The Ariana Institute for Wellness Education offers an outstanding resource for those interested in deep tissue therapies, featuring topics that include Upper and Lower Body Massage Techniques.
The Ariana Institute’s Deep Tissue Massage Therapy Manual is part of a series of massage manuals that are designed to help deepen the knowledge and understanding of current massage therapists and introduce new, upcoming massage therapists to the world of massage and bodywork. To order your copies of the Ariana Institute’s Deep Tissue Massage Therapy Manualvisit www.amazon.com/author/arianavincent.
This manual incorporates detailed protocol descriptions, high definition instructional photos, links to the Ariana Institute’s online instructional videos demonstrating a wide variety of techniques, marketing and practice building strategies, and resources for advanced learning to encourage a comprehensive understanding of medical therapy modalities that can be offered in a massage practice.
The Ariana Institute’s therapy manual series has been over 16 years in the making and is a monumental achievement for the Ariana Institute. The Deep Tissue Massage Therapy Manual is a perfect source of deep study for massage therapists and those seeking to expand their understanding of deep tissue therapies and further cultivate their practices!
Here is the foreword to the Ariana Institute’s Deep Tissue Massage Therapy Manual by David Lauterstein, Co-Director of The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School, MTI, Cert. ZB, Author of The Deep Massage Book.
Ariana Vincent’s Deep Tissue Massage Manual is an excellent introduction to deep tissue work. She has gathered many gems of technique and philosophy together. These are drawn from her own extensive experience and knowledge of deep tissue from her own practice extending over 30+ years. She has graciously included in this manual useful collaborative insights from other excellent teachers and writers – Art Riggs, Ryan Hoyme, Michael Carpenter and others. She does an excellent job detailing the proper body mechanics for performing deep tissue work. So often therapists hurt themselves trying too hard or utilizing less than optimum posture and movements. Her emphasis and information on body mechanics is to be applauded. Ariana is not only a pioneer in massage and instruction, she has provided a great number of on-line resources and courses through the Ariana Institute. At the same time, she also does the field a service by emphasizing, in addition to her contribution to the growing literature on deep tissue, that it is best if students receive hands-on instruction in deep tissue massage therapy. Throughout the manual, added to her important verbal explanations of the techniques, she has, for visual learners, included some excellent photos and links to her videos illustrating this work. This manual is a superb compendium of deep tissue techniques that can be adapted to serve the many needs of a client during a session. She recognizes that of course pieces of this may be included or edited out depending on the client’s needs, preferences, and the length of the session. The Ariana Institute’s Deep Tissue Therapy Massage Manual will be helpful to everyone who reads it!
The Ariana Institute for Wellness Education offers an outstanding resource for those interested in mind-body therapies, featuring topics that include Reiki, Meditation, Mindfulness, and Soothing PTSD and Trauma.
The Ariana Institute’s Mind-Body Therapy Manual is part of a series of massage manuals that are designed to help deepen the knowledge and understanding of current massage therapists and introduce new, upcoming massage therapists to the world of massage and bodywork. To order your copies of the Ariana Institute’s Mind-Body Therapy Manual visit www.amazon.com/author/arianavincent.
This manual incorporates detailed protocol descriptions, high definition instructional photos, links to the Ariana Institute’s online instructional videos demonstrating a wide variety of techniques, marketing and practice building strategies, and resources for advanced learning to encourage a comprehensive understanding of mind-body modalities that can be offered in a massage practice.
The Ariana Institute’s therapy manual series has been over 16 years in the making and is a monumental achievement for the Ariana Institute. The Mind-Body Therapy Manual is a perfect source of deep study for massage therapists and those seeking to expand their understanding of mind-body therapies and further cultivate their practices!
Here is the foreword to the Ariana Institute’s Mind-Body Therapy Manual by Manu Verma, Independent Health, Wellness and Fitness Professional.
The manifestations of the mode of goodness are experienced when all the gates of the body are illuminated by knowledge. – Bhagavad Gita 14.11 When I attended my very first Vipassana meditation retreat in 1998, almost 15 years ago, I still remember listening to founder Mr. Goenka talk about how every time we get angry, every time we refuse to say what we feel, every time we resent something, we put a knot in our spine, and over time the spine becomes fully knotted. He said that practicing Vipassana is therefore a process of undoing the knots, one at a time. This made a very profound impression on me and to this day I am still reminded of it every time I study, practice and teach yoga. Every pose I teach helps people undo their spine one knot at a time. It’s good to see how that wisdom, which probably was limited to so few people in the Vipassana hall at that time, has made its way out into thousands of contemporary yoga studios across the country. The mind-body is a sacred garment for the indwelling spirit. In stress of daily living it can suffer a good deal of wear and tear. Excessive pressure to survive, raise the kids, the toll the demands of work take on our relationships, the physical neglect, illnesses the constant fear of impending old age and death leaves most of us traumatized. No wonder, that in the very first section of this book Ariana addresses helping healthcare practitioners deal with the victims and survivors of trauma. The guidelines she provides are extensive and center around one single purpose: to bring oneself or one’s client in the present moment so as to be able to re-live in our present body. The following sections deal with the traditional healing through Reiki. In the Sadhana Pada of the Yoga Sutras, Lord Patanjali says, “The pains that are yet to come can be and are to be avoided.” If I had to apply this philosophy to everyday life, I would say that it is a lot easier to stay healthy than to recover from illness. And staying healthy can be very spiritual discipline in itself, since one can serve God in the heart so much more effectively with a body that is healthy than with a body that is sick. Giving and receiving Reiki can be extremely therapeutic. When one invokes the symbols of Reiki, one is literally inviting the mercy and blessings of God. This book is intended primarily for massage therapists who are looking to go deeper with their studies through continuing education. And for them, this book is a gold mine – it not only discusses the therapies but also delves into the ethics, protocols and self-care tips. It explains “energy transference,” which often gets lost in other books that are simply a collection of techniques. It guides you through the business aspects of setting up a successful massage therapy practice, and having worked for myself for a decade or so, I find this section to be very relevant and important. It is this business acumen that transforms a talented artist into a successful talented artist. Having lived in yoga ashrams, learning and teaching for the last 15 years or so, I have developed a genuine appreciation for teachings and writings that are authentic to the source; where the only sole purpose of the author is to explain philosophical concepts as intended originally by sages and saints, instead of trying to push one’s own agenda in an attempt to garner respect and gather a following. Books written in the former way have a truly transformative power. I am pleased to say that Ariana’s Mind Body Therapy Manual belongs to this category, with a genuine intent, bonafide techniques and credits given where due. What impresses me is the thoughtful insight Ariana has provided, and the time it must have taken her to compile it. Having known her for years now and having witnessed how much of a perfectionist she is, this must have been a monumental task, one that only a person who loves the art so dearly could have completed so well. This is the kind of book that I would always keep handy and refer to very often. And every time I do I know I will find something new, or read what I have read before but realize a new meaning or application. The pages will get creased over time, have stains of tea or coffee and the binding will probably come apart as I make copies of pages to share with friends. And after years, when I decide that it’s time to get a new copy, I’m sure Amazon will have kept it perennially in stock, ready to ship!
The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Reiki, PTSD and Trauma Relief, Meditation, and Mindfulness CE courses can be accessed below or on the Ariana Institute’s YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/user/ArianaInstitute.
The Ariana Institute for Wellness Education offers an outstanding resource for those interested in head, hand, and foot therapies, featuring topics that include Facial and Scalp Massage, Hand and Foot Massage, Reflexology, as well as Back, Neck, and Shoulder Massage.
The Ariana Institute’s Head, Hand, and Foot Massage Manual is part of a series of massage manuals that are designed to help deepen the knowledge and understanding of current massage therapists and introduce new, upcoming massage therapists to the world of massage and bodywork. To order your copies of the Ariana Institute’s Head, Hand, and Foot Massage Manual visit www.amazon.com/author/arianavincent.
This manual incorporates detailed protocol descriptions, high definition instructional photos, links to the Ariana Institute’s online instructional videos demonstrating a wide variety of techniques, marketing and practice building strategies, and resources for advanced learning to encourage a comprehensive understanding of head, hand, and foot therapy modalities that can be offered in a massage practice.
The Ariana Institute’s therapy manual series has been over 16 years in the making and is a monumental achievement for the Ariana Institute. The Head, Hand, and Foot Massage Manual is a perfect source of deep study for massage therapists and those seeking to expand their understanding of head, hand, and foot therapies and further cultivate their practices!
Here is the foreword to the Ariana Institute’s Head, Hand, and Foot Massage Manual by Jon Sullivan, LMT, MTI.
I am delighted to write this introduction to the Ariana Institute’s Head, Hand and Foot Massage Manual. As a pioneer in the field of touch therapy, Ariana Vincent has added an excellent energy to this series of continuing education manuals. How thoughtful she is to include the head, hand and foot into a cohesive lesson. Once again, the Ariana Institute has captured the essence of what it is to touch deeply and with skill. Complete with step-by-step protocol and rationale for treatment with special considerations, this manual reads more like a compendium than a cookbook. Seasoned veterans of touch therapy would do well to read this. Beginners in this field now have a jumpstart to solid building blocks of compassionate care thanks to the detailed instruction, demo slides, and tailored online videos that Ariana presents in her manuals. The technical expertise not withstanding, her frequent encouragements towards centering and mindfulness for the therapist shall surely serve to be a vivifying tonic to touch practitioners everywhere. As a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Level Two Geriatric Massage Therapist, who spent many years working as a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant in long-term, home health, clinics and hospitals, I have been aware of this burgeoning need for skilled touch for more than two decades. As a special lecturer at a massage school for more than 16 years, it was my job to speak to classes about special populations, specifically geriatric massage. As well, I found a cohort in quality education. Ariana Vincent has a big picture view that translates well for students of the art and science of massage looking to interface with our population at large. In recent years, our American demographic has undergone serious change. News outlets have dubbed it “The Graying of America.” Allied health is impacted by the volume of clients and patients needing significant lifestyle support to maintain levels of wellness and independence among community members. This offers real challenges to service providers including practitioners in the field of massage therapy. Ariana Institute has developed excellent learning resources to help the massage community strengthen its collective efforts to ameliorate pain and discomfort for our customers with proven protocols. Massage helps the body heal itself by promoting a wide range of metabolic changes such as increased blood flow, in addition to increased neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, and decreased cortisol levels, resulting in systemic relaxation and decreased pain. Even our pharmaceuticals seem to have more side effects and off label uses than benefits. Our bodies can still demonstrate remarkable resiliency in bouncing back against extreme odds. Recovery from joint replacement surgeries or from blood borne pathogens can be accomplished when we work with the body’s systems to provide support to it’s vital organs. Working with the body using techniques like a gentle pumping of the lymphatic system as detailed in this manual helps to generate anti stress hormones in the bloodstream. Since the skin, and its connected myofascial components, makes up the body’s largest organ system, it only makes sense to approach body care from the feet or hands. Our feet are our base of support that connects our heads to the world through a complex web of neuromuscular control which we must maintain. The normal function of our lives exposes our bodies to pressure up to 2000 psi, and the dehydration of the soft tissues. In an effort to counteract the wear and tear that our bodies endure, skin-on-skin contact is a powerful electric healing component required for fascial mobilization, and slow movements are needed to gently rehydrate stiff joints with specific water able to penetrate the ground system of the body’s connective matrix. Also, whether practicing traditional acupressure, reflexology, or basic hand and foot massage techniques, the body will increase serotonin production and basic immune function. Recent research additionally shows that “natural killer cells” increase after just a brief moderate pressure series of strokes. A simple repetition of strokes at the nape of the neck promotes more blood flow and fluid balancing of the cranium in a migraine sufferer. With Ariana’s in-depth techniques and multi format learning tools the practitioner can learn to have quality protocols to address the client’s needs fully and provide an exceptional experience. Since the need for our work continues to grow, an ever important aspect in the field of massage therapy is our clients’ accessibility to our services. As many first time massage clients enter our offices with considerable trepidation, we see the need for a more remedial approach to educate the uninitiated prior to getting a full body table experience. Receiving educated touch for the first time can be shocking, but sharing intimate space and information in a dimly lit treatment room isn’t for every age, or every body. Providing a gentle hand or foot massage can ameliorate much nervousness about what a new client may receive from more thorough bodywork. Hopefully, this book will find its way to many healthcare workers, first responders and touch enthusiasts who will further learn the comprehensive knowledge and care offered in Ariana’s detailed teaching manuals and accompanying videos. This manual is a fitting addition to the Ariana Institute’s vast library of helpful how-to lessons for those seeking to blaze new trails of therapeutic discovery from a master in the discipline of doing things right. Thank you Ariana Institute for assuring quality and affordable education for our massage family!
The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Reflexology, Facial and Scalp Massage, Hand and Foot Massage, as well as Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage CE courses can be accessed below or on the Ariana Institute’s YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/user/ArianaInstitute.
MASSAGE Magazine’s recent article, “30 on 30: Massage Experts on 30 Years of Massage Therapy,” featured Ariana Vincent, L.M.T., M.T.I., B.C.T.M.B. The article highlights the experiences, impressions and opinions of massage experts, therapists and educators about the massage profession’s evolution over three decades.
In the article, Ariana shared the following, “I began practicing massage 34 years ago and began teaching 16 years ago. I now teach over 33 continuing education (CE) courses through the Ariana Institute. In 1982, I trained to become a massage therapist. In 1999, I changed course after nearly two decades of practicing massage when I obtained my certification as a Massage Therapy Instructor and CE provider.
I was the inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2013. I was chosen by the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education as a 2015 Educator of the Year, in the continuing education category. I am honored to be recognized by my colleagues in the massage community.”
For more information about Ariana Vincent and the Ariana Institute, please visit www.arianainstitute.com and register for online and hands-on continuing education classes.
The Ariana Institute for Wellness Education offers an outstanding resource for those interested in self-care for massage therapists, featuring topics that include Body Mechanics, Stretching and Breathing, Meditation as a Therapeutic Tool, and Mindfulness in a Therapeutic Setting.
The Ariana Institute’s Self Care for Massage Therapists Manual is part of a series of massage manuals that are designed to help deepen the knowledge and understanding of current massage therapists and introduce new, upcoming massage therapists to the world of massage and bodywork. To order your copies of the Ariana Institute’s Self Care for Massage Therapists Manualvisit www.amazon.com/author/arianavincent.
This manual incorporates detailed protocol descriptions, high definition instructional photos, links to the Ariana Institute’s online instructional videos demonstrating a wide variety of techniques, marketing and practice building strategies, and resources for advanced learning to encourage a comprehensive understanding of self care modalities that are beneficial in a massage practice.
The Ariana Institute’s therapy manual series has been over 16 years in the making and is a monumental achievement for the Ariana Institute. The Self Care for Massage Therapists Manual is a perfect source of deep study for massage therapists and those seeking to expand their understanding and further cultivate their practices!
Here is the foreword to the Ariana Institute’s Self Care for Massage Therapists Manual by Paméla Overeynder, Biodynamic CranioSacral Therapist.
Self care is as elusive as the white unicorn in today’s super-connected, super-busy world. Even those of us who know better, don’t always practice because it simply isn’t valued in our culture – lip service maybe, but no real commitment. That’s what makes the massage and bodywork community unique and attractive to the super-stressed, busy bees of the world. They somehow are drawn to massage without quite knowing the secret ingredient – love! And what could be important than for the massage therapist to love herself or himself and pass loving touch on to others. The Ariana Institute’s Self Care for Massage Therapists Manual is a generous and comprehensive guidebook to the many ways loving self care can be practiced.
Like so many people, my first massage was a spiritual experience of falling deeply into myself. For the first time in my life I experienced an awakened body and a sense of wholeness. I felt like I had been in a deep meditative state that, no doubt, the very gifted therapist had produced with her presence. I knew immediately that I wanted to help others come home to their bodies. I was in my early thirties and ready for a career change. I completed massage school in 1989 and gradually started to practice. It never occurred to me in the early days that my body would some day “refuse” to do this work that I loved so much. But that’s exactly what happened. As I got busier and placed more demands on my body, I had various issues, including a frozen shoulder, that I was able to work through with a lot of massage and physical therapy.
When I started getting tendonitis in my right elbow, I kept working, resulting in repetitive use injury. Receiving massage didn’t help anymore. I kept telling myself I would work through it like I did with the shoulder issue. Fear for my livelihood kept me working long after it was clear that I was harming my body. Amazing what fear can do.
Finally, one night my body simply said NO! And I knew my massage career was over, done, finished. Not a good scenario for the bank account. Fortunately for me, I found Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and enrolled in the two-year foundation training and made a very happy transition to work I love even more. Life unfolds in mysterious ways. I have no regrets about doing massage as long as I did or retraining in CranioSacral therapy, but what if?
What if I had a copy of Ariana’s Self Care for Massage Therapists Manual as a resource throughout my career? I probably would have extended my massage career by faithfully following the self care credo Ariana so beautifully articulates. Understanding how the body works is essential to prevent injuries. The exercises gathered together in the section on stretching would have served me very well.
Fundamentally self care is about honoring and respecting the body/mind that is the vehicle for realizing our life’s purpose. A big part of the life journey is realizing our wholeness and ultimately our oneness with all of creation. A weak and unhealthy body makes this realization much more difficult. As professionals in the field of health care and bodywork, therapist self care is essential, not only for the therapist, but also for the client because the therapist is modeling health for the client. All the work we do to take good care of ourselves benefits our clients and indeed everyone in our sphere of influence. As we uncover our unique, brilliant selves that are whole and complete, we can become a support and encouragement for others to do the same.
What I love and appreciate about Ariana’s manual is the way her spiritual intentions shine through. This is true of everything she does personally and professionally. The usual self care books for massage therapists focus more on body mechanics, stretching and maybe breathing exercises. Self Care for Massage Therapists is a comprehensive resource guide covering the basics of body mechanics, stretching and breath work in great detail. The sections on stretching, meditation, and mindfulness practice bring together some of the best writing available today by experts in their field on these topics.
And wonderfully, the manual is filled with exercises to expand awareness and consciousness. In fact, what makes this manual unique and so very valuable is its inclusiveness and support of the whole being – body, mind and spirit. A therapist who takes care of his or her body/mind, who meditates and practices mindfulness in life and in work has so much more to offer clients.
As practitioners, we don’t just bring our technical skills to work. We bring our whole beings, always a work in progress. Though subtle, our atmosphere or the attunement we radiate has a profound effect on the work we do. If we are calm, centered, relaxed, the client’s body knows and responds. If we are present, focused and mindful of our own bodies as we work, the client’s body knows. If we are breathing well as we work we can help the client bring awareness to the breath. If we are eating well, sleeping well, stretching well, exercising well, getting bodywork, taking time for ourselves, we bring a healthy, happy body to work and the client’s body knows. If we can learn to say no when the body needs down time, and set appropriate boundaries with clients, and communicate clearly, this is self care and the client’s body knows. What we are describing is an expanded vision of what it means to have a healthy lifestyle, to take care of self.
Everything we do to enhance our skills and our Being supports and enhances the experience our clients will have during a session. Self care is a continuous process because self-realization is never finished. Along the way we may discover that all this self care work isn’t about self-improvement. It’s about love and respect and a willingness to keep growing, to expand into the fullness of who we always were and are. And this doesn’t happen without the full range of self care practices so carefully and lovingly gathered together in this one place, this one manual. Self care is exactly what it says, care for the self – body, mind and soul. It turns out what’s good for me also benefits my clients. We are all so connected.
This manual is not only beneficial for massage therapists but for anyone and everyone. It is a spiritual guidebook chock full of resources and practices. Even advanced practitioners will find much here to enhance and support themselves personally and professionally.
What a joy to review the Ariana Institute’s Self Care for Massage Therapists Manual. Its comprehensive approach to self care is a most valuable contribution to the massage therapy literature, an encouragement for the professional practitioner to be a whole and healthy human being.
The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Body Mechanics, Stretching and Breathing, Meditation as a Therapeutic Tool, and Mindfulness in a Therapeutic Setting CE courses can be accessed below or on the Ariana Institute’s YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/user/ArianaInstitute.
The Alliance For Massage Therapy Educators 2015 Educational Congress was a remarkable experience for Ariana Vincent, CEO of the Ariana Institute for Wellness Education and Alliance for Massage Therapy Education 2015 Continuing Education Provider of the Year.
Whitney Lowe, AFMTE 2014 CE Provider of the Year and Ariana Vincent, AFMTE 2015 CE Provider of the Year
The AFMTE CE Provider of the Year Award award honors excellence in massage and bodywork education and serves to foster a culture that supports raising the standards of excellence in massage and bodywork education. The award recipients are chosen from a pool of high caliber professionals based on their experience, teacher training taken, and how well they meet the core competency standards that form the foundations for effective successful teaching.
Pete Whitridge, President of AFMTE, and Ariana Vincent
Ariana Vincent’s Acceptance Speech for the AFMTE Award
I am honored to be recognized by my peers for my work as an educator. Receiving this award is significant in the evolution my teaching career, a profession that has already awarded me with so many wonderful experiences from simply being a part of the massage community. I am grateful for the AFMTE for supporting me with this award, and supporting excellence in the education of the massage therapy community.
It is an honor for me to be here with you all today at the 2015 Alliance for Massage Therapy Educational Congress. I am grateful to be in the community of friends, colleagues and kindred spirits. I would especially like to thank Michael McIver for believing in me from the beginning. I am proud to be in the company of AFMTE luminaries.
I would like to thank everyone involved in helping me achieve this very significant pinnacle in my career as the AFMTE C.E. Provider of the Year: my family, my wonderful team at the Ariana Institute, my colleagues, friends, mentors, clients and students.
I am very humbled to be in such illustrious company. Being honored as the AFMTE C.E. Provider of the Year is something I never even imagined possible back when I first began my massage career in 1982 at the Family Wellness and Resource Center. There I began training to become a professional massage therapist, and as a result, I was fortunate to have become part of the first group of massage therapists to be licensed in Texas in 1986.
In 1999 I obtained my certification as a massage therapy instructor and continuing education provider and began forming the Ariana Institute for Wellness Education. I teach at clinics, spas and schools and welcome additional teaching opportunities.
The changes that I have seen during the course of my career have been remarkable. We as a society are deepening our respect and appreciation for massage therapy. I am grateful to have found my vehicle for serving the world in the massage therapy profession.
The needs and resources of students continue to increase, so the standards of teaching must continue to elevate with them. Students can be willing to learn, but they can only reflect the quality of education that they are given. So as educators we must emit the highest standard of education we provide, if we are to see that same standard reflected in our students.
It wasn’t just my talents as a massage therapy educator that made success possible for me and for the Ariana Institute; I wouldn’t be standing here in front of you today without the support of many people.
I would like to thank everyone who made this moment possible for me. I acknowledge the countless everyday contributions those who have supported me have made on my behalf and on behalf of the Ariana Institute. I am grateful for the contributions that each and every one of you have made to the ongoing evolution of the massage profession.
Looking back on my career, I attribute much of my success to being resilient, surrounding myself with supportive motivational peers, and keeping a positive perspective.
Thank you all again and again. Being honored as the AFMTE C. E. Provider of the Year means the world to me. Your kindness is deeply appreciated and will long be remembered. I accept this award for each and every one of us; we all shine with the inner light as a collective whole.
I leave you with my favorite quote by Pericles, that I shared with Ryan Hoyme years ago when he interviewed me on his Massage Nerd show. Thank you, Ryan. “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” What AFMTE has woven into the fabric of the massage community is more precious than any stone monument that could ever exist. I sincerely thank you all.
Ariana Vincent at the 2015 AFMTE Educational Congress
Ariana also had the honor of being interviewed by The Massage Nerd, Ryan Hoyme, about her successes and award as the 2015 AFMTE CE Provider of the Year. To view The MassageNerd’s interview with Ariana Vincent, follow the link to https://youtu.be/mbLI25D7g7I or watch the embedded video below.
Ariana is delighted to be a part of the AFMTE community and is very honored to receive the 2015 AFMTE CE Provider of the Year Award! Thank you for your continued support and radiance in inspiring massage education and wellness for the body, mind, and spirit!
The Ariana Institute for Wellness Education offers an outstanding resource for those interested in medical massage therapies, featuring topics that include Headache and Allergy Relief, Lymphatic Massage, HIV/AIDS Information for Massage Therapists, Pain Management, Prenatal Massage, and Geriatric Massage.
The Ariana Institute’s Medical Massage Therapy Manual is part of a series of massage manuals that are designed to help deepen the knowledge and understanding of current massage therapists and introduce new, upcoming massage therapists to the world of massage and bodywork. To order your copies of the Ariana Institute’s Medical Massage Therapy Manualvisit www.amazon.com/author/arianavincent.
This manual incorporates detailed protocol descriptions, high definition instructional photos, links to the Ariana Institute’s online instructional videos demonstrating a wide variety of techniques, marketing and practice building strategies, and resources for advanced learning to encourage a comprehensive understanding of medical therapy modalities that can be offered in a massage practice.
The Ariana Institute’s therapy manual series has been over 16 years in the making and is a monumental achievement for the Ariana Institute. The Medical Massage Therapy Manual is a perfect source of deep study for massage therapists and those seeking to expand their understanding of medical massage therapies and further cultivate their practices!
Here is the foreword to the Ariana Institute’s Medical Massage Therapy Manual by Art Riggs, Certified Advanced Rolfer and Massage Therapy Instructor.
Over the last fifty or sixty years massage and bodywork has grown from an ungainly infant of a few practitioners performing primarily relaxation massage as an avocation, for recreation or personal growth to a profession of at least late adolescence and maybe even early adulthood. Today, massage therapy has matured to a respected and economically viable profession. Some large sample polls find that the public often chooses massage over chiropractic, physical therapy, medication and other classic western (and Eastern) modalities for a large list of complaints including back and neck pain, headaches, working with adhesions, lymph and other residual effects of surgery, geriatric, and serious illness such as HIV and cancer. However, this success has come with a price. I see a divisiveness as different modalities—from myofascial, neurological, movement work, trigger point, cranial sacral, structural integration, orthopedic massage, and a host of others vie for dominance, often competing with or even denigrating other forms of bodywork. As is always the case when success brings money, big business has seized the opportunity to enter into all aspects of massage and bodywork. Competing professional groups vie for accreditation and liability insurance; large trade schools churn out huge numbers of competing therapists with spa-oriented training providing minimal training in how to deal with the physical issues our clients are looking for help with. Small wonder that the attrition rate is high in production line fifty minute massages as burnout, injuries, and disillusionment result, both from overwork in corporate employment and from a lack of deep personal gratification that comes from feelings of efficacy in improving peoples’ lives with valuable therapeutic work. For various reasons, often because of lawyer imposed strict limitations on scope of practice, a great many excellent therapists working in spas have an arm tied behind their backs, limited to doing cookie cutter “relaxation” massages with strict rules to refrain from working with any “conditions” or injuries that their clients present. The largest complaint from the public is that the therapist did not listen to or address their complaints. Although this may be because of limitations imposed by their employer, many therapists admit that they have scant training in dealing with complaints and injuries that fall under the scope of therapeutic or medical massage. It saddens me that so many of these therapists have no idea of how much help they can be to the health of their clients and the feelings of fulfillment that come from such work. The reality is that virtually every client, no matter what kind of work you do, will have a need to address a wide range of conditions, from improved athletic performance, nagging injuries or pain, better mobility or posture to more serious medical conditions that can be addressed in even the most soothing relaxation massage. To excel in massage and separate yourself from the masses to build a successful following, as well as to add the gratification from interesting and downright fun problem solving and the gratitude of clients, it is almost a necessity to have therapeutic healing skills. As bodywork has ascended to mainstream therapy “therapeutic” or “medical” massage training has blossomed, and this has moved our profession from counter culture to mainstream. However, it can be quite confusing to decide what direction to take in studying and practicing. One of my favorite teachers often reminded his students, “Give a man a hammer, and the whole world becomes a nail” as a caveat against simplistic and myopic panaceas for treatment. However it is common for therapists of different modalities to tout the superiority of their work, and sometimes as a group, denigrate other forms of work as insignificant or ineffective. So what is a therapist to do in what should be a life-long quest for increasing knowledge and effective and gratifying therapeutic skills? Rather than narrow protocols or trainings with fancy names, I love the multi-dimensional approach of Ariana Vincent. Ariana is a highly skilled practitioner with a wide range and deep understanding of eclectic modalities and has been a major force in bodywork for more than 30 years. She has trained in and taught many different forms of bodywork, and has a wealth of wisdom—both technical and philosophical. It is no surprise that she has been included in the Massage Therapists’ Hall of Fame for her contributions to our field. Her new series of manuals, videos, and classes provide the skills to successfully work with confidence with a wide range of conditions and will be a great aid to all levels of practitioners. Many therapists are fearful to work on many conditions that could be greatly improved with an educated touch but are intimidated from taking advanced trainings that appear too clinical or complex. Life is rarely as simple as the advertisement and hype that some advanced trainings advertise to draw students. This approach gives the simplistic and false impression that there is some magic bullet to cure all ills. Of course we all would love to dramatically improve many conditions or complaints, but much of the skill of working with injuries or medical massage is the ability to let go of outcome and simply work around injuries with many of the associated components such as compensatory holding and fear. Ariana’s training offers, not only nut and bolts techniques to treat and improve a host of issues, but also the invaluable skill to “work around” many conditions safely to restore balance to the body and mind instead of simply working myopically chasing pain. Rather than demonstrating rigid protocols, in the Ariana Institute’s Medical Massage Manual and her accompanying classes Ariana goes into great depth in giving an understanding of a wide range of conditions and a multitude of techniques for your toolbox to work with confidence with these conditions. No book is a substitute for hands on training, but Ariana’s series also offers the invaluable gift of high quality videos to see the work performed in real time. This will give anyone immediate tools and the confidence to give excellent help to anyone. I love that her training can dovetail with important relaxation massage rather than attempting to be too technical or an attempt to provide physical therapy. Many therapists who take advanced classes say that they love the techniques but are stymied by how to transition into a somewhat “limited” practice of medical massage. I particularly like that Ariana’s series of massage manuals can work in both directions: Practitioners, including those working in spas, who do nurturing relaxation work can immediately begin including these strategies into their massages. Conversely, clinical therapists who may feel limited by strict protocols from advanced trainings will be able to add a wide array of valuable ancillary techniques to match the individual needs of each client.
The Ariana Institute’s video introduction to the Lymphatic Massage, Headache and Allergy Relief, Pain Management, Prenatal Massage, and Geriatric Massage CE courses can be accessed below or on the Ariana Institute’s YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/user/ArianaInstitute.
The Ariana Institute for Wellness Education offers an outstanding resource for those interested in advanced massage therapy techniques, featuring topics that include Sports Massage, CranioSacral Therapy, Chair Massage, Addiction Recovery and Therapeutic Massage.
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 and understanding of current massage therapists and introduce new, upcoming massage therapists to the world of massage and bodywork. To order your copies of the Ariana Institute’s Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual visit www.amazon.com/author/arianavincent.
This manual incorporates detailed protocol descriptions, high definition instructional photos, links to the Ariana Institute’s online instructional videos demonstrating a wide variety of techniques, marketing and practice building strategies, and resources for advanced learning to encourage a comprehensive understanding of therapy modalities that can be offered in a massage practice.
The Ariana Institute’s therapy manual series has been over 16 years in the making and is a monumental achievement for the Ariana Institute. The Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual is a perfect source of deep study for massage therapists and those seeking to further cultivate their practices and expand their understanding of advanced massage therapy techniques!
Here is the foreword to the Ariana Institute’s Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual by Michael Laird McIver, Certified Advanced Rolfer, MTI, and CE Provider.
The field of massage therapy and bodywork is growing and flourishing throughout the United States. The number of hands-on, touching modalities has exponentially expanded. People across the country now regard massage as an integral part of their personal path toward wellness and vitality. In Texas, well over 30,000 people have become licensed massage therapists. As the number of practitioners has grown and as their skills have matured, there has been an increasing demand for continuing training at more advanced levels. Most states that license massage therapists require regular continuing education. Leading lights in the world of massage training include James Waslaski, Whitney Lowe and Dr. Ben Benjamin. These teachers present at major massage conventions and produce articles for massage publications as they work to develop and refine the art and practice of massage. They are massage therapy stars. In Austin, Texas, there is a rising star who is well known and beloved in the thriving massage community of this exciting, creative city. Ariana Vincent has been a professional massage therapist for over 30 years and a licensed massage instructor for over 14 years. She has taught advanced massage techniques and styles to thousands of massage therapists nationwide. Already honored as a Pioneer of Massage, she was inducted in the World Massage Festival’s Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2013. Throughout her career, Ariana has been a strong voice for professionalism and ethics in the practice of massage therapy. I am grateful to have been asked to write this foreword for the Ariana Institute’s Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual, one of eight professional massage manuals published by the Ariana Institute, a school that is dedicated to teaching massage techniques to thousands of massage therapists across the country. Techniques presented in this manual include sports massage, CranioSacral therapy, chair massage, and a well-researched section on the value of therapeutic massage in the process of recovery from addiction. The proliferation of gyms, jogging trails, soccer fields, home exercise equipment, and hotel exercise facilities attest to a growing interest in physical well being. This fitness boom has its pitfalls that are becoming epidemic. This is evident in the number of yoga injuries, chronic pain from uncoordinated jogging, muscle strain and joint injuries from lifting weights incorrectly and injuries related to undertraining prior to athletic events. This has been a windfall for massage professionals who specialize in sports massage. In this section of the Advanced Therapy Techniques Manual, Ariana discusses the long history of sports massage and then teaches a variety of useful techniques, benefits and contraindications. Each of her online massage courses includes a high definition video in which Ariana expertly demonstrates each technique. Together, the manual and the videos are powerful teaching tools. The next section of this manual deals with the subtle practice of CranioSacral Massage Therapy. First explored by the pioneering work of Dr. William Sutherland, D.O., CranioSacral Therapy examines the delicate pulsation and movement of the cranial bones and the transmission of movement through the cranial and spinal membranes that enfold the brain, spinal cord, and nerve roots, which contain the cerebrospinal fluid. In a balanced body, the cranial bones move subtly, the spine extends, the sacrum gently rocks, and these rhythmic motions circulate the cerebrospinal fluid to nourish the central nervous system. The appropriate function of this deep, internal system is reflected in emotional and psychological as well as physiological health. This chapter explores the work and teaching of Dr. John Upledger, D.O., the modern-day innovator of a simplified system of CranioSacral Therapy. The chapter on chair massage is especially useful. This form of massage is becoming more and more popular as increased awareness of the value of massage therapy permeates our culture. A 15-minute chair massage is a quick and easy way to let go of some of the buildup of daily stress we all experience, and is convenient for people who don’t have time for a full body massage. Any massage therapist who studies this section and the accompanying video will easily be able to begin a flourishing and lucrative chair massage practice. Her suggestions on choosing and buying a top-quality massage chair ensure a successful launch into the world of corporate chair massage. In Houston, large companies with thousands of employees, like Chevron and Shell, regularly employ chair massage therapists, as do many natural food stores like Whole Foods Market. Included in all her teaching of the many massage techniques Ariana has mastered are thoughtful and sensitive suggestions about the art of massage therapy beyond the hands-on technique and application. These include ideas about preparing an inviting and professional office, meeting and greeting clients, the cultivation of good active listening skills and attuning to the energy and needs of one’s client before, and during, the massage. These are skills we all need to practice, and are evidence of Ariana’s professional competence and mastery shaped by decades of excellence. Ariana is sharing her wealth of knowledge gained during a long and successful career. This clarity and caring is especially evident in Ariana’s chapter on the value of therapeutic massage in the treatment of addiction and recovery. The value of using loving, holistic and gentle healing touch to assist individuals in their struggle to free themselves from substance addictions has only recently been researched and understood. Removing the substance that an addict craves to mask his or her pain leaves him or her to face withdrawal, anger, frustration, stress and the need to detoxify in order to cleanse the body of residual toxins. Massage therapy can soothe and facilitate the slow process of healing from addiction. In addition, eating disorders and depression can also be treated, and recovery assisted, by caring massage. I found Ariana’s sensitive writing and her compilation of relevant articles on addiction and recovery to be fascinating and informative. I believe that addiction specialists and recovery centers have only just begun to understand the value of massage therapy in the process of recovery and that Ariana Vincent’s work in this area is timely and vital as more and more people face their addiction challenges and their hope for recovery. The Ariana Institute’s Advanced Massage Therapy Techniques Manual is a valuable addition to the library of any dedicated massage professional. Ariana has distilled expertise gained through over thirty years of hand-on experience and teaching into a tool that can enhance the technique and knowledge of all massage therapists. Her concise writing, excellent teaching videos and her grace and passion for her craft are all wonderful contributions for aspiring massage therapists who wish to hone their skills to a finer edge.
The Ariana Institute’s video introduction for the Sports Massage, Addiction Recovery and Therapeutic Massage, CranioSacral Therapy, and Chair Massage CE courses can be accessed below or on the Ariana Institute’s YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/user/ArianaInstitute.
The Ariana Institute for Wellness Education is incredibly excited to present a new edition of the Ariana Institute’s Techniques in the Spa World Manual. This manual is part of a series of massage manuals that are designed to help deepen the knowledge and understanding of current massage therapists and introduce new, upcoming massage therapists to the world of massage and bodywork.
This series has been over 16 years in the making and is a monumental achievement for the Ariana Institute. The Techniques in the Spa World Manual, Second Edition covers a variety of topics related to the history, preparation and administration of spa massage modalities, including:
* Aromatherapy for Massage and Bodywork
* Ayurvedic Massage
* Couples Massage
* Hot and Cold Stone Massage
* Spa Techniques-Exfoliation and Body Wraps
The Spa World Manual incorporates detailed protocol descriptions, high definition instructional photos, links to the Ariana Institute’s online instructional videos demonstrating spa techniques, marketing and practice building strategies, and resources for advanced learning to encourage a comprehensive understanding of massage modalities that can be offered in a spa environment.
This manual is perfect for spa professionals, spa owners, and massage therapy students as a source of deep study to further cultivate and expand their practices. It is also valuable for people who are interested in visiting spas and learning more about services offered.
Thank you for sharing our excitement in these new developments for the Ariana Institute – we look forward to continue sharing our passion and knowledge with you.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR – ARIANA VINCENT, LMT, MTI, BCTMB
Ariana Vincent is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapy Instructor whose classes are accepted throughout the United States. She was awarded the 2015 CE Provider of the Year Award by the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education. Ariana is a Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Honoree and the author of 7 massage manuals available on Amazon.
Here is the foreword for the Ariana Institute’s Techniques in the Spa World Manual, Second Edition by Carol Holguin, MC, CMT.
When Ariana asked me to write the foreword for this manual, I was thrilled! I first met Ariana eight years ago, when I interviewed her for a massage therapist position at Spa Django at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines. As a massage therapist myself, I am very particular when it comes to hiring therapists. Ariana surpassed every expectation I had of the ideal practitioner. She was highly skilled in numerous modalities and confident in her ability to provide excellent service in a timely manner. Her presence was calm and welcoming, and she understood the challenges of working in a busy spa. And when I felt her massage, wow! I hired her that day and we enjoyed working together for several months before I transferred to another of Hyatt’s resort spa properties. In addition to our time at Spa Django, I have also had the opportunity of utilizing Ariana’s educational resources. I contacted the Ariana Institute a few years ago, as I was a spa director looking for a way to offer relevant training to my therapists that would fulfill their required continuing education hours. The Spa World and Body Wraps course was the answer to that call. One of the challenges facing both therapists and spa management is the therapists’ time away from work to fulfill on-going training for licensure. Another is encouraging self-care and proper body mechanics to keep massage therapists healthy. The Spa World and Body Wraps course, and the Ariana Institute’s other courses meet licensing requirements for continuing education and can be completed online, allowing the therapist to continue to work while furthering his/her training. Her section on self-care is especially helpful. Ariana also offers on-location training, for hands-on skill development. For the massage therapist outside of the classroom, Techniques in the Spa World offers detailed guidelines to expand your skill set with spa-specific techniques. She includes treatment protocols, resources to enhance your study, and links to videos of many of the treatments. The material is both comprehensive and well organized. This manual will prepare you for employment within a spa, or can enhance your knowledge and technique if you are already employed in a spa environment. If you are in private practice, it allows you to confidently offer spa treatments to your clients. Techniques in the Spa World, along with the Ariana Institute’s Spa World and Body Wraps course, reflect Ariana’s extensive knowledge and experience, both in the spa environment and in massage and bodywork. These are invaluable tools for spa directors and spa management personnel, especially for those not trained in the service end of spa offerings. Ariana offers detailed descriptions, step-by-step protocols, benefits and contraindications, and links to her beautiful high definition videos. It gives a comprehensive understanding of the service provider perspective. This manual is a great resource for the spa management library, while the course offers a mindful, organized, and comprehensive journey. Enjoy!
Ariana Vincent, CEO and founder of the Ariana Institute, gives readers a glimpse into her personal life in the spotlight article “The Real Wives of Lake Austin” published in the June, 2015 issue of Lake Austin Lifestyle magazine.
In the June, 2015 issue of Lake Austin Lifestyle magazine, Ariana Vincent gives a glimpse into the life of a “Real Wife of Lake Austin.” The articles paints a personal portrait of Ariana, including her background, the place she calls home, what she does recreationally and professionally, as well as her dreams and aspirations. Ariana is honored to be featured in the Lake Austin Lifestyle magazine.
Our recently renovated home was originally owned by the Grace family, some early pioneers of this area. According to local lore, they owned much of the property between Hwy. 71 and Barton Creek Blvd. off of Bee Cave Road. I live in our quiet abode with my wonderful husband, Michael. We have many residents outside of the home including a wide variety of wild birds who come to one of the three bird feeders we’ve installed right outside the picture window. The birds include lesser goldfinch, sparrows, cardinals and an occasional curious dove who can’t quite understand how to access the feed from the feeders, but are usually content with the plentiful seeds that are on the ground. We also have hummingbirds who come to our lovely glass and brass hummingbird feeder. There’s the occasional deer, a copious supply of cottontails, some coyotes in the distance and a family of roadrunners who escort us down the drive. It’s a good life, filled with grace.
NATIVE TO AUSTIN OR TRANSPLANTED?
I moved to Austin in 1966 to attend the University of Texas. I grew up in Houston and then went to high school and business college in San Antonio before I moved to Austin. I love the people and the ecosystem of Central Texas. I feel very much at home here. My best friend of over 30 years lives just seven minutes from me in the Cuernavaca area off of Bee Cave Road and I’m very grateful for that.
FAVORITE “PAMPER YOURSELF” OR SPLURGE ITEM?
I love receiving facials and massages as part of my focus on good health and well-being. There are many wonderful choices among the many extraordinary estheticians and massage therapists in the Lake Austin area. I especially enjoy going to Westlake Dermatology on Bee Cave Road, Yoga Yoga Spa on 360, and Carol O’Neil at the Carriage House Skin Care on 360 and Westlake Drive.
ORGANIZATION THAT GETS MOST OF YOUR VOLUNTEER TIME?
The way I give back to the community is to offer scholarships to people who could not otherwise afford the classes that I offer through my company, The Ariana Institute for Wellness Education.
BEST VACATION EVER?
The first vacation my husband and I took together as husband and wife was to Costa Rica near the town of Esparza. We stayed at a lovely B&B that a friend from Austin recommended. The couple who owned the B&B guided us to many of the most interesting places in Costa Rica where we boated, went horseback riding, snorkeled, visited spas, hiked, went to butterfly sanctuaries, participated in excursions led by ecologically enlightened guides and even celebrated New Year’s Eve listening to the Pavarotti with our hosts at the B&B. It was a magical experience that set a good foundation for our relationship.
FAVORITE DATE NIGHT RESTAURANT?
We enjoy dining on the porch at The Grove on 620, Gumbo’s in Bee Cave and at Truluck’s Seafood Restaurant near the Arboretum. We like to eat out before we go to the symphony or to an event at One World Theatre. For an informal meal, we frequently enjoy a tasty and delicious meal at Whole Foods in the Galleria or at The Grove on Bee Cave Road near 360.
WHAT DO YOU RECORD ON THE DVR?
We actually enjoy movies on the big screen at the Cinemark at the Hill Country Galleria and we are a Netflix family. Movies that we particularly enjoy are romantic dramas like Ms. Potter, starring Reese Witherspoon and Ewan McGregor, and nature movies, like Planet Earth by David Attenborough.
FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM?
My favorite sports team is the UT football team. When I was a university student, Earl Campbell won the Heisman Trophy and UT was No. 1. It was a very exciting time to be a senior at the University! I studied photography with Garry Winogrand at UT and I was fortunate enough to get to photograph football games from the sidelines and that deepened my love of the sport. My husband played football and lacrosse for Yale, so he likes watching the occasional New England Patriots football game.
FAVORITE GADGET OR GIZMO?
I love technology and I’m an Apple girl through and through from iPhone to laptop! I also love our GPS. That saved our marriage!
UNIQUE OR INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOURSELF?
I have many facets to the jewel of myself: I’m a photographer, an art aficionado, a writer, an educator, a wife, a mother, a dancer and a lover of life.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO EXERCISE IN THE LAKE AUSTIN AREA?
I love to participate in personal training and exercise classes at Gold’s Gym in the Westlake Village and at the Hills Fitness Center on Bee Cave Road. I enjoy Pilates, Zumba, core conditioning, body pump muscle conditioning, body step aerobics and yoga. I also love to participate in yoga classes at Yoga Yoga Westlake on 360.
WHAT DO YOU DO PROFESSIONALLY?
I have been an educator for over 16 years and I enjoy that career very much. I have been featured in the Spotlight feature of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and I was honored to be included in the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame. I’m also a writer who has seven books available at my author’s page on Amazon. I’ve previously been a professional photographer and a legal assistant, and I was a massage therapist for over 34 years. My husband is a Certified Advanced Rolfer who studied directly with Dr. Ida Rolf, and he’s been in that profession for over 42 years. We make a good team with our shared focus on healthy living and helping others live their best lives.
WHAT IS IT LIKE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?
It is peaceful and quiet in our community. My closest neighbor is the principle bass player for the Austin Symphony Orchestra and he and his wife welcomed me warmly to the neighborhood when we initially moved here and we have been friends throughout the years. My best friend of over 30 years lives close by and she is a woman of many facets like I am. She’s a world traveler, a Gestalt therapist, a tai chi instructor, a yoga instructor and a tango dancer. We have taken many a tango class together. I live between One World Theatre and the Laura Library and feel very fortunate to be living a secluded life with access to all of the amenities of cultured urban living. It is definitely the best of all worlds.
WHAT ARE YOUR DREAMS AND GOALS FOR THE FUTURE?
I would love to remain in the property that I’m living in right now. I feel like a steward of the land and it is sacred to me. I’d love to build more walking trails on our property and establish a wildlife sanctuary here. I’d love to see the gardens that we have planted continue to grow and flourish. It would be fabulous to see our two grandsons go to school at the University of Texas at Austin. I can envision them loving the Austin lifestyle and Central Texas experience as much as I have throughout the course of my lifetime. I’d like to see progress in our community evolve with consideration for the fragility of the environment and with consideration for the people inhabiting these beautiful hills of the greater Lake Austin community.