The Magic of Massage

Animal massage is still a relatively new field.  I meet someone just about every week that has never heard of or witnessed animal massage. When I explain what I do for a living, the revelation is often met with curiosity and a little surprise. But when I tell them about my clients and the many ways massage benefits them, the conversation shifts. And the next thing I know, they’re scheduling a massage consultation for their own dog. It’s like magic. Except it’s actually science. And awesome.

Just as massage benefits humans, canines have a lot to gain from therapeutic massage.  When provided by a trained professional and in tandem with regular veterinary care, massage can promote total body wellness and prevent many common ailments that affect dogs.

Here are just a few of the benefits of canine massage:

  • Improves circulation throughout the body
  • Decreases muscle adhesions and restrictions
  • Reduces pain and swelling in the tissue
  • Enhances joint range of motion and flexibility
  • Bolsters the immune system and helps eradicate toxins from the body
  • Can reduce behavioral issues including anxiety, reactivity,      hyper-activity
  • Encourages bonding between dogs and their people
  • Helps puppies to develop touch tolerance and appreciation
  • Builds confidence for dogs who fear touch
  • Promotes deep relaxation
  • Improves performance of athletic and performance dogs
  • Speeds recovery from injuries and surgery
  • Provides comfort to dogs at the end of life
  • Improves quality of life for all dogs

So, are you convinced yet? Maybe you have a new pup in the house or a senior who’s starting to slow down on your evening walks. I invite you to schedule a massage, learn some techniques to try at home and watch how your dog relishes therapeutic touch.