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Exploring the Path of a Massage Therapy Instructor

December 20, 2016 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

 

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Choosing Your Path

There are myriad ways you can configure your career as an MTI. You can work part-time or full-time, you can use your experiences as an MTI as a stepping-stone to another career, you can focus on being an MTI as a second career, you can blend teaching with your current vibrant massage therapy practice, or you can supplement your retirement income by becoming an MTI. There are opportunities to work as an independent massage therapy instructor, like I do, you can work as an instructor at an established massage therapy school, and/or you can work for a nationwide company that provides massage therapy classes throughout the U.S.

Once you have been approved as an MTI and you have your MTI license and any other licenses and certifications you may need in order to teach, focus on setting goals for each of the massage therapy courses you wish to teach. Then choose the content and format that will make each course work for you and your students. If you choose a career as an independent MTI, you can utilize the information you gain in your MTI course to begin designing the content of your course notebook and structure. Remember to avoid using other people’s copyrighted material without permission and acknowledgment. If you choose to work as a MTI in a massage school environment, the school administrators will typically provide course notebooks and supporting media for the classroom. You should also think about how you will use technology in the classroom. Practice teaching your newly designed massage course to colleagues and friends and ask for feedback. It is not only an excellent idea to practice teaching, it is a NCBTMB requirement, as stated on their website, “Before submitting an application to NCBTMB for approval, you must have taught the course at least one time within the last year to a group of five or more participants. You must provide the participants with an evaluation requesting feedback on the course, instruction and material.” You could even videotape yourself practice teaching so you can study the pros and cons of your teaching style. An additional way to learn to teach would be to partner with another instructor during the beginning of your career or to serve as an assistant in a classroom.

Teach what you truly love and what you are qualified to teach. Think about how good it feels to have a positive influence in the lives of those around you. Create a structure for your classes in an environment that participants will enjoy. Utilize the information and resources presented in your MTI course material to create the ideal classroom environment. Make sure the classroom is well lit, properly ventilated, clean, comfortable, and that there are appropriate restroom facilities. Decide whether or not you are going to provide massage tables. Make sure to have a balanced percentage of hands-on experiential training and cognitive information. My preferred balance is 80% experiential and 20% cognitive.

Once you have developed your course material, if you are an independent MTI,, focus on setting prices, registering participants, and preparing rosters and certificates of attendance. Set up a spreadsheet to track your income and expenses on a daily basis so you can carefully monitor your progress. It is also important to remember that the first three to five years of any business, including massage therapy education, are building years as you lay the foundation for your ongoing success. Keep the appropriate tax records for the IRS. Also maintain  student records, rosters and course evaluations for NCBTMB and your state massage board. Please be sure to comply with all of your state board rules and regulations.

Develop marketing strategies by taking some marketing classes, reading books that offer tips for successful marketing and utilizing the services of mentors and consultants. The Ariana Institute’s MTI course includes information on marketing your courses as an independent MTI; however, not all MTI courses provide this component in their curriculum. Next, determine what marketing techniques work best for your business and budget. Think of ways to develop compelling descriptive titles for your courses to capture the attention of your students. Believe that you can be successful and surround yourself with competent people who support you in achieving your goals and dreams.

We will next explore ways of finding and creating opportunities to advance your career as an MTI.

Opportunities For Massage Instructors

Search engines come in handy for researching opportunities for massage therapy instructors. If you want to work at a massage school, simply search the name of the city where you want to teach and then enter “massage school” and find out the name of the director of the school and contact that person to see if there are any positions available for MTIs. You could also offer to teach one-time continuing education classes in your area of specialty as well as seeing about becoming a part of the part-time or full-time faculty. Create a proposal for the CE classes you want to teach at the schools and submit it to the school administrators along with your resume and cover letter. Go to events and CE classes at the schools where you are interested in teaching so that you become known in their environment.

If you are interested in teaching for a national massage company that hires instructors, you could do some online research for names and contact information and then follow-up to see if they are hiring.  You could take some courses offered by that company and talk to the instructor to see what his or her teaching experiences with that company have been like.

Another approach to utilizing your MTI certification would be to establish yourself as an independent MTI and CE provider. Design and develop your own course curriculum and market your class to the local community. Once you have achieved your desired level of success, consider expanding your market.

You can develop name recognition by offering to teach classes for local massage groups, such as massage Meetups and local AMTA chapters. On a larger scale, you can submit proposals for state and national conventions, for example, AMTA national conventions and The World Massage Festival.

Consider writing a book on the massage technique that you want to teach. This can help you market yourself as an educator. This can be done for every course, or bundle of courses that you offer.

In today’s technological world, another good marketing avenue is to create instructional videos for your courses and (1) publish them on the web, (2) send them to prospective students, (3) place them on your website, (4) include the URLs for these videos in the books that you publish, and (5) include the URLs in your course notebooks.

Resources for Advanced Information

The Ariana Institute’s Massage Therapy Instructor Course

http://www.arianainstitute.com/ce-online/#mti

ABMP Instructor Resource Programs

http://www.abmp.com/instructors/ http://www.abmp.com/instructors/instructor_development.php

AFMTE’s Educational Resources for Massage Therapy Teachers

http://www.afmte.org/teacher-education-resources/

AFMTE’s National Teacher Education Standards Project (NTESP)

http://www.afmte.org/education/tesp-core-competencies/

Coursera Instructional Methods in Health Professions Education

https://www.coursera.org/course/instructmethodshpe

Educational Training Solutions

http://www.educationtrainingsolutions.com/about-us/

ELAP (Entry Level Analysis Project)

http://www.elapmassage.org/

Florida Board of Massage Therapy Education Programs Page

http://floridasmassagetherapy.gov/education-and-training-programs/

NCBTMB Information for Continuing Education Providers

http://www.ncbtmb.org/continuing-education-providers/continuing-education-providers#general

NCBTMB New York Approved CE Sponsor

http://www.ncbtmb.org/continuing-education-providers/ncbtmb-approved-new-york-ce-sponsor

Now that we have explored many options on the MTI path, I’ll leave you with a few thoughts and insights. One of the most important things you can do is to impart the knowledge and wisdom that you have gained over the years. Teaching can be a rewarding and enriching process that benefits the teacher, the student and the recipients of massage. Take time to look inside and see what you can do to let your light shine and manifest your dreams into reality. As Nelson Mandela shared so eloquently, What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.

The information above includes excerpts for an article “Positive Influence: Become a Massage Therapy Instructor,” by Ariana Vincent, originally published in the June 2015 issue of MASSAGE Magazine.

Visit the Ariana Instiute’s website to learn about opportunities and courses for future Massage Therapy Instructors at http://www.arianainstitute.com/ce-online/#mti!

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CranioSacral Therapy: A Lighter Touch

April 25, 2016 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

The Ariana Institute’s Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual is part of a series of massage manuals that are designed to help deepen the knowledge of current massage therapists and introduce new massage therapists to the world of massage and bodywork.

The Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual features topics that are also available as NCBTMB approved online CE courses through the Ariana Institute at www.arianainstitute.com/ce-online/, including:

  • CranioSacral Therapy
  • Sports Massage
  • Chair Massage
  • Deep Tissue Upper Body
  • Deep Tissue Lower Body
  • Addiction Recovery and Therapeutic Massage

----AI_ADVANCED_BookCoverPreview (1) This manual incorporates detailed protocols, photos, links to online videos, marketing strategies, personal stories, and resources to encourage a comprehensive understanding of advanced therapy modalities and techniques beneficial for your massage practice.

Here’s a personal story about craniosacral therapy featured in the Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY: A LIGHTER TOUCH 

I am a proponent of non–invasive, natural modalities of health care that are seemingly subtle yet have profound and transformative effects. CranioSacral Therapy (CST) definitely falls in this category.

I have a deep admiration for Dr. John Upledger and the phenomenal work that he did in creating and developing training systems for CST.

My personal experience receiving CST was when I received a session after some extremely painful dental work. One of my colleagues was a trained CranioSacral practitioner. She kindly offered a session for me. I had never experienced CST before and I was amazed at the efficacy of the treatment and I appreciated the relief I felt. In that moment, I decided to learn more about this seemingly subtle, yet very transformative modality.

The first formal Upledger CST class I participated in was taught by a brilliant and articulate physical therapist who received her CST training at the Upledger Institute. I was very inspired by the depth of her knowledge and her enthusiasm for the subject matter. Her class was well organized and we had a good balance of cognitive information and hands–on training

My second CST class was in a big hotel in Houston and, unfortunately, this instructor and his assistants were all over the map and the ballroom that we used as a classroom was freezing, which was not conducive to exchanging sessions or to creating a pleasant learning environment. The class was inappropriately skewed toward cognitive and scientific data rather than hands–on experiential learning. It provided a wonderful opportunity for me to learn what not to do when offering continuing education classes for massage therapists.

After exchanging many CST sessions with my colleagues, watching videos, and doing independent research, I began offering CranioSacral in my private practice in Austin more than 15 years ago. I appreciated the efficacy of the treatments. I enjoy the lightness of touch in a CranioSacral session; it offered a marked contrast to the deep tissue work that was also part of my pantheon of modalities.

I quickly realized that CST is a modality that I could offer late into my career because it does not require a tremendous amount of strength or stamina since the touch is only about five grams of pressure, “like a leaf on the water.”

After years of working part–time for other people, I decided to venture on my own and focus all of my time on the development of my own massage practice and continuing education school because I knew it would lead to a greater impact on the massage community and greater financial independence. I synthesized all of my research into CST and I developed the Ariana Institute CranioSacral Therapy Continuing Education class and I also incorporated many of the relevant CST techniques in the Ariana Institute’s Headache and Allergy Relief CE class. The classes were well received and I was very grateful.

The scope of conditions that CST can affect positively is amazing. I have witnessed and experienced profound transformations as a result of CranioSacral Therapy’s gentle, yet effective, hands–on approach to wellness therapy.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR – ARIANA VINCENT, LMT, MTI, BCTMB

Ariana Vincent was awarded the 2015 CE Provider of the Year Award by the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education. She is CEO of the Ariana Institute and a Nationally Certified Massage Therapy Instructor whose classes are accepted throughout the United States. Ariana is also a Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Honoree and author of the Ariana Institute’s therapy manual series available on Amazon.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

To read the foreword of the Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual, visit http://www.arianainstitute.com/the-ariana-institutes-advanced-massage-therapy-techniques-manual-and-ce-courses/.

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the CranioSacral Therapy, Sports Massage, Chair Massage, Deep Tissue Upper and Lower Body, as well as Addiction Recovery and Therapeutic Massage CE courses can be accessed on the Ariana Institute’s YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/user/ArianaInstitute.

To order your copies of the Ariana Institute’s Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual, visit www.amazon.com/author/arianavincent.  

For additional information about the Ariana Institute and to register for online continuing education and MTI courses visit www.arianainstitute.com/ce-online/.

Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, NCTMB

Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, NCTMB

 

MS 150 Sports Massage for Cyclists

March 07, 2016 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

The Ariana Institute’s Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual is part of a series of massage manuals that are designed to help deepen the knowledge of current massage therapists and introduce new massage therapists to the world of massage and bodywork.

The Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual features topics that are also available as NCBTMB approved online CE courses through the Ariana Institute at www.arianainstitute.com/ce-online/, including:

  • Sports Massage
  • CranioSacral Therapy
  • Chair Massage
  • Deep Tissue Upper Body
  • Deep Tissue Lower Body
  • Addiction Recovery and Therapeutic Massage

 This manual incorporates detailed protocols, photos, links to online videos, marketing strategies, personal stories, and resources to encourage a comprehensive understanding of advanced therapy modalities and techniques beneficial for your massage practice.

Here’s a personal story about sports massage featured in the Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual.

MS 150 SPORTS MASSAGE FOR CYCLISTS 

My hometown, Austin, Texas, is in the “Top 10 Fittest Cities in America,” as listed on Sharecare, an online health and wellness platform, so it makes sense that sports massage would be a logical specialization for a massage therapist here in the heart of Texas.

The first organized sports event where I worked as a massage therapist was the BP MS 150 Bike Ride. This ride is the largest event of its kind in North America. Organized by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, BP MS 150 bike rides are held around the country to raise funds to fight multiple sclerosis (MS) and generate awareness about a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system. There are typically around 13,000 riders for the two–day, 180–mile bike ride from Houston to Austin. At the mid–point between Houston and Austin, in La Grange, the cyclists stay in hundreds of tents at the Fayette County Fairgrounds. They stop for the night, receive sports massages, rest, refuel, and share in the camaraderie of the event.

My sports massage team offered our services to the Halliburton team from Houston. Our goal in servicing the cycling population was to ease discomforts from Saturday’s ride from Houston to LaGrange and prepare the cyclists for Sunday’s ride from LaGrange to Austin.

We arrived early, around 8 am, to set up our tables and supplies, and then we waited for hours for the cyclists to begin pouring in later in the afternoon. We had plenty of time to talk with our fellow massage therapists and with the coordinators of the massage team.

It was interesting not quite knowing what to expect during my first sports massage event for the Halliburton team. I was happy to see that the cyclists showered before they came to the massage tables and I was pleased that they were all very grateful for their sessions.

The first year I massaged for the Halliburton team things flowed rather smoothly and we completed our work day at a pretty decent time; however, the second time I worked for the Halliburton massage team, there were huge headwinds which caused considerable setbacks for both the cyclists and the massage therapists. But we remained fueled by the sense of adventure to try something different, and to trade our treatment rooms for a unique and fresh environment at a sporting event in order to benefit a good cause. The atmosphere was festive. I was quite fortunate that several friends from Austin were on the massage team with me.

I recall that one of the massage therapists really had her system down. I was impressed. She brought a pretty rug, some room dividers, and signage. She also had music playing in her corner of the tent. As a newbie, I didn’t quite know what to expect, so I brought about ten times as many linens as anyone else. I laugh at myself now for being so naïve. Sports event massage usually requires plastic covering for the tables, few linens and very little bolstering.

For this cycling event, most of the work was focused on the legs, glutes, low back, neck, and hands. The athletes were in great shape; their muscles were long and lean and very firm. These were definitely not fluff and buff sessions! Once they arrived for their sessions, it was back–to–back massaging for several hours to help alleviate aches and pains accumulated along the way. All in all, it was exhilarating being in the midst of hundreds of big white tents providing massage for athletes willing to cycle 180 miles from Houston to Austin in order to support a worthy cause. There was something very heartwarming about being part of that process and offering sports massage for a very unique, charitable, and fit group of athletes.

I would like to share a quote with you written by Steve Capellini that succinctly sums up my experience with the cyclists of the BP MS 150, “On one level, massage actually has little to do with muscles and joints and hands and backs.  It has to do with the person inside the body giving the massage and the person inside getting the massage.  The real massage is the transmission of a message from the giver to the receiver and back again: and that message is likely to contain elements of gratitude, understanding, compassion and shared awareness.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR – ARIANA VINCENT, LMT, MTI, BCTMB

Ariana Vincent was awarded the 2015 CE Provider of the Year Award by the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education. She is CEO of the Ariana Institute and a Nationally Certified Massage Therapy Instructor whose classes are accepted throughout the United States. Ariana is also a Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Honoree and author of the Ariana Institute’s therapy manual series available on Amazon.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

To read the foreword of the Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual, visit http://www.arianainstitute.com/the-ariana-institutes-advanced-massage-therapy-techniques-manual-and-ce-courses/.

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Sports Massage CE course, as well as over thirty other CE courses, can be accessed on the Ariana Institute’s YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/user/ArianaInstitute.

To order your copies of the Ariana Institute’s Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual, visit www.amazon.com/author/arianavincent.  

For additional information about the Ariana Institute and to register for online continuing education and MTI courses visit www.arianainstitute.com/ce-online/.

Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, NCTMB

Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, NCTMB

 

Addiction Recovery and Therapeutic Massage

February 22, 2016 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

The Ariana Institute’s Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual is part of a series of massage manuals that are designed to help deepen the knowledge of current massage therapists and introduce new massage therapists to the world of massage and bodywork.

The Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual features topics that are also available as NCBTMB approved online CE courses through the Ariana Institute at www.arianainstitute.com/ce-online/, including:

  • Addiction Recovery and Therapeutic Massage
  • Sports Massage
  • CranioSacral Therapy
  • Chair Massage
  • Deep Tissue Upper Body
  • Deep Tissue Lower Body 

This manual incorporates detailed protocols, photos, links to online videos, marketing strategies, personal stories, and resources to encourage a comprehensive understanding of advanced therapy modalities and techniques beneficial for your massage practice.

Here’s a personal story about addiction recovery featured in the Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual.

ADDICTION RECOVERY AND THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE 

During the summer of ’99 I was housesitting for a friend of mine in Travis Heights, one of Austin’s great historic neighborhoods. I was one of the first massage therapists to be licensed in Texas over a decade before that; however, I moved to California to take graduate classes in psychology and I let my Texas massage therapy license lapse. I ended up leaving California and moving back to Texas. I discovered that because my Texas license had not been renewed in a timely manner, in order to practice massage again in Texas I would be required to go back to massage school and take the entire program from beginning to end. I put it off for a while because of the expense and time involved, but then decided that massage was my first love, so I bit the bullet and returned to school. I lived in Wimberley, about 45 minutes southwest of Austin, so housesitting in Travis Heights for the entire summer was ideal for me since my massage school was just seven miles away, which significantly lessened my commute. The lady who owned the house that I was taking care of is a massage therapist who specializes in offering massage for people in recovery. She was my inspiration for expanding my horizons regarding the profound benefits that therapeutic massage can have for people in recovery. A simple housesitting job turned into a major influencer in my career path. I respect and admire my friend’s focus on working with people in recovery.

My Dad and two of my brothers were practicing alcoholics. Watching and getting caught up in the energy of their torment had a profound effect on my life. None of them ever sought treatment, so their lives ended early and poorly. Sometimes we learn what not to do by observing the lives of others. I often wondered what it would have been like had they benefited from psychotherapy, group support and skilled nurturing touch; however, that was not the path they chose.

My destiny took me in another direction, and I began focusing on developing a nationally approved continuing education course, Addiction Recovery and Therapeutic Massage. As I designed this course, I often thought of Karen, her lovely Travis Heights home where she saw clients in recovery, and the conversations we had that year. She only considered people who were actively in a recovery program for at least three months before agreeing to see them as clients; she did not choose to see people who were practicing addicts. That made good sense to me.

I dreamed of offering massage for people in recovery at one of the Chopra Centers or one of the Hazelden Betty Ford Centers; however, that never came to be, so I proceeded to see clients in my private practice in Austin. I also focused on guiding others by offering therapeutic massage courses through the Ariana Institute. I am grateful that over time the interest in somatic therapies for people in recovery has expanded and the focus for those in recovery is a multifactorial approach to regaining balance and sanity that involves body, mind and spirit.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR – ARIANA VINCENT, LMT, MTI, BCTMB

Ariana Vincent was awarded the 2015 CE Provider of the Year Award by the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education. She is CEO of the Ariana Institute and a Nationally Certified Massage Therapy Instructor whose classes are accepted throughout the United States. Ariana is also a Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Honoree and author of the Ariana Institute’s therapy manual series available on Amazon.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

To read the foreword of the Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual, visit http://www.arianainstitute.com/the-ariana-institutes-advanced-massage-therapy-techniques-manual-and-ce-courses/.

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Addiction Recovery and Therapeutic Massage, Sports Massage, CranioSacral Therapy, Chair Massage, and Deep Tissue Upper and Lower Body CE courses can be accessed on the Ariana Institute’s YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/user/ArianaInstitute.

To order your copies of the Ariana Institute’s Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual, visit www.amazon.com/author/arianavincent.  

For additional information about the Ariana Institute and to register for online continuing education and MTI courses visit www.arianainstitute.com/ce-online/.

Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, NCTMB

Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, NCTMB

 

Adventures in Chair Massage

January 25, 2016 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

The Ariana Institute’s Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual is part of a series of massage manuals that are designed to help deepen the knowledge of current massage therapists and introduce new massage therapists to the world of massage and bodywork.

The Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual features topics that are also available as NCBTMB approved online CE courses through the Ariana Institute at www.arianainstitute.com/ce-online/, including:

  • Chair Massage
  • Sports Massage
  • CranioSacral Therapy
  • Deep Tissue Upper Body
  • Deep Tissue Lower Body
  • Addiction Recovery and Therapeutic Massage 

This manual incorporates detailed protocols, photos, links to online videos, marketing strategies, personal stories, and resources to encourage a comprehensive understanding of advanced therapy modalities and techniques beneficial for your massage practice.

Here’s a personal story about chair massage featured in the Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual.

ADVENTURES IN CHAIR MASSAGE 

Chair massage has taken me to some amazing places during the course of my career. I’ve offered chair massage in the grand ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel, where I massaged the ladies of the Texas State Legislature; in a quaint bed and breakfast in the Texas Hill Country where we offered chair massage in a room that was painted floor to ceiling in an Alice In Wonderland motif; and at a benefit for Latina mothers that was held in the garden at an amazing plant shop in East Austin, where I offered chair massage between the roses and the hibiscus flowers. I’ve also been part of chair massage teams in more traditional environments like high tech companies, schools, medical offices and wellness fairs. During some of my chair massage adventures, I’ve been a contract employee, and at other times I’ve been a team leader or organizer of the chair massage event. It’s been an interesting journey. It’s taken me to places that I normally not would go and has paved the way for me to meet people I would not normally meet.

I designed my first chair massage class after a good friend of mine contacted me and said that she wanted to give away her chair massage gig backstage at the Paramount Theatre for a group of musicians she really loved. She felt like she didn’t have the technical skills to offer chair massage, even though she was highly skilled in many other modalities. I could have easily taken over her chair gig; however, I wanted to empower her because she was such a wonderful person and a good friend. So I encouraged her to accept the chair massage opportunity. I made arrangements for her to get together with me and a group of other massage therapists who were skilled in the art of chair massage. We exchanged chair massage sessions with her and we wrote down a protocol for a chair massage session. We all offered to continue trading with her until her confidence level was high enough that she could feel comfortable offering chair massage for her favorite musical group at the concert. She went, she loved it and had a fabulous time. We all rejoiced in her success.

Not too long after that informal teaching experience, I began developing and designing a nationally approved chair massage continuing education course. I went online and purchased several Earthworks Portal Pro massage chairs so my students would not have to bring their own chairs to class. I created a course notebook that included information about techniques, protocols, anatomy, body mechanics and marketing. I created a chair massage video to accompany the online course. From the very beginning, the chair massage CE class has been, and continues to be, one of my most popular classes. I love facilitating students’ progress as they hone their skills and deepen their knowledge. When chair massage opportunities arise in the Austin area, I contact my star students first and let them know that they would be welcome to work with me, or work independently, as the job requires. Chair massage can be a wonderful door opener in terms of marketing and it can also be a fantastic income producing opportunity in its own right.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR – ARIANA VINCENT, LMT, MTI, BCTMB

Ariana Vincent was awarded the 2015 CE Provider of the Year Award by the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education. She is CEO of the Ariana Institute and a Nationally Certified Massage Therapy Instructor whose classes are accepted throughout the United States. Ariana is also a Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Honoree and author of the Ariana Institute’s therapy manual series available on Amazon.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

To read the foreword of the Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual, visit http://www.arianainstitute.com/the-ariana-institutes-advanced-massage-therapy-techniques-manual-and-ce-courses/.

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Chair Massage, Sports Massage, CranioSacral Therapy, Deep Tissue Upper and Lower Body, as well as Addiction Recovery and Therapeutic Massage CE courses can be accessed on the Ariana Institute’s YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/user/ArianaInstitute.

To order your copies of the Ariana Institute’s Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual, visit www.amazon.com/author/arianavincent.  

For additional information about the Ariana Institute and to register for online continuing education and MTI courses visit www.arianainstitute.com/ce-online/.

Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, NCTMB

Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, NCTMB

 

The Ariana Institute’s Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual and CE Courses

July 23, 2015 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

The Ariana Institute for Wellness Education offers an outstanding resource for those interested in advanced massage therapy techniques, featuring topics that include Sports Massage, CranioSacral Therapy, Chair Massage, Addiction Recovery and Therapeutic Massage.

The Ariana Institute’s Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual is part of a series of massage manuals that are designed to help deepen the knowledge and understanding of current massage therapists and introduce new, upcoming massage therapists to the world of massage and bodywork. To order your copies of the Ariana Institute’s Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual visit www.amazon.com/author/arianavincent.

This manual incorporates detailed protocol descriptions, high definition instructional photos, links to the Ariana Institute’s online instructional videos demonstrating a wide variety of techniques, marketing and practice building strategies, and resources for advanced learning to encourage a comprehensive understanding of therapy modalities that can be offered in a massage practice.

The Ariana Institute’s therapy manual series has been over 16 years in the making and is a monumental achievement for the Ariana Institute.  The Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual is a perfect source of deep study for massage therapists and those seeking to further cultivate their practices and expand their understanding of advanced massage therapy techniques!

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Here is the foreword to the Ariana Institute’s Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual by Michael Laird McIver, Certified Advanced Rolfer, MTI, and CE Provider.

The field of massage therapy and bodywork is growing and flourishing throughout the United States. The number of hands-on, touching modalities has exponentially expanded. People across the country now regard massage as an integral part of their personal path toward wellness and vitality.

In Texas, well over 30,000 people have become licensed massage therapists. As the number of practitioners has grown and as their skills have matured, there has been an increasing demand for continuing training at more advanced levels. Most states that license massage therapists require regular continuing education. Leading lights in the world of massage training include James Waslaski, Whitney Lowe and Dr. Ben Benjamin. These teachers present at major massage conventions and produce articles for massage publications as they work to develop and refine the art and practice of massage. They are massage therapy stars.

In Austin, Texas, there is a rising star who is well known and beloved in the thriving massage community of this exciting, creative city. Ariana Vincent has been a professional massage therapist for over 30 years and a licensed massage instructor for over 14 years. She has taught advanced massage techniques and styles to thousands of massage therapists nationwide. Already honored as a Pioneer of Massage, she was inducted in the World Massage Festival’s Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2013. Throughout her career, Ariana has been a strong voice for professionalism and ethics in the practice of massage therapy.

I am grateful to have been asked to write this foreword for the Ariana Institute’s Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual, one of eight professional massage manuals published by the Ariana Institute, a school that is dedicated to teaching massage techniques to thousands of massage therapists across the country. Techniques presented in this manual include sports massage, CranioSacral therapy, chair massage, and a well-researched section on the value of therapeutic massage in the process of recovery from addiction.

The proliferation of gyms, jogging trails, soccer fields, home exercise equipment, and hotel exercise facilities attest to a growing interest in physical well being. This fitness boom has its pitfalls that are becoming epidemic. This is evident in the number of yoga injuries, chronic pain from uncoordinated jogging, muscle strain and joint injuries from lifting weights incorrectly and injuries related to undertraining prior to athletic events. This has been a windfall for massage professionals who specialize in sports massage. In this section of the Advanced Therapy Techniques Manual, Ariana discusses the long history of sports massage and then teaches a variety of useful techniques, benefits and contraindications. Each of her online massage courses includes a high definition video in which Ariana expertly demonstrates each technique. Together, the manual and the videos are powerful teaching tools.

The next section of this manual deals with the subtle practice of CranioSacral Massage Therapy. First explored by the pioneering work of Dr. William Sutherland, D.O., CranioSacral Therapy examines the delicate pulsation and movement of the cranial bones and the transmission of movement through the cranial and spinal membranes that enfold the brain, spinal cord, and nerve roots, which contain the cerebrospinal fluid. In a balanced body, the cranial bones move subtly, the spine extends, the sacrum gently rocks, and these rhythmic motions circulate the cerebrospinal fluid to nourish the central nervous system. The appropriate function of this deep, internal system is reflected in emotional and psychological as well as physiological health. This chapter explores the work and teaching of Dr. John Upledger, D.O., the modern-day innovator of a simplified system of CranioSacral Therapy.

The chapter on chair massage is especially useful. This form of massage is becoming more and more popular as increased awareness of the value of massage therapy permeates our culture. A 15-minute chair massage is a quick and easy way to let go of some of the buildup of daily stress we all experience, and is convenient for people who don’t have time for a full body massage. Any massage therapist who studies this section and the accompanying video will easily be able to begin a flourishing and lucrative chair massage practice. Her suggestions on choosing and buying a top-quality massage chair ensure a successful launch into the world of corporate chair massage. In Houston, large companies with thousands of employees, like Chevron and Shell, regularly employ chair massage therapists, as do many natural food stores like Whole Foods Market.

Included in all her teaching of the many massage techniques Ariana has mastered are thoughtful and sensitive suggestions about the art of massage therapy beyond the hands-on technique and application. These include ideas about preparing an inviting and professional office, meeting and greeting clients, the cultivation of good active listening skills and attuning to the energy and needs of one’s client before, and during, the massage. These are skills we all need to practice, and are evidence of Ariana’s professional competence and mastery shaped by decades of excellence. Ariana is sharing her wealth of knowledge gained during a long and successful career.

This clarity and caring is especially evident in Ariana’s chapter on the value of therapeutic massage in the treatment of addiction and recovery. The value of using loving, holistic and gentle healing touch to assist individuals in their struggle to free themselves from substance addictions has only recently been researched and understood. Removing the substance that an addict craves to mask his or her pain leaves him or her to face withdrawal, anger, frustration, stress and the need to detoxify in order to cleanse the body of residual toxins.

Massage therapy can soothe and facilitate the slow process of healing from addiction. In addition, eating disorders and depression can also be treated, and recovery assisted, by caring massage. I found Ariana’s sensitive writing and her compilation of relevant articles on addiction and recovery to be fascinating and informative. I believe that addiction specialists and recovery centers have only just begun to understand the value of massage therapy in the process of recovery and that Ariana Vincent’s work in this area is timely and vital as more and more people face their addiction challenges and their hope for recovery.

The Ariana Institute’s Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual is a valuable addition to the library of any dedicated massage professional. Ariana has distilled expertise gained through over thirty years of hand-on experience and teaching into a tool that can enhance the technique and knowledge of all massage therapists. Her concise writing, excellent teaching videos and her grace and passion for her craft are all wonderful contributions for aspiring massage therapists who wish to hone their skills to a finer edge.

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction for the Sports Massage, Addiction Recovery and Therapeutic Massage, CranioSacral Therapy, and Chair Massage CE courses can be accessed below or on the Ariana Institute’s YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/user/ArianaInstitute.

To order your copies of the Ariana Institute’s Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual visit www.amazon.com/author/arianavincent.

For additional information about the Ariana Institute and to register for online continuing education courses visit www.arianainstitute.com/ce-online/.

Ariana

Book Signing to commemorate the release of three new Massage Manuals from the Ariana Institute!

November 05, 2014 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

It is with great excitement that nationally known massage and bodywork educator, Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute for Wellness Education, announces that she will be hosting a book signing to commemorate the completion of the next installment in the Ariana Institute’s Seven Massage Manual Series. This event will take place on Saturday, December 20, 2014, from 7:00pm to 11:00pm, at The Ariana Institute, 522 Grace Lane, Austin, Texas.

The combination of Complementary Alternative Therapies and traditional western medical practice is becoming more relevant every day. As massage and bodywork professionals, it is becoming more necessary to widen our scope of practice and improve our knowledge base. With the publication of three new massage manuals in our seven manual series, the Ariana Institute offers an incredibly valuable resource to the massage and bodywork community.

We are incredibly excited to present these new installments of the Ariana Institute Massage Manual Series. The series includes seven full-length massage manuals that are designed to help deepen the knowledge and understanding of current massage therapists and massage therapy instructors, as well as to introduce new, interested parties to the world of massage and bodywork.

The series has been over 16 years in the making and is a monumental achievement for the Institute. The new manuals in this series will include the Medical Massage Manual; the Head, Hand and Foot Massage Manual, and the Advanced Massage Techniques Manual. Below are descriptions of the newly released manuals:

  • The Ariana Institute Medical Massage Manual covers topics such as “Geriatric Massage,” “Headache and Allergy Relief Techniques,” “HIV/AIDS Information for Massage Therapists,” “Lymphatic Massage for the Face and Neck,” “Pain Management for Massage Clients,” and “Prenatal and Postnatal Massage.”
  • The Ariana Institute’s Head, Hand and Foot Massage Manual includes “Facial and Scalp Massage,” “Reflexology for the Hands, Feet and Ears,” “Neck, Hand and Foot Massage,” and “Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage.”
  • The Ariana Institute’s Advanced Massage Techniques Manual presents topics such as “Sports Massage”, “CranioSacral Massage”, “Deep Tissue Massage for the Upper and Lower Body”, “Chair Massage” and “Addiction Recovery”

Each manual includes detailed protocol descriptions, technique descriptions, considerations, indications and contraindications, links to high definition instructional videos, high definition instructional photos, relevant history, and marketing and business strategies.

Not only will these manuals benefit the surrounding massage community, they are also particularly relevant to the Ariana Institute’s new and returning students, as they deepen the material presented in the 33 online courses offered by the Institute. With well over 2,000 students throughout its history, the Ariana Institute aims to always improve the knowledge base of its students and provide resources for career growth and stimulation. The Institute has gained over 300 new students in the past 10 months and the enrollment numbers continue to rise. Our students have indicated that they appreciate our efforts and our strive for excellence in the massage and bodywork community. It is our intention that these manuals will serve as a helpful desk reference to licensed massage therapists, holistic bodyworkers and all interested parties.

If you are interested in attending the Ariana Institute’s book signing, please email ariana@arianainstitute.com.

For more information regarding the sale of the Ariana Institute’s Seven Massage Manual Series, please visit Ariana’s author page on Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/arianavincent

As always, you can register for continuing education massage therapy classes online at:http://www.arianainstitute.com/ce-online/