The Alliance For Massage Therapy Educators 2015 Educational Congress was a remarkable experience for Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute for Wellness Education and Alliance for Massage Therapy Education 2015 Continuing Education Provider of the Year.
Whitney Lowe, AFMTE 2014 CE Provider of the Year and Ariana Vincent, AFMTE 2015 CE Provider of the Year
The AFMTE CE Provider of the Year Award award honors excellence in massage and bodywork education and serves to foster a culture that supports raising the standards of excellence in massage and bodywork education. The award recipients are chosen from a pool of high caliber professionals based on their experience, teacher training taken, and how well they meet the core competency standards that form the foundations for effective successful teaching.
Pete Whitridge, President of AFMTE, and Ariana Vincent
Ariana Vincent’s Acceptance Speech for the AFMTE Award
I am honored to be recognized by my peers for my work as an educator. Receiving this award is significant in the evolution my teaching career, a profession that has already awarded me with so many wonderful experiences from simply being a part of the massage community. I am grateful for the AFMTE for supporting me with this award, and supporting excellence in the education of the massage therapy community.
It is an honor for me to be here with you all today at the 2015 Alliance for Massage Therapy Educational Congress. I am grateful to be in the community of friends, colleagues and kindred spirits. I would especially like to thank Michael McIver for believing in me from the beginning. I am proud to be in the company of AFMTE luminaries.
I would like to thank everyone involved in helping me achieve this very significant pinnacle in my career as the AFMTE C.E. Provider of the Year: my family, my wonderful team at the Ariana Institute, my colleagues, friends, mentors, clients and students.
I am very humbled to be in such illustrious company. Being honored as the AFMTE C.E. Provider of the Year is something I never even imagined possible back when I first began my massage career in 1982 at the Family Wellness and Resource Center. There I began training to become a professional massage therapist, and as a result, I was fortunate to have become part of the first group of massage therapists to be licensed in Texas in 1986.
In 1999 I obtained my certification as a massage therapy instructor and continuing education provider and began forming the Ariana Institute for Wellness Education. I teach at clinics, spas and schools and welcome additional teaching opportunities.
The changes that I have seen during the course of my career have been remarkable. We as a society are deepening our respect and appreciation for massage therapy. I am grateful to have found my vehicle for serving the world in the massage therapy profession.
The needs and resources of students continue to increase, so the standards of teaching must continue to elevate with them. Students can be willing to learn, but they can only reflect the quality of education that they are given. So as educators we must emit the highest standard of education we provide, if we are to see that same standard reflected in our students.
It wasn’t just my talents as a massage therapy educator that made success possible for me and for the Ariana Institute; I wouldn’t be standing here in front of you today without the support of many people.
I would like to thank everyone who made this moment possible for me. I acknowledge the countless everyday contributions those who have supported me have made on my behalf and on behalf of the Ariana Institute. I am grateful for the contributions that each and every one of you have made to the ongoing evolution of the massage profession.
Looking back on my career, I attribute much of my success to being resilient, surrounding myself with supportive motivational peers, and keeping a positive perspective.
Thank you all again and again. Being honored as the AFMTE C. E. Provider of the Year means the world to me. Your kindness is deeply appreciated and will long be remembered. I accept this award for each and every one of us; we all shine with the inner light as a collective whole.
I leave you with my favorite quote by Pericles, that I shared with Ryan Hoyme years ago when he interviewed me on his Massage Nerd show. Thank you, Ryan. “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” What AFMTE has woven into the fabric of the massage community is more precious than any stone monument that could ever exist. I sincerely thank you all.
Ariana Vincent at the 2015 AFMTE Educational Congress
Ariana also had the honor of being interviewed by The Massage Nerd, Ryan Hoyme, about her successes and award as the 2015 AFMTE CE Provider of the Year. To view The MassageNerd’s interview with Ariana Vincent, follow the link to https://youtu.be/mbLI25D7g7I or watch the embedded video below.
Ariana is delighted to be a part of the AFMTE community and is very honored to receive the 2015 AFMTE CE Provider of the Year Award! Thank you for your continued support and radiance in inspiring massage education and wellness for the body, mind, and spirit!
The 2015 World Massage Festival was a profound and meaningful experience. It was held in Michigan City, Indiana about four hours by plane and bus from my home in Austin. Friendships were deepened, minds were expanded and fun was had. I was honored to be invited to give my acceptance speech for the World Massage Hall of Fame award I received in 2013. Here is link to photos from the World Massage Festival: https://www.flickr.com/photos/arianavincent/sets/72157655918080452.
The continuing education classes that I attended at the World Massage Festival included:
Morally Bound, Ethically Sound – Instructor: Leena Guptha
Healing Hands – Native American Energy Work – Instructor: Jenny Ray
The Mystery of Pain – Instructor: Doug Nelson
Intro to Massage Therapy and Breast Cancer – Instructor: Eeris Kallil
Marketing, Advertising and Promotion – Instructor: Vivian Madison-Mahoney
In Leena Guptha’s class, Morally Bound, Ethically Sound, we discussed the difference between ethics and morals (morals are the principles on which one’s judgments of right and wrong are based and ethics are the principles of right conduct) and the Jungian shadow: “Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of others.” -Carl Jung. Then we watched a clip from the movie Spider Man, starring Willem Dafoe as the Green Goblin. We saw the mirror scene where the alter ego kills off the board of directors and he becomes the Green Goblin, which becomes the personification of his alter ego. We followed this with some exercises in dyads and triads where we discussed ethical issues and our suggested resolutions to those issues. This was followed by a lively discussion about Lance Armstrong’s trial regarding steroid abuse. We concluded with a discussion about the conscious vs. the subconscious and we talked about ways to access the subconscious through mediation, music, breathing, massage, and being quiet. Leena conclude the class by sharing that we can manifest our destiny by aligning these two things (the conscious and the subconscious). It was an especially wonderful experience for me since I teach an ethics class through the Ariana Institute and have served on several ethics boards. Ethics is a subject that is near and dear to my heart and I’m deeply grateful to Leena Guptha for including me in her class and also for presenting the material so intelligently in a heart-filled, caring way.
Healing Hands – Native American Energy Work – Instructor: Jenny Ray
Participating in Jenny Ray’s Healing Hands – Native American Energy Work class was a powerful and transforming experience. The minute I walked into the room I felt as if I’d been transported to a sacred and holy place imbued with a dynamic and refined energy coming down from many generations of healers. There was a colorful altar in the center of the room and it contained items that paid homage to the four elements (earth, air, fire and water) and it was aligned with the four directions. In this altar there was a lovely shell filled with sage and other elements of the earth. There were points during the ceremony when Jenny burned the sage and the fragrance wafted through the atmosphere magnifying the flow of energy and purifying the space. One of the most powerful moments of the ceremony was when Jenny invited us to stand in a circle and sing some sacred chants from her Native American tradition. The energy that evolved from that experience connected us all in a way that served to bring the group together and honor the heritage that had been passed down from the elders. As we grew more connected though chanting, Jenny and her partner, Janelle Lakman, went to each person individually and offered an initiation that included drawing sacred symbols on our hands with the tips of her fingers. When she came to me and offered this initiation, it was so strong and powerful that I took a quick breath inward and swayed backwards. I felt a dynamic shift occur. Then Janelle came a few steps behind Jenny and drew symbols on our right arms, one person at a time, that felt like four lightening bolts with two dots in the middle. It impressed me that this group initiation was individualized for each person and it also connected the community of participants at the same time. I knew I would never be the same. After the initiation ceremony, which was quite an honor, we began working in dyads or triads. I was blessed to be paired with a lovely and highly evolved woman from Windsor, Ontario whose name is Diane Pineault. We each had an opportunity to give and an opportunity to receive a Healing Hands Energy Medicine session that included laying our hands on the person who was supine and ready to receive. Both Denise and I honored the majesty of the moment and felt tremendously grateful to be blessed by this sacred experience. A visualization that came to me during my session with Denise was of me reclining peacefully on a giant, soft, emerald green lily pad, surrounded by cobalt blue water, with a gorgeous pink sky overhead. Jenny Ray concluded the Healing Hands experience by dismantling the altar in a very mindful and sacred way as she explained what was to be done with each item on the altar. Diane, my wonderful partner, gifted me with a magnificent 7 inch feather that had been blessed and wrapped with a leather string at the bottom and it also had an earth-toned bead attached to it. This feather will be a constant reminder of the transformation that I experienced in this Healing Hands class with Jenny Ray as well as a reminder of the power of the human spirit to accept healing energy via the transmission of energy that comes when we touch one another in a mindful, loving and sacred way. I was especially interested in participating in this course since I have written a massage manual, “Mind Body Therapies” that focuses on energy medicine and I teach several energy based classes through the Ariana Institute. The memories of being in Jenny’s class will always be a reminder of the interconnectedness of mind, body, spirit and of our place in the natural world that blesses us and surrounds us with a powerful loving energy that we can tune into and utilize for the highest good of all.
The Mystery of Pain – Instructor: Doug Nelson
In Doug Nelson’s class, The Mystery of Pain – Implications for Musculoskeletal Treatment, the focus was on being cautious and reasoned. Doug presented information on neuroscience; three common mistakes (1) oversimplifying very complex processes, (2) claiming scientific authority in a field that has been suspect by traditional medicine, and (3) forgetting to value a long history on one’s own. He then presented information on the cost of treating pain. We learned that the cost of treating pain is greater that the cost of treating cancer, heart disease, and diabetes COMBINED! The estimates are between 5 and 6 billion dollars a year. He also presented interesting data that shows that one in 2,500 x-rays is actually useful. He shared a definition of pain as, “An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with acute or potential tissue damager or described in terms of such damage.” This was followed by the four processes of pain: transduction, transmission, modulation and perception. Our next topic was central sensitization using examples of migraines and fibromyalgia (they affect the central nervous system). We moved on to the “Brain’s Best Guest” theory of perception; an example of which would be phantom pain. Then we concluded with questions that patients want answers to: What is wrong?, How long will it take?, What can I do?, and What can you do? Taking this course from Doug Nelson was especially interesting for me since I had heard so many wonderful things about Doug from my friend Phyllis Baker. It was very meaningful for me to be honored to expand my knowledge regarding pain management in Doug’s class, especially since this focus is dear to me. The Ariana Institute offers a continuing education course in pain management and we included a chapter on pain management in The Ariana Institute’s Medical Massage Manual. It is a subject that is of supreme importance to massage therapists and to the broader community. I am reminded of a quote by Khalil Gibran, “Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.”
Intro to Massage Therapy and Breast Cancer – Instructor: Eeris Kallil
Eeris Kallil is such a fascinating person. We’ve heard about each other for many years and it was do nice to connect as part of the World Massage Festival family during the 10th year celebration of the Festival. During Eeris’ class, we discussed the safety of massage therapy for cancer patients, how massage benefits cancer patients, how cancer spreads, the anatomy of the female breast, signs of breast cancer, biopsies, pathology, staging, treatment options, reconstructive surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormonal treatment, the lymphatic system, steps for healing, what not to say, positive affirmations, contraindications and safety guidelines, lymphedema, complications and protocol after surgery, pressure guidelines, and resources for advanced study. It was a fascinating and well-thought-out introduction into the oncology specialization related to breast cancer. The cognitive portion was followed by a helpful demonstration of breast massage. Eerris’ class was especially meaningful to me since I include a chapter on “Soothing PTSD and Trauma” in The Ariana Institute’s Mind Body Therapy Manual. I’ve participated in oncology massage classes taught by Tracy Walton and Sat Siri Sumler that helped prepare me for Eeris’ class; however, I will have to admit that this is a deep and profound specialization in the massage community and I feel I still have a lot to learn. It was so beautiful that this class help expand my knowledge in such a meaningful way so I can better serve the oncology community once I have an opportunity to participate in additional hands-on classes.
Marketing, Advertising and Promotion – Instructor: Vivian Madison-Mahoney
During Vivian Madison-Mahoney’s Marketing, Advertising and Promotion class we were introduced to important concepts for business success. Her passion for the subject was evident in the breath and depth of the materials that she has designed and developed over the course of her expansive career. She included power point presentation, course handouts, a very comprehensive and complete course notebook, DVDs, and packages of high-quality learning systems. I was very impressed. Vivian began the class with a warm welcome and an overview of the class and then she offered the participants had an opportunity to share marketing techniques that worked for them. Students shared the following techniques: PicMonkey.com, branding give-away products, using “Wheel of Fortune” give-a-ways, webinars, Yelp, websites & Search Engine Optimization, Mail Chimp, Sending group texts using Business Texter or GoSMS, using online schedulers to market, sending thank you notes for referrals that include a discount card, using the internet and seeing Google as our friend, online answering services like SecureUs, and business cards. After our group sharing, Vivian shared some of her experience in the massage profession. In 1984 she worked for a chiropractor for $4 an hour, then she went to massage school in the evenings, then she made $10 an hour doing massage at the chiropractor’s office. Then she presented Marketing Ideas, Social Strategies and Building Your Business. There are three way to grow a business: increase the number of customers, increase the frequency of client visits, and increase the fee for services. One tip that Vivian shared that I felt was particularly meaningful was, “Don’t build a business, build a reputation and your business builds itself.” Another tip was to go to the SBA.gov website and download information on building a business. She talked about niche marketing and the importance of identify your niche by figuring out which groups of prospective clients you get your very best results for and go after them exclusively. She offered an opportunity to win a door prize that consisted of a very comprehensive marketing program that she had developed during her many years in the massage profession. I was impressed with her generosity. She concluded by saying, “Don’t be afraid to take your goals and dreams and plans to the TOP!” I felt especially blessed to be included in Vivian’s informative marketing class. The Ariana Institute offers an online and on-site Marketing and Practice Building continuing education class and we have written a manual, The Ariana Institute’s Marketing and Practice Building Manual; however, even though I’ve been somewhat immersed in marketing for my entire 33 year career, I am always open to new material, new insights and new marketing tips. I came away from Vivian’s class renewed with energy to experience some fresh, new marketing techniques. I was honored to be learning from a premiere marketing master. I wish Vivian the very best that life has to offer in all she does. She’s an amazing person and I admire her very much.
Ariana Vincent’s Acceptance Speech – World Massage Festival Hall of Fame
Ariana Vincent’s acceptance speech can be viewed below or on the Ariana Institute’s YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wxaqVt6guk. Additionally, the speech has also been transcribed below.
Ariana Vincent’s World Massage Festival Hall of Fame Speech
It is a pleasure to be here with you all today celebrating the 10th anniversary of the World Massage Festival. I am honored to be in the community of friends, colleagues and kindred spirits.
I would like to thank everyone involved in helping me on my path to becoming a member of the World Massage Festival Hall of Fame, including Mike Hinkle and Cindy Michaels, my family, my wonderful team at the Ariana Institute, my mentors, and my incredible clients and students.
I am very humbled to be in such illustrious company; I never thought I would be awarded such an honor. Being included in the World Massage Festival Hall of Fame is something I never even imagined possible back in 1979, as a college senior who had a part-time job at a small health food store called SaferWay, which is now Whole Foods. But it was in that transformational environment that I began learning about the importance of caring for our bodies, minds and spirits.
That shift in focus from the allopathic approach to healing to a more inclusive perspective lead to a career that began in 1982 with the Family Wellness and Resource Center. There I began training to become a professional massage therapist, and as a result, I was fortunate to have become part of the first group of massage therapists to be licensed in Texas in 1986.
In 1999 I saw an opportunity to change course after nearly two decades of studying and practicing massage therapy. I obtained my certification as a massage therapy instructor and continuing education provider in order to teach continuing education classes for massage therapists and began forming the Ariana Institute for Wellness Education.
I am proud to be part of a health care system that has grown and evolved over the years to become the respected profession it is today. The changes that I have seen during the course of my career have been remarkable. It seems that a veil is lifting and our culture as a whole is beginning to see massage therapy in its true light. We as a society are deepening our respect and appreciation for massage therapy. I am grateful to have found my vehicle for serving the world via the broad, expansive conduit of the massage therapy profession.
But it wasn’t just my talents as a massage therapist and massage therapy educator that made success possible for me and for the Ariana Institute; I wouldn’t be standing here in front of you today without the support of many people.
I would specifically like to thank the following individuals:
Michael McIver for believing in me and for helping me make my dreams come true on every level imaginable.
Nicole Nelson for her excellent service as operations director and editorial manager of the Ariana Institute.
Chelsea Horton for her cheerful support as operations manager of the Ariana Institute in 2015.
Sean Patrick Harkins for being a constant source of strength, knowledge, and inspiration during his association with the Ariana Institute as our project manager.
Ashley Horton for her service as operations manager of the Ariana Institute from 2013 to 2014.
Wes Fletcher, Adam Shaw and Newton Paskin for their insightful marketing support.
Ryan Hoyme for his dedication to the massage community, his expansive knowledge of massage, and his generosity in sharing his wisdom.
David Lauterstein for sharing his abundant knowledge of deep massage with me and for being a beacon of integrity and excellence in the massage community.
Zaara Raza for the myriad of things you have done to help the Ariana Institute be the success it is today.
The Richardson Family – Mike, James and Mike, Jr. – for their unconditional love and steadfast belief in me and for always having my best interest at heart in every moment.
Donna Sarvello for being a guiding light through the National Certification Board processes and for her kind, courteous, and professional manner.
I would also like to thank everyone else in my life who made this moment possible for me. I acknowledge the countless everyday sacrifices those who have supported me have made on my behalf and on behalf of the Ariana Institute.
I couldn’t have done it without the contributions that each and every one of you have made to the ongoing evolution of the massage profession and, on a more personal level, to me and the career that I am honored to be a part of.
Looking back on my career as a nationally certified massage therapy instructor and licensed massage therapist, I attribute much of my success to being resilient in the face of obstacles, surrounding myself with supportive motivational peers, and keeping a positive perspective.
With that in mind, I leave you with a quote that I love to share at the end of my continuing education courses: “Remember to focus on the healing power of touch and the importance of its presence in our lives and in the lives of those we touch.”
Thank you all again and again. Being honored as a member of the World Massage Festival Hall of Fame means the world to me. Your kindness is deeply appreciated and will long be remembered.
(I was holding a feather) You may be wondering why I’m holding this feather. It was a gift from my Jenny Ray Healing Hands class partner, Diane Pineault. This is a reminder that body, mind and spirit are inseparable and that love is who we are. My love continue to live in your hearts and may everything you do be infused with love.
Ariana Vincent, World Massage Festival Hall of Fame Honoree
Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute for Wellness Education, is excited about attending the at the Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa in Michigan City, Indiana.
On Monday evening, July 13, 2015, Ariana will be giving her acceptance speech as a member of the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame. She was included in the Hall of Fame several years ago; however, this is the first opportunity she has had to personally offer an acceptance speech. She gladly accepted Mike Hinkle’s invitation to officially accept her Hall of Fame award. Ariana is humbled to be honored by a community of friends, colleagues and kindred spirits at the World Massage Festival. She would like to thank everyone involved in helping her on her path to becoming a member of the World Massage Festival Hall of Fame, including Mike Hinkle and Cindy Michaels, the founders of the Festival, her family, her wonderful team at the Ariana Institute, her mentors, and her incredible clients and students.
The World Massage Festival is an annual event that travels around the country. The mission statement for the Festival is “To honor those who built the bridges for our profession, to educate the general public about massage, to educate therapists about different types of massage and to have fun.” While at the Festival, Ariana will be expanding her horizons by participating in numerous CE classes, networking with colleagues, visiting the exhibition hall to support the vendors, reconnecting with friends near and far, and having fun.
There will be opportunities to take classes and network with over 50 Massage Therapy Hall of Fame members who are returning for this celebration.
Over 200 hours of NCBTMB-approved classes to choose from and your registration fee includes all the classes you can fit in your schedule.
Instructors this year are: Laura Allen, Cindy Ballis, Judi Calvert, Nathalie Cecilia, Sandy Dirks, Jimmy Gialelis, Leena Guptha, Brian Halterman, Anastacia Hodgson, Susan Juczak, Eeris Kallil, Kelli Lene, Vivian Madison-Mahoney, Michael McGillicuddy, Douglas Nelson, David Palmer, Jiovannina Ramos, Jenny Ray, Anita Shannon, Irene Smith, James Waslaski, Enid Whittaker, Linda Wilson, and Beth-ellen Zang.
FREE door prize ticket – over $43,000 in door prizes
FREE beautiful hardcover LomiLomi book
FREE commemorative magazine, The Bridge Builders, our Festival program
FREE admission to all evening activities and exhibit hall for you AND your guest
Drawing for THREE $500 cash giveaways
Drawing for FIVE scholarships
Drawing for FIVE FREE one-week vacations
FREE entry into contest to win a 2018 Kia Rio car in 2018. Your registration sign-in is your entry for 2015!
The Ariana Institute for Wellness Education is pleased to announce that Ariana Vincent is The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education 2015 Continuing Education Provider of the Year, recognizing her excellence in massage and bodywork education.
The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education, www.afmte.org, is a non-profit organization established to serve as an independent voice, advocate and resource for the entire education sector – from entry-level massage training programs through post-graduate studies. The Alliance brings schools, teachers, continuing education providers, and allied industry partners together under one roof in improving massage education as well as ongoing efforts to have massage therapy better recognized by and integrated into the health care treatment system.
This AFMTE award honors excellence in massage and bodywork education and serves to foster a culture that supports raising the standards of excellence in massage and bodywork education. The award recipients are chosen from a pool of high caliber professionals based on their experience, teacher training taken, and how well they meet the core competency standards that form the foundations for effective successful teaching.
Ariana Vincent, CEO and founder of The Ariana Institute for Wellness Education, is an NCBTMB Approved Provider of Continuing Education and nationally known Massage Therapy Instructor, who weaves a variety of skills into her continuing education classes. She has been a massage therapy instructor for over 16 years and a licensed massage therapist for over 33 years. Ariana has also been recognized as a 2013 World Massage Festival Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Honoree. She is the author of the eight massage therapy manuals available on Amazon in addition to 33 high-quality online and hands-on continuing education courses offered by the Ariana Institute.
In her appreciation for this award and AFMTE’s mission, Ariana had this to say:
“It is an honor to be recognized by my peers for my work as an educator. Receiving this award is significant in the evolution my teaching career and I am honored to be recognized by my peers in a profession that has already awarded me with so many wonderful experiences from simply being a part of the massage community. Such an award is a fitting compliment to the validation that I have received throughout the years of working with my students and the continual support I receive from the massage community at large. I am grateful for the AFMTE for supporting me with this award, and supporting excellence in the education of the massage therapy community.
As the needs of our community and students continue to change, so the standards of teaching must continue to elevate to meet them in order to keep up with the continually evolving expectations of massage therapy. Students can be willing to learn, but they can only reflect the quality of education that they are given. It is our duty as educators to provide our students with the highest standard of education if we are to see that same standard reflected in our students.”
Please join Ariana Vincent and AFMTE at the AFMTE 2015 Educational Congress in Minneapolis, July 22 – 26, to hear from Ariana as she shares how she demonstrates her commitment to excellence in education.