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Luminous Touch

March 14, 2016 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

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

  • Facial and Scalp Massage
  • Reflexology for the Hands, Feet and Ears
  • Neck, Hand and Foot Massage
  • Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage

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

Here’s a personal story about facial and scalp massage featured in the Head, Hand, and Foot Massage Manual.

LUMINOUS TOUCH 

There are few things more soothing than an awesome facial and scalp massage. Clients from the very young to the elderly all enjoy the soothing touch of a facial and scalp massage.

My first experience with professional facial care began at Barton Creek Resort and Country Club Spa in Austin, Texas. More than 16 years ago, I began my first spa job there. Prior to that, I specialized in medical massage, so this change to the world of beauty and stress–relief was a part of new journey for me as I maintained my private practice. We had half a dozen incredibly talented estheticians on staff who loved learning about new techniques and new products. One day, the spa supervisor invited the massage therapists to join the estheticians in an esthetics class offered by Cassandra Pouget, who was a representative for Matis Paris, an elegant and professional skin care brand. She lit a fire in me that burns brightly to this day. She discussed and demonstrated cleansing, toning, exfoliating, masking, misting, hydrating, and applying sunscreen. The fragrances of her product line were all delightful and her touch was angelic. That bit of serendipity when the spa supervisor invited me to participate in Cassandra’s class opened the doors for me to begin offering facial massage with products in my private practice and to begin teaching facial massage techniques in the Ariana Institute continuing education classes.

I continued my facial massage education by participating in facial massage classes with Maria Solis and also with Dr. Julia Busching, a naturopathic doctor and esthetician from Germany who taught facial massage and facial acupressure. Later in my career, I studied Ayurvedic facial massage with David Washburn and Mark Nasrallah at the Crossing Wellness Spa in Austin.

At The Crossings Wellness Spa I learned Ayurvedic scalp massage as part of a ShiroDhara treatment, where warm herbalized organic sesame oil is streamed through the hair and scalp from a ShiroDhara pot suspended over the client’s head and then the oil is massaged into the hair and scalp. I loved offering the ShiroDhara treatment so much that during my time at The Crossings I was known as the “ShiroDhara Queen.” Years after the Crossings closed, I began teaching Ayurvedic massage techniques in the Ariana Institute continuing education classes.

Subsequently, while working at another spa in Austin years later, I taught the other therapists and estheticians how to perform scalp massage. One of my friends, Carol, who was an esthetician at the spa, asked me to develop a written scalp massage protocol and demonstrate a good scalp massage, so I did that for her in order to give her a good academic reference for her own therapy development. I also demonstrated the scalp massage technique on her mother while she observed. Finally, I offered Carol a scalp massage so she could experience the treatment for herself.

Once I felt that my facial training and practical experiences were sufficient, I began designing and developing a facial and scalp massage class for massage therapists. The Texas Department of State Health Services, Massage Therapy Division, approved the course and within a few years the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork also approved the course. It was a glorious day when I received both state and national approval to offer a massage therapy continuing education class so I could teach facial and scalp massage for CE credit. Hundreds of students have participated in the Ariana Institute’s Facial and Scalp Massage courses, Ayurvedic Massage courses, and Headache and Allergy Relief Courses. Even more individuals have received facial and scalp massage in my private massage therapy practice.

I am grateful for the day that the gates opened to health, beauty, stress reduction, and nurturing touch through the vehicle of facial and scalp massage. I thank each and every person in my path who taught me, received from me, encouraged me, and blessed me with a myriad of opportunities to offer and receive facial and scalp massage treatments. I love it when my skin feels luminous and when I am able to help another person also experience that luminosity.

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 Head, Hand, and Foot Massage Manual, visit http://www.arianainstitute.com/the-ariana-institutes-head-hand-and-foot-massage-manual-and-ce-courses-2/.  

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction courses that feature facials massage, which include the Facial and Scalp Massage course; Headache and Allergy Relief Massage course; and Lymphatic Massage for the Face, Head and Neck course 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 Head, Hand, and Foot Massage 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

 

Hand and Foot Massage

January 18, 2016 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

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

  • Neck, Hand and Foot Massage
  • Reflexology for the Hands, Feet and Ears
  • Facial and Scalp Massage
  • Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage

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

Here’s a personal story about hand and foot massage featured in the Head, Hand, and Foot Massage Manual.

HAND AND FOOT MASSAGE

My hands and feet love to be massaged. One of my favorite childhood memories is of my mother massaging my hands and feet when I was very young. To this day, I still have a deep appreciation for the nurturing and relaxing energy I feel when my hands and feet are massaged. Without a doubt, when I am receiving hand and foot massages I experience a feeling of euphoria.

It is amazing to think of how many ways I use my hands during the course of a day. My hands serve me well throughout my life as I work on computers, drive a vehicle, use my phone, offer massages and embrace my loved ones.

As I recall superlative massage sessions I’ve had over the years, the memories of having my hands massaged stands out as a peak experience during the massage sessions. I especially love having my palms opened up from their typical pattern of moving inward. Massaging my palms counteracts the everyday grasping movements of my hands as they spend hours on the keyboard or in the massage treatment room.

It’s equally as awesome to receive foot massage. My feet seldom connect with the earth or even the floor because they are frequently confined in shoes. Even if the weather is warm and it’s flip–flop season, tension builds in my feet from gripping the toes inward to keep the flip–flops on. As attractive as they are, high heels also have a deleterious effect on my feet because the center of gravity is thrown off balance and the foot is arched in an unnatural position, resulting in increased pressure on the ball of the foot. I think about how seldom my feet get touched and how wonderful it is to receive a superlative foot massage. I love it when my toes are arched back and my plantar fascia is massaged with long sweeping effleurage strokes up and down the length of my foot. It’s heavenly.

One of the many things I appreciate about being a massage therapist is that I can share experiences that I find healing, nurturing and relaxing. I love offering hand and foot massages. It’s delightful to be able to include hand and foot massage within the framework of a full–body massage therapy session or as an independent treatment. It’s wonderful to be able to offer hand and foot massage to clients of all ages. I am grateful to be able to offer hand and foot massages to hospice clients and wheelchair bound clients who may otherwise receive very little nurturing touch. When my mother was going through her dying process, I would massage her hands and feet when she was in her hospital bed. Being able to offer palliative care hand and foot massage to my mother as she going through her dying process created sweet and precious memories in an otherwise dark time that I will carry in my heart forever.

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 Head, Hand, and Foot Massage Manual, visit http://www.arianainstitute.com/the-ariana-institutes-head-hand-and-foot-massage-manual-and-ce-courses-2/.  

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Neck, Hand and Foot Massage CE course and the  Reflexology for the Hands, Feet and Ears CE course 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 Head, Hand, and Foot Massage 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

 

Reflexology

December 07, 2015 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

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

  • Reflexology for the Hands, Feet and Ears
  • Facial and Scalp Massage
  • Neck, Hand and Foot Massage
  • Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage

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

Here’s a personal story about reflexology massage featured in the Head, Hand, and Foot Massage Manual.

REFLEXOLOGY

My first experience with reflexology was at Whole Foods Market where I received an incredible reflexology treatment from Taki, a delightful Japanese woman. From the first moment she touched me, I knew I was going to be transformed. It was clear from the very beginning that she had a deep understanding of reflexology that was far beyond merely a perfunctory technique of lightly touching the feet in certain spots. That is certainly not what reflexology is; it is dynamic and powerful.

Taki sat me down in a big reclining chair in a quiet corner of Whole Foods, in downtown Austin. She was like a quick bumblebee rapidly flitting from toe to toe and then working both horizontally and vertically up and down the soles of my feet. She started at the top of my toes, then worked her way down to the base of my toes, then across the pad of my foot and down to the arch of my foot, finally landed on my heel. Taki had the most powerful, intuitive and skilled thumbs I’ve ever encountered. She worked very rapidly and palpated the reflex points energetically with the tip of her thumb. I let my imagination run wild and envisioned myself in a beautiful golden temple in Kyoto, receiving this magnificent reflexology session from a lovely Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor clad in a kimono. It was heaven on earth. This was my first encounter with Traditional Chinese Medicine and I was impressed. As soon as the session was over, I thanked Taki profusely and went on my way back into the sea of people shopping at Whole Foods. My feet felt like they were floating on a cloud.

I knew from the moment I received Taki’s treatment that I was determined to learn reflexology techniques, offer them in my private practice and teach reflexology in my continuing education classes at the Ariana Institute. It wasn’t too long after the experience with Taki that I moved to Wimberley and established my massage practice and my continuing education school there. One day I walked into an art gallery and a friend of mine and I talked about my upcoming Hand and Foot continuing education class and she said that her mother, Rosemary, was coming to town and she was a Certified Reflexologist. I immediately asked if I could hire her as a guest instructor for a segment of my upcoming class. Everything fell into place, and Rosemary was in my class demonstrating reflexology techniques for the feet, hands and ears. I absorbed the reflexology information like a sponge and my students were delighted to have the bonus of reflexology in their Hand and Foot Massage class.

After the class was over, I took more reflexology classes, watched many videos and then designed the Ariana Institute’s Reflexology Course. I obtained approval from the state as well as from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork in order to offer the class nationally. I’ve found reflexology to be helpful in many ways. It resets the metabolism and is a significant stress reducer. I’ve even had clients who have found relief from headaches after a reflexology treatment. I love the fact that reflexology is a safe, non–invasive and easy–to–administer modality that helps people be more at peace in their own bodies. Feeling like I’m floating on a cloud is one of my ideal states of being and reflexology certainly helps facilitate that euphoria.

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 Head, Hand, and Foot Massage Manual, visit http://www.arianainstitute.com/the-ariana-institutes-head-hand-and-foot-massage-manual-and-ce-courses-2/.  

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Reflexology for the Hands, Feet and Ears; Facial and Scalp Massage; and Neck, Hand and Foot 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 Head, Hand, and Foot Massage 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 Head, Hand, and Foot Massage Manual and CE Courses

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

The Ariana Institute for Wellness Education offers an outstanding resource for those interested in head, hand, and foot therapies, featuring topics that include Facial and Scalp Massage, Hand and Foot Massage, Reflexology, as well as Back, Neck, and Shoulder Massage.

The Ariana Institute’s Head, Hand, and Foot Massage 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 Head, Hand, and Foot Massage 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 head, hand, and foot 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 Head, Hand, and Foot Massage Manual is a perfect source of deep study for massage therapists and those seeking to expand their understanding of head, hand, and foot therapies and further cultivate their practices!

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Here is the foreword to the Ariana Institute’s Head, Hand, and Foot Massage Manual by Jon Sullivan, LMT, MTI.

I am delighted to write this introduction to the Ariana Institute’s Head, Hand and Foot Massage Manual. As a pioneer in the field of touch therapy, Ariana Vincent has added an excellent energy to this series of continuing education manuals. How thoughtful she is to include the head, hand and foot into a cohesive lesson.

Once again, the Ariana Institute has captured the essence of what it is to touch deeply and with skill. Complete with step-by-step protocol and rationale for treatment with special considerations, this manual reads more like a compendium than a cookbook. Seasoned veterans of touch therapy would do well to read this. Beginners in this field now have a jumpstart to solid building blocks of compassionate care thanks to the detailed instruction, demo slides, and tailored online videos that Ariana presents in her manuals. The technical expertise not withstanding, her frequent encouragements towards centering and mindfulness for the therapist shall surely serve to be a vivifying tonic to touch practitioners everywhere.

As a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Level Two Geriatric Massage Therapist, who spent many years working as a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant in long-term, home health, clinics and hospitals, I have been aware of this burgeoning need for skilled touch for more than two decades. As a special lecturer at a massage school for more than 16 years, it was my job to speak to classes about special populations, specifically geriatric massage. As well, I found a cohort in quality education. Ariana Vincent has a big picture view that translates well for students of the art and science of massage looking to interface with our population at large.

In recent years, our American demographic has undergone serious change. News outlets have dubbed it “The Graying of America.” Allied health is impacted by the volume of clients and patients needing significant lifestyle support to maintain levels of wellness and independence among community members. This offers real challenges to service providers including practitioners in the field of massage therapy. Ariana Institute has developed excellent learning resources to help the massage community strengthen its collective efforts to ameliorate pain and discomfort for our customers with proven protocols.

Massage helps the body heal itself by promoting a wide range of metabolic changes such as increased blood flow, in addition to increased neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, and decreased cortisol levels, resulting in systemic relaxation and decreased pain. Even our pharmaceuticals seem to have more side effects and off label uses than benefits. Our bodies can still demonstrate remarkable resiliency in bouncing back against extreme odds. Recovery from joint replacement surgeries or from blood borne pathogens can be accomplished when we work with the body’s systems to provide support to it’s vital organs.

Working with the body using techniques like a gentle pumping of the lymphatic system as detailed in this manual helps to generate anti stress hormones in the bloodstream. Since the skin, and its connected myofascial components, makes up the body’s largest organ system, it only makes sense to approach body care from the feet or hands. Our feet are our base of support that connects our heads to the world through a complex web of neuromuscular control which we must maintain. The normal function of our lives exposes our bodies to pressure up to 2000 psi, and the dehydration of the soft tissues.

In an effort to counteract the wear and tear that our bodies endure, skin-on-skin contact is a powerful electric healing component required for fascial mobilization, and slow movements are needed to gently rehydrate stiff joints with specific water able to penetrate the ground system of the body’s connective matrix. Also, whether practicing traditional acupressure, reflexology, or basic hand and foot massage techniques, the body will increase serotonin production and basic immune function. Recent research additionally shows that  “natural killer cells” increase after just a brief moderate pressure series of strokes. A simple repetition of strokes at the nape of the neck promotes more blood flow and fluid balancing of the cranium in a migraine sufferer. With Ariana’s in-depth techniques and multi format learning tools the practitioner can learn to have quality protocols to address the client’s needs fully and provide an exceptional experience.

Since the need for our work continues to grow, an ever important aspect in the field of massage therapy is our clients’ accessibility to our services. As many first time massage clients enter our offices with considerable trepidation, we see the need for a more remedial approach to educate the uninitiated prior to getting a full body table experience. Receiving educated touch for the first time can be shocking, but sharing intimate space and information in a dimly lit treatment room isn’t for every age, or every body. Providing a gentle hand or foot massage can ameliorate much nervousness about what a new client may receive from more thorough bodywork. Hopefully, this book will find its way to many healthcare workers, first responders and touch enthusiasts who will further learn the comprehensive knowledge and care offered in Ariana’s detailed teaching manuals and accompanying videos.

This manual is a fitting addition to the Ariana Institute’s vast library of helpful how-to lessons for those seeking to blaze new trails of therapeutic discovery from a master in the discipline of doing things right. Thank you Ariana Institute for assuring quality and affordable education for our massage family!

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Reflexology, Facial and Scalp Massage, Hand and Foot Massage, as well as Back, Neck and Shoulder 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 Head, Hand, and Foot Massage 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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