Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, NCTMB of Ariana Institute, Houston, Texas

It seems a veil is lifting and our culture as a whole is beginning to see massage therapy in its true light. We as a society are deepening our respect and appreciation for the integrative model of healing. I am grateful to have found my vehicle for serving the world via the broad, expansive conduit of the massage therapy profession.

I grew up in a family of doctors, nurses, teachers, and writers. Through these roles models I was influenced at an early age to live a life of compassion and caring.

Since I am an approved CE provider through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the Florida Board of Massage and the majority of other state boards, massage therapists throughout the United States can avail themselves of the Ariana institute’s CE course offerings in person and online in order to satisfy their state-mandated and NCB-mandated renewal requirements as well as to broaden their repertoire and increase their marketability.

2013-2015 – A few very special pinnacles of my career were as the receipt of the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame award in 2013 as well as the 2015 Alliance for Massage Therapy Education CE Provider of the Year Award.

2010 – I was delighted to be interviewed by an esteemed member of the massage community known as “The Massage Nerd,” Ryan Hoyme, for his online Massage Nerd Show in May of 2010 Our topic was “Continuing Education for Massage Therapists.” That 96-minute interview is available here.

2009 – Ten years after the state of Texas mandated hands-on Continuing Education (CE) credits for license renewal, online CE courses were approved. I was happy to begin offering online CE courses on January 1, 2009.

2000 – I completed the complex and lengthy process of preparation that culminated in my being granted the esteemed designation of Board Approved Continuing Education provider by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. I also created the Ariana Institute website with the help of an amazing webmaster. Becoming embedded in the technological realm was one of the best career moves I have ever made. The convenience of having all course descriptions and treatments on the web allowed me to manage my time much better and to reach a worldwide audience.

1999 – I saw an opportunity in 1999 to change course after nearly two decades of studying and practicing massage therapy. I obtained my certification as a massage therapy instructor and continuing education provider.

1985 – 1986 – The State of Texas passed legislation in 1985 requiring licensing for massage therapists. I was fortunate enough to be included in the first group of massage therapists to become licensed in Texas in 1986.

1982 – I became seriously ill in 1982 with respiratory and digestive distress and fatigue. It was during that period of illness that I took the opportunity to re-evaluate my life. I was drawn to seek and allow a different way of being to emerge. The wellness center I chose to assist with the restoration of my health was owned by two chiropractors I met when I was photographing an AAHHA event. With their help, I overcame the illness and was back on my feet in a matter of months. One day in 1982 the chiropractors opened a new facility, the Family Wellness Resource Center. It was here that I began training to become a professional massage therapist. I gained valuable knowledge about anatomy, physiology, debilitating congenital issues and traumatic injuries related to accidents.

1981 – I remember receiving my first massage in 1981 in a soft and gentle environment in the quaint Clarksville neighborhood in Austin. The experience was unforgettable and life changing. The massage planted a seed that propelled me into a lifelong career in massage therapy.

1979 – My first introduction to a holistic and alternative health lifestyle was in 1979 when, while I was senior at the University of Texas. I worked at the precursor to Whole Foods Market, a small health food store called SaferWay. I began learning about the importance of caring for our bodies, minds and spirits. Later in 1979 I graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. and a B.F.A. in Fine Arts with a major emphasis in photography. I pursued my dream in the professional photography world for a decade or so. While working as a photographer, I often photographed Austin Area Holistic Health Association (AAHHA) events. It was through these events that I met many people who would influence me to follow a new career path in massage therapy.

Looking back on my career as a nationally certified Massage Therapy Instructor and Licensed Massage Therapist, I attribute much of my success to being resilient in the face of obstacles, surrounding myself with supportive motivational peers, and keeping a positive perspective.

With that in mind, I leave you with a quote that I love to share at the end of my continuing education courses: “Remember to focus on the healing power of touch and the importance of its presence in our lives and in the lives of those we touch.”

Ariana Vincent’s credentials include:

  • Nationally Certified Massage Therapy Instructor and Continuing Education Provider (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork)
  • Texas Certified Massage Therapy Instructor and Continuing Education Provider (Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, Massage Therapy Division)
  • Licensed Massage Therapist in Texas (Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, Massage Therapy Division)
  • Board Certified Massage Therapist (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork)


NCBTMB Provider No: 443427-00
Texas TDLR CE Provider No: CE 0024
Texas TDLR MTI Reg. No: MI 01024
Florida Instructor No: 85-1808492