Your Boundless Hound
Canine Myo-Manipulative Functional Therapy
Canine massage isn’t just for sporting dogs. Massage therapy can provide continuous benefits after certain surgeries and physical therapy are complete. Massage therapy also enhances a dog’s sense of well-being which can aid in the release of past trauma. Many shelter and rescue dogs have physical issues that are a result of trauma.
Maybe you massage your dog at home. That’s great! It’s a wonderful bonding opportunity that helps him/her feel better. But as a certified dog massage practitioner, I am educated in anatomy and physiology. I have training that is specific to multiple modalities that can benefit your dog. I have knowledge of many conditions that can affect your dog. I treat the whole dog; physically, mentally and emotionally.
My process is diverse in that it emcompasses Swedish Massage, Myofascial Release, TMJ Massage, Gua Sha Release, Shiatsu, Red Light Therapy and Cold Laser Therapy. As a Reiki Master Teacher who has over 20 years of experience, I integrate Reiki with the massage for a synergistic, whole-being wellness experience.
You are welcome to bring your dog to my office, but in my experience, dogs are more comfortable and relaxed in their home environment. A typical session begins with a review of your dog's health history and current concerns. I will conduct an assessment which also gives me time to get better acquainted with your dog and ensure his/her trust. The initial session will take about one and a half hours. My role as your dog's massage therapist is to work with you to provide the most positive outcome possible for your dog.
Dogs will react in different ways to massage. Some relax into it immediately while others may need more time. I never want your dog to feel that I am invasive so I like to let them lead. It's important for me to build trust with your dog so that they understand massage is a good thing!
Dogs should NOT have massage if they have a contagious condition, nausea or vomiting, fever, open sores, skin infections, tumors or lumps, or if your veterinarian or your dog says "NO".
Please always check with your veterinarian before beginning a massage program for your dog. The information, therapies or techniques provided are not intended to diagnose, prescribe or replace the care or advice of a licensed medical professional or veterinarian.