Just like humans, most dogs can benefit from regular therapeutic bodywork. Benefits include:
Is bodywork appropriate for your dog?
Canine Massage is safe and effective for most dogs no matter what stage of life they are in. An assessment and health history is required to determine a customized action plan, and whether or not your dog's temperament is a good fit for therapeutic massage. Your dog's veterinarian must confirm there are no contraindications before treatment. Dogs that display fear aggression are not a good candidate for massage.
What does Canine Massage and Craniosacral therapy look like?
Typically I do a combination of Massage and Craniosacral therapies, with the focus mostly on massage. Bodywork is customized to your dog's health history, age, activity level, and pain level. All dogs react differently to massage, and it can take your dog a while to relax and build trust. Most dogs eventually really enjoy the therapeutic touch, and many fall asleep during or right after a session.
You can expect:
*Mayo Fascial release
*Swedish Massage Techniques such as Effleurage, Petrissage, Tapotement, friction, etc...
*Session notes that you can share with your vet or other providers.
*CST unwinding and releases
I am interested in Canine Massage for my dog. What are the next steps?
1. Contact us and let us know a little bit about your dog
3. Fill out a health history form
3. Schedule an assessment
4. Ask your vet if massage is appropriate for your dog (this can be a phone call)
Massage sessions take place in your home or our studio. For in home visits a clean, quiet place away from other pets, and children is required. Masks are optional, please let me know if you would like me to wear one during our session. Sessions take 45 minutes to 1 hour and include notes and recommendations.
Cost is $75 per session for home visits, $60 for studio session. We also offer packages. If you have a health insurance plan for your dog, please check with them to make sure massage is covered.
Jennifer Slater is a Certified Small Animal Massage Therapist and Certified Craniosacral Therapist. She received her training at the Northwest School of Animal Massage and Holistic Animal Studies. She carries insurance through IAAMB.