Never Too Busy For a Career

Ever feel like your life is way too busy to think about starting a career? Feel like you don’t have time to get the education needed to start a career? Did you know you can learn massage therapy in only a few short months? Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage offers schedules that vary because we want to offer the opportunity to learn to adults with active lives.

Schedule Challenges

Do you have a job that takes up the majority of your day? Our 12 and 15 month programs offer the opportunity to take night classes, so you can continue to work your current job.

Maybe you have commitments at night to family, friends, or a second job shift. We have program schedules that offer the opportunity to attend classes during the day, leaving the whole night for you to enjoy.

We Can Help

Want to start a career in massage therapy even with your active schedule? Check out our flexible program schedules, so we can help start you on your career path.

Our Flexible Scheduling Options

6, 12 & 15 Month Programs in Syracuse & Rochester, NY

We have created several scheduling options in response to requests for flexible scheduling. Among these programs is our 6 month accelerated program and our part-time 12 and 15 month options: morning, afternoon, and evening schedules. Schedules vary throughout the year, depending on student enrollment. To find out more about what schedules are currently available, contact us!

man getting a massage

6-Month Accelerated Program

This program is a great opportunity to complete your course work in as little as 6 months. Each day consists of classes in the sciences, while also getting hands-on learning.
Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM & at least 2 Saturdays each month & hands-on clinical massage.

12-Month Day Program (Morning)

The first six months of the 12-month program is spent learning your sciences, with the last 6 months spent learning your hands-on experience and clinic work.
Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM 4-5 full days in the first two months until 4:30 PM & at least 2 Saturdays each month. After which you will take hands-on/Clinical in your last 6 months.

15-Month Evening Program

The 15-month Evening program moves at a slower pace for those that want to take more time learning the aspects of massage therapy, while they continue to work or care for family during the day. The 15-month program offers education in the science of massage therapy, hands-on learning and experience in our clinic. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM & Clinical massage practice after 6 months of hands-on practical course work.

massage therapist giving a massage

15-Month Day Program

This program is excellent for people looking to make a transition into the program and to learn massage therapy at a slower pace. The first three months consist of a smaller work load 0. After which, you would then continue on to the 12 month program described above. Monday – Friday: either from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM or from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM, (depending on availability) & an average of 2 Saturdays each month.

Ready to Start?

If you are ready to find the time to start your career path, then check out our massage therapy program. If you’d like to experience the benefits of massage therapy and what it can do for your body, check out our massage clinics and the hours available.

In all programs, clinic practice hours are additional. Some Saturday work is required. All programs are 1,000 hours, and students who successfully complete the program should be eligible to sit for the National Exam and New York State Licensing Exam. Program lengths may vary depending on scheduling.

What Are The Benefits of Massage Therapy?

Top 5 Benefits of Massage Therapy

Having a busy life can take a toll on your body and on your mind. It can get frustrating when you start experience pain in your body or you feel overwhelmed. Why not get a massage? Massage therapy is a great way to relax and relieve yourself of your daily pain and anxiety. Here are some other ways massage therapy can help.
man receiving massage

  1. Body Pains:
  2. After sitting in a chair or being on your feet all day, you can experience pain throughout your body. Massage therapy is a great way to relax your muscles and eliminate pain throughout your body.

  3. Improves Sleep:

  4. A massage influences the production of serotonin, which is essential to the production of melatonin. Melatonin influences the sleeping stage of an individual, according to the Sleep Review.

  5. Reduces Anxiety and Depression:

  6. The weight of everyday life can make anybody anxious, stressed or even depressed. A massage can relax your nervous and reduce the anxiety, stress and depression.

  7. Improves Immune:

  8. According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), “Massage therapy increases the activity level of the body’s white blood cells that work to combat viruses.”
    massage therapist giving a massage

  9. Improves Mental Awareness:

  10. Since massage therapy can help to improve sleep, it can lead to the improvement of mental alertness. Massage therapy can improve energy levels, which can create a clear mindset.

Massage therapy is a great way to reduce body pains, improve your sleep, immune and mental awareness. If you’d like to learn more about massage therapy or even consider becoming a massage therapist, check out our program now!

If you are in need of a massage, check out our student clinic. It’s a chance for our students to get hands on experience with licensed supervision and a time for you to relax. Check out our clinic’s hours for both our Rochester and Syracuse locations to find a time that works best for you.

OSTM Students Give Back

At the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage, we believe that being a positive influence in our community is an important part of being successful. We often participate in charity events, and we even put on some of our own. Throughout the month of April, we helped gather food to donate to those in need. Here’s what OSTM students did to give back.

food drive haul

Who and Where?

OSTM gathered food donations to give to Foodlink (Rochester campus) and the Food Bank of Central New York (Syracuse campus). Not only did our students participate in this event, but we invited our clinic guests to join in on the fun. We offered our OSTM massage clients a discount on 50 minute and 100 minute massages with a non-perishable food donation!


The Rochester campus was able to collect 520 pounds of food which translated to OSTM Rochester donating $2,000 in discounts to our massage clients! The Syracuse campus donated 402 pounds of food which translated to OSTM Syracuse donating over $1,000 in discounts!

ostm students


We offered this event from April 1 to April 29th. While it is over now, you will still have a chance to participate in future events we hold! In September OSTM provides discounts to first responders and those in the medical field as our way of remembering September 11th and honoring those whose professional work it is to care for the welfare of others. This includes EMTs, firefighters, doctors, nurses, and other professionals. On Veteran’s Day, we offer free massages to vets! If you’d like to receive regular updates about our events and donation opportunities, email our offices managers: Syracuse –, and Rochester –


We offer opportunities like this to our students and clinic clients because they love it. Not only do we get to give back to the communities we have so much love for, but we build pride in OSTM.

Want to Experience OSTM?

Are you looking for a fulfilling career as a massage therapist? It all starts with a good education. Contact us today to get started! Looking for a relaxing massage? Our student clinic closes at the end of May until mid August, so book your appointment now!

How to Learn Massage Therapy

If you’re looking for a new career, becoming a massage therapist should be at the top of your list. According to The Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the job outlook for massage therapists is growing at a rate of 22% from years 2014-24 (which is much faster than average). US News lists massage therapy as #5 on the list for Best Health-Care Support Jobs.

The increasing demand for massage therapists is not the only benefit to getting into the career now. There are several others including the amount of time it takes to get a massage education, the variety of careers available, and the personal reward you get out of working your clients. If you’re interested in learning massage therapy, read on!

How to Learn Massage Therapy

The first step to learning massage therapy is to get an education that can prepare you for a career.

Enrolling in a School

Being enrolled in an accredited school makes a difference. Accreditation lets you know that the school is reliable, has a qualified staff, and are recognized by employers across the nation.

We are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, and we are approved by the New York State Education Department. Because of our accreditation, we are able to offer federally funded financial assistance to those who qualify. Just another perk of being accredited!

How to Get Enrolled: Tour the School

To find out if a school is right for you, sa great first step is to speak with an Admissions Guide at our school and create a time to explore your possibilities in the massage therapy profession on your personalized tour! If you’re interested in exploring the career of massage therapy at our school, walk-in tours are available during business hours, but scheduling an appointment can allow for a more in-depth tour. To create a time for you to experience your personal tour at one of our campuses, simply call or text our Admissions Director and our Advocate of Possibilities at our Syracuse location: 315-424-1159 or

Or at our Rochester location:
Phone: 585-241-0070

How to Get Enrolled: Learn About Financial Aid & Funding

We offer financial aid to those who qualify, as well as scholarships and other forms of funding. Not all schools offer all types of funding, so do your research. If you’re interested in what we offer, contact our financial aid administrators: Selina Boyd (Syracuse campus) and Jodi Brodner (Rochester campus)

Learn With No Boundaries

The next step to learning massage is to go for it! Dive into your program. If you want to become a talented massage therapist, it is important to dedicate yourself to learning the craft.

Our Licensed Massage Therapist program covers a variety of techniques and modalities. You can learn the science elements in massage therapy including anatomy and physiology, as well as the specific types of massage such as Swedish and sports massage. Massage therapy education is our passion, and we strive to create a curriculum that helps train you to become the most amazing massage therapist possible!

If you’re looking for a way to learn massage that is comprehensive, hands on, and professional, we invite you to consider Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage.

Changes to FAFSA: What You Need to Know

Here at Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage, we are proud to be able to offer financial aid to those who qualify. However, we know and understand how intimidating applying for financial aid may seem. We’re here to give you the latest update on FAFSA changes and to help you get assistance with applying to make it as easy as possible for you.

What Changes Have Been Made to FAFSA?

Previously, when filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) there was a retrieval tool that allowed students to go in and see their tax information. You could input your FSAID, and it would pull all of that for you. Unfortunately, that tool is no longer available, and it will not be available again until October of 2017. The great news is the Financial Aid Administrators at the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage can help you with the process!

Who Do These Changes Affect?

The change will affect any student looking to apply for federal aid before Oct. 2017. However, it by no means makes the process impossible, just a bit slower!

Why Did This Change Happen?

The change was made by the IRS strictly for the purposes of website security. It appears to be an extra precaution they are taking to protect student information. It may be a bit more inconvenient, but it is worth it to keep your info safe!

What Can OSTM Do to Help Me?

By scheduling your one on one financial aid appointment you will receive support and guidance throughout the financial aid process to finding out what you qualify for, and we will schedule a follow up financial aid appointment with you to complete the last steps on the online application. Before the second appointment, make your way to the State Department of Taxation (it’s right down the street from our Syracuse campus!) to obtain your 2015 taxes. During your second appointment with us, we will help you fully with completing your application.

Simply contact us with any questions you may have about getting your FAFSA started or about our massage program. We’re here to help!

Ready to Get Started?

Our friendly and helpful staff is here and ready to help you get started on your application if you qualify! Also, simply click here to book a tour today!

Other Helpful Links

Remember: never pay to receive information about or apply for federal aid or scholarships.
FAFSA Website
FSAID Website
Loan Status Check
Scholarship Information

Massage Therapy & Family: The Perfect Pair

Did you know that you could learn to become a massage therapist at Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in as little as six months? We offer a variety of schedules because we know that the “traditional college schedule” doesn’t work for everyone. Here are some advantages to enrolling in our program for you!

Spend Time With Family

We know that family time is a priority. We don’t want you to sacrifice what is important to you. Spend the day with your kids while enrolled in our 15-month evening schedule. If evenings don’t work for your family, try our 15 or 12-month day program.

Keep Your Job

Both our 15-month programs and our 12-month day program can potentially accommodate your current job. We understand that you need to work to provide for your family and fund your education. We’re here to make it easier for you.

Love Your Time Here

If you like your school schedule, you’re more likely to be excited and focused while you’re here. We don’t want school to be another stress in your life. It’s important to us that you love what you do!

Enter The Massage Profession Sooner

If you are eligible for enrollment in our 6-month program, you can get started on your way toward a job sooner than later! This schedule is significantly shorter than most traditional college programs.

*Our program availability varies throughout the year, so give us a call now to find out what is currently available!

Our Schedules

6-Month Accelerated Program

Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
& 1-2 Saturdays each month.

12-Month Day Program (Morning)

Monday – Friday: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
4-5 full days until 4:30 PM & an average of 2 Saturdays each month.

15-Month Evening Program

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM.

15-Month Day Program

Monday – Friday: either from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM or from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM, (depending on availability) & an average of 2 Saturdays each month.

In all programs, clinic practice hours are additional. Some Saturday work is required. All programs are 1,000 hours, and students who successfully complete the program should be eligible to sit for the National Exam and New York State Licensing Exam. Program lengths may vary depending on scheduling.

Where Can I Work as a Massage Therapist?

One of our favorite parts of the journey to becoming a massage therapist is touring the school. It’s a wonderful experience to watch their faces light up, and the joy spread over their features as they realize they are one step closer to their dreams.
During the tour those exploring massage therapy are encouraged to ask questions. One of the questions we seem to get on the most is: Where can I work as massage therapist?
If this question has crossed your mind as well, you are not alone.

    1. Club Spas

      Comforting music, lemon water, and a relaxing atmosphere. These may draw you back to what you relate to “spa”, here however they come aligned with monthly club fees and a client base that always seems to be booming. Whether you simply want to gain more experience before you open your private practice, or sink in deep and find a home, this is a great option.

    2. Boutique or Themed Spas


      Japanese Style Spa

      Interested in working in a Japanese style bath house or perhaps a holistic based healing center? While they may seem kitschy and odd to some, the business of specialized centers is booming. If you have an interest in a boutique philosophy or would like to learn about different cultures and techniques, this might be a great place to expand your knowledge.

    3. Physical Therapy, Rehab and Hospitals

      work in sport massageWhile a wide array of massage-based jobs take place in spas and dripping luxury, none are more important than those that reside within physical therapy and rehab. From recovery from strokes to car accidents, to sports therapy and prevention, these massage therapists help get people back on their feet. If you want to use your skills to help others heal, quite literally, this path was meant for you.

    4. Cruise Ships

      work on a cruise ship Don’t get seasick? Good. This exciting opportunity can, quite literally, take you all around the world. People take cruises to relax and get away from life for a little while, and the best way to relax is a massage – they are obviously going to need someone to help with that. If you aren’t scared of sharks, and want to see the world while doing what you love most, consider this possibility.

    5. High End Resorts

      Whether they be country clubs, or some of the top getaway resorts in the world, they all need massage therapists. If you pride yourself on the perfection of your skill and are ready to work among the elite, or are willing to work to get there, this could be the option for you.

    6. Self Employed or Private Practice

      If working hours at a spa isn’t for you, or if you’ve been doing it so long you have already built an extensive clientele, working for yourself or opening or your own practice might be right up your alley. Additionally, if you are just starting out and need help building that budding list then smartphone apps like Soothe and Zeel can help you do that.

These are just some of the places that you may be able to find employment as a massage therapist. If any of these sound like a dream come true to you and if you would like to find out more about YOUR possibilities in the massage profession, then simply call us now to speak with a friendly and helpful Admissions Guide, contact us today.


Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage is immediately hiring teachers for the Rochester campus in the following areas: TREATMENTS, SPORTS, & CPR/FIRST-AID. Positions are available during the morning, afternoon, and evening.

Qualified candidates must have been a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist practicing massage for a minimum of 3 years. They should have experience and more than a basic knowledge of these massage modalities.

September 27, 28, 30; October 4, 5, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 25, 26, 28; November 1,4, 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 18, 22, 28, 29, 30; December 2, 6, & 8 (FINAL).

December 9, 12, 13, 14, 15

March 9, 14, 16, 21, & 23, 2017

May 4 & 10, 2017

July 25; August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; September 5, 12, 19, 21, 26; October 3, 5, 10, 17, 19, 24, 31; November 2, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 27, 29; December 4, & 6, 2017

To apply, please send resume immediately to Kennan Beckstrand, Director of Education, at


March 29-April 9, 2017 on Hood Canal in Brinnon, WA

This scholarship will be awarded to a massage practitioner or massage school student who contributes to community using manual healing arts.

Applications accepted until December 1, 2016.

Spend 12 days of living in harmony with Nature, Spirit and other People while learning a lomilomi healing massage approach. This in-depth, expansive program includes massage instruction, time in nature, ho’oponopono, Hawaiian dance, handicrafts, meditations, song, ceremony and more, while living together in a beautiful setting.

The participants will learn this bodywork: (1) a full body protocol, (2) specific treatment work for the anterior torso including the chest and abdomen, and (3) massage which can be given with the client fully clothed and seated on a common chair or the floor. People with all levels of experience are welcome to register.

Barbara Helynn practices and teaches clinically focused, spiritually grounded lomilomi from the Big Island. This Big Island Style Lomi lineage is therapeutic, specific work which addresses and helps resolve injury. It is structural lomilomi incorporating concepts of Hawaiian spirituality, meditation techniques, and indigenous values. Barbara Helynn has a strong focus on increasing body awareness and helping people move more smoothly and easily.

Barbara Helynn Heard, LMP, WA massage license # MA 00009734
Barbara Helynn Heard, of Seattle, Washington has practiced lomilomi since 1996 and has taught lomilomi since 2005. She began doing massage as a teenager in the 1970’s and graduated from Brian Utting School of Massage in Seattle, WA in 1996. Barbara Helynn was mentored by Mana Lomi® founder Dr. Maka’ala Yates for 13 years, and taught lomilomi under his guidance for 9 years. Barbara Helynn’s intent as a teacher is to see the Light in each person and to help each student to be and to do their very best.

View the program description here:

Send an email to which includes:
1. Your name, your address and phone number
2. State your intention to apply for the 2015 Lehua Goodwill Scholarship.
3. A thoughtful one paragraph introduction of yourself
4. An explanation of why you wish to participate in this program in 150 words or less
5. A description of contributions you have made to community and/or how might you “pay forward” the scholarship support once you have acquired the training
6. Optional supplemental material of your own choosing
7. Your website address, if you have a website
8. Tell me how you learned of this scholarship opportunity

Note: The scholarship covers tuition and is worth $1295. The scholarship recipient will be asked to contribute $700 for food & lodging.

FOR MORE INFORMATION please see details on website:
or contact me (Barbara Helynn Heard) at 206 325-3479

Barbara Helynn Heard, LMP
206 325-3479

OSTM Syracuse Campus–HIRING Evening Treatments Instructor–Part-time

Treatments Instructor

OSTM Syracuse Campus

Evenings Instructor


Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage, Syracuse Campus, is seeking a part-time instructor for the Treatments hands-on class.  Candidates are required to have the tollowing:

-An active NYS LMT license

-3 years of practical experience as a New York State LMT

-3 professional references

-A desire to and an ability to teach massage treatments classes.

-Availability to teach 6 to 9:30PM on July 25, August 1, 9, 16, 23, 29, September 6, 13, 19, 21, 26, October 3, 5, 10, 17, 19, 24, 31, November 2, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 27, 29 and December 4, 2017.

Pay is commensurate with experience and education.

To apply:

Please Email resume and references to and please address Email with “SYRACUSE TREATMENTS” in the subject line.