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The Immeasurable Reiki Path

March 28, 2016 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

The Ariana Institute’s Mind-Body 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 Mind-Body 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:

  • Soothing PTSD and Trauma
  • Reiki Level One
  • Reiki Level Two
  • Reiki Level Three (Master/Teacher Level)

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

Here’s a personal story about Reiki featured in the Mind-Body Therapy Manual.

THE IMMEASURABLE REIKI PATH

Reiki comes to people in myriad ways; some experiences begin in a seemingly subtle way and then expand to a profound place in our lives. That was certainly the case for me.

I began traveling on the path of Reiki many years ago when I was part of a meditation group in Austin. One of my fellow–meditators, Sherry, introduced me to the benefits and protocols of Reiki. We talked about how the Reiki symbols can be used as a centering technique to help still the mind and stay steady in a fast–paced world. I was immediately attracted to the seemingly simple and noninvasive modality.

In addition to our conversations, Sherry offered to give a Reiki session to me. That became a pivotal turning point in my life. I felt peaceful, relaxed, and centered during and after the session. Upon further reflection, I noted that I felt significantly transformed by the experience. The racing thoughts, or as we called them in our meditation classes, the “jumping monkeys,” were stilled and calm; it became easier to be focused in the present moment instead of feeling distracted by a constant litany of thoughts that drew me away from living a focused life. I was so impressed that I very quickly made a decision to study Reiki in order to deepen my knowledge and begin sharing this wonderful modality with others.

I was offered an opportunity to study Reiki Level One, Reiki Level Two, and Reiki Level Three (Master/Teacher) with Denise, a wonderful woman from Wimberley. She took me under her wing and included me in her Reiki classes. I was going through a very challenging time in my life and was just about as far from centered as I had ever been. Learning about Dr. Mikao Usui’s Reiki lineage brought comfort and focus to my life. I was very grateful.

Little did I know at the time that I would eventually utilize my Reiki Level Three training with Denise to become a Reiki instructor and begin offering courses for others. Not only did I offer Reiki treatments, either as an independent modality, or in conjunction with other treatments, after several years of practicing I also began researching Reiki for the development of my Reiki course notebooks. It was a very profound time of growth and expansion for me. I learned to approach the world with more of a calm mind and a more peaceful and mindful consciousness.

Especially meaningful ways of utilizing Reiki are for clients who are suffering from PTSD and prefer a light touch or prefer to have the therapist’s hand hovering a few inches above the body, and for oncology clients who benefit from energetic holding over certain areas of the body where touch would not be indicated. The beauty of Reiki is that it is non–invasive and it can be offered anywhere, with the client fully clothed, or it can be offered in conjunction with other modalities including deep tissue therapy, Swedish massage, prenatal massage, and facial massage, to name a few.

It is with gratitude that I continue on the Reiki path, teaching and practicing, and observing the Reiki principles in my daily life. The experience of being introduced to Reiki has been profound and transforming. I love the seemingly subtle nature of Reiki and the dynamic changes that I have experienced and have witnessed occurring in my clients and students.

As J. Krishnamurti so beautifully shared, “When the mind is no longer seeking, no longer breeding conflict through its wants and cravings, when it is silent with understanding, only then can the immeasurable come into being.” It is through focus on my Reiki path that the immeasurable has come into being and chaos has been replaced with peace.

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

Ariana Vincent is a Reiki Master Teacher and CEO of the Ariana Institute. She 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 Mind-Body Therapy Manual, visit http://www.arianainstitute.com/the-ariana-institutes-mind-body-therapy-manual-and-ce-courses/.  

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Soothing PTSD and Trauma, Reiki Level One, Level Two, as well as Level Three (Master/Teacher) 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 Mind-Body Therapy Manual, visit www.amazon.com/author/arianavincent.   

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

Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, NCTMB

Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, NCTMB

 

The Ariana Institute’s Mind-Body Therapy Manual and CE Courses

September 08, 2015 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

The Ariana Institute for Wellness Education offers an outstanding resource for those interested in mind-body therapies, featuring topics that include Reiki, Meditation, Mindfulness, and Soothing PTSD and Trauma.

The Ariana Institute’s Mind-Body 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 Mind-Body 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 mind-body 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 Mind-Body Therapy Manual is a perfect source of deep study for massage therapists and those seeking to expand their understanding of mind-body therapies and further cultivate their practices!

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Here is the foreword to the Ariana Institute’s Mind-Body Therapy Manual by Manu Verma, Independent Health, Wellness and Fitness Professional.

The manifestations of the mode of goodness are experienced when all the gates of the body are illuminated by knowledge. – Bhagavad Gita 14.11

When I attended my very first Vipassana meditation retreat in 1998, almost 15 years ago, I still remember listening to founder Mr. Goenka talk about how every time we get angry, every time we refuse to say what we feel, every time we resent something, we put a knot in our spine, and over time the spine becomes fully knotted. He said that practicing Vipassana is therefore a process of undoing the knots, one at a time. This made a very profound impression on me and to this day I am still reminded of it every time I study, practice and teach yoga. Every pose I teach helps people undo their spine one knot at a time. It’s good to see how that wisdom, which probably was limited to so few people in the Vipassana hall at that time, has made its way out into thousands of contemporary yoga studios across the country.

The mind-body is a sacred garment for the indwelling spirit. In stress of daily living it can suffer a good deal of wear and tear. Excessive pressure to survive, raise the kids, the toll the demands of work take on our relationships, the physical neglect, illnesses the constant fear of impending old age and death leaves most of us traumatized. No wonder, that in the very first section of this book Ariana addresses helping healthcare practitioners deal with the victims and survivors of trauma. The guidelines she provides are extensive and center around one single purpose: to bring oneself or one’s client in the present moment so as to be able to re-live in our present body.

The following sections deal with the traditional healing through Reiki. In the Sadhana Pada of the Yoga Sutras, Lord Patanjali says, “The pains that are yet to come can be and are to be avoided.” If I had to apply this philosophy to everyday life, I would say that it is a lot easier to stay healthy than to recover from illness. And staying healthy can be very spiritual discipline in itself, since one can serve God in the heart so much more effectively with a body that is healthy than with a body that is sick. Giving and receiving Reiki can be extremely therapeutic. When one invokes the symbols of Reiki, one is literally inviting the mercy and blessings of God.

This book is intended primarily for massage therapists who are looking to go deeper with their studies through continuing education. And for them, this book is a gold mine – it not only discusses the therapies but also delves into the ethics, protocols and self-care tips. It explains “energy transference,” which often gets lost in other books that are simply a collection of techniques. It guides you through the business aspects of setting up a successful massage therapy practice, and having worked for myself for a decade or so, I find this section to be very relevant and important. It is this business acumen that transforms a talented artist into a successful talented artist.

Having lived in yoga ashrams, learning and teaching for the last 15 years or so, I have developed a genuine appreciation for teachings and writings that are authentic to the source; where the only sole purpose of the author is to explain philosophical concepts as intended originally by sages and saints, instead of trying to push one’s own agenda in an attempt to garner respect and gather a following. Books written in the former way have a truly transformative power. I am pleased to say that Ariana’s Mind Body Therapy Manual belongs to this category, with a genuine intent, bonafide techniques and credits given where due. What impresses me is the thoughtful insight Ariana has provided, and the time it must have taken her to compile it. Having known her for years now and having witnessed how much of a perfectionist she is, this must have been a monumental task, one that only a person who loves the art so dearly could have completed so well.

This is the kind of book that I would always keep handy and refer to very often.  And every time I do I know I will find something new, or read what I have read before but realize a new meaning or application. The pages will get creased over time, have stains of tea or coffee and the binding will probably come apart as I make copies of pages to share with friends. And after years, when I decide that it’s time to get a new copy, I’m sure Amazon will have kept it perennially in stock, ready to ship!

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Reiki, PTSD and Trauma Relief, Meditation, and Mindfulness 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 Mind-Body Therapy Manual visit www.amazon.com/author/arianavincent.

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

Ariana

Reiki

March 13, 2010 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

THE ORIGIN AND HISTORY OF REIKI (USUI SYSTEM)

Ariana Institute offers online and onsite Reiki Levels One, Two and Three (Master) continuing education courses for massage therapists. These courses are approved by the National Certification Board as well as the majority of states within the US.  Please visit www.arianainstitute.com for registration and details.

Dr. Mikao Usui, Founder of the Usui System of Reiki

The origin of Reiki can be traced back thousands of years ago to the ancient cultures of India, Tibet, China and Japan. This technique was rediscovered in the mid 1800’s by Dr. Mikao Usui of Japan.

Dr. Usui, Japanese theologian and missionary, was the founder of the Usui System of Reiki. He was born August 15, 1865 in the village of Yago in the Yamagata district of Gifu prefecture, Japan. Dr. Usui had an avid interest in learning and devoted his energy to his studies. He traveled to Europe and China to further his education. His curriculum included medicine, psychology, and religion. After a deep study of many spiritual scriptures under expert guidance, Dr. Usui he discovered sounds and symbols that are linked directly to the human body and nervous system, which have been reported to activate the universal life energy for healing. He organized the process into a universal system.

In March, 1922, Dr. Usui decided to travel to Mt. Kurama, where he enrolled in Isyu Guo, a twenty-one-day training course. It is not known for certain what he was required to do during this training, but it is likely that fasting, meditation, chanting and prayers were part of the practice. In addition, we know there is a beautiful waterfall on Mt. Kurama where even today people go to meditate. This meditation involves standing under the waterfall and allowing the waters to strike and flow over the top of the head, a practice which is said to activate the crown chakra. Japanese Reiki Masters think that Dr. Usui used this meditation as part of his practice. It was during the Isyu Guo training that the he felt that the Reiki energy entered his crown chakra. This is reputed to have greatly enhanced his healing abilities and the ability to give healing to others without depleting his own energy!

Dr. Usui practiced and taught Reiki all over Japan for the rest of his life until his death around 1893. It is thought that he taught over 2,000 students to use Reiki. Sixteen of his students continued their training to reach the Reiki Master (Shinpiden) level, one of whom was Dr. Chujiro Hayashi.

Dr. Hayashi, a retired naval doctor, received the Reiki Master initiation from Dr. Usui in 1925 at the age of 47. Up to this point, the Usui system of healing consisted of the energy itself, the 3 Reiki II symbols, the Usui hand positions, the attunement process and the Reiki ideals. After being asked to do so by Dr. Usui, Dr. Hayashi went on to develop the Usui system of healing. Dr Hayashi passed on the complete teachings of Reiki to Mrs. Hawayo Takata. Mrs. Takata was a Japanese Hawaiian and an American citizen. She set up a Reiki clinic in Hawaii and dedicated her life to teaching and practicing Reiki.

Mrs. Takata was the thirteenth and last Reiki Master Dr. Hayashi initiated. In the Spring of 1936, she received First Degree Reiki. She worked with Dr. Hayashi for one year and then received Second Degree Reiki. In the Winter of 1938, Dr. Hayashi initiated Hawayo Takata as a Reiki Master. Between 1970 and her transition on December 11, 1980, Mrs. Takata initiated twenty-two Reiki Masters. Below is a list of the Reiki Masters she initiated. The original twenty-two teachers have taught many others.

In the decade since Mrs. Takata passed away, the Reiki teachings have spread rapidly throughout the world. It is thought that Reiki was first introduced to the Western world in the mid-1970s. Today it is estimated that there are thousands of Reiki practitioners and Reiki Masters, whose focus is to dedicate and commit their lives to living, being and perpetuating the positive aspects of the universal life force of Reiki while assisting in the harmony and balance of the universe by providing others with a means of balancing their bodies, minds and spirits for the highest good of all concerned.

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For information about online Reiki classes at Ariana Institute, visit www.arianainstitute.com/ce-online/.

For information about onsite Reiki classes at Ariana Institute, visit www.arianainstitute.com/conted10.htm.


Ariana Vincent directs the Ariana Institute in Austin, Texas, which offers continuing professional development for massage therapists. Ariana is a Reiki Master, a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and a Massage Therapy Instructor who has practiced massage therapy and bodywork for thirty years. Her highest aspiration, personally and professionally, is to facilitate the integration of mind, body and spirit, and to ultimately allow a state of balance to effortlessly and peacefully become an integral part of everyday life.

Ariana Institute’s Welcoming Blog

January 23, 2010 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

Welcome to Ariana Vincent’s Blog for Ariana Institute!

Ariana Vincent directs the Ariana Institute in Austin, Texas, which offers continuing professional development for massage therapists. Ariana is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Massage Therapy Instructor who has practiced massage therapy and bodywork for thirty years. Her highest aspiration, personally and professionally, is to facilitate the integration of mind, body and spirit, and to ultimately allow a state of balance to effortlessly and peacefully become an integral part of everyday life.

In future blogs, you might expect to receive information regarding the topics listed below as well as additional topics related to massage therapy, health, stress-reduction, wellness and complimentary alternative medicine.

Ariana is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Continuing Education Provider (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork). She is an approved continuing education provider in Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and many other states. Ariana has been a Massage Therapy Instructor and a Continuing Education Provider for eleven years. She has been a licensed massage therapist for thirty years. As a Certified Massage Therapy Instructor and Continuing Education Provider, Ariana offers a wide variety of seminars and workshops.

Continuing education classes for Licensed Massage Therapists include:

  • Deep Tissue Therapy
  • Facial Massage and Scalp Massage
  • Aromatherapy
  • Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage
  • Practice Building in a Therapeutic Setting
  • Spa Techniques and Body Wraps
  • Self Care and Body Mechanics for Massage Therapists
  • Basic Principles of Pain Management
  • Chair Massage
  • Couples Massage
  • Ethics (including NCBTMB ethics)
  • Headache and Allergy Relief
  • Hot and Cold Stone Therapy
  • Lymphatic Massage for the Face and Neck
  • Meditation As a Therapeutic Tool
  • Mindfulness – Enhance Your Skills in a Therapeutic Setting
  • Neck, Hand and Foot Massage
  • Soothing Trauma – The Mind–Body Connection
  • Prenatal Massage
  • Reiki Levels One, Two, and Three
  • Stretching and Breathing – Body–Mind Integration
  • Reflexology

Continuing education classes for Texas Licensed Professional Counselors include:

  • Practice Building in a Therapeutic Setting
  • Basic Principles of Pain Management
  • Meditation As a Therapeutic Tool
  • Mindfulness – Enhance Your Skills in a Therapeutic Setting
  • Stretching and Breathing – Body–Mind Integration
  • Soothing Trauma – The Mind–Body Connection
  • Reiki Levels One, Two, and Three

Ariana excels at a wide variety of therapeutic massage modalities including Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish Massage, Reflexology, Reiki, Prenatal Massage, Facial Massage, and CranioSacral Therapy.

She has professional affiliations with The American Massage Therapy Association; The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork; The Texas Department of State Health Services, Massage Therapy Division; The Texas Association of Massage Therapists; and the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.

Her credentials include Nationally Certified Massage Therapy Instructor and Continuing Education Provider (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork); Texas Certified Massage Therapy Instructor and Continuing Education Provider (Texas Department of State Health Services, Massage Therapy Division); Licensed Massage Therapist in Texas (Texas Department of State Health Services, Massage Therapy Division); Nationally Certified Massage Therapist (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork); and Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia approved Continuing Education Provider.

Texas DSHS Licensed Massage Therapist Number: MT023951

Texas DSHS Continuing Education Provider Number: CE 0024

Texas DSHS Massage Therapy Instructor Number: MI 01024

Florida State Board of Massage Therapy Instructor No: 85-1808492

National Certification Board Approved Provider Number: 443427-00

National Certification Board Practitioner Number: 302861-00

You are invited to schedule continuing education classes and massage therapy appointments with Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, NCTMB, Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Instructor.

Please visit www.arianainstitute.com for additional information and registration for classes.

Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, NCTMB