Journey to Massage
Andrew Schneider is a student in the Rochester campus’s 15-month evening program. He started on his path to becoming a Massage Therapist in September, in 2018. He has always enjoyed working with his hands and he currently has a full-time job as a woodcrafter. However, he also loves interacting with others so he wanted a career where he could help people while working with his hands.
During his tour of Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage, he felt like the school and program was a perfect fit almost immediately. When Andrew isn’t in the woodshop or at OSTM, he enjoys being outdoors and loves to explore parks and trails here in the Finger Lakes region.
Flexibility During School
Because Andrew is working in woodcrafting full time, he needed to choose a school program that was flexible with his work schedule. OSTM’s 15-month program offers both a day and an evening format to allow students like Andrew more flexibility with their class schedules. This provides the opportunity for students to still meet important personal commitments like work or family.
Success in School
In February of 2019 Andrew began working in the massage clinic.* So far he has really enjoyed giving massages to the public. In his first month of clinic his massage clients have already given him great positive feedback. One client said,
”Andrew was natural, professional, intuitive, and you could tell he really cared about my experience getting a massage. He checked in with me throughout the massage to see if the pressure needed to be adjusted, what areas I wanted more attention given to, and if I was comfortable. This was by far one of the best massages I have ever received and why I will be back in two weeks to see Andrew again.”
Andrew has shown that his skills also go beyond the massage table. He has one of the highest academic averages in his science and massage technique classes. When asked what his favorite class was, Andrew said,
”I love all my classes, but I think I like Myology the best. Massage Therapists manipulate and work on different muscle groups in the body, it’s just fascinating to learn about each muscle and nerve and how everything is connected in our bodies.”
Andrew will graduate from OSTM in December of 2019. He wants to start his own massage practice that focuses on assisting people with easing their pain and discomfort. He is very excited to continue his path to becoming a licensed massage therapist and utilizing the skills he is learning here at OSTM.
Learn More About OSTM
We are very proud of Andrew and all of our successful students. If you are interested in booking a massage appointment with Andrew or any of our talented student therapists, or if you want to learn more about how you could become a massage therapist, please call us at (585) 241-0070 or visit our website.
*All student clinic work is supervised by a NYS licensed massage therapist.