About Us

Central New York’s Premier Massage Therapy Practice Since 1997

Our History & Mission

The Spa is a wellness center offering therapeutic and relaxation massage and other fitness activities. It is the home of the Art of Massage, Central New York’s premier massage therapy practice, founded in 1997.

We believe that dealing with stress in healthy ways is a key to health, longevity, and happiness. Our menu of massage treatments can be customized to meet your needs.

  • 4-Story Facility Built in 1886
  • 7-Person Therapeutic Jacuzzi
  • Authentic Redwood Sauna

Our Team

The elegance of the setting and the quality of our experienced massage therapists combine for an experience you won’t forget.

Abigail Montgomery

Massage Therapist

"Aligning Mind-Body-Spirit"

Abigail Montgomery is a 2017 graduate of the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage. She was the winner of the perseverance award at graduation, an honor she is most proud of. Abigail is a dancer at heart, an artist and a passionate seeker of knowledge. She describes her technique as using intuition and balanced loving energy to support transformational shifts in her clients.

  • Shiatsu Massage
  • Swedish Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Medical Massage

Kerry Bequer

Massage Therapist

Kerry is a lifelong Syracuse resident, a graduate of the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage, and SUNY ESF, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Science. She has always felt called to positions of service, and before becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist, she worked as an advocate for fair housing and people with special needs. While firmly rooted in functional and structural anatomy, her massage practice is also heavily influenced by eastern schools of thought. East and west is not a dichotomy, but rather complementary parts of a whole. Health and well-being, she believes, can be achieved by understanding and addressing the needs of the individual. When not practicing massage, Kerry enjoys a good novel, traveling near-or-far, enjoying live music, and spending quality time with cherished family and friends.

Ed Griffin-Nolan


I'm a New York City native who has lived in Syracuse for thirty years. I founded The Art of Massage after completing massage school in 1997.

For two decades I've had the pleasure of working with thousands of clients dealing with pain and stress, first operating first from my home, and for many years on the campus of Syracuse University. There is no greater honor than helping people find freedom in their own bodies, the ability to feel their best.

I'm a marathon runner, a father, amateur sailor, and a big supporter of working for a more peaceful and just Syracuse. My goal is that when you walk into our Spa, you feel like part of our family, and when you leave, you feel better than ever. I'm so proud of the team of Licensed Massage Therapists at the Spa at 500, and invite you to experience the Art of Massage in the unique and beautiful setting of our 1880's mansion. My promise to you - Come See Us, You'll Feel Better.

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The Spa at 500 is the home of the Art of Massage, Central New York’s premier massage therapy practice, founded in 1997.