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Meditation

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

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

  • Self Care and Body Mechanics
  • Stretching and Breathing
  • Meditation as a Therapeutic Tool
  • Mindfulness in a Therapeutic Setting

Self Care_BookCoverPreviewThis manual incorporates detailed protocols, photos, links to online videos, marketing strategies, personal stories, and resources to encourage a comprehensive understanding of self care modalities beneficial for yourself and your massage practice.

Here’s a personal story about meditation featured in the Self Care for the Massage Therapist Manual.

MEDITATION

Meditation has been my saving grace. It has afforded me the opportunity to focus inward, deeply rejuvenate, gain valuable insights, heighten my well-being, and expand the depth with which I can connect inwardly and with those around me.

I initially came to meditation through music. I had a friend in college who was a musician and he invited me to go with him when he performed for a meditation group near my home. The group focused on the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan, a prominent spiritual teacher from India, as well as teachings from Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, the Native American traditions, Hinduism, and many other religions. I immediately felt drawn to the sweet energy of this group and began participating in meditative activities, which included studying and paying homage to these religions. We would light a candle for each of the world’s religions and read scripture from the respective holy books. Having grown up in a small Methodist church in San Antonio, this was a true awakening for me. I loved studying and honoring scriptures from many religious and spiritual traditions around the world as much as I loved the dance, the breathing practices, the retreats, the focus on sound, the sense of community, and the heart of the meditations. It was a calming and restorative focus for me during a time when I had just graduated from college and was trying to find my way in the world. Although I’ve moved on from the old boyfriend and the group, I still stay in touch with many friends from this group and count them among my life-long friends.

In a more traditional academic setting, I gained another very powerful experience that deepened my connection with the meditative path when I studied transpersonal counseling at John F. Kennedy University in California in the mid-80s. Several of the courses I took propelled me into a deeper study of meditation and the positive effect of meditation on the body, mind and spirit.

As my life has progressed, and the meditation groups ceased to be as active as they had been in previous decades, I utilized more adaptive options for myself. More recently, I’ve attended Ecstatic Chant workshops at the Omega Institute in upstate New York where luminaries in the spiritual community came together to chant and sing and enjoy fellowship. Those events were quite transforming and profound.

While meditation can often be a solitary practice, it is always a pleasure to connect and reconnect with kindred spirits on the spiritual path who are interested in meditation, contemplation, and taking time out of their busy schedules to rest and reflect and find that indwelling place of peace. The synergist energy that is created when people meditate or pray together can be quite profound and transforming. While I know that meditation is not for everyone, it has been a valuable calming and centering tool for me. I respect and appreciate whatever vehicle people may use to bring themselves to a point of stillness in their lives so they can restore themselves to balance and peace.

Being a meditator has helped me tremendously as a massage therapist and as a massage educator. Incorporating meditation techniques into my personal and professional life has brought about a sense of peace and tranquility where there used to be chaos and unrest. It helps me to perpetuate a calm atmosphere when assessing a new client who has a serious health issue and I feel more relaxed preparing to teach a complex subject to a large group of students. Meditation is a wonderful form of self care. When thinking of my clients, students and colleagues during a meditative session, I always envision them in a serene environment surrounded by a loving energy. Mediation not only helps us set our hearts at ease, but concurrently raises the consciousness of humanity. As Hazrat Inayat Khan said, “Peace comes when the self is in harmony with the rhythm of the heart.”

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 Self Care for the Massage Therapist Manual, visit http://www.arianainstitute.com/the-ariana-institutes-self-care-for-massage-therapists-manual-and-ce-courses/.  

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

 

Mother and Child: Enveloped By Love

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

The Ariana Institute’s Medical Massage Therapy Manual is part of a series of massage manuals that are designed to help deepen the knowledge of current massage therapists and introduce new massage therapists to the world of massage and bodywork.

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

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

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

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

MOTHER AND CHILD: ENVELOPED BY LOVE

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

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

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

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

Ariana Vincent was awarded the 2015 CE Provider of the Year Award by the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education. She is CEO of the Ariana Institute and a Nationally Certified Massage Therapy Instructor whose classes are accepted throughout the United States. Ariana is also a Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Honoree and author of the Ariana Institute’s therapy manual series available on Amazon.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Headache and Allergy Relief, Lymphatic Massage, HIV/AIDS Information for Massage Therapists, Pain Management, Prenatal Massage, and Geriatric Massage CE courses can be accessed on the Ariana Institute’s YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/user/ArianaInstitute.

To order your copies of the Ariana Institute’s Medical Massage Therapy Manual, visit www.amazon.com/author/arianavincent.  

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

Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, NCTMB

Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, NCTMB

 

CranioSacral Therapy: A Lighter Touch

April 25, 2016 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

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

  • CranioSacral Therapy
  • Sports Massage
  • Chair Massage
  • Deep Tissue Upper Body
  • Deep Tissue Lower Body
  • Addiction Recovery and Therapeutic Massage

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Here’s a personal story about craniosacral therapy featured in the Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY: A LIGHTER TOUCH 

I am a proponent of non–invasive, natural modalities of health care that are seemingly subtle yet have profound and transformative effects. CranioSacral Therapy (CST) definitely falls in this category.

I have a deep admiration for Dr. John Upledger and the phenomenal work that he did in creating and developing training systems for CST.

My personal experience receiving CST was when I received a session after some extremely painful dental work. One of my colleagues was a trained CranioSacral practitioner. She kindly offered a session for me. I had never experienced CST before and I was amazed at the efficacy of the treatment and I appreciated the relief I felt. In that moment, I decided to learn more about this seemingly subtle, yet very transformative modality.

The first formal Upledger CST class I participated in was taught by a brilliant and articulate physical therapist who received her CST training at the Upledger Institute. I was very inspired by the depth of her knowledge and her enthusiasm for the subject matter. Her class was well organized and we had a good balance of cognitive information and hands–on training

My second CST class was in a big hotel in Houston and, unfortunately, this instructor and his assistants were all over the map and the ballroom that we used as a classroom was freezing, which was not conducive to exchanging sessions or to creating a pleasant learning environment. The class was inappropriately skewed toward cognitive and scientific data rather than hands–on experiential learning. It provided a wonderful opportunity for me to learn what not to do when offering continuing education classes for massage therapists.

After exchanging many CST sessions with my colleagues, watching videos, and doing independent research, I began offering CranioSacral in my private practice in Austin more than 15 years ago. I appreciated the efficacy of the treatments. I enjoy the lightness of touch in a CranioSacral session; it offered a marked contrast to the deep tissue work that was also part of my pantheon of modalities.

I quickly realized that CST is a modality that I could offer late into my career because it does not require a tremendous amount of strength or stamina since the touch is only about five grams of pressure, “like a leaf on the water.”

After years of working part–time for other people, I decided to venture on my own and focus all of my time on the development of my own massage practice and continuing education school because I knew it would lead to a greater impact on the massage community and greater financial independence. I synthesized all of my research into CST and I developed the Ariana Institute CranioSacral Therapy Continuing Education class and I also incorporated many of the relevant CST techniques in the Ariana Institute’s Headache and Allergy Relief CE class. The classes were well received and I was very grateful.

The scope of conditions that CST can affect positively is amazing. I have witnessed and experienced profound transformations as a result of CranioSacral Therapy’s gentle, yet effective, hands–on approach to wellness therapy.

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 Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual, visit http://www.arianainstitute.com/the-ariana-institutes-advanced-massage-therapy-techniques-manual-and-ce-courses/.

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the CranioSacral Therapy, Sports Massage, Chair Massage, Deep Tissue Upper and Lower Body, as well as Addiction Recovery and Therapeutic 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 Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques 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

 

Mindfulness

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

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

  • Self Care and Body Mechanics
  • Stretching and Breathing
  • Meditation as a Therapeutic Tool
  • Mindfulness in a Therapeutic Setting

Self Care_BookCoverPreviewThis manual incorporates detailed protocols, photos, links to online videos, marketing strategies, personal stories, and resources to encourage a comprehensive understanding of self care modalities beneficial for yourself and your massage practice.

Here’s a personal story about mindfulness featured in the Self Care for the Massage Therapist Manual.

MINDFULNESS

Mindfulness came into my life as a focus when I began studying the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, scholar and author. I was introduced to his work by my friend, Paméla Overeyender. The primary focus of his teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment and through this focus we can help develop inner peace and worldwide peace. In the 60s, he taught Comparative Religion at Princeton University and Buddhism at Columbia University. He and his group of devotees at the Plum Village monasteries have set up Mindfulness Practice Centers throughout the world. His writings on mindfulness and his devotion to working for world peace have influenced me and encouraged me to become a more mindful person focused on present time awareness.

I have also been influenced by Dr. Dean Ornish, a physician, president and founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California, who is most well known for the Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program he created to prevent and reverse chronic diseases with lifestyle changes and Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The attention to mindfulness in regards to a person’s overall health has been steadily increasing in the medical community with the work that these two continue to produce. I have deep admiration and respect for the good work both of these physicians are doing in the mindfulness community on a national and international level.

I am happy to see how helpful practicing mindfulness has been to me throughout my career as a massage therapist and massage therapy educator. The practice of mindfulness has helped me be more focused in every moment and has led me to a deep sense of inner peace and calm. I feel that I am better able to be more empathetic and understanding in relationships with my clients and students as a result of studying mindfulness based techniques and incorporating them into my personal and professional life. What I’ve noticed the most about practicing mindfulness is that it helps me to live life more fully in the present moment and be more actively conscious of the world around me. Practicing mindfulness has enhanced my sensitivity in the present moment while reducing the effects of unnecessary worry that occurs when I take myself out of present-time awareness.

To quote the yoga master, Swami Satchidananda, You can’t control the waves, but you can learn how to surf.Mindfulness can give you tools to learn to surf amid the inevitable waves that come with life incarnate in human form.

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 Self Care for the Massage Therapist Manual, visit http://www.arianainstitute.com/the-ariana-institutes-self-care-for-massage-therapists-manual-and-ce-courses/.  

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Self Care and Body Mechanics, Stretching and Breathing, Meditation as a Therapeutic Tool and Mindfulness in a Therapeutic Setting 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 Self Care for the Massage Therapist Manual, visit www.amazon.com/author/arianavincent.  

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

Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, NCTMB

Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, NCTMB

 

Soothing the Transition of Life

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

The Ariana Institute’s Medical Massage Therapy Manual is part of a series of massage manuals that are designed to help deepen the knowledge of current massage therapists and introduce new massage therapists to the world of massage and bodywork.

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

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

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

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

SOOTHING THE TRANSITION OF LIFE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ariana Vincent was awarded the 2015 CE Provider of the Year Award by the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education. She is the CEO of the Ariana Institute for Wellness Education and a Nationally Certified Massage Therapy Instructor whose classes are accepted throughout the United States. Ariana is also a Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Honoree and author of the Ariana Institute’s therapy manual series available on Amazon

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Headache and Allergy Relief, Lymphatic Massage, HIV/AIDS Information for Massage Therapists, Pain Management, Prenatal Massage, and Geriatric Massage CE courses can be accessed on the Ariana Institute’s YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/user/ArianaInstitute.

To order your copies of the Ariana Institute’s Medical Massage Therapy Manual, visit www.amazon.com/author/arianavincent.  

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

Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, NCTMB

Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, NCTMB

 

The Importance of Ethics in the Massage Profession

April 04, 2016 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

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 of current massage therapists and introduce new massage therapists to the world of massage and bodywork.

The Marketing and Practice Building for Massage Therapists Manual features topics that are also available as NCBTMB approved online CE courses through the Ariana Institute at www.arianainstitute.com/ce-online/, including:

  • Ethics
  • Marketing and Practice Building

Marketing_Practice_BuildingBookCoverPreview This manual is designed to help deepen the understanding of ethics and practice building for current massage therapists and introduce new, upcoming massage therapists to innovative and creative ways to create a successful, thriving massage practice.

Here’s a personal story about ethics featured in the Marketing and Practice Building for Massage Therapists Manual.

THE IMPORTANCE OF ETHICS IN THE MASSAGE PROFESSION

Misconceptions about massage therapists have been reduced due to the increased focus on ethics in the massage profession. This shift is the result of the many efforts from those outside of the massage community and those within it. National and local massage organizations and publications have contributed greatly to the recognition of the massage therapy profession as a viable and valuable form of health care. Codes of ethics have been created and ethics committees have been formed to inform and protect massage therapists and the public regarding the importance of ethics in the massage profession.

The rules and regulations of various state boards and licensing entities exemplify the efforts made to improve the standards of the massage therapy community. Influential politicians and members of law enforcement agencies on the national, state and local level have worked tirelessly to help move prostitution and human trafficking out from under the veil of massage therapy and rightfully expose and eradicate these illegal activities.

Contributions outside of those governing organizations include books and articles, and classes created by numerous massage therapists regarding the importance of ethical behavior in the massage community. Thousands of people nationwide have poured their hearts and souls into efforts to create, sustain, and encourage an ethical massage community and thus enhance the integrity and public perception of the massage profession as health care professionals.

Although large strides have been made, the effort is ongoing. Massage therapists hold a responsibility to practice their profession in ways that are ethical and moral and to encourage their colleagues to do the same. As values between work and self often overlap, I am reminded of the following quote, “A satisfying and balanced life occurs when your values are in sync with the way you lead your life and run your business. Your values are the major conscious and unconscious influences on the decisions you make throughout your life.” – The Ethics of Touch by Cherie Sohnen–Moe and Ben Benjamin.

Our goal is that the Ethics chapter in The Ariana Institute’s Marketing and Practice Building Manual contributes to a deepening of focus regarding the importance of maintaining an ethical perspective in the massage profession.

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 Marketing and Practice Building for Massage Therapists Manual, which contains a chapter on ethics, please visit http://www.arianainstitute.com/the-ariana-institutes-marketing-and-practice-building-for-massage-therapists-manual-and-ce-courses/.  

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Ethics, Marketing and Practice Building 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 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 and MTI courses visit www.arianainstitute.com/ce-online/.

Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, NCTMB

Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, NCTMB

 

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

 

Aromatic Medicine

March 21, 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

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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 spa techniques and modalities beneficial for your massage practice.

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

AROMATIC MEDICINE

My informal introduction to aromatherapy was when I visited my grandmother in Kansas City as a child. She had beautiful, expansive gardens in her backyard filled with an abundance of fragrant flowers and plants. I especially remember the scents from the variety of roses that infused my little six-year-old heart with joy. The wonderful experience of playing in the fragrance of grandmother’s garden with my cousins set the stage for my lifelong love of aromas and their therapeutic benefits.

As my attraction towards pleasant aromas persisted, I began my formal training in aromatherapy while attending massage school, I continued in my private practice as I proceeded to expand my knowledge of aromatherapy’s therapeutic effects. I loved collecting aromatherapy products while I practiced and studied, especially my favorite essential oils: rose, lemongrass, sandalwood, tangerine, bergamot, and eucalyptus. I have tested a variety of brands to find the perfect fit for my practice. Clients have even brought essential oils to me as gifts: sandalwood from Mysore, India, and rose oil from Bulgaria and France. It was a delightful experience assessing and collecting essential oils from various parts of the world.

Mixing the essential oils is another aspect that I love about aromatherapy. Having multiple oils offered during the course of a session can elevate the experience for the client.  For example, rose essential oil on the face, lemongrass on the body, and sandalwood on the feet as the feet were wrapped in warm, moist towels can all be performed in one session and provide different types of relief.

Over the years one of my best resources for enhancing my knowledge about essential oils has been Melissa Gonzales, a seasoned massage therapist. She also owns Morning Star Trading Company, a source of quality massage and aromatherapy supplies, located in Austin, Texas. Melissa has provided me with a wealth of information regarding the best brands of aromatherapy essential oils, the benefits of various oils, the proportion of dilution of the oils with a carrier oil, and the storage and shelf life of oils. Morning Star Trading Company also carried a vast library of aromatherapy reference books that proved to be valuable resources as I continued to educate myself in the therapeutic benefits of aromatherapy.

Pursuing my interest in this particular practice became an immense asset as I advanced in my profession.  Every spa that I worked in since the beginning of my career thirty years ago offered aromatherapy for its clients. It seemed that the bigger the spa, the more expansive the aromatherapy menu. Most of the spas focused on offering lavender, peppermint, ylang ylang, orange, and eucalyptus. The aromatherapy essential oils were typically included with a carrier oil or lotion during a massage therapy session, or added to a body wrap or exfoliation during special treatments. Some spas even had signature brands and blends that we used and were sold to clients who wanted to take some of the spa experience home with them. One spa had an aromatherapy diffuser in the reception area so when clients arrived, they would experience a distinctive fragrance that they could associate with that particular environment. Spas were an environment that afforded me the opportunity to continue exploring this medium while practicing aromatherapy professionally outside of school or independent study.

When I made the decision to begin offering aromatherapy continuing education courses for massage therapists, I did more extensive research in order to design and develop my course curriculum. I spent over twenty years gathering information about the benefits and uses of aromatherapy essential oils. I have researched, analyzed, practiced and  experienced aromatherapy; so it was a happy day when I began offering hands-on and online CE courses in aromatherapy for massage therapists. My years of studying and experiencing the efficacy of aromatherapy essential oils were fruitful in myriad ways, and the Ariana Institute’s Aromatherapy continuing education course has become one of the most popular CE courses in our repertoire.

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

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

 

MS 150 Sports Massage for Cyclists

March 07, 2016 by Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute

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

  • Sports Massage
  • CranioSacral Therapy
  • Chair Massage
  • Deep Tissue Upper Body
  • Deep Tissue Lower Body
  • Addiction Recovery and Therapeutic Massage

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

Here’s a personal story about sports massage featured in the Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual.

MS 150 SPORTS MASSAGE FOR CYCLISTS 

My hometown, Austin, Texas, is in the “Top 10 Fittest Cities in America,” as listed on Sharecare, an online health and wellness platform, so it makes sense that sports massage would be a logical specialization for a massage therapist here in the heart of Texas.

The first organized sports event where I worked as a massage therapist was the BP MS 150 Bike Ride. This ride is the largest event of its kind in North America. Organized by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, BP MS 150 bike rides are held around the country to raise funds to fight multiple sclerosis (MS) and generate awareness about a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system. There are typically around 13,000 riders for the two–day, 180–mile bike ride from Houston to Austin. At the mid–point between Houston and Austin, in La Grange, the cyclists stay in hundreds of tents at the Fayette County Fairgrounds. They stop for the night, receive sports massages, rest, refuel, and share in the camaraderie of the event.

My sports massage team offered our services to the Halliburton team from Houston. Our goal in servicing the cycling population was to ease discomforts from Saturday’s ride from Houston to LaGrange and prepare the cyclists for Sunday’s ride from LaGrange to Austin.

We arrived early, around 8 am, to set up our tables and supplies, and then we waited for hours for the cyclists to begin pouring in later in the afternoon. We had plenty of time to talk with our fellow massage therapists and with the coordinators of the massage team.

It was interesting not quite knowing what to expect during my first sports massage event for the Halliburton team. I was happy to see that the cyclists showered before they came to the massage tables and I was pleased that they were all very grateful for their sessions.

The first year I massaged for the Halliburton team things flowed rather smoothly and we completed our work day at a pretty decent time; however, the second time I worked for the Halliburton massage team, there were huge headwinds which caused considerable setbacks for both the cyclists and the massage therapists. But we remained fueled by the sense of adventure to try something different, and to trade our treatment rooms for a unique and fresh environment at a sporting event in order to benefit a good cause. The atmosphere was festive. I was quite fortunate that several friends from Austin were on the massage team with me.

I recall that one of the massage therapists really had her system down. I was impressed. She brought a pretty rug, some room dividers, and signage. She also had music playing in her corner of the tent. As a newbie, I didn’t quite know what to expect, so I brought about ten times as many linens as anyone else. I laugh at myself now for being so naïve. Sports event massage usually requires plastic covering for the tables, few linens and very little bolstering.

For this cycling event, most of the work was focused on the legs, glutes, low back, neck, and hands. The athletes were in great shape; their muscles were long and lean and very firm. These were definitely not fluff and buff sessions! Once they arrived for their sessions, it was back–to–back massaging for several hours to help alleviate aches and pains accumulated along the way. All in all, it was exhilarating being in the midst of hundreds of big white tents providing massage for athletes willing to cycle 180 miles from Houston to Austin in order to support a worthy cause. There was something very heartwarming about being part of that process and offering sports massage for a very unique, charitable, and fit group of athletes.

I would like to share a quote with you written by Steve Capellini that succinctly sums up my experience with the cyclists of the BP MS 150, “On one level, massage actually has little to do with muscles and joints and hands and backs.  It has to do with the person inside the body giving the massage and the person inside getting the massage.  The real massage is the transmission of a message from the giver to the receiver and back again: and that message is likely to contain elements of gratitude, understanding, compassion and shared awareness.”

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 Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual, visit http://www.arianainstitute.com/the-ariana-institutes-advanced-massage-therapy-techniques-manual-and-ce-courses/.

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Sports Massage CE course, as well as over thirty other 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 Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques 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

 

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