FLSM NOV FF Cindy Getchonis

Cindy is an instructor at the Finger Lakes School of Massage Ithaca campus. She studied Holistic Health Theory and Philosophy in college, attended the Boulder School of Massage, and then pursued continued study in movement-based bodywork. She is also a Trager Approach Practitioner® and Certified Aston Patterner®. Client education, empowerment, and personal responsibility are issues that continue to intrigue her as both a therapist and an instructor and she thinks humor is essential in the classroom.

How long have you been practicing massage therapy?
Since 1993.

What is your favorite modality to teach?
Can’t pick just one! Swedish, Body Mechanics, and [the subject of] Communication Skills would be my top three.

What would you tell someone who is considering massage therapy school?
I would ask them questions about their interest. Why are they thinking about massage school? What do they hope to get from their education? Then I would tell them about FLSM!

What is one thing you wish you had known before you became a massage therapist?
I would have liked to have taken financial planning more seriously. Especially as a self-employed person I would want help thinking about how to establish a system of saving for things like vacation pay, sick pay, and retirement. And I was too young to take it seriously when it was suggested to me.

Name one person who has had an impact on your life and explain why:
Norman Allard, who is a chiropractor, a Feldenkrais practitioner, Pilates teacher, and an Iyengar yoga teacher. He created his own form of bodywork that incorporates lots of movement. His creativity is inspiring; he’s constantly exploring and is very caring in his work.

What is your favorite thing about teaching at Finger Lakes School of Massage and why?
The peeps. Staff and student alike. Being in a growth-oriented community that values play and service at the highest level.

Vacation…beach, woods, desert, or mountains?
Lakes, especially near mountains, like Tahoe. Then probably the woods and hills. Well, I pretty much live in one of my favorite vacation places: ITHACA!

Favorite meal?
Too many! But because it’s rare for me I would say a large variety of sushi and Japanese food. Just about any FRESH SEAFOOD!

Favorite quote?
So many, but I’ll choose what I have on my email signature:

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Describe your most significant interaction with a client or student:
When, just by deep listening—with my ears and/or hands—reflecting and/or reminding them where their success lies, a student or client feels a profound change. It’s an extra bonus when they can then articulate it!

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