Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training
The mission of the Finger Lakes School of Massage is to prepare students for a career in Therapeutic Massage and Hydrotherapy with the capacity to provide leadership and vision in the profession by:
drawing forth and nourishing each individual's innate wholeness and potential by creating a culture that invites exquisite care of self and others.
providing excellence in education in an atmosphere of joy, curiosity, respect and discovery.
honoring scientific and intuitive approaches to the art of massage.
motivating students to acquire and enhance skills to realize their full potential, thus developing capable graduates to meet the demands of the professional massage community.
Founded on the principle that teachers and students work and learn best together in an atmosphere of trust, cooperation and integrity, co-founders Cindy Black and Andrea Butje created FLSM out of a passion for massage as a transformative force, emphasizing the efficacy and importance of creating a livelihood out of that passion.
Current owner David Merwin actively fosters that legacy, with Black and Butje serving as consultants.
Initially approved by the New York State Department of Education in November of 1992, FLSM opened its doors to students in the spring of 1994. To date, the Ithaca Campus of the Finger Lakes School of Massage has graduated more than 2000 students.
In October 2008, FLSM opened its first branch campus in Mount Kisco, NY. The branch campus relies upon the wisdom, compassion, and experience of a diverse faculty that includes a number of graduates from the Ithaca program.
What Our Graduates Have to Say
I was tired of being stressed out. FLSM showed me it is possible to have balance, and to be a full-time male therapist in what has traditionally been a women's industry. Now I have my own business and it has been just what I wished for.