ITHACA, N.Y. — The Ithaca Commons is now home to The Finger Lakes School of Massage, which moved downtown after being located on West Hill for 22 years.

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The benefit to Ithacans everywhere? Cheap massages and, for the month of February, a free massage for teachers in the area.

“We’ve been thinking about making a move for, I would say over five years,” said Jessica English, Regional Director of Admissions.

She said the school was kind of tucked away in what they called the “massage castle” at 1251 Trumansburg Road.

So when the lease recently expired, the school moved to the 10,000 square-foot, second floor space at 215 E. State St. — above the Finger Lakes Running and Triathlon Company.

English said the school sees 100 – 150 students a year, taking part in a variety of classes meant to help them incur 1,000 hours of training before becoming certified to give massages.

One of those classes includes a clinical lab that provides 90 minute massages to the public for $40.

“That’s way cheaper for the industry average,” English said.

Massages usually run $60 to $80 per hour.

The massage school also runs monthly features, giving a select group of people free massages for the month. In February, for instance, teachers are eligible for a free session.

The move, English said, is the first part of the school’s effort to become more known in the community.

“I would talk to people who lived here their entire lives,” she said, and they’d never heard of the school.

Eventually, the school is looking into opening a store front in the commons to sell massage supplies, such as therapeutic-grade essential oils and other health and wellness books and supplies.

In the mean time, student massages can be scheduled online here. 
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Jolene Almendarez

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