With Shonna Bender, LMT
Certified Canine & Equine Therapeutic and Sports Massage Therapist
Have you ever had a massage to relieve back or neck pain? Didn’t it make you feel wonderful? But why would your dog need a massage? Both therapeutic and relaxation massage could relieve the aches and pains of aging, help a puppy or rescue dog learn to trust and accept human touch, reduce post-surgical recovery time, and keep a canine athlete in tip-top condition. Dogs receive all of the same benefits we experience from massage, not to mention they really do enjoy a good back rub!
Canine massage for a medical condition should always be done with the knowledge of your veterinarian and should be done by a trained canine massage therapist. However, there are many techniques you can learn so you can work on your dog at home. Remember ~ canine massage does not replace veterinary care! Consult with your vet to decide if massage is right for your dog, and always work with a trained and experienced canine massage therapist to get the very best results for your best friend.
This three-week class covers:
Basic canine anatomy
Benefits of massage
Contraindications to massage
Massage strokes and pressure
Hands-on massage: learning a simple yet effective massage routine that you can safely use with your own dog.
Informational handouts included
Plenty of Q&A time
Week 1 will be lecture only-please leave your dogs at home. Dogs will be included in weeks 2 and 3.
This workshop is not designed for dogs reactive to people or other dogs.
Canine massage is not a substitute for competent veterinary care. Canine massage is intended to enhance your dog’s overall well-being and complement the care provided by her veterinarian. Medical concerns should always be discussed with your veterinarian.