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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 https://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 https://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

 

A Multi–Modality Approach to Headache and Allergy Relief

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

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

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

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

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

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

A MULTI-MODALITY APPROACH TO HEADACHE AND ALLERGY RELIEF

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

To read the foreword of the Medical Massage Therapy Manual, visit https://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

 

Addiction Recovery and Therapeutic Massage

February 22, 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:

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

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 addiction recovery featured in the Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual.

ADDICTION RECOVERY AND THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE 

During the summer of ’99 I was housesitting for a friend of mine in Travis Heights, one of Austin’s great historic neighborhoods. I was one of the first massage therapists to be licensed in Texas over a decade before that; however, I moved to California to take graduate classes in psychology and I let my Texas massage therapy license lapse. I ended up leaving California and moving back to Texas. I discovered that because my Texas license had not been renewed in a timely manner, in order to practice massage again in Texas I would be required to go back to massage school and take the entire program from beginning to end. I put it off for a while because of the expense and time involved, but then decided that massage was my first love, so I bit the bullet and returned to school. I lived in Wimberley, about 45 minutes southwest of Austin, so housesitting in Travis Heights for the entire summer was ideal for me since my massage school was just seven miles away, which significantly lessened my commute. The lady who owned the house that I was taking care of is a massage therapist who specializes in offering massage for people in recovery. She was my inspiration for expanding my horizons regarding the profound benefits that therapeutic massage can have for people in recovery. A simple housesitting job turned into a major influencer in my career path. I respect and admire my friend’s focus on working with people in recovery.

My Dad and two of my brothers were practicing alcoholics. Watching and getting caught up in the energy of their torment had a profound effect on my life. None of them ever sought treatment, so their lives ended early and poorly. Sometimes we learn what not to do by observing the lives of others. I often wondered what it would have been like had they benefited from psychotherapy, group support and skilled nurturing touch; however, that was not the path they chose.

My destiny took me in another direction, and I began focusing on developing a nationally approved continuing education course, Addiction Recovery and Therapeutic Massage. As I designed this course, I often thought of Karen, her lovely Travis Heights home where she saw clients in recovery, and the conversations we had that year. She only considered people who were actively in a recovery program for at least three months before agreeing to see them as clients; she did not choose to see people who were practicing addicts. That made good sense to me.

I dreamed of offering massage for people in recovery at one of the Chopra Centers or one of the Hazelden Betty Ford Centers; however, that never came to be, so I proceeded to see clients in my private practice in Austin. I also focused on guiding others by offering therapeutic massage courses through the Ariana Institute. I am grateful that over time the interest in somatic therapies for people in recovery has expanded and the focus for those in recovery is a multifactorial approach to regaining balance and sanity that involves body, mind and spirit.

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 https://www.arianainstitute.com/the-ariana-institutes-advanced-massage-therapy-techniques-manual-and-ce-courses/.

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

 

Stretching and Breathing

February 15, 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 stretching and breathing featured in the Self Care for the Massage Therapist Manual.

STRETCHING AND BREATHING

My first experience with formal stretching and breathing exercises began in 1979 when I joined a lovely meditation group in south Austin and started practicing yoga with my friend Riki Dunn at the YWCA. This experience helped me learn about the importance of stretching and breathing exercises as I became aware of the effects of proper breathing and regular stretching to help alleviate stress, physical discomfort, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Throughout the years since then, I’ve incorporated different programs of breathing and stretching into my life. Now, one of my favorite activities during the week is going to Hatha yoga on Sunday afternoons at the Hills Fitness Center with a fabulous instructor, Manu Verma. I always feel deeply transformed by the experience of practicing yoga with him. His classes take me on a journey of breath, movement, sound and meditation.

Restorative yoga is another form of stretching and breathing that I find deeply relaxing and centering. It is the centering of your breath and body – aligning the physical and mental by practicing stillness or gentle movement for extended periods of time. I usually do this once a month during the new moon, although I know I could benefit from doing it more often.

In addition to yogic practices and stretching activities, I have participated in Somatic Experiencing sessions with Miriam Klotz, a psychotherapist who trained with Dr. Peter A. Levine, a psychologist and biophysicist who founded the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. During these body-oriented sessions, Miriam incorporated a variety of Somatic Experiencing techniques to help relieve and resolve the symptoms of stress by focusing on my perceived body sensations (or somatic experiences). This helped release stored emotions and facilitate the healing process. Breath and imagery were integral parts of this therapy. Calming and centering techniques were learned that became a part of my self care outside of the therapist’s office.

My personal experience with stretching, breathing and self care has proven to be very beneficial to me personally and professionally. It has increased my empathy for those who are suffering and it has given me strength and more appropriate tools to help people through traumatic situations and physical discomfort. As for myself, a focus on self care has given me a firm foundation from which to live in a balanced and sensible way while taking time to have fun, be open to love, and enjoy life to its fullest.

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 https://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

 

Pain Management and Palliative Care

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

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

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

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

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

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

PAIN MANAGEMENT AND PALLIATIVE CARE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

To read the foreword of the Medical Massage Therapy Manual, visit https://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

 

My First Couples Massage

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

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

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

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

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

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

MY FIRST COUPLES MASSAGE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

To read the foreword of the Techniques in the Spa World Manual, visit https://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

 

Adventures in Chair Massage

January 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:

  • Chair Massage
  • Sports Massage
  • CranioSacral Therapy
  • 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 chair massage featured in the Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual.

ADVENTURES IN CHAIR MASSAGE 

Chair massage has taken me to some amazing places during the course of my career. I’ve offered chair massage in the grand ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel, where I massaged the ladies of the Texas State Legislature; in a quaint bed and breakfast in the Texas Hill Country where we offered chair massage in a room that was painted floor to ceiling in an Alice In Wonderland motif; and at a benefit for Latina mothers that was held in the garden at an amazing plant shop in East Austin, where I offered chair massage between the roses and the hibiscus flowers. I’ve also been part of chair massage teams in more traditional environments like high tech companies, schools, medical offices and wellness fairs. During some of my chair massage adventures, I’ve been a contract employee, and at other times I’ve been a team leader or organizer of the chair massage event. It’s been an interesting journey. It’s taken me to places that I normally not would go and has paved the way for me to meet people I would not normally meet.

I designed my first chair massage class after a good friend of mine contacted me and said that she wanted to give away her chair massage gig backstage at the Paramount Theatre for a group of musicians she really loved. She felt like she didn’t have the technical skills to offer chair massage, even though she was highly skilled in many other modalities. I could have easily taken over her chair gig; however, I wanted to empower her because she was such a wonderful person and a good friend. So I encouraged her to accept the chair massage opportunity. I made arrangements for her to get together with me and a group of other massage therapists who were skilled in the art of chair massage. We exchanged chair massage sessions with her and we wrote down a protocol for a chair massage session. We all offered to continue trading with her until her confidence level was high enough that she could feel comfortable offering chair massage for her favorite musical group at the concert. She went, she loved it and had a fabulous time. We all rejoiced in her success.

Not too long after that informal teaching experience, I began developing and designing a nationally approved chair massage continuing education course. I went online and purchased several Earthworks Portal Pro massage chairs so my students would not have to bring their own chairs to class. I created a course notebook that included information about techniques, protocols, anatomy, body mechanics and marketing. I created a chair massage video to accompany the online course. From the very beginning, the chair massage CE class has been, and continues to be, one of my most popular classes. I love facilitating students’ progress as they hone their skills and deepen their knowledge. When chair massage opportunities arise in the Austin area, I contact my star students first and let them know that they would be welcome to work with me, or work independently, as the job requires. Chair massage can be a wonderful door opener in terms of marketing and it can also be a fantastic income producing opportunity in its own right.

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 https://www.arianainstitute.com/the-ariana-institutes-advanced-massage-therapy-techniques-manual-and-ce-courses/.

The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Chair Massage, Sports Massage, CranioSacral Therapy, 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

 

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 https://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

 

Massage for the Golden Years

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– George Washington–Carver

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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

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

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

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

Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, NCTMB

 

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