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Healing with Aromatherapy Massage

January 04, 2017 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

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Aromatherapy is the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences to balance, harmonize, and promote the health of body, mind, and spirit. It is a natural therapy using various essential oils gathered from certain fragrant plants that have the ability to aid us both physically and psychologically.

Essential oils are potent, volatile essences found in different parts of the plant such as the flowers, twigs, leaves and bark, or in the rind of fruit. For example, in roses the oil is in the flowers, in basil it is in the leaves and in sandalwood it is in the wood. These fragrances can be used either alone or in combinations to create desired effects.

 

How Aromatherapy Essential Oils Work

For hundreds of years essential oils, derived from roots, herbs, and flowers have been used to enhance emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being.

Essential oils have an immediate impact on our sense of smell, also known as olfaction. When essential oils are inhaled, olfactory receptor cells are stimulated and the impulse is transmitted to the emotional center of the brain, or limbic system.

The limbic system is connected to areas of the brain linked to breathing and blood circulation, memory, and the endocrine glands that regulate hormone levels in the body. The properties of the oil, its fragrance, and its effects determine how these systems are stimulated and which neurotransmitters and feel-good, happy-hormones are released.

Aromatherapy massage is a gentle massage using essential oils that can be softening, healing, nourishing, and rejuvenating to the skin. The general benefits of massage combined with the healing benefits of certain essential oils can be very dynamic. When used in massage, essential oils are not only inhaled, but also absorbed through the skin. The oils penetrate the tissues and find their way into the bloodstream where they are transported to the organs and other systems of the body, including the nervous system. Essential oils have differing rates of absorption, varying from 20 minutes to 2 hours, so it is probably best not to bathe or shower directly following a massage to ensure maximum penetration and effectiveness of the oils.

Here are some of the general benefits of using utilizing essential oils in a massage therapy practice – remember that each essential oil carries its own unique benefits.

Physical Benefits

-Relaxes or stimulates the recipient                                           -Eases muscular aches and pains while improving muscle tone

-Relieves minor discomforts                                                        -Calms or stimulates the nervous system (depending on the oil)

-Diminishes tension headaches                                                  -Stimulates respiratory system

-Assists in reducing nerve entrapment and congestion         -Stimulates the immune system, strengthening resistance to disease 

-Improves circulation and lymphatic drainage, and helps to eliminate toxins from the body

Mental and Emotional Benefits

-Creates a feeling of well-being                                                    –Reduces levels of anxiety

-Calms or enhances mental activity and relaxation                 -Satisfies the need for caring and nurturing touch

-Increases awareness of the mind-body connection               –Releases endorphins, the brain’s natural opiates, which encourages a feeling of well-being 

Lavender Aromatherapy Benefits

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Lavender is considered the most useful of all essential oils. Known to aid in the relief of headaches, insomnia, tension, and stress, lavender has therapeutic properties that have been well chronicled around the world. The essential oil of lavender is widely used for various illnesses and medical problems.

The flowery fragrance of lavender makes it the most versatile and useful essential oil. Essential oil of lavender is used in aromatherapy practices to get rid of depression, fight tiredness and enhance relaxation. A drop of lavender oil used in an aromatherapy diffuser is reputed to help relieve headaches, decrease body pain and help with insomnia. Lavender is found to increase the emotion of happiness through its calming and sedating effects.

 

 

Eucalyptus Aromatherapy Benefits

eucalyptus-771994_1280The benefits of eucalyptus essential oil can be attributed to its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial and stimulating properties. The numerous benefits of eucalyptus oils include the fact that it aids in the reduction of mucous deposition and helps with a variety of breathing and respiratory issues such as asthma, bronchitis, nasal congestion, and sinusitis.

Since eucalyptus essential oil is analgesic and anti-inflammatory, it is also useful in relieving muscles from stiffness, aches, pains, and even nerve pain. Alternatively, eucalyptus can be used as a stimulant to remove mental exhaustion, stress, and sluggishness.

 

Clary Sage Aromatherapy Benefits

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Clary Sage essential oil is known to be powerful for clearing and uplifting to the body, mind, and spirit. As a potent mood enhancer and antidepressant, Clary Sage balances hormones within the body to soothe nervous tension and anxiety. It is used to boost self esteem, confidence, and mental strength to lighten the mood and clearing negative energy from a healing session.

Clary Sage is also useful in the treatment of spasms and related ailments like muscle cramps, respiratory system cramps, muscle stress, menstrual cramps, spasmodic coughs, stomachaches, headaches and migraines. This is done by relaxing nerve impulses to reduce the occurrence of uncontrollable spasms while being soothing to the skin.

Clary Sage kills bacteria and fungi, curbs the growth of bacterial infections, and protects against new infections with anti-bacterial properties. Clary Sage can be used to clear energy and disinfect the air within a healing session.

Incorporating Aromatherapy into Your Practice

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Aromatherapy is a great healing modality to incorporate into your massage practice and expand the services you provide for your clients. Depending on the desired affect, essential oils can be added to carrier oils to be used as massage oils in your sessions. Here are a few some carrier oils that can be infused with aromatherapy essential oils:

Almond oil                                        -Avocado oil

-Apricot oil                                         -Coconut oil

-Grape seed oil                                  -Jojoba oil

-Olive oil                                             -Sesame seed oil

There are many other mediums for using of essential oils for aromatherapy, such as:

-Body lotion or oil                            -Chest rub

-Compress                                         –Conditioner

-Facial mist                                        –Facial oil

-Full bath                                           –Foot bath

-Humidifier                                       –Room spray

 

Indications for Aromatherapy

Keep in mind that each unique essential oil is believed to possess its own indications and contraindications. General Indications for an Aromatherapy Session vary with the aromatherapy selected for use with:

  • Stress and tension
  • Muscular tension
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

 

Contraindications for Aromatherapy

  • Infants, young children, and people with skin allergies may want to approach aromatherapy gingerly
  • A person suffering from a migraine may not tolerate aromatherapy fragrances well. Check with your client prior to offering aromatherapy.
  • Aromatherapy is not intended as a substitute for proper medical advice. Advise your clients to consult their physicians or health care professionals if they are pregnant or elderly or if they have any chronic or recurring conditions. Honor your scope of practice and refer your client to a qualified health care practitioner as indicated by your code of ethics.
  • Essential oils are potent, so exercise great care in blending and use. With the exception of lavender, never apply essential oils directly to the skin—instead, mix the recommended amount in a base oil or lotion. Test all oils for sensitivity, and advise your clients to consult their physicians or health care practitioners before using essential oils as indicated.

Inspirations and insights for this blog post were derived from the Techniques in the Spa World Massage Therapy Manual. For more information about aromatherapy continuing education please visit the Ariana Institute for Wellness Education or check out the Aromatic Medicine Blog for Ariana’s personal story and experiences in the realm of aromatherapy.

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My First Couples Massage

February 01, 2016 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

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

  • Aromatherapy for Massage and Bodywork
  • Ayurvedic Massage
  • Couples Massage
  • Hot and Cold Stone Massage
  • Spa Techniques: Exfoliations and Body Wraps

Techniques in the Spa World - Cover Photo This manual incorporates detailed protocols, photos, links to online videos, marketing strategies, personal stories, and resources to encourage a comprehensive understanding of spa techniques and modalities beneficial for your massage practice.

Here’s a personal story about couples massage featured in the Techniques in the Spa World Manual.

MY FIRST COUPLES MASSAGE

In 1999 I offered my first couples massage workshop. The workshop was hosted in my beautiful studio, Emerald Valley Massage, in Wimberley, the heart of the Texas hill country southwest of Austin. It was an honor and a pleasure to offer couples an opportunity to experience a massage exchange training in which they could learn to support one another through loving, receptive touch.

The couples workshop was filled with friends, relatives, life partners; and others who were interested in personal growth, marriage enrichment, and deepening relationships. The only thing my participants needed was a willingness to let go and enjoy some quiet time with someone they cared about.

I preceded the experiential portion of the workshop with information regarding centering, breath, music, and the healing power of touch. Then, in a warm and supportive atmosphere, modestly draped couples were offered the opportunity to explore ways to nurture their bodies and souls. I demonstrated specific hands-on massage techniques with step-by-step, easy to follow instructions, and then I guided the couples through a sequence of massage protocols.

I presented a variety of techniques focusing primarily on traditional Swedish relaxation massage combined with aromatherapy, facial acupressure, hand and foot reflexology, CranioSacral therapy for the face and neck, scalp massage, Reiki, and manual lymphatic drainage for the face and neck.

A comprehensive workshop notebook was provided for each participant to keep and use as a reference for massage at home. It included a written protocol, a checklist of supplies, advice for centering oneself, illustrations of the muscles and pressure points that are the focus of couples massage, and a list of benefits of couples massage.

It was an honor to offer this couples massage workshop to participants ranging from newlyweds to those in their golden years of marriage. The feedback that I received from the participants was glowing.  One follow-up conversation with a retired couple particularly warmed my heart. They mentioned that they began exchanging massage sessions every Friday night after participating in my couples massage workshop. Their comments encouraged me to continuing offering couples classes to people who were interested in empowering themselves by learning techniques that were effective, soothing and nurturing.

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 Techniques in the Spa World Manual, visit http://www.arianainstitute.com/the-ariana-institute-proudly-presents-techniques-in-the-spa-world-second-edition/.  

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Aromatherapy, Ayurvedic Massage, Couples Massage, Hot and Cold Stone Massage, as well as other Spa Technique 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 Techniques in the Spa World 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

 

The Ariana Institute’s Deep Tissue Massage Therapy Manual and CE Courses

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

The Ariana Institute for Wellness Education offers an outstanding resource for those interested in deep tissue therapies, featuring topics that include Upper and Lower Body Massage Techniques.

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

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Here is the foreword to the Ariana Institute’s Deep Tissue Massage Therapy Manual by David Lauterstein, Co-Director of The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School, MTI, Cert. ZB, Author of The Deep Massage Book.

Ariana Vincent’s Deep Tissue Massage Manual is an excellent introduction to deep tissue work. She has gathered many gems of technique and philosophy together. These are drawn from her own extensive experience and knowledge of deep tissue from her own practice extending over 30+ years. She has graciously included in this manual useful collaborative insights from other excellent teachers and writers – Art Riggs, Ryan Hoyme, Michael Carpenter and others.  

She does an excellent job detailing the proper body mechanics for performing deep tissue work. So often therapists hurt themselves trying too hard or utilizing less than optimum posture and movements. Her emphasis and information on body mechanics is to be applauded.

Ariana is not only a pioneer in massage and instruction, she has provided a great number of on-line resources and courses through the Ariana Institute. At the same time, she also does the field a service by emphasizing, in addition to her contribution to the growing literature on deep tissue, that it is best if students receive hands-on instruction in deep tissue massage therapy.

Throughout the manual, added to her important verbal explanations of the techniques, she has, for visual learners, included some excellent photos and links to her videos illustrating this work.  

This manual is a superb compendium of deep tissue techniques that can be adapted to serve the many needs of a client during a session. She recognizes that of course pieces of this may be included or edited out depending on the client’s needs, preferences, and the length of the session.

The Ariana Institute’s Deep Tissue Therapy Massage Manual will be helpful to everyone who reads it!  

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Deep Tissue 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 Deep Tissue 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/.

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The Ariana Institute’s Marketing and Practice Building for Massage Therapists Manual and CE Courses

September 24, 2015 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

The Ariana Institute for Wellness Education offers an outstanding resource for those interested in further developing their massage therapy practices, featuring topics that include Marketing, Practice Building, and Ethics for massage therapists.

The Ariana Institute’s Marketing and Practice Building for Massage Therapists 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 Marketing and Practice Building for Massage Therapists Manual visit www.amazon.com/author/arianavincent.

This manual incorporates comprehensive resources to encourage a thorough understanding of professionalism, marketing, and business strategies for the massage therapist.

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 Marketing and Practice Building for Massage Therapists Manual is a perfect source of insight and inspiration for massage therapists and those seeking deepen their understanding in order to build and sustain a career in massage therapy and bodywork!

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Here is the foreword to the Ariana Institute’s Marketing and Practice Building for Massage Therapists Manual by Shelli Davis-Redford, LMT, MTI.

The business of massage can be a challenging and unchartered path for many a massage therapist. Many of us became a therapist out of a desire to help people and change our client’s lives. In the near 20 years that I have been practicing as a licensed massage therapist, massage therapy instructor, and CE provider; I have discovered that most therapists spend their entire career helping others and failing their own selves. With limited business training and huge excitement of the journey ahead, most new therapists embark on a path they never believed they would end up failing at. I have spent many years mentoring therapists through my work with the schools I taught at, my own thriving practice, and through the organizations I have been a part of; including AMTA, ABMP, and TAMT. Not once did I meet a therapist that said they never wanted to make it as a therapist. Not once did I hear a therapist say, “I plan to quit and give up in a year or two.”  Sadly though, this has become the norm.

I was so excited to see Ariana’s Marketing and Practice Building Manual. As an educator of business and marketing classes for massage therapists, it was a significant honor for me to be able to review this incredible resource designed to reach out to our industry and enable not only new students, but also more seasoned therapists and guide them successfully on their desires for a professional foundation for achievement. With more than 30 years’ experience in the massage industry, Ariana has crafted one of her finest resources yet. This manual provides an individual with the necessary guidelines to build and sustain a thriving practice based on healthy professional boundaries and a strong ethical approach.   

Learn to visualize your future by setting your dreams to goals and making your goals a reality with this step-by-step manual for success. Focus on core concepts; including knowing how to not just work your business as a therapist, but also as a business manager, networking engineer, marketing guru, and social media savvy socialite.  Master “Call Me” ads and draw your clients back to you. Rediscover your “24-Karat Gold Mine” and gain a strong working knowledge of the rules, laws and regulations that govern us as an industry.  

Utilizing this guide will strengthen and diversify your business as well as your income potential. You will learn how to assess where you are and make your plans for where you desire to be. Ariana provides detailed key components to enhance your business strategies and additionally provides foundational elements to create, establish and continue to grow your business upon.  

Feeling lost in the industry? Lost your way, but just not ready to give in and give up? Today is the first day of the rest of your incredibly amazing new future, your guided path along an enlightened journey to professional victory. Use this manual as your new hope and Ariana as your guide.

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Ethics, Marketing and Practice Building 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 Marketing and Practice Building for Massage Therapists 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/.
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The Ariana Institute’s Self Care for Massage Therapists Manual and CE Courses

August 06, 2015 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

The Ariana Institute for Wellness Education offers an outstanding resource for those interested in self-care for massage therapists, featuring topics that include Body Mechanics, Stretching and Breathing, Meditation as a Therapeutic Tool, and Mindfulness in a Therapeutic Setting.

The Ariana Institute’s Self Care for Massage Therapists 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 Self Care for Massage Therapists 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 self care modalities that are beneficial 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 Self Care for Massage Therapists Manual is a perfect source of deep study for massage therapists and those seeking to expand their understanding and further cultivate their practices!

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Here is the foreword to the Ariana Institute’s Self Care for Massage Therapists Manual by Paméla Overeynder, Biodynamic CranioSacral Therapist.

Self care is as elusive as the white unicorn in today’s super-connected, super-busy world. Even those of us who know better, don’t always practice because it simply isn’t valued in our culture – lip service maybe, but no real commitment. That’s what makes the massage and bodywork community unique and attractive to the super-stressed, busy bees of the world. They somehow are drawn to massage without quite knowing the secret ingredient – love! And what could be important than for the massage therapist to love herself or himself and pass loving touch on to others. The Ariana Institute’s Self Care for Massage Therapists Manual is a generous and comprehensive guidebook to the many ways loving self care can be practiced.

Like so many people, my first massage was a spiritual experience of falling deeply into myself.  For the first time in my life I experienced an awakened body and a sense of wholeness. I felt like I had been in a deep meditative state that, no doubt, the very gifted therapist had produced with her presence. I knew immediately that I wanted to help others come home to their bodies. I was in my early thirties and ready for a career change. I completed massage school in 1989 and gradually started to practice. It never occurred to me in the early days that my body would some day “refuse” to do this work that I loved so much. But that’s exactly what happened. As I got busier and placed more demands on my body, I had various issues, including a frozen shoulder, that I was able to work through with a lot of massage and physical therapy.

When I started getting tendonitis in my right elbow, I kept working, resulting in repetitive use injury. Receiving massage didn’t help anymore. I kept telling myself I would work through it like I did with the shoulder issue. Fear for my livelihood kept me working long after it was clear that I was harming my body. Amazing what fear can do.

Finally, one night my body simply said NO! And I knew my massage career was over, done, finished. Not a good scenario for the bank account. Fortunately for me, I found Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and enrolled in the two-year foundation training and made a very happy transition to work I love even more. Life unfolds in mysterious ways. I have no regrets about doing massage as long as I did or retraining in CranioSacral therapy, but what if?

What if I had a copy of Ariana’s Self Care for Massage Therapists Manual as a resource throughout my career? I probably would have extended my massage career by faithfully following the self care credo Ariana so beautifully articulates. Understanding how the body works is essential to prevent injuries. The exercises gathered together in the section on stretching would have served me very well.

Fundamentally self care is about honoring and respecting the body/mind that is the vehicle for realizing our life’s purpose. A big part of the life journey is realizing our wholeness and ultimately our oneness with all of creation. A weak and unhealthy body makes this realization much more difficult. As professionals in the field of health care and bodywork, therapist self care is essential, not only for the therapist, but also for the client because the therapist is modeling health for the client. All the work we do to take good care of ourselves benefits our clients and indeed everyone in our sphere of influence. As we uncover our unique, brilliant selves that are whole and complete, we can become a support and encouragement for others to do the same.

What I love and appreciate about Ariana’s manual is the way her spiritual intentions shine through. This is true of everything she does personally and professionally. The usual self care books for massage therapists focus more on body mechanics, stretching and maybe breathing exercises. Self Care for Massage Therapists is a comprehensive resource guide covering the basics of body mechanics, stretching and breath work in great detail. The sections on stretching, meditation, and mindfulness practice bring together some of the best writing available today by experts in their field on these topics.

And wonderfully, the manual is filled with exercises to expand awareness and consciousness. In fact, what makes this manual unique and so very valuable is its inclusiveness and support of the whole being – body, mind and spirit. A therapist who takes care of his or her body/mind, who meditates and practices mindfulness in life and in work has so much more to offer clients.

As practitioners, we don’t just bring our technical skills to work. We bring our whole beings, always a work in progress. Though subtle, our atmosphere or the attunement we radiate has a profound effect on the work we do. If we are calm, centered, relaxed, the client’s body knows and responds. If we are present, focused and mindful of our own bodies as we work, the client’s body knows. If we are breathing well as we work we can help the client bring awareness to the breath. If we are eating well, sleeping well, stretching well, exercising well, getting bodywork, taking time for ourselves, we bring a healthy, happy body to work and the client’s body knows. If we can learn to say no when the body needs down time, and set appropriate boundaries with clients, and communicate clearly, this is self care and the client’s body knows. What we are describing is an expanded vision of what it means to have a healthy lifestyle, to take care of self.

Everything we do to enhance our skills and our Being supports and enhances the experience our clients will have during a session. Self care is a continuous process because self-realization is never finished. Along the way we may discover that all this self care work isn’t about self-improvement. It’s about love and respect and a willingness to keep growing, to expand into the fullness of who we always were and are. And this doesn’t happen without the full range of self care practices so carefully and lovingly gathered together in this one place, this one manual. Self care is exactly what it says, care for the self – body, mind and soul. It turns out what’s good for me also benefits my clients. We are all so connected.

This manual is not only beneficial for massage therapists but for anyone and everyone. It is a spiritual guidebook chock full of resources and practices. Even advanced practitioners will find much here to enhance and support themselves personally and professionally.

What a joy to review the Ariana Institute’s Self Care for Massage Therapists Manual. Its comprehensive approach to self care is a most valuable contribution to the massage therapy literature, an encouragement for the professional practitioner to be a whole and healthy human being.

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Body Mechanics, Stretching and Breathing, Meditation as a Therapeutic Tool, and Mindfulness in a Therapeutic Setting 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 Self Care for Massage Therapists 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/.

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The Ariana Institute Proudly Presents Techniques in the Spa World, 2nd Edition

July 13, 2015 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

The Ariana Institute for Wellness Education is incredibly excited to present a new edition of the Ariana Institute’s Techniques in the Spa World Manual. This 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.

This series has been over 16 years in the making and is a monumental achievement for the Ariana Institute. The Techniques in the Spa World Manual, Second Edition covers a variety of topics related to the history, preparation and administration of spa massage modalities, including:

* Aromatherapy for Massage and Bodywork

* Ayurvedic Massage

* Couples Massage

* Hot and Cold Stone Massage

* Spa Techniques-Exfoliation and Body Wraps

The Spa World Manual incorporates detailed protocol descriptions, high definition instructional photos, links to the Ariana Institute’s online instructional videos demonstrating spa techniques, marketing and practice building strategies, and resources for advanced learning to encourage a comprehensive understanding of massage modalities that can be offered in a spa environment.

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This manual is perfect for spa professionals, spa owners, and massage therapy students as a source of deep study to further cultivate and expand their practices. It is also valuable for people who are interested in visiting spas and learning more about services offered.

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Spa Techniques CE course can be accessed on the Ariana Institute’s YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfKtHabQXBo.

Thank you for sharing our excitement in these new developments for the Ariana Institute – we look forward to continue sharing our passion and knowledge with you.

 

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

Ariana Vincent is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapy Instructor whose classes are accepted throughout the United States. She was awarded the 2015 CE Provider of the Year Award by the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education. Ariana is a Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Honoree and the author of 7 massage manuals available on Amazon.

Here is the foreword for the Ariana Institute’s Techniques in the Spa World Manual, Second Edition by Carol Holguin, MC, CMT.

When Ariana asked me to write the foreword for this manual, I was thrilled!  

I first met Ariana eight years ago, when I interviewed her for a massage therapist position at Spa Django at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines. As a massage therapist myself, I am very particular when it comes to hiring therapists. Ariana surpassed every expectation I had of the ideal practitioner. She was highly skilled in numerous modalities and confident in her ability to provide excellent service in a timely manner. Her presence was calm and welcoming, and she understood the challenges of working in a busy spa. And when I felt her massage, wow! I hired her that day and we enjoyed working together for several months before I transferred to another of Hyatt’s resort spa properties.  

In addition to our time at Spa Django, I have also had the opportunity of utilizing Ariana’s educational resources. I contacted the Ariana Institute a few years ago, as I was a spa director looking for a way to offer relevant training to my therapists that would fulfill their required continuing education hours. The Spa World and Body Wraps course was the answer to that call.

One of the challenges facing both therapists and spa management is the therapists’ time away from work to fulfill on-going training for licensure. Another is encouraging self-care and proper body mechanics to keep massage therapists healthy.  The Spa World and Body Wraps course, and the Ariana Institute’s other courses meet licensing requirements for continuing education and can be completed online, allowing the therapist to continue to work while furthering his/her training. Her section on self-care is especially helpful. Ariana also offers on-location training, for hands-on skill development.  

For the massage therapist outside of the classroom, Techniques in the Spa World offers detailed guidelines to expand your skill set with spa-specific techniques. She includes treatment protocols, resources to enhance your study, and links to videos of many of the treatments. The material is both comprehensive and well organized. This manual will prepare you for employment within a spa, or can enhance your knowledge and technique if you are already employed in a spa environment.  If you are in private practice, it allows you to confidently offer spa treatments to your clients.

Techniques in the Spa World, along with the Ariana Institute’s Spa World and Body Wraps course, reflect Ariana’s extensive knowledge and experience, both in the spa environment and in massage and bodywork. These are invaluable tools for spa directors and spa management personnel, especially for those not trained in the service end of spa offerings.  Ariana offers detailed descriptions, step-by-step protocols, benefits and contraindications, and links to her beautiful high definition videos. It gives a comprehensive understanding of the service provider perspective. This manual is a great resource for the spa management library, while the course offers a mindful, organized, and comprehensive journey. Enjoy!

To order your copies of the Ariana Institute’s Techniques in the Spa World Manual visit www.amazon.com/author/arianavincent.

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

Ariana Vincent Honored as AFMTE 2015 Continuing Education Provider of the Year

June 29, 2015 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

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.

Positive Influence – PART 3

June 18, 2015 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

_Ariana - Portrait with Hands on Client's Back - ZR - Excellent - IMG_3620Beginning Your Career as a Massage Therapy Instructor

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

CE Online

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

Teacher Education Resources

AFMTE’s National Teacher Education Standards Project (NTESP)

NTESP 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

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.

See more at: http://www.massagemag.com/my-path-to-becoming-a-massage-therapy-instructor-30192/

To learn more about an MTI course and to register for the Ariana Institute’s online MTI course, visit: http://www.arianainstitute.com/ce-online/#mti

 

Positive Influence – PART 2

June 16, 2015 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

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What to Look for in a Massage Therapy Instructor’s Course

The first step would be to research and decide whether you prefer an online MTI course or a course that is offered in a classroom environment. Many people prefer an online course since the information presented in an MTI course is cognitive in nature and the online format lends itself well to cognitive classes, while other students prefer personal interactions in a classroom setting. There are also financial considerations to be contemplated; the tuition for an online course is usually less expensive than a classroom course. Online courses also take less time away from income producing activities while accomplishing the goal of successfully completing an MTI course and beginning a career as an MTI. Here is a testimonial from a student, “I was fully challenged to retain and learn new information. This course was accessible to me online which I love because I don’t have the time for traveling for CEs. Thank you so much giving LMTs like me the opportunity to excel in business and in life. Completing this course makes me feel self-sufficient. Thank you!” – Sabrina Quebe, LMT, MTI

Once the choice has been made regarding the online vs. classroom option, the next step would be to research instructors and review their qualifications and certifications in order to verify the course is being offered by someone who is well qualified to teach. Visit the instructor’s website, read his or her biography and confirm whether or not the instructor is nationally approved and approved in states that mandate MTI education. Look at the instructor’s educational background and see how long he or she has been teaching. Review testimonials from previous students and colleagues. If, after reviewing this information, you find that there are still unanswered questions regarding the instructor’s qualifications, send an e-mail or make a phone call and interview the instructor prior to registering for the MTI course.

Once you’ve determined that the instructor is well qualified and properly credentialed, the next phase in researching the MTI course would be to verify that the content of the course is centered on what you find meaningful, which might include the teaching process, classroom activities, lesson planning, technology in the classroom, developing assessments, learning strategies and theories, and marketing strategies. After researching the MTI course information on the website, if you have any unanswered questions regarding course content, contact the instructor and ask for a copy of the table of contents or an overview of the materials covered.

If you are looking for an in-depth MTI course, determine whether or not the MTI course you are considering is designed for massage therapy professionals who desire to become effective massage therapy instructors as well as for current massage therapy instructors who desires to enhance and improve their skills. If you prefer an in-depth course rather than one that just fulfills the mandated requirements and offers an acceptable certificate of completion, choose the more comprehensive course. Here is a testimonial from an MTI student, “I thought the course was organized well. It certainly was challenging, at times, which I appreciate, but not to the point of discouragement. I feel as though Ariana Institute gave me the tools to expand my knowledge and skills. I am proud to have been a part of this program and will enjoy passing on my passion of massage therapy to the new generation of professional massage therapists. I am so grateful for this opportunity. Thank you.” – Denise J. Glabau, LMT, MTI.

Choosing an MTI course is a multifactorial process that can be determined by contemplating your preferred learning style, your budget, your professional goals, your instructor’s qualifications, the value of the course content, and your anticipated return on investment of time and money. Many of my MTI students love being able to stay in the same profession in a different role, and they enjoy the balance they find in their lives as they focus on offering massage therapy to their clients and offering massage classes to their students.

My suggestion at this point in the decision to extend your education as an MTI is to project into the future and contemplate the images you have about your life once your have completed your MTI course. Visualize yourself teaching, imagine your classrooms, the students who are drawn to you, the subjects you will be teaching, the changes in your income stream, and think about your own feelings of self-worth as you let your light shine and contribute to the world in a meaningful way through your new role as an educator.

Now that the groundwork has been laid, we will next explore the requirements for becoming an MTI in some of the states that have rules and regulations for massage educators.

Requirements for Becoming a Massage Therapy Instructor

The requirements for becoming a MTI vary from state to state throughout the U.S. The majority of states have no requirements for MTIs. Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana do have specific regulations regarding MTI qualifications. New York will only recognize CE from sponsors or instructors who are sponsored by an approved entity, such as NCBTMB.

Texas Requirements

Texas is one of the few states that mandates specific guidelines for becoming an MTI. In Texas, in order to offer technique classes outside of the umbrella of a massage school, the MTI must also be an approved Continuing Education Provider and that requires a separate application and additional fees. 2014 statistics show that there are approximately 325,000 Licensed Massage Therapists in the U.S. and there are approximately 28,000 Licensed Massage Therapists in Texas. There are approximately 1,311 Massage Therapy Instructors in Texas. Unfortunately, Texas, and many other states, do not require mandatory reporting of CE credits by providers or by massage therapists and this has a significant negative influence on the level of advanced education in the massage community.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Massage Therapy Division, lists the requirements for becoming an MTI in Texas at: https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/massage/mt_ainstructor.shtm.

“To qualify for licensure as a massage therapy instructor, a person shall:

(1) be a licensed massage therapist;

(2) have a high school diploma, a general equivalence diploma or a transcript from an accredited college or university showing successful completion of at least 12 semester hours;

(3) submit a statement of assurance that the licensee has been engaged in the practice of massage therapy for at least one-year and has conducted 500 hours of hands-on experience (does not include internship hours). Hours accumulated while holding a provisional license can be applied to the requirements of this paragraph; and

(4) complete a 30-hour course on teaching adult learners. Courses attended may include an instructional certification program, a college level course in teaching adult learners, a continuing education course in teaching adult learners, or an advanced program approved by the department in teaching the course of instruction.”

The provisional license referred to in item 3 above is described by the Texas Department of State Health Services as follows:

Sec. 455.1572.  PROVISIONAL LICENSE.

(a)  The department may issue a provisional license to an applicant for licensing as a massage therapist or massage therapy instructor currently licensed or registered in another jurisdiction who seeks a license in this state and who:

(1)  has been licensed or registered in good standing as a massage therapist or massage therapy instructor, as applicable, for at least two years in another jurisdiction, including a foreign country, that has licensing or registration requirements substantially equivalent to the requirements of this chapter;

(2)  has passed a national or other examination recognized by the department relating to the practice of massage therapy; and

(3)  is sponsored by a person licensed by the department under this chapter with whom the provisional license holder will practice during the time the person holds a provisional license.

(b)  The department may waive the requirement of Subsection (a)(3) for an applicant if the department determines that compliance with that subsection would be a hardship to the applicant.

(c)  A provisional license is valid until the date the department approves or denies the provisional license holder’s application for licensing.

The department shall issue a license under this chapter to the provisionally licensed person if the person:

(1)  is eligible for a license under Section 455.1571; or
(2) passes the part of the examination under Section 455.101 that relates to the applicant’s knowledge and understanding of the laws and rules relating to the practice of massage therapy in this state and:
(A)  the department verifies that the person meets the academic and experience requirements for licensing under this chapter; and
(B)  the person satisfies any other licensing requirements under this chapter.

 

(d)  The department must approve or deny a provisionally licensed person’s application for a license not later than the 180th day after the date the provisional license is issued.  The department may extend the 180-day period if the results of an examination have not been received by the department before the end of that period.

(e)  The department may establish a fee for a provisional license in an amount reasonable and necessary to cover the cost of issuing the license.

Arkansas Requirements

Arkansas regulates Massage Therapy Instructors. The following information is listed as part of the Arkansas Massage Therapy Laws, 2013, at: http://www.arkansasmassagetherapy.com/documents/Arkansas%20Massage%20Therapy%20Law%2011%2019%2013.pdf.

“(6)(A) ‘Massage therapy instructor’ means a person who:

(i) Before July 1, 2010, has completed no less than two hundred fifty (250) hours of practical experience as a master massage therapist, which may be gained, in part or in whole, as an assistant to an instructor in a massage school or may be gained, in part or in whole, as a directed instructor in a massage school and has completed no less than two hundred fifty (250) continuing education hours as approved by the board;
(ii) On or after July 1, 2010, has been an active and practicing licensee and registered as a master massage therapist for a period of not less than three (3) years preceding the application for an upgrade to massage therapy instructor;
(iii) On or after July 1, 2010, in addition to the experience under subdivision (6)(A)(i) of this section, has completed no less than two hundred fifty (250) continuing education hours as approved by the board as a licensed master massage therapist; and
(iv) Is determined by the board to be qualified to be licensed and registered to practice massage therapy.

 

(B) “Massage therapy instructor” includes a person who has previously obtained the massage therapy instructor license under prior state law.

(C) Massage therapy instructors may:

(i) Instruct board-approved continuing education programs;
(ii) Instruct any of the procedures in subdivision (5) of this section; and
(iii) Instruct basic curricula in a board-registered massage therapy school as required by § 17-86-306(e).”

 

Louisiana Requirements

Louisiana’s regulations for MTIs can be found at the following site: https://www.labmt.org/site312.php. The following qualifications are for persons who wish to teach at a massage therapy school in Louisiana.

“A. A person desiring to be approved as a massage therapy instructor of a specific massage therapy technique or clinical practicum-related modality shall submit evidence satisfactory to the Board of Massage Therapy that the applicant has met one of the following:

  1. that the person is a currently licensed therapist in good standing with the Board of Massage Therapy; and
  2. that the person has lawfully practiced massage therapy for at least four years, or has grandfathered in as stated in Subsection B below; and
  3. that the person has completed at least two times the hours of training in which he/she is responsible in the specific module, except that this Subparagraph shall not apply to instruction of basic Swedish and/or relaxation massage therapy.

B. A person may be grandfathered in as an instructor, if the person has:

  1. applied for and paid for a license as an instructor on board approved applications within 45 days of promulgation of rule;
  2. is currently approved by the Board of Regents; and
  3. is a licensed massage therapist currently in good standing with the Board of Massage Therapy.

C. A person desiring to be approved as an instructor of anatomy lecture, physiology lecture, or kinesiology lecture shall produce evidence satisfactory to the Board of Massage Therapy that the individual either:

  1. is a licensed massage therapist in good standing with the Board of Massage Therapy and has lawfully practiced massage therapy for at least four years; or
  2. has a minimum of an associates or bachelor’s degree from a college or university which is accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or a substantially equivalent accrediting body of a foreign sovereign state, with a major in one of the following: anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, sports medicine, exercise physiology, nursing, education with a concentration in biology or a substantially equivalent major; or
  3. is a licensed physician (MD), osteopath, chiropractor, or registered nurse.

D. A person desiring to be certified as an instructor of business practices and marketing shall produce evidence satisfactory to the Board of Massage Therapy that the individual either:

  1. has a least four years of experience as a full-time practicing massage therapist and owner/operator of a valid massage therapy establishment; or
  2. has a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a college or university which is accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or a substantially equivalent accrediting body of a foreign sovereign state, with a major in business, marketing, or a substantially equivalent major.

E. A person desiring to be certified as an instructor of Louisiana Law, and Rules and Regulations, Ethics, pertaining to massage therapy shall produce evidence satisfactory to the Board of Massage Therapy that the individual either:

  1. is a licensed massage therapist in good standing with the Board of Massage Therapy and has lawfully practiced massage therapy for a least four years; or
  2. holds a valid license to practice law in Louisiana as evidence by a certificate from the Supreme Court of Louisiana that the individual is a member in good standing of a bar of that court.

F. A person desiring to be approved as an instructor of first aid, safety, hygiene or sanitary practices shall produce evidence satisfactory to the Board of Massage Therapy that the individual either:

  1. is a licensed massage therapist in good standing with the Board of Massage Therapy and has lawfully practiced massage therapy for at least four years; or
  2. is licensed as a registered nurse; or
  3. has a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a college or university which is accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or a substantially equivalent accrediting body of a foreign sovereign state, with a major in nursing, or a substantially equivalent major.

G. A person desiring to be certified as an instructor of hydrotherapy shall produce evidence satisfactory to the Board of Massage Therapy that the individual is a licensed massage therapist in good standing with the Board of Massage Therapy and has lawfully practiced massage therapy for at least four years.

H. A person desiring to be approved as an instructor of CPR shall produce evidence satisfactory to the Board of Massage Therapy that the individual has been certified by the American Red Cross or The American Heart Association as an instructor in these topics.

I. A person desiring to be approved as an instructor of AIDS/HIV and infectious disease awareness shall produce evidence satisfactory to the board that the individual has been certified by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an AIDS/HIV counselor.”

New York Requirements

New York has its own requirements for being approved as a Continuing Education Provider. NCBTMB is approved as New York CE sponsor, and can help navigate the application process. The New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, has instituted new requirements for continuing education (CE) and CE instructors. New York will only recognize CE from sponsors or instructors who are sponsored by an approved entity. NCBTMB is pleased to be an approved sponsor for continuing education in New York. If you wish to be sponsored by NCBTMB and are not a current Board-Approved Continuing Education Provider, complete and submit the Board-Approved Continuing Education Provider Application and the NCBTMB New York Sponsor Approved Provider Agreement.

The other end of the spectrum is California. According to the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), “We don’t require or regulate continuing education. So, essentially anybody could teach that if he or she wanted. There really is no such thing in California as independent massage instructor. It would be up to the organization accepting the hours on whether they approved them or not. All hours for CAMTC certification must come from approved schools, so we only oversee instructors at those schools.” This lack of regulation of continuing education is noteworthy in a state that continues to lead the pack in the number of massage therapists, with an estimated 42,000 massage therapists in California in 2010, out of approximately 300,000 massage therapists nationwide that year.

Now that we have explored regulations and requirements in several states, consideration will be given to the steps you can take to develop your career as an MTI. In my next blog post, we will continue our conversation on starting your career as a massage therapy instructor as well as the opportunities available to you after the completion of your certification and training.

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.

See more at: http://www.massagemag.com/my-path-to-becoming-a-massage-therapy-instructor-30192/

To learn more about an MTI course and to register for the Ariana Institute’s online MTI course, visit: http://www.arianainstitute.com/CE/mti.htm

 

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