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Mother and Child: Enveloped By Love

May 02, 2016 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

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

  • Prenatal Massage
  • Headache and Allergy Relief
  • Lymphatic Massage
  • HIV/AIDS Information for Massage Therapists
  • Pain Management
  • Geriatric Massage

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

Here’s a personal story about prenatal massage featured in the Medical Massage Therapy Manual.

MOTHER AND CHILD: ENVELOPED BY LOVE

My most memorable prenatal massage experience was with a wonderful woman, who, for the purposes of anonymity, I will call “Angela.” She had been a client for several years, and one day she happily announced that she was pregnant. This was her second marriage and they wanted a child together to compliment the two wonderful and greatly loved children she already had. I happily offered side–lying prenatal massage, being careful to observe the standard prenatal contraindications. While she was still a young woman at the time, she was close to entering the range of high–risk pregnancies. After she completed a thorough intake form and after I received permission from her OB–GYN, we developed a treatment plan that focused on her neck and lower back since her center of gravity was changing, as well as on her feet and legs. Angela and I proceeded with prenatal massage for several weeks until one day she came into my office very downcast. She said that the sonogram revealed multiple severe abnormalities in the fetus and it was feared that the infant would not survive after birth. This was quite a blow. We were in tears. She subsequently lost the fetus. I gave her several post–pregnancy sessions to help restore her to balance after such a tragedy.

Several months passed before I received a call from Angela. I could tell by the sound of her voice that she had good news. She said that she was once again pregnant. The sonogram revealed that she was carrying two very healthy girls; twins! This, combined with other factors and the fact that she was having twins, put her in the high risk prenatal massage category. So I proceeded with her prenatal massage sessions honoring the caveats and contradictions associated with high risk pregnancies. Once again, I contacted Angela’s physician and obtained permission to offer prenatal massage. She had nausea at the beginning the pregnancy, so I was careful not to offer any robust joint mobilization techniques that might have a negative effect on the nausea. The focus once again, at Angela’s request, was on her neck and lower back, as well as her hands and legs. Later in the pregnancy, we included more work on the rhomboids and trapezius as well as the gluteus minimus and piriformis. She responded well to massage therapy and looked forward to every session. She said that coming for her massage sessions was like coming to a sanctuary. I was glad that I had participated in prenatal massage training that included information about high–risk pregnancies and that I had researched high–risk pregnancies for the Ariana Institute Prenatal Massage course.

When the blessed day arrived and the girls were born healthy and happy, we all rejoiced. The experience of helping Angela through two pregnancies was remarkable and profound, and has had a lasting effect. We shared the sorrow of a loss and the joy of bringing two new lives into the world. I love prenatal massage; it spans the full spectrum of human emotion and it is a privilege to be a part of such a miraculous and life–changing experience.

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 Medical Massage Therapy Manual, visit http://www.arianainstitute.com/the-ariana-institutes-medical-massage-therapy-manual-and-ce-courses/.  

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Headache and Allergy Relief, Lymphatic Massage, HIV/AIDS Information for Massage Therapists, Pain Management, Prenatal Massage, and Geriatric 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 Medical Massage Therapy 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

 

Soothing the Transition of Life

April 11, 2016 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

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

  • Headache and Allergy Relief
  • Lymphatic Massage
  • HIV/AIDS Information for Massage Therapists
  • Pain Management
  • Prenatal Massage
  • Geriatric Massage

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

Here’s a personal story about geriatric massage featured in the Medical Massage Therapy Manual.

SOOTHING THE TRANSITION OF LIFE

I had a wonderfully rewarding experience offering massage to a geriatric client in New England in 2012 as he was in his final months of life. The experience helped remind me of the wonderful comfort and reassurance that compassionate and therapeutic touch can offer geriatric clients, especially those that are in the process of passing.

For the sake of privacy, I’ll refer to this client as “Robert.” Robert lived to be 101 years old and he lived a long, full life that had a positive influence on those around him. Although Robert was elderly when we met, he was certainly not defined by his age.

I flew to Cape Cod on May 12, 2011, to meet Robert. The next day was Robert’s 101st birthday and we celebrated at The Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham, Massachusetts.

I spent my first encounter with Robert sitting on the couch, quietly talking with him while we put together an album of his photos from Hawaii during WWII. We quickly grew comfortable with each other’s company.

I asked him if he would like a foot massage and his blue eyes twinkled. He said, “I don’t know, I’ve never had a massage. Would I?” He was willing to try it and that began a regular routine of foot and hand massage at his home, later in the hospital, and finally in an extended care facility.

While visiting Robert, I also made arrangements to meet with my Compassionate Touch Instructor, Lisa Curran Parenteau, who happened to live in the Cape, just a few miles from Robert. Lisa introduced me to one of her students who lived in the Cape and we made arrangements for her to come for a few geriatric massage sessions with Robert when I was out of town.  She also offered chair massage to Robert’s family when they visited him in the hospital. In Robert’s final days, Lisa volunteered to come sit with him at his extended care facility. She played his favorite music for him and he brightened up each time she entered the room. I will always have a fond place in my heart for her selfless service and loving compassion.

Robert passed away at the extended care facility on March 6, 2012, ten months after our original meeting. I visited him often during that ten–month period, flying from Austin to the Cape to be with him. I offered him my quiet, comforting presence and frequent hand and foot massages. I was with him just a few days before he passed, offering him Compassionate Touch and soothing him during the final stage of his transition. He passed peacefully with his daughter, Catherine, and long–time caregiver, Louise, by his side.

The experience of knowing Robert and offering massage to him in his final months reminded me of the important impact we, as massage therapists and caregivers, have on those we touch. There is no doubt that the massage sessions that Robert was given helped to calm his mind and soothe his body.

It can be easy to forget that the practice of massage is more than just a career. It is a practice that can be important and life changing on the individual, personal level. The nurturing elements of massage can help clients in all walks of life and this particular experience reminded me how important it can be for the geriatric community and those near the end of life.

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 the CEO of the Ariana Institute for Wellness Education 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 Medical Massage Therapy Manual, visit http://www.arianainstitute.com/the-ariana-institutes-medical-massage-therapy-manual-and-ce-courses/.  

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Headache and Allergy Relief, Lymphatic Massage, HIV/AIDS Information for Massage Therapists, Pain Management, Prenatal Massage, and Geriatric 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 Medical Massage Therapy 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

 

A Multi–Modality Approach to Headache and Allergy Relief

February 29, 2016 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

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

  • Headache and Allergy Relief
  • Lymphatic Massage
  • HIV/AIDS Information for Massage Therapists
  • Pain Management
  • Prenatal Massage
  • Geriatric Massage

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

Here’s a personal story about headache and allergy relief featured in the Medical Massage Therapy Manual.

A MULTI-MODALITY APPROACH TO HEADACHE AND ALLERGY RELIEF

A growing market for massage therapy is to offer massage therapy for clients with issues related to allergies and headaches.

Allergies are estimated to affect approximately 50 million people in the United States, and their prevalence is increasing, affecting as many as 30% of adults and up to 40% of children. In 2013, 16.9 million adults and 6.7 million children were diagnosed with hay fever.

Headache disorders are among the most common disorders of the nervous system. It has been estimated that 47% of the adult population have had a headache at least once within last year.

The system that I developed for headache and allergy relief at the Ariana Institute includes a multi–modality approach: Myofascial Manipulation, Acupressure, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, and Reflexology. I also invite my clients to explore the etiology of their headaches and/or allergies so they can be proactive regarding their health.

One of the most memorable clients I had was a lovely Irish woman who was suffering from headaches and symptoms of allergies. For the sake of anonymity, I will call her “Millie.”

Millie was suffering from a pounding headache and debilitating sinus congestion that she knew from previous experience was related to seasonal allergies and stress. I did a contraindication check for her to rule out any symptoms that might indicate a need to immediately seek medical care. Then I did an assessment and recorded the information in my client records. I developed a treatment plan and we proceeded.

I began the session with Millie lying supine on the massage table. I first offered her myofascial therapy, paying special attention to the forehead, eyes, temples, cheeks and jaws. I continued the session with more myofascial work on the suboccipital ridge and the chest, with particular attention to the intercostals to help open up her breathing.

Next, in order to help relieve congestion and pain, I offered Millie Facial Acupressure on points that specifically relate to headaches and allergy symptoms. I followed this with Manual Lymphatic Drainage for the face and neck in order to help reduce the pressure of the fluid buildup, particularly in the area of the sinuses. Finally, to conclude the session, I offered Reflexology for the ears, hands, and feet, paying careful attention to the Reflex points related to the lungs, the eyes, the head, and the sinuses.

If Millie had chosen a longer session, I would have included a full–body massage to help reduce her stress, boost her immune system and stimulate the lymphatic flow, being careful not to keep her in a prone position with her face and sinuses resting on the face cradle for an extended period of time.

On occasions where Millie would come see me with headaches so ferocious that she could not stand having her face or neck touched I focused more on Reflexology. During these sessions I also focused on the headache relief Reflex points and the stress relief Reflex points to help ease her symptoms.

Occasionally I’ll also incorporate hydrotherapy and/or aromatherapy into the headache and allergy relief treatment plan, depending on the individual client preferences and the length of the session.

I’ve found that it’s good to have many tools in my massage repertoire in order to adjust the session to each client’s specific needs at the time.

Millie always left the headache and allergy relief sessions with a big smile on her face. After every session Millie looked as though she was ten years younger.  She had a healthy glow about her that told me meaningful transformations had occurred.

It was so satisfying and rewarding to see the change that took place within a relatively short period of time utilizing modalities that were non–toxic and non–invasive; they worked in harmony with her own biological system’s desire to return to a state of homeostasis and balance.

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 Medical Massage Therapy Manual, visit http://www.arianainstitute.com/the-ariana-institutes-medical-massage-therapy-manual-and-ce-courses/.  

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Headache and Allergy Relief, Lymphatic Massage, HIV/AIDS Information for Massage Therapists, Pain Management, Prenatal Massage, and Geriatric 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 Medical Massage Therapy 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

 

Pain Management and Palliative Care

February 08, 2016 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

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

  • Pain Management
  • Headache and Allergy Relief
  • Lymphatic Massage
  • HIV/AIDS Information for Massage Therapists
  • Prenatal Massage
  • Geriatric Massage

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

Here’s a personal story about pain management featured in the Medical Massage Therapy Manual.

PAIN MANAGEMENT AND PALLIATIVE CARE

It began on Valentine’s Day five years ago. I was at the Apple Store and my friend Suzanne told me that a mutual friend, who, for the sake of anonymity we’ll call “Douglas” was very ill. She said that on his birthday when he went to the doctor for a routine exam, he was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer. I was stunned. Outwardly, he was the picture of health. Just weeks before the diagnosis, he had climbed a 14,000 ft. mountain in Colorado with a group of friends from his men’s group. He and his wife, “Victoria,” had been friends of mine for over thirty years.

I decided to call Victoria and get a feel for her desire to have me visit them. She was grateful for my call and she gave me the go–ahead. I was honored.

I went to visit them on Valentine’s Day. Douglas was in bed upstairs. I remember that he was wearing a jewel–tone purple corduroy shirt that seemed to brighten his pale appearance, but it was obvious that he was in a significant amount of pain. Victoria and I sat by the side of the bed and comforted Douglas by holding his hand, offering him bits of tangerine, encouraging him to drink water to stay hydrated, playing some music he liked, talking with him when that seemed like the right thing to do and sitting in silence when that seemed like the most appropriate route to take.

After Douglas drifted off to sleep, I went downstairs with Victoria and we talked about how they were doing and we discussed Douglas’s ongoing care. I asked Victoria how I could best serve them? She warmly invited me to be with them during Douglas’s dying process. The members of his men’s group had already begun regular visits with Douglas. They even set up a schedule so Douglas would never be alone and so Victoria would have the support she needed. I cleared my schedule to make myself available to both Douglas and Victoria 24/7.

It was at this point that I started offering compassionate palliative care to one of the most extraordinary people I had ever met, while concurrently comforting his wife of 40 years. Palliative care relieves suffering and improves quality of life for people at any stage in a serious illness, whether that illness is curable, chronic, or life threatening.

We were aware that the pancreatic cancer had progressed to the point where there was no hope for recovery, so I focused my presence in their lives on assisting with pain management and palliative care. Being able to provide comfort for my friend through massage made me grateful to have studied Compassionate Touch with Lisa Curran Parenteau, Therapeutic Touch with Marsha and Jonathan Walker, Reiki with Denise Busk and oncology massage with Tracy Walton. These classes provided me with techniques that I was able to use in this situation.

Even though Douglas was my friend, I followed procedure to give him professional as well as compassionate care. I performed an assessment of Douglas’s condition and logged it into his file in my client records. I received permission from his physicians to offer palliative pain management and massage. With Victoria’s blessings, I began developing a treatment plan that included a pantheon of modalities for pain management and palliative care. Being careful to honor contraindications and carefully avoid areas that were painful for him (his lower and mid–back and his abdominal area), I considered the modalities that seemed appropriate in each moment including Reiki, Reflexology, Therapeutic Touch, myofascial treatment, aromatherapy, foot and hand massage, face and scalp massage, and oncology massage. I also called a dear friend of mine, Geri Ruane, who had years of advanced training in oncology massage and asked her if she would consider being a part of the treatment team. I was grateful that she agreed to join the team. We were mobilizing our support network for Douglas and Victoria.

Douglas’s condition, as we expected, continued to progress. As the inoperable tumor grew and caused more and more pain in the abdominal area and the lower back, I limited my pain management and palliative care to other areas of the body and I also utilized comforting Reiki, a non–contact to low–contact therapy. I felt that my presence was a calming influence in a difficult situation. Many people from the community, as well as Douglas’s family, gathered around, while being mindful to also provide some quiet time for him to rest peacefully. Victoria was grateful that she had such a wide circle of loving support. It was an honor to be a part of the outpouring of love.

Eventually, the time came for Douglas to go into hospice care. We all continued our vigil. I continued my role, offering compassionate care that included a spectrum of pain management modalities. People came from near and far to pay homage to this great man’s passing and to comfort his wonderful wife. The care continued until late one evening at the hospice center when a friend and I were by Douglas’s side and he peacefully took his last breath. I was holding his hand as he passed. It was a very tender moment.

At Douglas’s memorial celebration, Victoria released two white doves that flew into the big, blue skies over Texas. There was not a dry eye in the room. I was grateful and honored to be chosen to be with Douglas and Victoria during his dying process. It was a profoundly moving and transforming experience. My heart felt happy knowing that my skills and training as a massage therapist had contributed to easing the transition from this earthly plane for my dear friend Douglas. I never dreamed that when I took my first core curriculum massage therapy class and subsequent advanced classes, that I would be able to synthesize the information to be of service in such a meaningful way for two people who I love and adore.

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 the 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 Medical Massage Therapy Manual, visit http://www.arianainstitute.com/the-ariana-institutes-medical-massage-therapy-manual-and-ce-courses/.  

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Headache and Allergy Relief, Lymphatic Massage, HIV/AIDS Information for Massage Therapists, Pain Management, Prenatal Massage, and Geriatric 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 Medical Massage Therapy 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

 

Massage for the Golden Years

January 11, 2016 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

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

  • Geriatric Massage
  • Headache and Allergy Relief
  • Lymphatic Massage
  • HIV/AIDS Information for Massage Therapists
  • Pain Management
  • Prenatal Massage

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

Here’s a personal story about geriatric massage featured in the Medical Massage Therapy Manual.

MASSAGE FOR THE GOLDEN YEARS – LIVING LONGER AND LOVING IT!

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong ~ because someday you will have been all of these.

– George Washington–Carver

The silver tsunami is upon us. An age wave like we have never seen in the history of society has become a reality. According to the Alliance for Aging Research, “When the baby boomers started turning 65 in 2011, 10,000 people turned 65 every day—and this will continue for the next for 20 years. By 2030, almost one out of every five Americans—some 72 million people—will be 65 years or older. Not only will there be many more senior Americans, but they’ll be living longer.”

Now is the time to focus on offering massage for individuals in their golden years. At the very heart of geriatric massage is the fact that it offers individuals the opportunity to experience touch. When Deepak Chopra, M.D., talks about how rich in hormones and biologically active the skin is, he explains that, “when we stimulate the skin, we can cause, literally, a shower of healing chemicals into our bloodstream.”

Geriatric massage supports the desire of people in their golden years to be as pain free as possible and to be successful in their professional and leisure pursuits while promoting a healthful mind–body–spirit harmony.

Geriatric massage can be defined as a form of massage designed to meet the specific needs of the elderly population. It involves the use of hands to manipulate the soft tissues of the body to relieve pain, increase mobility, enhance range of motion and lift spirits. It is a specialty that focuses on specific massage techniques used to treat the most common ailments in the elderly population and provides palliative and preventative care.

Members of the geriatric community may suffer from a variety of age–related diseases including arthritis, diabetes, or heart disease. Many elderly clients may be anxious, depressed, and lonely. Geriatric massage can help maintain and improve overall health and help geriatric clients regain certain physical functions that have been diminished due to aging. In addition, geriatric massage can help relieve anxiety and depression and provide comfort to touch–deprived elderly patients.

Geriatric massage offers a way for members of the elderly population to be nurtured physically, psychologically and emotionally.

Depending on a variety of factors, including genetics, attitudes and lifestyle, the physical effects of aging may include decreased mobility and strength, slower nerve conduction, fragile skin, loss of bone and muscle mass, a reduction in hearing and vision and a decline in immune system function.

Geriatric massage has many benefits for individuals in their golden years including the fact that it relaxes the receiver mentally and physically; relieves pain; improves sleep; relieves stress, anxiety, depression, and loneliness; increases mobility by improving joint range of motion; restores a sense of connection and encourages a sense of well–being. Geriatric massage is a credible complementary therapy that can assist seniors in coping with the physical, emotional and psychological ups and downs of the aging process.

As Pericles so aptly stated,  “What you leave behind is not what is engraved stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” Weave your compassion, your love and your technical skills into a tapestry of a thousand fibers that connect us on with our ever–expanding community of elders. Honor the power of the silver tsunami and allow your participation to unfurl an energy that will help those in their golden years to live longer and love it.

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 Medical Massage Therapy Manual, visit http://www.arianainstitute.com/blog/the-ariana-institutes-medical-massage-therapy-manual-and-ce-courses/.  

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Geriatric Massage, Headache and Allergy Relief, Lymphatic Massage, HIV/AIDS Information for Massage Therapists, Pain Management, and Prenatal 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 Medical Massage Therapy 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

 

Compassion in Action: Massage for Individuals with HIV or AIDS

December 01, 2015 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

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

  • HIV/AIDS Information for Massage Therapists
  • Headache and Allergy Relief
  • Lymphatic Massage
  • Pain Management
  • Prenatal Massage
  • Geriatric Massage

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

Here’s a personal story about HIV/AIDS information for massage therapists featured in the Medical Massage Therapy Manual.

COMPASSION IN ACTION: MASSAGE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH HIV OR AIDS

The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well. – Elisabeth Kubler–Ross

HIV and AIDS impact the lives of those around us. The statistics are staggering. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 36 million people have died since the first cases were reported in 1981 and 1.6 million people died of HIV/AIDS in 2012. According to WHO, in 2012, an estimated 2.3 million individuals worldwide were newly infected with HIV.

How can we help? Massage therapists working with individuals with HIV/AIDS can make a meaningful contribution. Clinical studies have reported that therapeutic massage boosts immune system function in the following ways, (1) reducing anxiety and stress by decreasing the levels of the stress hormone cortisol, (2) increasing white blood cell counts, and (3) activating natural killer cells. Specific to HIV/AIDS symptoms, massage can also decrease pain by relieving muscle spasms, cramps, general body tension, and edema.

Additional ways that massage therapists can help individuals with HIV/AIDS include the utilization of modalities that will (1) help relieve respiratory congestion by facilitating the removal of excess phlegm, (2) help prevent or reduce muscular atrophy by improving muscle tone, (3) help increase red blood counts in cases of anemia, (3) stimulate lymph circulation and speeding the elimination of wastes and impurities, (4) assist in the post–surgical breakdown of scar tissue and adhesions, and (5) help decrease depression.

My personal experience of working with the HIV/AIDS population has been limited, not through any personal choice of my own; it just seems to be that’s the way my practice has evolved. I have the deepest respect for people like Irene Smith, the director of Everflowing in San Francisco, who has dedicated her life to helping reduce the suffering of individuals with HIV/AIDS. To read more about Irene and the good work she is doing visit www.everflowing.org/irenesmithbio.html.

Working compassionately with all spectrums of the population, including those with HIV/AIDS, by utilizing an evidence–based approach, combining skilled touch with compassionate presence to enhance quality of life, can be a profoundly enriching experience for both the giver and the receiver.

Even if conventional medicine tells you that your condition is incurable or that your only option is to live a life dependent on drugs with troublesome side effects, there is hope for improving or reversing your condition.

– Leon Chaitow

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 Medical Massage Therapy Manual, visit http://www.arianainstitute.com/the-ariana-institutes-medical-massage-therapy-manual-and-ce-courses/.  

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Headache and Allergy Relief, Lymphatic Massage, HIV/AIDS Information for Massage Therapists, Pain Management, Prenatal Massage, and Geriatric 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 Medical Massage Therapy 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

 

The Touch of Lymphatic Massage

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

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

  • Headache and Allergy Relief
  • Lymphatic Massage
  • HIV/AIDS Information for Massage Therapists
  • Pain Management
  • Prenatal Massage
  • Geriatric Massage

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

Here’s a personal story about lymphatic massage featured in the Medical Massage Therapy Manual.

THE TOUCH OF LYMPHATIC MASSAGE

My most memorable lymphatic massage is the first lymphatic massage I offered after my training with Rosario Garza and Mari Paz Gomez at the European Massage Therapy Institute. At the time, I had a successful private massage therapy practice in Austin and I was also employed as a massage therapist at the spa at Barton Creek Resort and Country Club, one of Austin’s premier destination resorts. I met a wonderful colleague at Barton Creek Resort who, for the purposes of anonymity, we will call “Charlene.” She and I had been working together at the resort for about a year when she and her family went on vacation to Morocco, where they were involved in a tragic auto accident. Charlene’s face and scalp were severely injured.

Once her wounds began to heal to the point where lymphatic massage was indicated, rather than contraindicated, because of the open wounds, I was able to obtain permission from her physician. I went to her home and offered Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) to her. MLD is a treatment that involves light pressure; like “a leaf on the water.” It activates the musculature of the lymph vessel system by increasing its rate of absorption from the surrounding tissues. It’s a non–invasive way to remove excess fluid and waste products.

I utilized the knowledge I gained in my class at the European Massage Therapy Institute to develop a treatment plan. I completed an intake form and assessed Charlene, and then I proceeded to clear the lymphatic channels at the base of her neck. Then I began at the top of Charlene’s head and offered rhythmic, bilaterally symmetrical circles with the pads of my fingertips, medially to laterally, finger–width–by–finger–width from the top of her head to the base of her neck. I checked in with Charlene from time to time to verify that the light MLD pressure was appropriate for her. She agreed that it was and said she felt a sense of relief.

After about 45 minutes, we agreed to conclude the session and we both noticed a visible decrease in the swelling in her face around the areas where she had been injured. I felt a wave of gratitude that my first lymphatic massage offered relief from discomfort and reduced the swelling around her wounds. It was a very moving experience for both of us.

After successful treatment with Charlene, and many more successes that followed, my confidence in the efficacy of the treatment was set. I made it a point to pursue additional studies in lymphatic massage, make time in my schedule to receive lymphatic massage and take another lymphatic class at a national massage convention in Portland.

My experience and extended education have led to me incorporating information on lymphatic massage and protocol in the development of the Ariana Institute’s Head, Neck and Shoulders class. It also prompted me to update the Institute’s Facial Massage class and the Headache and Allergy Relief class with lymphatic massage, as it had proved to be a resourceful modality in many areas.

It is rewarding on many levels to discover a modality that is effective and non–invasive; one that helps stimulate the body’s own healing process. I am very grateful that I discovered lymphatic massage so many years ago and continue to use it as a modality. I highly recommend lymphatic massage training and lymphatic massage to help clients recover from injuries and illnesses, as well as part of a total health care plan to maintain and sustain good health.

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 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 Medical Massage Therapy Manual, visit http://www.arianainstitute.com/the-ariana-institutes-medical-massage-therapy-manual-and-ce-courses/.  

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Headache and Allergy Relief, Lymphatic Massage, HIV/AIDS Information for Massage Therapists, Pain Management, Prenatal Massage, and Geriatric 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 Medical Massage Therapy 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

 

The Ariana Institute’s Medical Massage Therapy Manual and CE Courses

July 30, 2015 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

The Ariana Institute for Wellness Education offers an outstanding resource for those interested in medical massage therapies, featuring topics that include Headache and Allergy Relief, Lymphatic Massage, HIV/AIDS Information for Massage Therapists, Pain Management, Prenatal Massage, and Geriatric Massage.

The Ariana Institute’s Medical Massage Therapy 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 Medical Massage Therapy 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 medical 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 Medical Massage Therapy Manual is a perfect source of deep study for massage therapists and those seeking to expand their understanding of medical massage therapies and further cultivate their practices!

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Here is the foreword to the Ariana Institute’s Medical Massage Therapy Manual by Art Riggs, Certified Advanced Rolfer and Massage Therapy Instructor.

Over the last fifty or sixty years massage and bodywork has grown from an ungainly infant of a few practitioners performing primarily relaxation massage as an avocation, for recreation or personal growth to a profession of at least late adolescence and maybe even early adulthood. Today, massage therapy has matured to a respected and economically viable profession. Some large sample polls find that the public often chooses massage over chiropractic, physical therapy, medication and other classic western (and Eastern) modalities for a large list of complaints including back and neck pain, headaches, working with adhesions, lymph and other residual effects of surgery, geriatric, and serious illness such as HIV and cancer.  

However, this success has come with a price. I see a divisiveness as different modalities—from myofascial, neurological, movement work, trigger point, cranial sacral, structural integration, orthopedic massage, and a host of others vie for dominance, often competing with or even denigrating other forms of bodywork.  

As is always the case when success brings money, big business has seized the opportunity to enter into all aspects of massage and bodywork. Competing professional groups vie for accreditation and liability insurance; large trade schools churn out huge numbers of competing therapists with spa-oriented training providing minimal training in how to deal with the physical issues our clients are looking for help with.  Small wonder that the attrition rate is high in production line fifty minute massages as burnout, injuries, and disillusionment result, both from overwork in corporate employment and from a lack of deep personal gratification that comes from feelings of efficacy in improving peoples’ lives with valuable therapeutic work.

For various reasons, often because of lawyer imposed strict limitations on scope of practice, a great many excellent therapists working in spas have an arm tied behind their backs, limited to doing cookie cutter “relaxation” massages with strict rules to refrain from working with any “conditions” or injuries that their clients present.  The largest complaint from the public is that the therapist did not listen to or address their complaints. Although this may be because of limitations imposed by their employer, many therapists admit that they have scant training in dealing with complaints and injuries that fall under the scope of therapeutic or medical massage.  It saddens me that so many of these therapists have no idea of how much help they can be to the health of their clients and the feelings of fulfillment that come from such work.

The reality is that virtually every client, no matter what kind of work you do, will have a need to address a wide range of conditions, from improved athletic performance, nagging injuries or pain, better mobility or posture to more serious medical conditions that can be addressed in even the most soothing relaxation massage. To excel in massage and separate yourself from the masses to build a successful following, as well as to add the gratification from interesting and downright fun problem solving and the gratitude of clients, it is almost a necessity to have therapeutic healing skills.

As bodywork has ascended to mainstream therapy “therapeutic” or “medical” massage training has blossomed, and this has moved our profession from counter culture to mainstream. However, it can be quite confusing to decide what direction to take in studying and practicing. One of my favorite teachers often reminded his students, “Give a man a hammer, and the whole world becomes a nail” as a caveat against simplistic and myopic panaceas for treatment. However it is common for therapists of different modalities to tout the superiority of their work, and sometimes as a group, denigrate other forms of work as insignificant or ineffective.

So what is a therapist to do in what should be a life-long quest for increasing knowledge and effective and gratifying therapeutic skills? Rather than narrow protocols or trainings with fancy names, I love the multi-dimensional approach of Ariana Vincent. Ariana is a highly skilled practitioner with a wide range and deep understanding of eclectic modalities and has been a major force in bodywork for more than 30 years. She has trained in and taught many different forms of bodywork, and has a wealth of wisdom—both technical and philosophical. It is no surprise that she has been included in the Massage Therapists’ Hall of Fame for her contributions to our field. Her new series of manuals, videos, and classes provide the skills to successfully work with confidence with a wide range of conditions and will be a great aid to all levels of practitioners.

Many therapists are fearful to work on many conditions that could be greatly improved with an educated touch but are intimidated from taking advanced trainings that appear too clinical or complex. Life is rarely as simple as the advertisement and hype that some advanced trainings advertise to draw students.  This approach gives the simplistic and false impression that there is some magic bullet to cure all ills. Of course we all would love to dramatically improve many conditions or complaints, but much of the skill of working with injuries or medical massage is the ability to let go of outcome and simply work around injuries with many of the associated components such as compensatory holding and fear.  Ariana’s training offers, not only nut and bolts techniques to treat and improve a host of issues, but also the invaluable skill to “work around” many conditions safely to restore balance to the body and mind instead of simply working myopically chasing pain.

Rather than demonstrating rigid protocols, in the Ariana Institute’s Medical Massage Manual and her accompanying classes Ariana goes into great depth in giving an understanding of a wide range of conditions and a multitude of techniques for your toolbox to work with confidence with these conditions. No book is a substitute for hands on training, but Ariana’s series also offers the invaluable gift of high quality videos to see the work performed in real time. This will give anyone immediate tools and the confidence to give excellent help to anyone.  

I love that her training can dovetail with important relaxation massage rather than attempting to be too technical or an attempt to provide physical therapy.  Many therapists who take advanced classes say that they love the techniques but are stymied by how to transition into a somewhat “limited” practice of medical massage.  I particularly like that Ariana’s series of massage manuals can work in both directions: Practitioners, including those working in spas, who do nurturing relaxation work can immediately begin including these strategies into their massages. Conversely, clinical therapists who may feel limited by strict protocols from advanced trainings will be able to add a wide array of valuable ancillary techniques to match the individual needs of each client.

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Lymphatic Massage, Headache and Allergy Relief, Pain Management, Prenatal Massage, and Geriatric 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 Medical Massage Therapy 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/