations Lindsey and Jonnathan!

Meet Lindsey Vossler

Lindsey is a student in our 6-month full time program. This program tends to attract motivated, driven students who want to finish up, get their license as quickly as possible, and get started on their flexible future. Lindsey is no exception, and she’s been a wonderful addition to the OSTM family!

It’s All About Attitude

Lindsey was nominated for our student of the month because of the positivity and motivation she brings to the table. Staff and classmates that work with her everyday know her for her work ethic and passion while working in the massage clinic; she’ll be the first to help lift spirits when things get stressful with a corny joke, by coordinating study groups with her peers, or even just offering a smile or a hug.

Her great attitude and personality have been described as “contagious” by those at OSTM that know her best. What’s more, Lindsey relocated to Rochester from her hometown to pursue the career training she wanted, a true testament to the determination and willpower of a great student!

ostm student of the month jonnathan pineda

Meet Jonnathan Pineda

Jonnathan is a classic example of a career-focused go-getter. A student in our 12-month program, Jonnathan kills it in the science curriculum, as well as the hands-on classes! He’s been a student that others have come to rely on for help with understanding course material, and Jonnathan has always happily volunteered his time to help fellow students.

When asked what inspired him to pursue a degree in the healing art of massage, he said,
“The field is very rewarding. It’s great to be a part of a dream in helping people in pain, recovering from injuries or experiencing stress. A big plus is the ability to set your own schedule. This is great for me since I will continue my education towards a Master’s in Occupational Therapy.”


That’s right, Jonnathan said a Master’s in Occupational Therapy. Jonnathan actually moved to Syracuse from NYC to add his massage license to his associate and bachelor’s degrees in the field. His career goals are bold and ambitious, but he takes on every challenge with a positive attitude and we have every bit of faith that he’ll achieve all of the goals he’s set out to!

The Onondaga Difference: Start Your Flexible Future!

We think our programs are pretty great, but it’s only because of the fun, positive, quality students that come through our doors every day to learn the art of massage.

Does the flexibility of a career in a massage pique your interest? Would you just love to be part of the family at OSTM’s campuses? Good news, you can! Contact us today to schedule a tour, or call us at 585-241-0070 (Rochester) or 315-424-1159 (Syracuse) to get your flexible future started!

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:
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  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!