New York Times story on Back Pain

What a beautiful sunny weekend! I hope you got out and enjoyed it for all it’s worth. And I’m pretty sure that when today, like every day for the past twenty years, someone will call to tell me that they hurt their back.
As a massage therapist, I’ve been trying to explain to people how we can help them with their pain and most likely help them avoid taking narcotics or having costly and painful surgery.
We’ve never been ones to give you a hard sell on massage therapy. Like you, we know what it can do, and what it can’t. Sometimes you need a doctor, sometimes, you need a physical therapist, or a surgeon, or a chiropractor. Sometimes, exercise and stretching can do the trick. I know patients who have been kept off the operating table by a book!

And we’re here to help you sort that out.
But sometimes, the best thing you can do is nothing at all.

Don’t take my word for it. Listen to the American College of Physicians. Their most recent recommendations for treatment of back pain highlight the importance of staying active, and stress that “non-pharmacological” treatments be tried first.

In the twenty years that I have been helping people deal with (among other things) back pain I have always tried to recommend the least invasive treatment with the fewest side effects. We live in a culture that prizes productivity and encourages us to seek quick fixes for our pains and ailments. Sometimes surgery and prescription medication are lifesavers – but when they are the first resort, we can end up with needless impairment and, sadly, a nation with far too many addicts.

Holiday Hours

Tomorrow, Christmas Eve, we will be open from 11 AM til 3 PM, for anyone who would like to stop in and pick up a gift certificate.  We will be closed on Christmas and the next two days for our staff to enjoy the holiday with family.

You can always schedule or purchase a gift online, or leave us a message on the phone (315) 475-9164, or via email –

We look forward to another great year of serving you.


Ed and the Staff of the Art of Massage

Have a Great Holiday Weekend

The Spa will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

Feel free to call us and leave a message – we’ll be back on Tuesday morning and get right back to you. And you can always use our online scheduler to set up your next visit.

Thank you.


Ed Griffin-Nolan, LMT

Shhhhh…a secret discount!

A Discount just for you!

Like us on Facebook this month for an exclusive discount code valid for 60 and 90 minute massages as well as $100 Gift Certificates.

Feel free to Share us with your Facebook friends, so they can take advantage of the savings too. Spread the relaxation!

Attention Runners!

Two Woman Running by fence

If you or someone you know is training for an upcoming race, consider investing in our RUNNER’S PACKAGE!

The package includes 5 – 30 minute massage therapy sessions (one for each week of training runs) and 1 – 60 minute Recovery Massage session (post race). We want to keep you healthy and on course this season.

Also available as a Gift Certificate!

Thank you,

Last week we were invited to visit the offices of, one of Syracuse’s coolest and fastest growing companies. The company buys and sells game cards online. Like a lot of office workers, they needed help learning stretches and adaptive postures to help their body make it through the day. We were happy to be able to bring smiles to their faces.

How would you like to go to work one day and find out that you will have the chance to get a massage during your shift? Our therapists travel to campuses, offices, factories, hospitals – all sorts of workplaces – and we love it.

Here’s how it works. Most places hire us by the hour for 10 minute massages. With a little break in between (a little longer if the person falls asleep) we can each see 5 people in an hour. Our normal rate of $70 per hour applies, and there is an additional $20 travel fee per therapist.

You should bring this up at work. We’ll take care of you on the job.

Licensed Massage Therapists Rebecca Cousineau and Ed Griffin-Nolan helping offering chair massage to employees of, one of Syracuse's coolest companies.

Licensed Massage Therapists Rebecca Cousineau and Ed Griffin-Nolan helping offering chair massage to employees of, one of Syracuse’s coolest companies.

Pregnancy Massage

we do offer pregnancy massage. All of our Massage Therapists have special training in dealing with the changes that the body undergoes during Pregnancy. We recommend massage therapy beginning in the second trimester. Our Pregnancy massage table is amazingly comfortable, and allows a woman to lie face down even in the very late stages of pregnancy. You will love it.

To schedule a pregnancy massage, just select the length of massage you would like (30 minutes, one hour, 90 minutes) and let the therapist know that you are expecting. There is no additional charge for pregnancy massage.