Massage Therapy Continuing Education

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The Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage is committed to providing its graduates and the massage community with a broad menu of continuing education classes*.

It is our philosophy that continuing education should be one of the cornerstones of the OSTM program. Our goal is to host an array of guest presenters who are knowledgeable and accomplished in their respective fields. Please join us for our impressive continuing education programs.

For any questions or additional information, please contact the campus offering the course: The Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage Syracuse: 315-424-1159  or Rochester: 585-241-0070

*Please note: OSTM offers, sponsors and supports continuing education for massage therapists. OSTM is certified as a provider by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Classes and workshops are update regularly. ***Continuing Education classes are offered independently of OSTM’s massage diploma programs and are not included under the scope of ACCSC accreditation.

In the event of a cancellation by the school and/or CE Instructor, participants will be reimbursed for their entire purchase of the continuing education class.


  • NYS Massage Board Review

    by Dr. Gene Desepoli

    Location: Syracuse Campus – 719 E. Genesee Street, Syracuse NY, 13210
    Date(s): Date(s): Saturday, January 04th, 2019
    Time(s): 9am – 5pm
    CEU Credits Granted: NON-CEU CLASS – Review for the licensing exam for recent graduates only

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Multiple Nerve Compression Patterns of the Upper and Lower Body

By: James Waslowski, LMT

Location: Rochester Campus – 302 N. Goodman Street Suite 200, Rochester NY, 14607
Date(s): Saturday & Sunday, January 11th & 12, 2020
Time(s): 9:00am-6:00pm
CEU Credits Granted: 16 CEUs

To register call 585-241-0070

Class Size:

Maximum Class Size: 24

Minimum Class Size: 8

Prerequisites Courses: Must be a NYS Licensed Bodywork Professional (Chiropractor, PT, LMT, etc.)

Cost: $350

$50 deposit due at time of registration – Registration deadline: 12/27/19

Course Description

This course combines instruction in upper body and lower body nerve compression patterns.

Lower Body:
Based on myofascial pain studies and nerve compression tests; participants will learn new techniques that will forever change the way they approach nerve entrapment pain in the lower body. Too often the clinical diagnosis will focus too much on the area of clinical symptoms when dealing with peripheral nerve entrapments, without freeing up the proximal nerve entrapments that feed the peripheral nerves. Is the Tarsal Tunnel or Morton’s Neuroma nerve pain coming from the low back, hip or knee area? Nerve Compression tests will be taught that will isolate the exact areas of nerve compressions. Therapists will learn the following tests: Weber-Barsto Maneuver Functional Leg Length Test, Straight Leg Tests, Slump Test Bragger’s Test, Hip Flexion Test, Knee Flexion Test, Fixated Fibular Head Assessment, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Test, and Morton’s Neuroma Test. Manual Therapists must remove the soft tissue imbalances causing stress on discs and fixating joints onto nerves. In the low back, 90% of patients suffering from disc injuries do NOT require surgery. But we need to differentiate nerve compression coming from L4/L5 bulging discs, sacral torsions, spinal stenosis, fixated fibular head patterns, over-pronation or excessive supination of the ankle and metatarsal compression problems. Innovative structurally-oriented routines offer pain-free multi-modality methods for achieving immediate and permanent results for nerve entrapments throughout the kinetic chain. James will incorporate dazzling 3-D functional anatomy and human dissection models to support his multi-disciplinary approach for assessment, treatment and correction of multiple nerve entrapment pain. Revolutionary techniques to release advanced stage hip capsule problems will be highlighted in this presentation.

Upper Body:
The current medical system so often confuses severe clinical conditions such as Thoracic Outlet and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. That is because almost every patient that gets treated for either of these conditions will have nerves chronically compressed in multiple areas between the brain, spinal cord, neck, shoulders and arm. This dynamic multimedia presentation will highlight our cervical shoulder and arm work to eliminate multiple nerve crush phenomenon. Therapists will learn specific tests such as the Spurling Test indicating spinal nerve root compression, the Adson’s Maneuver Test indicating scalene involvement on nerve and vascular compression between the 1st and 2nd rib and clavicle, the Wright Abduction Test indicating the role of the pectoralis minor on the brachial plexus of nerves, the Pronator Teres Test indicating the role of the pronator teres on the median nerve, and tests such as the Phalen’s Test, Tinel’s Test, and the Tethered Median Nerve Stress Test indicating true and rare carpal Tunnel problems. The highlight of this seminar will be the hands on techniques that will eliminate the musculoskeletal cause of each area of nerve compression between the brain and fingertips forever. In addition, the therapists will learn life changing techniques to release complicated frozen shoulder problems.

Supplies you will need to bring:

  • Fitted Sheet to cover the massage tables
  • Notebook and pens
  • It is your responsibility to bring a copy of the course materials that will be emailed to you in advance (printed or already downloaded to your digital device)
  • Loose comfortable clothing that allows for freedom of movement

Instructor Bio

James Waslaski, LMT is an Author & International Lecturer who teaches approximately 40 seminars per year around the globe. He’s served as AMTA Sports Massage Chair and FSMTA Professional Relations Chair. He’s developed 8 Orthopedic Massage and Sports Injury DVDs, and authored manuals on Advanced Orthopedic Massage and Client Self -Care. His new book: Clinical Massage Therapy: A Structural Approach to Pain Management, was published by Pearson Education in 2011.


James is a Certified Personal Trainer with NASM. He presents at state, national and international massage, chiropractic, and osteopathic conventions, including keynote addresses at the FSMTA, World of Wellness, New England Regional Conference, the World Massage Festival, and Australian National Massage Conventions. His audience includes massage and physical therapists, as well as athletic trainers, chiropractors, osteopaths, nurses and physicians.


James received the 1999 FSMTA International Achievement Award, and was inducted into the

2008 Massage Therapy Hall of Fame. James was awarded Massage Therapist of The Year in 2012 at the Canadian Massage Conference. He was also nominated and awarded by his peers and colleagues the designation of Teacher of The Year 2015 at the World Massage Festival.




Final day for Registration, balance due date:

Friday, December 27th, 2019

Cancellation Policy:

          • Participants must pay a $50 non-refundable registration fee
          • Students who Cancel prior to Friday, December 27th, 2019 forfeit the registration fee.
          • Students who No-Show or Cancel after Friday, December 27th, 2019 forfeit the full tuition for the course.
          • In the event the class is cancelled by OSTM, all monies paid are refunded to those registered

To register call 585-241-0070

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