The Pali word Mettā means benevolence or goodwill and loving kindness.

Mettā Therapeutic Massage & Wellness is a group of independent professionals specializing in massage, bodywork, skin care and holistic wellness.

We combine our deep interest in science, exercise and movement of the human body, with the power of healing touch.

It all starts with Mettā.

Therapeutic Massage

Integrative Therapeutic Massage

Integrative Therapeutic Massage combines techniques of Swedish massage, deep tissue, sports massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release and propriocepritive neuromuscular facilitated stretching to treat and prevent chronic and acute injuries while helping relieving stress. An educated assessment of your body will help to design the proper plan of treatment and care.

  • 30 Minutes - $55
  • 60 Minutes - $90
  • 90 Minutes - $115
  • 120 Minutes - $155

Ask your therapist about massage packages and memberships

Couples Massage

Want an even better way to relax and relieve muscle pain? Enjoy a massage with your partner or friend. Either chat away or relax with tables side by side while you each unwind with your own personal therapist.

  • 60 Minutes - $160
  • 90 Minutes - $220

Please call ahead when scheduling a couples massage to allow time to schedule two therapists.

Prenatal or Postpartum “Mother Massage”

Pregnancy brings on a deal of great changes. There are many physical and psychological changes that occur during pregnancy, as well as after birth. Now more than ever is the time you need your health and vitality. Massage is a wonderful was to relax, increase your energy, and relieve discomfort during pregnancy.  (Lay face down full term with our safe and comfortable body cushions!)

Infant Massage Classes

Infant Massage is an ancient parent tradition within many cultures that has been rediscovered and adapted by the western world. Learn how to stimulate the growth and development of your baby while reducing your own stress level. Bond with your baby as you help reduce gas and colic and promote deeper, longer sleep for your little one.

Infant Massage classes are taught individually or in a group, once a week for 4 to 5 weeks. Babies are gradually introduced to massage so they are not over stimulated. Classes last approximately one hour each.

  • Individual Classes - $35 per class
  • Group Classes - $25 per class

Thai Massage (Nuat Boran)

Thai Massage, also known as Thai Yoga Massage, is performed on a large mat on the floor. Client is provided loose, comfortable clothing to wear as the therapist takes them through a series of pres-point work and stretching. The deep pres- sure point work and palm pressing is used along “Thai sen lines” in your body. Range-of-motion and large body stretches are incorporated bringing into yoga-style poses. This is why Thai massage has often been referred to as “lazy man’s yoga.” Thai yoga can be slightly more intense compared to Western forms of massage many are used to but clients have shown incredible results.

  • 60 Minutes - $110
  • 90 Minutes - $140
  • 120 Minutes - $175

Hot Herbal Thai Bundles can be added to any treatment for $30 and are yours to keep!

Hot Stone Massage

Smooth, water heated basalt stones become and extension of the therapists hands providing relief from muscle tension and restrictions. Muscles “melt,” and open up from warmth, allowing deeper work without the feeling of the pressure, while sending you into a medative state of relaxation.

  • 90 Minutes - $125

Lomi Lomi

Originating from the Big Island of Hawaii, Lomi Lomi has the capacity to accommodate various client's needs including, increasing energy, joy, levels of relaxation, muscular reset, preparation for an endurance event and much more.  Flowing with total energy and using long continuous strokes; the speed, depth and variety of methods can be adjusted to directly match the client's preferences, making this one of the most flexible modalities available.

Highly recommended for athletes or anyone with overall stiffness!

  • 60 minutes - $95

NormaTec Compression Recovery

Normatec is quickly becoming a leader in rapid recovery. The systems give a competitive edge to the world's elite athletes, coaches and trainers. Mettā's goal is to establish recovery as an integral part of, not only every athlete's training but, in everyday life for everyone through bodywork, as a form of preventative care and recovery. And we feel that NormaTec PULSE Recovery Systems are one of the best compliments to our hands on practice.

NormaTec systems are made up of a control unit and attachments which go on the legs, arms or hips. They use compressed air to massage your limbs, mobilize fluid and speed recovery. When you use the systems, you will first experience a pre-inflate cycle, during which the attachments are molded to your exact body shape. The session will then begin by compressing your feet, hands or upper quad (depending on which attachment you are using). Each segment of the attachment will first compress in a pulsing manner and then release. This will repeat for each segment of the attachment as the compression pattern works it's way up your limb.

Created by a physician bioengineer (MD, PhD) to enhance blood flow and speed recovery, NormaTec PULSE compression pattern employs three key techniques to maximize your recovery:

Pulsing: Instead of using static compression (squeezing) to transport fluid out of the l, sequential pulse technology uses dynamic compression (pulsing). The patented pulsing action more effectively mimics the muscle pump of the legs and arms, greatly enhancing the movement of the fluid and metabolites out of the limbs after an intense workout, long trip or long day on your feet.

Gradients: Veins and lymphatic vessels have one-way valves that prevent fluids back flow. Similarly, NormaTec PULSE technology uses hold pressures to keep fluids from being forced in the wrong direction. Because of this enhancement, instead of tapering pressure off, the PULSE can deliver maximum pressure in every zone.

Distal Release: Because extended static pressure can be detrimental the body's normal circulatory flow, sequential pulse technology releases the hold once they are no longer needed to prevent back flow. By releasing the hold pressure in each zone as soon as possible, each portion of the limb gains maximal rest time without a significant pause between compression cycles.

30 minute session • $20 60 minute session • $35

Packages (30 min) Pack of 10 • $180 Pack of 20 • $320 Pack of 40 • $560

Packages (60 min) Pack of 10 • $315 Pack of 20 • $560 Pack of 40 • $980

1 Month Unlimited • $239

Once a week (30 min) • $55 (With a 6 month auto-renewal contract)

Once a week (60 min) • $112 (With a 6 month auto-renewal contract)


Kinesio Taping

The Kinesio taping method involves taping over and around muscles in oder to assist and support or to prevent over contraction all while allowing you to remain involved in your normal activities. This specially designed, elastic, cotton tape helps provide facilitation of lymph flow and also affects the activation of the neurological system. Developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase over 25 years ago in Japan it has taken the rehabilitation and sports medicine world by storm in the most recent years.

To learn more please speak to your Kinesio Tex Practitioner Tiffany Rickert or visit the Kinesio website.

  • Add a taping to any massage for $10
  • Additional taping $15

Wellness Treatments

What is “Reiki”?

The word, Reiki, is a combination of two Japanese words: Rei, which means, "a higher power's wisdom," and Ki, which is the energy of life force.

This Traditional Energy healing technique is based on the principal that the Reiki practitioner acts as a channel of energy exchange for the client by means of hand placement and light touch, to activate the natural healing process of the client's body and restore physical and emotional well-being.


Traditional Energy Work/Reiki

Ease into profound relaxation as your energy flow is assessed, stagnant energy cleared, and divine energy channeled in. Energy flows through the practitioner’s hands through light touch and non-touch methods to improve flow and restore balance. Promotes deep relaxation, activates intrinsic healing capabilities, and connection to the higher Self.

60 minutes: $75

3 Pack of 60 minute sessions (can be used for energy work or guided meditation): $200

Individual Guided Energy Meditation

Relax and experience Reiki and the benefits associated with balanced energy flow without hands-on methods. Be guided into deep relaxation, a deeper connection to the self, and allow important messages to surface. For the best experience, individuals should be comfortable with unstructured meditation.

30 minutes: $45

60 minutes: $75

Guided meditations can be included in traditional energy work within your session for free, or add an additional 30 minutes of guided energy meditation to your traditional energy work session for $30.

3 pack of 60 minute Energy or Meditation sessions: $200

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic services are used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

Initial Visit/Consultation - $125 (Please plan for a 60 minute visit)

Follow-up Visit - $60 (Please plan for 30 minutes) 

*Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans accepted

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Zachary Rall


Float Therapy

90 Minute Prenatal Floats are ONLY $30 while you are pregnant


Floating, also known as sensory deprivation, isolation therapy or R.E.S.T. (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique) is a form of therapy that has been around since the mid 1950's. It was invented by neuro-scientist, John C. Lily and used to study consciousness and it's relationship to the brain.

Floating triggers a deep relaxation response, much deeper than normal sleep and enables us to drift into an elusive Theta state, which is hard to achieve. Without the distraction of external stimulation of every day life, (light, sound, temperature, gravity) our Central Nervous System's workload is reduced by 90%, enabling us to turn that energy inward and promotes a parasympathetic response. This is the response mechanism that allows our bodies to regenerate and heal itself naturally.

Inside the floatation tank 500 kg of specially formulated salts imported directly from Germany and added to 1000 liters of water, creating a 30 cm deep solution, which is heated to 35.5 degrees C, about 95 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately the temperature of your skin).

The temperature of the water means that once you are settled in the tank, it is virtually impossible to distinguish between parts of the body that are in contact with the water, and those that aren’t.

The buoyancy created by the dense Epsom-salt solution effectively removes the effects of gravity on the body, and brings the individual close to an experience of total weightlessness. Unless you are an astronaut, this is the only situation you will encounter where your body is free from the harmful forces of gravity.

With ear plugs in and, if you wish, the tank’s interior lights off, the quietness and the darkness allow the mind to drift into the deepest state of relaxation possible.

A huge amount of brain power is used every second in order to deal with the strain that gravity places on one’s body but now floating weightlessly your body is perfectly supported by a cushion of silky skin-temperature liquid.

Freed from all sensation of gravity, temperature, touch, sight and sound (which together account for 90% of normal neuromuscular activity), you conserve and redirect vast amounts of natural physical and mental energy.

The ultra-deep relaxation of floating “resets” the body’s hormonal and metabolic balance, strengthening resistance to and accelerating recovery from the effects of stress, illness, injury or strenuous exercise.

With no commands needing to be sent out, the logical side of the brain is rendered redundant, and its activity slows down until it synchronizes with the creative side. This leaves the individual in a dream-like state, akin to the thoughts experienced just before you go to sleep. In this state, the brain releases vast amounts of endorphins.

While the state of relaxation may be deep and profound, the individual’s brain stays dreamily alert. The brain gradually shifts from its usual waking beta state to generate deep alpha, theta or even delta waves, the state-of-mind That Buddhist monks try to reach through hours of meditation and years of training. You can achieve this in a matter of Minutes just by lying back into the silky warm sea of bliss that is the floatation experience!


Try your first time float (60 or 90 minutes) for ONLY $50! (Not to be combined with any other discounts)

Float Therapy 

90 Minute Float - $65

60 Minute Float - $59

Prenatal Float Therapy (90 minutes): $30

Float Packages 

Pack of 3 Floats:   $165 ($55 per float)

Pack of 5 Floats:   $250 ($50 per float)

Pack of 10 Floats: $450 ($45 per float)

*All packages are 90 minute float sessions, expire one year from purchase, non-refundable, may be shared or transferred upon purchaser's request.

Please note: If you have had your hair dyed or a tattoo within the last 10 days, you must wait to float.

Try to eat a small meal or snack before your appointment, to avoid floating on an empty stomach.

Try to avoid having caffeine within two hours of your float.

Thank you.


Cupping Therapy

Descriptions and pricing coming soon!

In the meantime, please contact Tiffany at 315-372-6003 or, for mor information and appointment availability.

The Salt City Scrub

Essential oils and sea salts are applied to the body in a relaxing massage. Each oil has it’s own healing properties, while the salts stimulate circulation and remove dead skin cells that block pores and dry the skin. Ending with a refreshing spring water mist, improving the health and tonicity of your skin.

  • 30 Minutes - $60
  • 60 Minutes - $95
  • 90 Minutes - $125
  • 120 Minutes - $150
  • Citrus Glow

    A combination of grapefruit, sweet orange, mandarin, lemon and lime.

  • Garden Glow

    A combination of mandarin, lavender, ylang ylang, with dried rose petals added to the salt.

  • Zen Glow

    A combination of tea tree, lemongrass, ginger, and ylang ylang.

  • Or create your own glow from a variety of essential oils.

Herbal Body Wraps

Experience a luxurious massage with your choice of healing essential oils. You will then be pampered by a wrap of hot linens infused with detoxifying herbs and green tea. While the oils and herbs work to cleanse toxins, hydrate your skin and relax your body, you will receive a gentle head, neck and facial massage. The treatment ends with a hot towel cleanse leaving you feeling renewed and pure.

  • 60 Minutes - $105


Customized Nutrition Counseling

Customized nutrition counseling for the following:

● Weight loss/gain

● Disease management (diabetes, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal issues [IBS, Celiac, IBD], cancer,

renal disease, autoimmune conditions)

● Food allergies

● Macro coaching

● Pregnancy nutrition (before, during and after)

● Family nutrition: cooking healthy and affordable meals, feeding picky eaters, etc.

● Athletic performance


Jump Start Nutrition Package (One month commitment): $250

● Nutrition Assessment/Consultation (60 minutes) : comprehensive health/diet history, calorie

needs assessed, nutrition education provided, goal setting, development of individualized plan

● 3 day basic meal plan

● Weekly check-ins for motivation and accountability (up to 30 minutes)

Nutrition Assessment/Consultation (60 minutes) with follow-up (30 minutes): $150

● Comprehensive health/diet history, calorie needs assessed, nutrition education provided, meal

planning, goal setting, development of individualized plan. Follow-up to monitor progress and

reassess goals. First follow-up, to monitor progress and reassess goals, included.

Follow-up (30 minutes): $50

● To monitor progress and reassess goals

Add on:

Specialized Meal Plan : $50-300

● Individualized meal plan tailored to meet your food preferences including any dietary


*All services provided come with the option of an in-person appointment, video call or phone call, per client




What’s the difference between a “Registered Dietitian” and a “Nutritionist”?

Registered Dietitians (RDs) are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria to earn the RD credential:

  • Completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited or approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Completed an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies. Typically, a practice program will run six to 12 months in length.
  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). For more information regarding the examination, refer to CDR’s website at
  • Completed continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.


The biggest difference between dietitians and nutritionists lies in the legal restrictions that each title carries. Unlike dietitians, the nutritionist profession is much less protected under the law. In fact, nutritionists that do not intend to use the titles of “dietitian” or “registered dietitian” are often free from government regulation. Some states may require nutritionists to obtain an occupational license from a Board of Nutrition, while other states allow individuals to practice as nutritionists without ANY previous education, training or work experience.




About Us.

Shaniqua “Chickie” Artis, LMT


Julie MacBlane, LMT


Chelsea dos Santos


Chelsea graduated from the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage June of 2021.  She attended the program during one of the scariest and most challenging times, to be learning bodywork, the the COVID-19 pandemic. She persevered, to achieve her goals, graduated and became a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist.

Chelsea first became interested in massage therapy after sustaining a low back injury from lifting weights improperly and not warming up the correct way. She then received her first massage and was recommended exercises and stretching, along with regular massage, to help alleviate the pain. Shortly after, her pain went away.

Holistic healing has always been an interest of hers. After witnessing, first hand, the terrible side effects some pharmaceuticals had on her family, Chelsea has decided to dedicate her life to massage and bodywork, proper nutrition and exercise, as a guide to overall health and happiness.

Chelsea is very athletic! She is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and competitive powerlifting.

Chelsea is formally trained and currently training in a number of bodywork modalities, including cupping, Thai massage and prenatal massage.

She is warm and kind and an amazing part of the Metta Wellness studio.

Tiffany Rickert, Founder, LMT, CKTP, CIMI


Tiffany M. Rickert is a native of the Syracuse area. She graduated from the Onondaga School Of Therapeutic Massage in 2003 and has been practicing as a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist ever since. She has received advanced trainingPain Management, Kinesio Taping (CKTP), Prenatal and Post-Partum “Mother Massage,” Infant Massage (CIMI), Hot Stone Massage as well as a variety of Spa-style treatments. Tiffany has had intensive training in Traditional Thai Massage through the Thai Institute of Healing Arts in Arlington, VA. and is a 200-hour, Yoga Alliance, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), the largest non-profit organization representing the massage therapy profession.

Tiffany loves the outdoors and can be found volunteering her services at different events all year round. She is an avid triathlete, member of the CNY Tri Club and a supporter of local food, music and business in the Syracuse area. She is a passionate believer in clean eating, exercise, therapeutic massage and the power of touch. She enjoys educating people on self-care for proper body mechanics and the benefits of massage for healing and preventative care.

Tiffany continues to educate herself in science, exercise, and the human body, mind and spirit through her practice and love of massage, Thai massage and yoga.

Jessica Corkran, LMT


Jessica graduated as valedictorian from Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in 2015. She is a Syracuse native, mother of one, who has a long term interest in the health and wellbeing of others.

Jessica is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). Jessica is interested in several aspects of the massage world including treatment therapy for medical conditions, swedish massage, connective tissue, prenatal massage, and also has knowledge in shiatsu. She would especially like to further her education and practice in treatment therapy.

She believes in taking extra care to ensure her clients feel comfortable and have a calming experience. She is a very active, outgoing person who enjoys a variety of athletic activities. She is fond of weight lifting, running, and nutrition. She is currently training to run her first half marathon this spring!

Jess has worked as a CMA for over five years and hopes to bring her knowledge to a new level in massage.

Jessica has many aspirations for her future as a LMT, and strives to continue to hone her skills through the power of touch.

Zachary Rall, DC


Dr. Rall is a graduate of New York Chiropractic College (NYCC). He grew up in Syracuse and attended Onondaga Community College where he studied Music and Math & Science before enrolling at NYCC. While in school, he had the opportunity to treat patients in a variety of clinical settings including the Rochester VA Hospital, Elmira Pioneers Baseball Team, Hobart and William Smith College Athletics as well as the Boilermaker Road Race and Ironman 70.3 Syracuse.

During his time in chiropractic school, Dr. Rall focused his studies on human movement and rehab which inspired a functional approach combining chiropractic manipulation, rehabilitative exercise and various soft tissue therapies to correct underlying dysfunctions and help his patients get back to doing what they love. He was an active member of the Rehab 2 Performance and Motion Palpation clubs and continues to pursue additional education in evidenced-based care, functional movement and rehab.

Dr. Rall holds certifications with Motion Palpation Institute, Athletic Movement Assessment, Fascial and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab (FAKTR), ConnecTX Soft Tissue Therapy, and an Advanced Certificate in Whole Food Nutrition. He’s passionate about living a healthy lifestyle through physical activity and a nutrient-dense diet and is looking forward to helping you feel and perform better!

Nicki DelVecchio, Registered Dietitian


Nicki has worked with a wide range of patients — from new moms balancing wellness and a newborn to vulnerable populations struggling with their mental and physical health. She’s helped patients manage specific health conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, among others.

Nicki earned her bachelor’s in health science from SUNY Cortland and master’s in nutrition science and  dietetics from Syracuse University. During her dietetic internship in Virginia Beach, she gained experience working with clients in a nutrition and fitness studio, broadened her knowledge in clinical care while at multiple hospitals and also spent time working in foodservice management on a local college campus. After passing the registration exam and obtaining the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential, she began her nutrition career at Upstate Medical Hospital working in the general medicine, intensive care, psychiatry and rehabilitation units, but specialized in hematology/oncology. Most recently, she taught nutrition education to homebound patients for St. Joseph’s Health Home Care.

Personally, Nicki relies on her knowledge to manage her own digestive health struggles and improve her gut health and quality of life. She has concentrated on sports nutrition to help herself and her clients achieve fitness goals. Nicki loves staying active; She enjoys biking, resistance training, kickboxing and hiking.

She is passionate about helping clients get started on their healthy lifestyle journey. She understands the importance of meeting a client where they are and devising the appropriate plan to help them reach their goals.