Onondaga Orientation

Pursuing your education can be intimidating and it can also be confusing trying to figure what field you want to go into. Why not go to school to pursue something that you love? Helping people. Becoming a licensed massage therapist gives you the opportunity to help people everyday. Massage school differs from traditional school in a variety of ways. Everything is hands-on. Literally. The community is like no other. Your fellow colleagues and instructors are with you every step of the way. At Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage we make that a priority. It all starts with orientation.

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Orientation at Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage

Orientation gives students an introduction to the specialized curriculum here at OSTM. A simple review of the student handbook becomes an interactive scavenger hunt around campus. A review of the importance of self-care for massage therapists turns into a stretching and range of motion activity. These are just two examples of the dynamic 360 degree educational experience students can expect from their time at OSTM.


At OSTM you can learn the skills and knowledge you will want to become a successful massage therapist. Our curriculum includes instructions in:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Eastern Massage
  • Myology
  • Pathology
  • Neurology
  • Swedish Massage
  • Sports Massage
  • Treatment Techniques
  • Chair Massage
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Energy Techniques
  • Directed Study
  • Hygiene
  • New York State Law & Ethics
  • Business
  • Communications
  • CPR & First Aid
  • Abuse Awareness

Potential Careers

After graduating from OSTM, there are a variety of potential careers for you to explore. Here are some places you can work.

  • Cruise ships
  • Hotel poolside masseuse
  • Resorts
  • Health and wellness centers
  • Spas
  • Self-employed private practice

Start Your Journey

On December 29th, 2017, 28 new students took their first steps to becoming Massage Therapists at the at the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage Rochester campus. Those new students came from every walk of life, varied educational experiences, and different career and work experiences. What they all had in common was the desire to help others and start a new career in a field they’re passionate about. You could be the next future massage therapist to step through our doors.

The enrollment process for our next program has begun with classes starting June 29th. If you have ever considered becoming a massage therapist, take the first step today by contacting one of our Admissions Directors at either our Rochester, NY or Syracuse, NY campuses. Start your journey today.

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To Our Dear OSTM Community

Alumni, prospective students and patrons of Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage, we have some important news regarding the future of our schools.

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